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Capital City Museum, housed in a 150 year old building that represents all that is left of the Capital Hotel, which burned in 1917, the museum is a large room filled with history and character. There are plenty of details to explore, with exhibits painting a vivid picture of both political and personal life in Kentucky over the past 200 years. To find out more about the Capital City Museum, click HERE.
Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism, the first place to start when looking for something to do in the Commonwealth’s Capital City. To plan your visit to the City of Frankfort, start HERE.
Downtown Frankfort Inc., Downtown Frankfort, Inc. is Frankfort’s Main Street Program. We are a member-organization, headed by a volunteer board and our executive director. As a Main Street program, we use a “four point” approach to economic development in Frankfort’s Historic Downtown. To find out more about the downtown area, visit http://downtownfrankfort.com.
The Frankfort Convention Center, aka. The Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center, an arena that is 10,000 square feet in downtown Frankfort, with a ceiling height of 34′-2″. The ceiling allows easy placement of signs, banners, and stage lighting. The arena can accommodate fifty-five 10′ x 10′ booths, 800 people banquet style, 5,365 people for sporting events, and 5,047 people for concerts or assemblies. To see events or learn more, click HERE.
The Grand Theatre, One of five theaters operated between the mid 1800s and the 1970s in what is now Historic Downtown, the Grand is the only theater remaining with its theater configuration still intact. The Grand Theatre is a 428-seat performing and visual arts theatre that’s state of the art in every way, including wiring for closed circuit TV. For more information about the Grand Theatre, click HERE.
The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Also known as the Kentucky Historical Society, The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) was formed in 1836 by a group of prominent Kentuckians intent on preserving the history of the commonwealth. It was chartered as the state society in 1838 and began to collect books and printed materials. KHS became an agency of Kentucky state government in the early 1950s. KHS collects, preserves, conserves, interprets and shares information, memories and materials from Kentucky’s past to assist those interested in exploring and preserving that heritage. Click HERE to find out more.
Liberty Hall Historic Site, Liberty Hall Historic Site (LHHS) serves as a learning center that engages the public in exploring the history, politics, social and cultural life in early Kentucky through the homes, gardens, documents, and artifacts of Senator John Brown and his family.
LHHS is jointly owned and operated by Liberty Hall, Inc. and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Kentucky Society is a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. To find out more about Liberty Hall, click HERE.
Buffalo Trace Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, for over 200 years, the Distillery has been defined by a dedication to one craft: making fine bourbon whiskey. By honoring tradition and embracing change, Buffalo Trace Distillery has earned its place of leadership among the legendary spirits makers of the world. Take a look at this time honored craft from start to finish by taking one of the many tours. Click HERE to read more about the tours offered.
Salato Wildlife Education Center, the Salato Wildlife Education Center has everything from the lush, eastern mountains to rolling prairies… from lowland marshes to clear running streams… you’ll experience Kentucky’s diverse regional ecosystems and the wealth of fish, plants, and animals that make this their home. Salato has something for the entire family! See native wildlife up close and personal along our accessible exhibit trails, bring a lunch and have a picnic, go fishing at one of our fully stocked lakes, or take a hike on the HabiTrek or Pea Ridge Trails! You’ll have fun, and you’ll learn something, too! To find out more about Salado, click HERE.
Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites, The City of Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites strives to enrich and enhance the lives of citizens and guests in the city of Frankfort by providing comprehensive and diverse recreational opportunities for people of all ages, with the ultimate goal of positively affecting the overall quality of life in the community. To find out about specific local parks, recreation or historic sites, click HERE.
The Frankfort Trolley, a FREE trolley service sponsored by Frankfort Toursim, Downtown Frankfort, Rebecca Ruth, and Buffalo Trace, the Frankfort Trolley Route is open April 3rd – October 27th and runs from 10 am to 2:30 pm, Tuesday – Saturday. The Frankfort Trolley is FREE and FUN and takes you to some of the best sites in Frankfort! Click HERE to download the Trolley Route and HERE to download the Trolley Schedule.
Rebecca Ruth Candies, a real factory with real manufacturing operations. We ask that tourist use the same amount of courtesy as a guest would show when a friend invites them into their home. See the world famous Bourbon Chocolates being born. This unique confectionery operation is known worldwide as “The Inventor of Bourbon Candy!,” and is located in historic downtown Frankfort, KY – just a stone’s throw from the Kentucky state capitol building. Operating since 1919, Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours has been recommended by Food TV and The Food Net Work and in the pages of Southern Living, Town & Country, KY AAA Tour Guide, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune, and has been sold on QVC Home Shopping Network. The tour highlights the story of Ruth Hanly Booe and includes “Edna’s Table,” antique candy furnace and hand-stirred copper kettles that are still used to this day. Tours include an educational video and view of the candy production line. The Rebecca-Ruth Candy Tours utilizes an eclectic mix of antique & modern equipment to produce the most delightful offering of over 120 confections. Click HERE for more information.