Summer is many people’s favorite season because it’s so much easier to travel, thanks to fair weather and slower family schedules. If you’re planning on soaking up summer in Danville, here are a few of our favorite must-see spots:
Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge
For those who have a hankering for hiking, the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a perfect getaway—it has several different lengths and difficulties of trails, a bird blind, and, if you’re lucky enough to be around at dusk, a pair of beavers who emerge from the pond to graze on the shore. A great place to walk pets, too.
Summer nights in Danville are a pretty spectacular sight, thanks to our local outdoor theatre, which has been bringing light and laughter to its patrons since 1950. The playhouse’s colorful buildings host a campground, a restaurant featuring Kentucky Proud cuisine, and its trademark outdoor stage, where actors like John Travolta first got their start. It’s a staple of summertime in Danville to snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy the playhouse’s shows under the stars.
Constitution Square Historic Site
On a hot summer day, Constitution Square Park is a shady oasis in the middle of downtown. While you’re there, you can tour the frontier-style cabins (one of which dates all the way back to 1792!) and learn about Kentucky’s journey to statehood. It’s also a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch, a cold treat from one of our many sweeteries, or just let the kids run wild while you cool off in the shade.
Millennium and Henry Jackson Parks
With several miles of walking trails, Millennium Park is a good place to stretch your legs if you’ve been on the road for a while. The pond and fountain are fun spots to feed the ducks or go fishing, too, especially if you’ve got little ones. Henry Jackson Park features a spacious disc golf course and playground. It’s tucked away in the heart of a neighborhood, giving it a private, secluded feel.
Beer Engine and Jane Barleycorn’s Market and Bar
At the end of a long, hot, summer day, a draft beer or chilled glass of wine can be just what the doctor ordered. Head to the Beer Engine, our local microbrewery, for house brews and homemade beer cheese; at Jane Barleycorn’s Market and Bar, you can choose from a staggering selection of premium bourbons, wines, beers, and cocktails while enjoying a uniquely eclectic and artistic atmosphere. They’ve also got a growing gourmet menu if you want to snack and sip.
So bring it on, summer: we’re ready!
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