Hey there, friends! Welcome to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, or as our friends call us, Etown. Whether you're a local or visiting for the first time, Etown offers a treasure trove of summer outdoor activities. Let’s dive into the best ways to enjoy a sunny day in our charming town!

Fishing In Elizabethtown

A man fishing at Freeman Lake in Elizabethtown, KY, sitting on a bench by the calm water under a clear sky.

If you love the serenity of water, fishing in Etown is an absolute must. One of my favorite spots is Freeman Lake Park, a beloved haven for both locals and visitors. The lake is teeming with bass, bluegill, and catfish, making it perfect for everyone from novice anglers to seasoned pros. And with fishing piers, boat rentals, and picnic areas, you can easily turn your fishing trip into a full day of fun.

Splash Into Fun At American Legion Water Park

water slides and play structures at the water park

When the summer heat kicks in, there's no better place to cool off than our local waterpark. The American Legion Water Park is a family favorite, boasting an array of water attractions for all ages. From adrenaline-pumping water slides to the lazy river, there’s something for everyone. The kiddos can splash around in the splash pads and playgrounds, while adults can lounge by the pool or take a refreshing dip.

Kayaking Adventures

A person kayaking on Freeman Lake at sunset, with the water reflecting a warm orange glow.

For a more active adventure, you can’t beat kayaking in Etown. Freeman Lake isn’t just great for fishing; it also offers fantastic conditions for kayaking. The calm waters are perfect for beginners, while experienced kayakers can explore the lake’s hidden nooks and crannies. At Freeman Lake, you can rent paddle boats, john boats, and kayaks, making it easy to get out on the water. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the natural beauty of Etown. 

Explore Downtown Elizabethtown

An aerial view of downtown Elizabethtown, KY, showcasing the layout of streets, buildings, and greenery, under an overcast sky.

No visit is complete without spending some time in our charming downtown. Historic buildings, unique shops, and delightful restaurants make it a must-visit. Whether you're dining or just taking a leisurely stroll, downtown Elizabethtown has plenty to offer.

Dining In Elizabethtown

Etown’s dining scene is one of the best parts of our town. From Southern comfort food to international cuisine, there’s something to satisfy every palate. 

Some local favorite downtown spots include:

  • J. R. Neighbors: Known for its gourmet menu and vibrant atmosphere, it’s a local favorite.
  • The Back Home Restaurant: Offers a taste of traditional Southern cooking, making it a great spot for a hearty meal.
  • Harlow Juice Bar: Perfect for a fresh sip of nature’s finest fruit blends.

Local Events

a person in period clothing speaking to participants of the historic walking tour

Beyond the outdoor adventures in Elizabethtown, KY, tourist attractions include historical sites, museums, and parks. Visit the Brown-Pusey House, a beautifully preserved historic home, and listen to live music at the Tavern in the Garden. Or enjoy The Charles W. Logsdon Historic Downtown Elizabethtown Walking Tour downtown and listen to the fascinating tales from the past. For more event information, head over to the events tab on our website!

Plan Your Visit To Elizabethtown Today!

Elizabethtown is the perfect summer destination with its blend of outdoor adventures, local events, and delicious dining options. Whether you’re fishing at Freeman Lake, splashing around at the waterpark, or immersing yourself in its history, Elizabethtown offers a summer experience like no other.

Cheers to your next adventure!