Take a Staycation Instead—Regional Tourism Ideas

A growing trend among many families and young couples looking to save money on vacation expenses, is to look locally for travel destinations. Staycations are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. With gas prices on the rise, you can save some significant cash by becoming a tourist in your own hometown. And there’s no short list of things to do in our region.

Memorial Day events LouisvilleWith Memorial Day on Monday, you can bet there are plenty of things going on this weekend. Here are a few events worth checking out:

First, the F.A.T Friday Trolley Hop is going on this Friday, May 25 starting at 6PM. Board the Frankfort Avenue Trolley for a tour of some of the most unique specialty shops and restaurants near downtown Louisville. The tour runs down Frankfort, Mellwood, and Story Avenues and lasts until 10PM.

Second, Southern Indiana Uncorked at the Harrison County fairgrounds. This event runs from 1-7PM on Saturday, May 26. Events include a wine festival, concert series, and a wine and beer competition.

Third, Abbey Road on the River, the largest Beatles-inspired music festival, began yesterday and runs through Memorial Day. Here’s a lineup of bands performing and more information about activities going on.

And lastly, The United States Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox will be putting on a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11:30AM on Monday, May 28 in Cadet Park. This event will pay tribute to Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen—past and present.

There are also a ton of other options you can do anytime this summer including:

  • Bernheim Forest is a great place to be if you’re a kid. There are numerous hiking trials, a huge playground, gift shop, and more.
  • Blue River Valley Farm offers unique activities for kids including how to milk goats, pick home grown vegetables in season, and make fresh goat milk ice cream and cheese. You can also camp on the property, hike through the woods, go fishing, and more.
  • Jim Beam’s brand new visitors center is now open. And if it’s bourbon you like, there are plenty of distilleries to tour in Bardstown.
  • The Carneigie Center is exhibiting Our House: Recent Works in Glass by Joel starting on June 1. Exhibits change throughout the summer, so take a look and see what’s coming up.

There are so many opportunities to support local businesses and local attractions this summer. Have fun with your staycations this year, and be sure to let KIX know where you went and what you discovered.