Local Spring Break adventures abound


Red River Gorge is one of many local Kentucky attractions available to adventure-seekers over spring break.

Amanda Byrant

If your spring break plans don’t include laying out on the beach then don’t fret. There’s no shortage of adventures and expeditions within the Bluegrass to keep one busy during a week where heads aren’t buried in textbooks.

From nature excursions such as Red River Gorge and Raven Run to live music to Kentucky Kingdom, there’s a plethora of activities inside Kentucky’s borders to strike anyone’s fancy.

Lexington is home to the Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, which features various plants from across the state and places for relaxation, walks or brisk runs in the morning air.

If art is more favorable, the UK Art Museum boasts works from Rembrandt to Lichtenstein. Best of all, they can both be enjoyed with no pain to your wallet.

Venturing further from campus, Waveland State Historic Site, which was built by descendants of Daniel Boone, takes you back in time with realistic slave quarters, kitchen dependencies and period possessions. They can be viewed at the rate of $4.00 for students, according to kentuckytourism.com.

According to the Kentucky State Parks website, spring break has many deals for camping and hiking enthusiasts. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is offering $20 off accommodations March 17 through April 15, catering to several hiking trails, fishing, and camping. A major attraction at Cumberland is the famous moonbow over the “Niagara of the South.”

Lake Barkley State Resort Park accommodates couples with their two-night cabin deal, breakfast included, for $159.90 through March 31, according to their website. Enjoy horseback riding, tennis, golf or eagle watching. Windows on the water also give guests a panoramic view of the lake while enjoying a meal.

Red River Gorge in Stanton, Kentucky is a popular attraction for hiking, rock climbing, and zip lining. Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay in Louisville excite the thrill seeker in most with the Fear Fall and Skycatcher rides. The cost for one-day admission to the park being $49.99 with tax, a season pass is only $59.99 with tax according to kentuckykingdom.com.