Summer in Hopkinsville, KY

Beautiful Hopkinsville, on the southwestern edge of Kentucky, has plenty of summer activities the whole family will enjoy. Several festivals, area attractions and sites of historic importance, which vistors can find listed in the town’s Visitors Guide, draw travellers to take part in experiencing Hopkinsville’s past.

For nature lovers, the Jeffer’s Bend Environmental Center offers miles of walking trails, canoeing and sponsors the annual NatureFest to help adults and children learn to make the most of the outdoors. The nearby Pennyrile Forest State Park features a cozy lodge and the opportunity to experience many exhilarating activities such as camping, hiking, biking and boating.

Little River Days is a family festival held for 2 days in May. It includes a bicycle tour of historic Hopkinsville, food vendors, canoe racing and live entertainment. In early July, Hopkinsville becomes home to the Western Kentucky State Fair. Children will fall in love with animals at the Petting Farm and 4H horse show. Because everyone loves carnival rides, be sure to check out fun at the fair, rides open every day at 6 pm. For the more adventurous, the state fair also presents Motocross, UCW wrestling and a demolition derby. For a great view of the coming total solar eclipse, visit Hopkinsville in 2017 when the city will be the nearest area to the point of maximum eclipse.

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun at the Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center. With water slides, a cafe and lazy river, the park is sure to please the whole family. One of few documented historic sites along the Trail of Tears, the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park was a campsite utilized in the 1830s during the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their native lands. Hopkinsville hosts an inter-tribal memorial PowWow every Labor Day weekend to encourage non-Native Americans to take part in creating crafts, traditional dances and storytelling and immerse themselves in rich Native American culture. And the unique Charles Jackson Circus Museum is the state’s only museum of its kind. This amazing collection of circus memorabilia dates to the 1920s and features classic clowns, animals, signage and vintage toys.

Order Hopkinsville’s brochure today to coordinate your visit with one of our town’s many festivals:

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