Celebrate your impending wedding with a bachelor party trip to one of these Kentucky cities. Choose Kentucky vacation rentals in the big city of Louisville or opt for some laid-back bro time in small cities such as Elizabethtown. From golfing in Owensboro to nightlife in Bowling Green, these Kentucky cities offer you just the right balance of fun in the sun and after-dark excitement. Start planning for your bachelor party adventures with these Kentucky cities at the top of your list.

1. Lexington

Lexington

Round up the cowboys and head to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for a good time on your bachelor party. Lexington, the “horse capital of the world,” is the ideal vacation destination for the equestrian enthusiasts, with access to the Keeneland race courses. Spend a few hours betting on the horses and then take a tour of the Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm before hitting the nightlife at the Bluegrass Tavern and the Austin City Saloon. Challenge your boys to old-fashioned arcade game competitions while sipping on some brews at Arcadium Bar. When you want to get out and about in Lexington, stop in at Boone Creek Outdoors for a thrilling zipline excursion.

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2. Bowling Green

corvette museum

A Bowling Green vacation rental gives you and your groomsmen a chance to explore the great outdoors. Start your adventures with a hike on the Civil War Discovery Trail, or rent some cycles from Breck’s Bicycle Shop for a whirl around the Low Hollow Bike Trail. Chow down at Double Dogs before celebrating with some cocktails and brews at the Chocolate City Nightclub or 643 Sports Bar. The National Corvette Museum is a must-see if you’re feeling the need for speed. Before heading back to your rustic cabin or luxurious condo for a game of poker, toast the groom at Tidball’s or Rocky’s.

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3. Louisville

Louisville horse racing

Head to the big city of Louisville to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, and see who is the real MVP when touring the Louisville Slugger Museum. A bachelor party in Louisville begs the need to spend some time betting on the horses at Churchill Downs after stopping in at the Kentucky Derby Museum. When the weather is warm, thrill the thrill seekers in your group with a day riding the coasters at the Kentucky Kingdom before hitting up the nightlife in Louisville with a few brews at the Garage Bar or Nowhere Bar. The athletic types can explore the jogging trails in one of the 120 city parks that surround the city, and the history buffs can get their fill of Kentucky artifacts at the Frazier History Museum. Top off an evening of your weeklong or weekend bachelor party trip with Southern-style grub at Zanzabar or arcade game challenges at Galaxie.

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4. London

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Make sure your crew is hungry when you visit London, home of the World Chicken Festival that honors Colonel Sanders. This quaint Kentucky town offers more than just finger-licking good fried chicken, with access to biking and hiking trails at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, and the Camp Wildcat Battlefield. Treat the guys to a zipline excursion with Tree Top Adventures, and then prepare for a rowdy celebration with drinks at the 19th Hole Pub or Piper’s Pit. Fill up on steaks and seafood at Shiloh Steakhouse before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental for some male bonding over brews.

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5. Owensboro

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Set your sights on Owensboro for your bachelor party trip, and immerse yourselves in the culture of this bustling city with stops at the International Bluegrass Music Museum, and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. If your celebration times out around October, treat your buddies to a haunting thrill on the Haunts of Owensboro Tour, or spend an afternoon fishing at Yellow Creek Park. When it’s time to kick back and relax, celebrate the groom with a toast at the Boiler Room Bar, watch the big game at the Sandsports Grill and Bar, or grab some calzones and beers at the Mellow Mushroom.

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6. Frankfort

Frankfort waterfall

Make Frankfort your vacation destination and enjoy stunning views of the Kentucky River from your vacation rental balcony. Frankfort offers a laid-back environment for bachelor parties, with fishing and hiking at the Salato Wildlife Center, or tours of the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Water-filled fun in the sun is plentiful in this Kentucky City when you rent tubes or canoes from Canoe Kentucky. For a day at the links, opt for 18 holes at the Juniper Hill Park and Golf Course. Stop in for happy hour at Bourbon on Main, or grab a few brews with the locals at Brick Alley.

7. Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown

If your crew seeks a rustic, laid-back Kentucky city for a celebration of the groom, choose Elizabethtown as your bachelor party vacation destination. Take in the sights with tours of the 1862 Civil War battlegrounds, or admire the vintage vehicles at Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum. Freeman Lake gives you access to the water for tubing and canoeing, while Mammoth Cave offers adventure and excitement. Hike the Bourbon Trail to get energized for nightlife at the Bourbon Barrel Tavern or karaoke at the Wicked Eye Woman.

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