10 things to do in and around Frankfort

It’s the peak of summer and with soaring gas prices, you might be looking to do some in-state travel to save on money. Luckily, Kentucky is home to numerous hidden gems, including a host of places, some less than an hour away from Louisville, in the Frankfort area.

In addition to being the state capital of Kentucky and a place that holds some of the oldest Kentucky history, Frankfort is also the home to the grave of pioneer Daniel Boone, Kentucky State University, and a historic business district. From a four-generation owned and operated chocolate shop and a museum rich with Kentucky history to a boat-based bourbon tour showing the history of the state’s iconic spirits industry (and ghosts!), the city of Frankfort is a unique travel destination with timeless architecture and rich heritage.

Here are 10 things to do and see while in the Frankfort area:

113 Great Buffalo Trace, buffalotracedistillery.com

Tour guide Freddie Johnson leads a Buffalo Trace Distillery tour in the Stillhouse.

Throughout the challenges of floods, fires, tornadoes, and even Prohibition, the American family-owned Buffalo Trace Distillery you have never compromised. Its tireless dedication to respecting the past while fearlessly innovating for the future has served the distillery well for more than two centuries. No matter the challenge, the people at Buffalo Trace have been part of the story that shaped America and the spirit industry. Explore 200 years of history along the bourbon trail with a visit, where the tours and tastings are always complimentary. Registration is recommended at buffalotracedistillery.com/visit-us.html

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325 Ann St., capitalcitymuseum.com

Explore more than 200 years of politics, architecture, and everyday life in Frankfort. Located across from the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Capital City Hall Museum is in the heart of downtown Frankfort. The museum is handicap accessible and motor coach parking is available next to the museum. Admission is free and you can tour on your own. Join the Capital City Museum on an interactive journey through time exploring the history of Frankfort and Franklin County. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm Several tours are offered and tickets are available at capitalcitymuseum.com/tours.html

4445 McCracken Pike, castleandkey.com/

The landscape of Castle & Key Distillery was created by Jon Carloftis, who helped bring back the sunken garden of the facility, which was lost for decades due to overgrowth after the Old Taylor Distillery was abandoned for more than 40 years after closing.  Two owners, Wes Murry and Will Arvin, purchased the 113 acre property outside the city of Frankfort, Ky in 2014. The cost is $30 and takes about two hours.

The buildings and grounds of the “Old Taylor” distillery, abandoned for decades, were crumbling and giving way to nature’s hold when Will Arvin and Wes Murry bought it in 2014 and Castle & Key was born. Castle & Key, which sits on 113-acres on the outskirts of Frankfort near Millville, uses local ingredients to inspire its products and everything sold is picked from carefully selected grains. In March of this year, it released its first bourbon. Open from Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 5 pm and from 12-5 pm Sunday. Join Castle and Key for tours and other series by purchasing a ticket at app.anyroad.com/carolineb.

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