Get ready for an entire weekend of finger-lickin' barbeque cooked up by the nation's best celebrity pit masters. Come to this eating event and taste pulled pork straight off the hog, participate in the bean-eating or hog-calling contest, listen to live music, have a cold beer and enjoy all things BBQ at the always lovely Constitution Square Park. Want to know how we do 'Q? Come to downtown Danville, KY September 11 - 13, 2015 and find out! More info at www.kybbqfestival.com.
We know this time of year can be expensive--between your utility bills and summer travels, you may not have much extra cash. Not to worry! Danville, Kentucky has plenty of budget-friendly fun:
Sit a spell or stretch your legs at Millennium Park
Millennium Park’s sprawling lawns and meandering pathways are a great place to walk your dog, ride your bike, or just take a relaxing stroll. If you’ve got little ones, take them down to the playground or feed the ducks at the pond. Better yet, bring your rod and reel and see what you can catch!
Travel back in time at Constitution Square
As you’re wandering through downtown, you might be a little confused by the sudden appearance of frontier-style log cabins in the midst of historic storefronts, but the buildings aren’t just an architectural outlier—they’re a hugely important historic site (the signing of the Kentucky constitution, in fact!). Aside from being the birthplace of the Commonwealth, the Square houses a frontier jail, meetinghouse, and the first post office West of the Alleghenies (an original building over 200 years old!). And if you’re not into history, you can flop down under the many shade trees and enjoy this little oasis of natural beauty in the heart of downtown.
Reconnect with Nature at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge
Take a meandering drive on country roads until you hit knob country, the hilly, forested wilderness our area of Kentucky is known for. The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge has miles of walking trails in varying length and difficulty, as well as a bird blind and beaver pond. If you’re there around dusk, you just might see the adorable furry swimmers emerge!
Get your daily art fix at the Community Arts Center or Boyle County Public Library
Danville is known as a place with a vibrant arts community, and the Arts Center and library are just two facets of it. The Community Arts Center hosts rotating monthly exhibits from photography and sculpture to quilting and oil paintings (and everything in between!). Best of all, the art is displayed in a beautiful Beaux Arts style building with marble staircases, original wood floors, and old time grandeur you just don’t find everywhere. If you walk into the Boyle County Public Library, make sure to look up – you’ll see an eye-popping glass installation by world-renowned glass artist (and professor at nearby Centre College) Stephen Rolfe Powell. As you peruse the shelves inside, you’ll be treated to a variety of local art and rotating exhibits as well.
Get lost and find Penn’s Store
If you’re into taking the scenic route or getting lost on back roads, a trip to Penn’s Store is just for you. It’s located in Gravel Switch—and the name says it all. Meander through classic Kentucky knobs country, complete with pristine forest, farmland, and river views, before stumbling upon one of our hidden gems: Penn’s Store. It’s the oldest store in continuous operation by the same family, and is one of the first settlements of the area. There are plenty of things to buy once you’re there, but it’s really more about getting out there than anything else.
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