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.
Koch & Company beautifies living spaces with custom-framing jobs and provides students with the necessary space to paint-their-own canvases with friends. The shop's designers share an aesthetic savvy and will gladly help clients to select from more than 400 frame samples and more than 600 mat samples, tailored to encase paintings, diplomas, and other pieces of art. Koch & Company also offers trained instructors to help students at any level create their own personal pieces of art.
Built on the more than 40-acre site where Pond Station Asylum allegedly burnt to the ground, Asylum Haunted Scream Park remains haunted by tortured spirits of past patients’ and the lingering presence of cult activity. Additional petrifying figures, such as a chainsaw-wielding menace and a crazed butcher, haunt the woods’ mile-long indoor and outdoor displays at Darkness Falls Asylum, while zombies terrorize a town under military-enforced quarantine at Zombie City: Mutation. In the 9,000-square-foot Xterminate: Zalien Attack arena, hoards of zombie aliens protect their queen against a ragtag group of humans including TNA professional wrestler Al Snow. The Carnivale of Lost Souls treats those that survive Asylum Haunted Scream Park’s three immersive attractions to free sideshow routines from freaky performers such as a fire-eater, a human pincushion, and a child happily eating vegetables.
Golf combines the complex intermingling of physics and coordination to a level no exoskeleton-toting evil genius has been able to harness at his underground volcano lair. Designed by renowned golf-course architect David Pfaff, Quail Chase Golf Course boasts a picturesque terrain spotted with lush trees, kempt greens, and pop-out shooting-range targets. As Louisville’s only 27-hole championship regulation course, Quail Chase challenges golfers with water hazards, sculpted white-sand bunkers, and an expertly planned layout devoted to elevating the level of play.
Inside Siggy’s Pizza & Pub, one might never feel alone. The rustic eatery is populated by not only a lively staff and buzzing crowd, but also a moose, 12-point buck, and cougar. Situated throughout the bar and restaurant, a variety of prized finds are mounted and posed—including an enormous brown bear who holds his arms outward in a never-ending plea for hugs. The wooden bar grows colorful with plates of beer-friendly eats, including wings and pizzas littered with toppings such as green peppers, sausage, and fresh mozzarella.
Kids at Blazer's Fun Zone scramble over 22,000 square feet of indoor attractions, including an inflatable playground and a rock-climbing wall. After donning socks, pocket-sized climbers can bounce down air-filled blue slides, scale pillowy castle turrets, or bound around a jungle gym softer than a marshmallow-stuffed teddy bear. Alternately, mend strained hand-eye relationships as you deftly conquer the rock-climbing cliff, or inspire fellow putters with practiced strokes on the mini golf course. Twinkle-toed rollers can also opt to enjoy unlimited skating. While parents peruse free WiFi, tykes can refuel for all-day amusement and cutthroat tiddlywinks negotiations by slurping down a slice of sauce-slathered pizza and a small drink.