When the bustle of your daily life starts to overwhelm you, it’s time to take the family to Lake Cumberland, Kentucky for fun and sun. While you enjoy a slower pace of life around the lake, you certainly won’t have a lack of things to do. This area has great mountain biking, hiking, swimming, and boating — as well as local attractions to visit — so everyone in the family will have something to keep them busy. When you are looking for a place to stay, consider choosing one of many beautiful vacation rentals in Lake Cumberland. You’ll be able to find places by the water, or further set back in forests. Make sure to do these ten fun things in Lake Cumberland when you visit on your next vacation.
Whether you want to enjoy a brisk ride on a sailboat or speed around the lake on a motorboat, you can spend a day on the lake with your family. If you don’t own a boat, you can rent one from the local marina or local retailer. Make sure to take plenty of sunscreen and a life jacket for each member of your family.
If you don’t enjoy swimming in lake water, gather up the family for a day of splashing and thrills at this local water park that covers 20 acres. Enjoy the thrill of whooshing down a slide or dodging waves in the large wave pools. There are different pool areas that are divided by age so even the youngest family members have a safe place to swim.
Lace up your hiking boots and pack a couple of extra bottles of water before visiting one of the local parks. The local parks include Alpine Park, Bee Rock Park, and Pulaski County Park. The Eagle Scout trail features a suspension bridge that crosses over Porter Creek. It’s fun for the whole family.
4. Cedar Creek Vineyards
Load everyone into the car for a trip through the country to a local vineyard and family farm. This vineyard offers wine tastings for those old enough to enjoy wine in your group. You can even purchase a couple of bottles to take home with you.
If you or someone in your group enjoys a couple of holes of golf, several of the local parks offer golf courses. Nearby Eagle’s Nest Country Club, offers an 18-hole golf course at par 71 for you and your family to hit the green. It’s open to visitors who want to spend a day golfing.
6. Bear Wallow Farm
Step back in time to the early 1900s, at this local farm where you and the kids can see what it’s like to spend a day on the farm. While there, you can feed the animals, explore the nature trail and find your way to the center of a corn maze.
If you’re ready to create you own fishing tale, this is your chance. Rent a boat or take your own out on the lake to catch some catfish, walleye, and perch. Make sure to bring a camera so that you document the impressive size of the fish you catch.
8. Master Musicians Festival
In the middle of the summer, the Master Musicians Festival holds an annual two-day event where you and the family can go out and enjoy some great music. Music genres include jazz, folk, bluegrass, country and the blues. For the little ones in your family, there’s a children’s activity area and art and crafts fair.
Part of the fun of going on vacation is shopping in stores that you don’t see at home. In the area, there are several flea markets and antique malls, such as North 27 Antique Mall, Somerset Peddler’s Mall and Lake Cumberland Flea Market, where you’re sure to find one-of-a-kind items.
10. 27 Twin Drive-In
Enjoy a slower pace of life and the latest blockbuster movie at the same time at this drive-in movie theater. Load everyone in the car in their pjs with blankets and pillows to watch a movie that starts at sundown. This blast from the past theater is one of the few of its kind left.