Frankfort, KY Tourist Attractions
Frankfort, capital of the state of Kentucky, grew out of a fort established by a pioneer named Frank. It is the chief place in a productive grain- and tobacco-growing region on the Kentucky River. The Museum of the Kentucky Historical Society is housed in the old State Capitol of 1836. Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca are buried in the town cemetery.
Rebecca-Ruth Candy Factory
Rebecca-Ruth Candies was founded in Frankfort in 1919 by two schoolteachers who are credited with originating bourbon chocolates. Highlights include "Edna's Table," a 12-foot curved marble table that was used during Prohibition for candy-making, and an antique candy furnace with hand-stirred copper kettles that are still used to this day.
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Reference materials, genealogical information and public records from state and local government are housed within the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives in Frankfort. There is a research room available.
Kentucky History Center
Interactive displays depicting periods in Kentucky's history are featured at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort. Genealogical records are housed in the research library.
Kentucky's Floral Clock
The Kentucky Floral Clock in Frankfort is 34ft/10m across with a minute hand that weighs 530 pounds and is more than 20ft/6m long. More than 10,000 plants fill the clock.
Liberty Hall Historic Site
Liberty Hall Historic Site in Frankfort was the home of one of Kentucky's first senators, John Brown. Two houses are located on the four acres with formal gardens. Tours are offered of the houses focusing on the lives of the Brown family.
Address: 202 Wilkinson Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, United States
Opening hours: , 12pm-3pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $4.00, Senior over 60 $3.00, Child 18 & under $1.00, Child 4 & under FREE
Construction of Liberty Hall began in 1796 in Frankfort and continued to 1800. Period furnishings and many original Brown family items are included in the house. A formal garden extends to the Kentucky River behind the house.
Orlando Brown House
The Orlando Brown House in Frankfort was designed in the Greek Revival style and completed in 1835. Displays include original furnishings, silver, brass, china and family portraits.
Old State Capitol
Completed in 1830, the Old State Capitol of Kentucky in Frankfort is an example of Greek Revival architecture. The interior has been recreated to appear as it was in the 1850s with fine paintings, sculpture, prints, and furniture.
Address: 300 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Wed: 10am-4pm; Thu: 10am-8pm; Closed: Sun, Mon, Tue
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $4.00, Child 18 & under $2.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Useful tips: Admission is good for all museums on the Kentucky Historical Society's campus.
Salato Wildlife Education Center
The Salato Wildlife Education Center features interactive exhibits of native plants and animals. An aquarium, mounted local birds and mammals, and a nature trail are highlights of the center.
Address: 1 Sportsman's Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601, United States
Opening hours: Feb 15 to Dec 13: 9am-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Martin Luther King's Birthday - USA (3rd Monday, Jan), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Veteran's Day - USA (Nov 11), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26)
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: The complex is open sunrise to sunset. The hours apply to the center.
Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary
The Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary in Frankfort features 374 acres with nature trails and a bird blind for wildlife and bird watching.
Kentucky Military History Museum
The Kentucky Military History Museum in Frankfort features firearms, edged weapons, artillery, uniforms, flags, photographs, personal items, and other equipment.