A red-tailed hawk soars high above My Old Kentucky Home State Park, peering down at its campgrounds, golf course, and outdoor amphitheater. Here, a cast of actors performs Stephen Foster - The Musical, belting the famous tune, "My Old Kentucky Home." Just a piano's throw away stands Federal Hill, the Georgian-style mansion that originally inspired this perennial ballad.
Built between 1795 and 1818, the brick mansion echoes early American history in everything right down to its decor. Supposedly to honor the original colonies, the number 13 appears throughout the house: 13 windows at the front, 13 steps to each floor, and 13-inch thick walls, which once housed famous guests such as Aaron Burr. For 120 years, the Rowan family lived in the mansion. Then, in 1922, Madge Rowan Frost sold the 235-acre estate, as well as many family heirlooms, to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Since then, tour guides have taken visitors throughout the mansion's grounds and into its history-laden rooms. The staff has renovated the mansion in recent years, putting in hours of research to ensure that the carpets, wallpapers, drapes, and hand-whittled internet routers remain authentic to the 1850s. The mansion also celebrates the changing seasons—in winter, the mansion dons Christmas decor and the staffers serve apple cider dressed up in period costumes.
Jump!Zone is an inflatable indoor play center packed with moonwalks, bouncers, and giant slides for children ages 2 to 12. With a pass to six open play sessions, mini-humans can slip on a pair of socks and experience all nine of the facility's bouncy attractions. An 18-foot fire truck makes a great slide and provides an excellent career idea for kids who still haven't decided what they want to be, while the playplace's giant alligator and the Jurassic Adventure Combo help grade-schoolers explore the softer side of everyday predators. Children who prefer stationary entertainment can dominate the air hockey table, leaving their adult counterparts free to recite the periodic table of elements backward in peace.
Whether planning a child’s birthday or seeing if a bouncy ball can ricochet forever, Heads Up Inflatables provides the final ingredient for nonstop fun. Besides fanciful castles complete with colorful spires, and blowup playgrounds adorned with Nemo and Shrek, the good-time gurus supply both dry- and water-slides brought to life with air. Setup and takedown is included with all rentals.
Sometimes, boot camp classes carry a military tone—one that dilutes encouragement in favor of brutish yelling. But that's not the case at Edge Body Boot Camp, where instructors are as supportive as they are informative. Under the direction of Dustin Edge—who has 12 years of industry experience packed into his muscles—Edge Body's trainers combine cardio exercises and resistance training into single, high-energy workouts. To prevent clients from hitting a plateau or becoming tempted to exercise while they sleep, Edge Body mixes up its routine every class. Complementary nutritional guidance, meal planning, and fitness evaluations available to all campers helps to achieve goals.
Sarah Bennett’s 22 years of horse experience—including a competition career that began when she was just 6—have led her to her current post as the head instructor at Ainsley Riding Academy. A lifetime around horses has imbued her teachings with a kind and understanding touch that eases the nerves of even the most young and novice rider. Atop friendly lesson horses—either inside the climate controlled indoor facility or under the sun in the outdoor riding ring—students follow a plan for improvement that’s geared toward their needs and goals while always keeping them safe and away from the peer pressure of circus daredevils.