Central KY Field Trips for Homeschoolers

If you live in Central Kentucky, you are blessed when it comes to homeschool field trips right outside your door! Besides the oodles of places you can visit right around the corner, there are several fabulous opportunities within a reasonable driving distance, too.

Some of our best homeschooling moments have happened on field trips.  In fact, they mean so much to our family, we try to schedule at least one per month.  How about you?


Central KY Field Trip Destinations

Whether you live in KY or pass through sometime, enjoy these wonderful learning opportunities!


Arboretum – nature, science

Art Museum at UK – art, history

Ashland Estate (Home of Henry Clay) – history

Aviation Museum of KY – science, history

Barker’s Christmas Tree Farm – science, nature

Boone Creek Creamery – science

Boone Station – history

Bounce U – recreation

Breakout Games – science

Explorium – science

Foam Warz – recreation, science

Get Air – recreation

Headley-Whitney Museum – history

Hunt-Morgan House – history

Keeneland – science

KY Horse Park – science, history

LEF Climbing – recreation

Lexington Cemetery – nature, history

Lexington Children’s Theater – drama, music, history, literature

Lexington History Center – history

Lexington Legends – recreation, science

Lexington Opera House – music, drama

Living Arts and Science Center – science, art

Loudoun House – history

Mary Todd Lincoln House – history

McConnell Springs – nature, science

Monkey Joe’s – recreation

Old KY Chocolates – science

Raven’s Run – nature, science

Red Mile – science

Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital – science, health

Skyzone – recreation

Thoroughbred Center – science, history

UK Singletary Center for the Arts – art, history

Waveland – history


Bi-Water Farm – science, nature, health

Evan’s Orchard – science, nature, health

Georgetown-Scott County Museum – history

Historic Scott County Jail – history

Old Friends Farm – science, history, social studies

Toyota – science

Ward Hall – history


Buckley Wildlife Refuge – nature, science

Buffalo Trace Distillery – history, science

Canoe KY – nature, science

Capitol – government, history

Capital City Museum – history

Cove Springs Nature Trails – science, nature

Fort Hill – history, nature

Frank Lloyd Wright Zeigler House – art/architecture, history

Frankfort Cemetery – Daniel Boone Memorial – history, nature

Frankfort Fish Hatchery – science, nature

Frankfort Trolley Tour – history

Governor’s Mansion – government, history

Greenhill Cemetery – history

KY History Museum & Old Capitol Tour – history

KY Military History Museum – history

KY River Pontoon Tour – history, science, nature

KY State Police Museum – history

KY Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial – history, science

Liberty Hall – history

Old Capitol – history, government

Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory – science

Salato Wildlife Center – science, nature

Switzer Covered Bridge – history, science

TeenPact (yearly in Feb/Mar) – government, history


Belle of Louisville – science, history

Churchill Downs – science, history

Falls of the Ohio (into Indiana) – science, nature, history

Frazier History Museum – history

Huber’s Farm – science, nature

Louisville Glassworks – science, handicrafting

Louisville Nature Center – nature, science

Louisville Science Center – science

Louisville Slugger Museum – history, science

Louisville Zoo – science, nature

Museum of American Printing House for the Blind – history, language arts, social studies

Speed Art Museum – art, history

Squire Boone Caverns (into Indiana) – science, history

Other Destinations within an Hour of Lexington

Ale-8 Factory – science

Bluegrass Railroad Museum – science, history

Camp Nelson – history

Cane Ridge Meeting House – church history

Color Point Nurseries – nature, science

Colville Covered Bridge – history, science

Eckerts Boyd Orchard – science, nature

Fort Boonesborough – history

Fort Harrod – history

General Butler State Park – nature, history

Hummel Planetarium – science

Paradise Cove – recreation

Shaker Village – history

Valley View Ferry – science

White Hall – history

Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge – nature, science

Other Destinations within 2 Hours of Lexington

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace – history

Ark Encounter – Biblical history, science, apologetics

Berea Crafts – Main Street – art, handicrafting, history

Big Bone Lick – history, science, nature

Big South Fork Scenic Railway – history, science

Blue Licks – history, nature, science

Carter Caves – science, nature

Cincinnati Art Museum – art, history

Cincinnati Museum Center – science, history, social studies

Cincinnati Zoo – science, nature

Constitution Square – history

Creation Museum – Biblical science, history, apologetics

Cumberland Falls – science, nature

Cumberland Gap – history, nature, science

General George Patton Museum – history

Kincaid Lake – nature

KY Artisan Center – art, handicrafting, music, history

KY Down Under – science, Australian culture

KY Railway Museum – history, science

KY Reptile Zoo – science

Mammoth Cave – science, history, nature

My Old KY Home – history

National Corvette Museum and Factory Tour – science

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – history

National Underground Railroad Museum – history

Natural Bridge – science, nature

Newport Aquarium – science

Old Bardstown Village – history

Old Washington – history

Renfro Valley – history, music

Ruth Hunt Candy Factory – science

Stephen Foster Story – history, music, drama

General Field Trip Ideas for Any Town


City Building



Doctor’s Office


Fire Station

Grocery Store


Police Station

Post Office

Recycling Center


Rock Quarry


Why take field trips as homeschoolers?  LOTS of reasons!

Working on a Kentucky Unit Study?

Our study of KY was the perfect mix of spoon-fed information, exploration and project-based learning.

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  1. Awesome list, Cindy! I can’t wait to head out and visit Kentucky’s treasures. Thank-you for putting this resource together 🙂

  2. I was so excited to find this AND your blog! We will begin homeschooling this summer- it has been a long journey to get here, and we are very excited! I look forward to reading more on your blog.

  3. Thank you, Michelle! You’ll love homeschooling!!

  4. Judy Stribling says:

    I love this list. I hope you update it some time. You should add Boone Creek Creamery.

  5. Judy Stribling says:

    Thank you! It really is my favorite FT list.

  6. Glad it’s helpful, Judy! 🙂

  7. I’ve never heard of Boone Creek Creamery. I’ll be sure to add it to the list. I’m always happy to add wonderful places that are new to me. Thanks for suggesting it!

  8. Rachel Carpenter says:

    Love this list! Thank you so much. I’ve printed it out and my kid is marking her favorites as I write.

  9. Great! I hope you love them all!

  10. Alecia Ferrell says:

    This list is incredible! I homeschool in Lexington, we will be visiting a few of these this year for sure! Thank you!!!

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