Kentucky is chock full of unique, one-of-a-kind things to see and do all over the state! The largest piece of sporting equipment can be found in Louisville at Louisville Slugger Museum. The largest boat in the world is in Williamstown…the Ark Encounter. The most exciting two minutes in sports is the Kentucky Derby.
However, just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville and 70 minutes from the Ark Encounter, you will find Oldham County, Kentucky on I-71. Oldham showcases the coolest list of unique things to do near Louisville that can be found in one place in Kentucky. Only in Oldham! Not only are they UNIQUE to Kentucky, some are unique to the United States!
Oldham Farm Tours offers the LARGEST number of educational, interactive Farm Tours in Kentucky! Schedule your tours directly with the farms April – November to enjoy all breeds of horses, from race horses to carriage driving – even favorite movie farms of Hallmark® and Jon Voigt! Come for our Alpaca, bison, sheep, dairy cows, botanical gardens, nature preserves, organic & sustainable farms – we have it ALL! Farm Tours HERE
La Grange is the ONLY town in the world with a freight train running ON its Main Street. Take a stroll through the only Kentucky town chosen by HGTV and People magazine for a 2022 episode of a new spin-off renovation show, “Home Town Kickstart,” airing April 24, 2022. This very walkable, historic shopping & dining district offers vacation rentals, boutiques, handmade gifts, art galleries, studios, restaurants, train observation tower, train museum, and cool outdoor seating by the railroad tracks. Come feel the rumble! Trains HERE
The ONLY Meadery in Kentucky is located in Oldham County! Sharing the same 8.6 acres as 3rd Turn Brewing and The Backside Grill, Hive and Barrel Meadery serves up locally made honey wine produced at their on-site facility on the gorgeous grounds of Oldham Gardens. Honey wine (or mead) shares many similar characteristics as normal wine, except that it is made with honey instead of grape. Plus, it is gluten free! Enjoy honey wine in the most beautiful beer garden surroundings! Hive & Barrel Meadery
The ONLY botanical garden in Kentucky on the National Historic Register, as well as the ONLY Solar Geothermal Greenhouse with a “Green” Roof in Kentucky; The ONLY Small-Scale Castle in Kentucky; The ONLY Fairy Forest at a botanical garden in Kentucky; The LARGEST Collection of Hellebores & Hostas in Kentucky; and the ONLY botanical garden with 5 AIA Awards in Kentucky. Yew Dell HERE
The LARGEST Whiskey Jug Collection in Kentucky. One of the LARGEST in the United States; ONLY place in Kentucky with 2 SITES on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (passport stamps available!); LARGEST WWII Veterans Oral History Collection in Kentucky History Museum HERE
The LARGEST COLLECTION and the MOST GIGANTIC pink snails, green rabbits, and purple elephants in Kentucky! These are, of course, art installations. From the giant pink snails at the farm’s entrance to the Deborah Butterfield horse standing next to the pond, art is integrated into the landscape in unexpected ways. Bison Farm HERE
The LARGEST Cultivated Beer Garden (1.8 acres) in Kentucky – with the ONLY Brewery, (3rd Turn Brewing), as well as the ONLY Meadery in Kentucky (Hive and Barrel Meadery), with food provided by the Backside Grill; THE LONGEST Communal Table in Kentucky – 80’ long, and wisteria overhead. 3rd Turn Brewing & Meadery HERE
The ONLY Completely Farm-to-Bottle Distillery in Kentucky; First Distillery in Oldham County since Prohibition. Home to Jefferson’s, Whiskey Row, and Billy Goat Strut. An ice cream-factory-turned-distillery offering tours and tastings on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®. Also showcases a collection of distilling antiques and “the perfect Manhattan” as per Esquire magazine. Our Distillery HERE
LONGEST Indoor Firearms Range in Kentucky- 300 feet indoor rifle range with computerized targets; ONLY Indoor True Rifle Range in Kentucky; LARGEST Indoor Reball (paintball without the mess) Arena in Kentucky- 11,000sqft of blazing fun; LARGEST Indoor NERF Arena. Our Indoor Gun Range HERE
Native Dancer was the most celebrated thoroughbred race horse in the 20th century – that is until he LOST ONE race out of 22… Dark Star from Hermitage Farm beat The Grey Ghost in the 1953 Kentucky Derby; The WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE YEARLING, Seattle Dancer, was raised and sold by Hermitage Farm. Hermitage also offers horse farm tours as part of our Oldham Farm Tours program. Barn8 Restaurant is actually Barn #8 on the farm and houses a fabulous farm-to-table restaurant where you can eat in a barn stall and sample bourbons from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Hermitage Farm & Barn8 HERE
Hermitage Farm has Kentucky’s MOST UNIQUE COLLECTION of Horse Carriages on display in their newly-renovated Stud Barn and Carriage Gallery. Included is the Brewster-made Vis-a-Vis Carriage, built in 1882 and most notably featured in the 1939 classic movie, Gone with the Wind; The “Stagecoach CEO” Carriage, a carriage made from a converted Hummer H2 by artist Jeremy Dean. You’ll also want to make reservations at their new farm-to-table restaurant, Barn8 (yes, it’s a barn)!