Itineraries

 A day in Etown

10:00am - Visit the General George Patton Museum in Fort Knox

11:30 a.m. - Visit Hardin County’s only craft distiller, Boundary Oak Distillery

1 p.m. - Grab lunch at one of our many restaurants

2 p.m. - Test your jump shot at the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Museum

3 p.m. - Admire classic cars at Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum

3:30 p.m. - Relax or walk the trails at the Elizabethtown Nature Park and Veterans Tribute, also home to the Vietnam Veterans Replica Wall

4 p.m. - Take a trip back in time with a visit to the historic cabins at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown  (The Lincoln Heritage House, the Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial, and the One-Room Schoolhouse)

5 p.m. - Stroll through time in our Historic Downtown Elizabethtown or walk through Etown's hidden gem, the Hardin County History Museum

6:30 p.m. - Dinner in downtown Elizabethtown

Seasonal
Historic Downtown Costumed Walking Tour
Thursday Evenings, June – September
This hour-long outdoor walking tour begins at 7:00 pm at 25 Public Square in Elizabethtown. From there you will take a leisurely stroll back in time as you are guided through the downtown to meet prominent figures in American history such as P.T. Barnum, Jenny Lind, General George Armstrong Custer, and Carrie Nation. You will also be introduced to some not-so-famous characters who have very interesting stories to tell. The tour consists of walking around a block with frequent stops.

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  Visit the Tavern in the Garden at the Brown-Pusey House and enjoy refreshments served by a barmaid in period costume and listen to the music provided by local talent, open from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

Christmas in the Park
Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve
An illuminated roadway will guide you through this beautiful spectacle of Christmas spirit. Music of the season on your radio, along with lights glimmering upon Freeman Lake will create that special Christmas magic for you and your entire family.

Historic Buildings at Freeman Lake Park 
June – September
Tuesday through Saturday – 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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Lincoln Heritage House – Although this beloved historic double cabin was gutted by fire early in 2009, the community rebuilt the house using historic building materials including salvaged timbers in 2011.
Sara Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial – A replica of the home of Sarah Bush Johnston, Abraham Lincoln’s stepmother.
One Room School House – The ‘finest school in the county’ originally built in 1892.

Arts & Culture
The Historic State Theater
Described in 1942 as “one of the finest . . . outside of Louisville,” this beautifully restored theater includes a 200-seat black-box theater. The main theater seats over 600. 

The Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center (The PAC)
The PAC is a regional performing arts center located in the heart of Kentucky, dedicated to bringing professional-quality experiences to our community. The center seats just under 800 and is equipped with a Broadway style bus-and-truck roadhouse stage with a full fly system, orchestra pit lift and a soon to be added orchestral shell. Past performances have included The Lettermen, Vicki Lawrence, and the Peking Acrobats. Brochures for scheduled performances are available upon request. Admission and show times vary.

Etown CVB Lobby
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Visitors Center

Welcome to the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau with its state-of-the-art tourism...

E-Town History
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Abe Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln's father was born and raised in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. His father, Thomas...

Patton Museum
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Civil War & Military

The Civil War played a big part in shaping the history of Elizabethtown.

Shopping
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Shopping

A shopping destination for many surrounding communities, Elizabethtown has the stores you have come...

Elizabethtown Sign
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About Us

Elizabethtown is centrally located within 400 miles of 12 major U.S. cities, and less than a...

E-Town History
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History

Founded in July 1797, Elizabethtown is the Hardin County seat. In 1779, three early settlers, Capt....

Elizabethtown Sign
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Transportation

If you’re planning a trip to Elizabethtown using public transportation, the nearest public...

Facility Photos
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Sports

Elizabethtown Sports Park is a true destination for events of all sizes and caliber with three quads...

Explore Etown in 48 Hours

DAY ONE

10:00am - Visit the General George Patton Museum in Fort Knox

11:30 a.m. - Visit Hardin County’s only craft distiller, Boundary Oak Distillery.

1 p.m. - Grab lunch at one of our many restaurants

2:30 p.m. - Take a trip back in time with a visit to the historic cabins at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown  (The Lincoln Heritage House, the Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial, and the One-Room Schoolhouse)

3 p.m. - Go kayaking, peddle boating or canoeing at Freeman Lake Park

4 p.m. - Admire classic cars at Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum

5 p.m. - Walk through time in Etown's hidden gem, the Hardin County History Museum

6 p.m. - Dinner in downtown Elizabethtown

DAY TWO

9 a.m. - Relax or walk the trails at the Elizabethtown Nature Park and Veterans Tribute, also home to the Vietnam Veterans Replica Wall

10 a.m. - Walk through time in Etown's hidden gem, the Hardin County History Museum

11 a.m. - Explore downtown Elizabethtown (see if you can find the cannonball), shop and have lunch

1:30 p.m. - Test your jump shot at the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Museum

2:30 p.m. - Hunt for the perfect treasure at the I-65 Vendor Mall or any of our fantastic shops, 

If shopping is not your thing you can plot your escape at Unlock: Kentucky Escape Room or let the kids burn off some energy at Sky’s the Limit or the American Legion Water Park.

Explore Kentucky 

Exploring Kentucky is discovering all the things you know about, and all the things you don’t.   It’s experiencing more than 500 horse farms, and touring the famous Bourbon Country distilleries. It’s viewing Civil War battlefields, international museums and innovative art galleries Visiting Kentucky’s world-renowned natural attractions and tasting the local dishes at off-the-beaten-path dining landmarks.

If you’re looking to plan an unforgettable getaway, Kentucky is the place.  And there is no better place to stage that visit than from Elizabethtown.  Located within two-hours of Kentucky’s most iconic attractions we’re a great place to stage your Kentucky Experience.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

Bourbon, Horses and Shopping

Take a trip to Shelbyville, The American Saddlebred Capital of the World, and tour a world-famous Saddlebred horse farm to learn about the only breed of horse that is native to Kentucky.  Enjoy lunch at one of the locally-owned restaurants, such as Claudia Sanders Dinner House, where she likely taught her famous husband a thing or two about fried chicken.   No vacation is complete without shopping and the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is perfect for a little retail therapy.   After you’ve worked up a thirst, stop in at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse to learn a little more about America’s only native spirit and one of bourbon’s most iconic families.   

Louisville Originals

It’s an early start to the day but the Churchill Downs Backstretch Breakfast Tour is worth it. Follow that with a hat making experience at the Kentucky Derby Museum.  Next, it’s “Batter Up” at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and a sampling of Kentucky’s Native spirit at the Evan William’s Bourbon Experience.  Cap off your evening with dinner on the Belle of Louisville paddleboat.

Caves, Corvettes & Lincoln  

Climb the granite memorial's 56 steps, one for each year of Lincoln's life, at Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace in Hodgenville.  Explore the world’s largest underground cave system at Mammoth Cave. Get your motor running at the National Corvette Museum and Factory tour.  

Most Beautiful Small Town

Just a short drive away start your day with a culinary biscuit tour at My Old Kentucky Home.  Learn about the history and heritage of America’s native spirt at Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center.  Visit the Civil War Museum of the Western Theater, one of the four most important museums of its kind in the country, the site of the first diocese of the west at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral and enjoy a meal on restored 1940’s dining cars at My Old Kentucky Dinner Train.  Enjoy an evening under the stars with a performance of The Stephen Foster Story, celebrating 60 years in 2018.  

Bluegrass and BBQ

First stop is Rosine where you can step back into music history at the boyhood home of Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass Music." Guided tours are given, often by those who knew Bill or members of his family.Delve deeper into the music of Kentucky at the International Bluegrass Museum in Owensboro where you can take a guided tour with instrument demonstrations and try creating your own bluegrass mix.  No trip to Owensboro would be complete without a stop at the renowned Moonlite Bar-B-Q, a Kentucky tradition since 1963.