Richmond Community & Area Attractions
The college-friendly town of Richmond is a fast-growing community in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, where scenic horse farms meet the foothills of the rugged Appalachian Mountains. You’ll find a variety of attractions, entertainment and outdoor recreation.
The restaurant scene is lively and diverse offering visitors unique locally owned restaurants, pubs, fine dining, international cuisine, cafes, bistros, and more.
Lake Reba Recreational Complex
The hub of community sports and youth leagues, the Lake Reba Recreational Complex boasts soccer, little league, baseball, softball, and football fields. The park is a 600-acre tract of land which includes the Gibson Bay Golf Course and lighted driving range. Also located at the park: the Paradise Cove Aquatic Center, a horseshoe complex, a 1.2 mile walking/jogging trail, Adventure Falls miniature golf, a batting cage complex, a 75-acre fishing lake with boat ramp, six shelters and a large handicap accessible playground for all ages.
Fort Boonesborough State Park
Located a few minutes north of Richmond, Fort Boonesborough is a replica of the 18th Century fort built by Daniel Boone in 1775. The attraction offers visitors a chance to experience early pioneer life. The park's museum tells the story of Daniel Boone and the settlement of the area.
Madison County Public Library
The Madison County Public Library is a welcoming community center providing for the needs of a diverse community through its employees, resources, programs and services.
Kentucky River Museum
The Kentucky River Museum provides visitors with insight into the lives of families who lived on the river and worked the locks and dams in the 1900s.
A family-owned farm three miles from downtown Richmond, Baldwin Farms is the home of the annual Pumpkin Festival. Visitors can select a pumpkin, visit the pets and play area, navigate the hay and corn mazes, climb on Baldwin Dirt Hill and ride the ponies. The farm sells local farm-fresh produce during the growing season and beautiful Kentucky-grown Christmas trees in winter.
White Hall State Historic Site
Revolutionary war hero General Green Clay built White hall in the late 1700s. The historic home, designed in Georgian and Italianate styles, boasts nearly ten thousand square feet and includes many modern innovations of the time.
EKU Campus Attractions
EKU Center for the Arts
Central Kentucky’s premier performing arts venue, EKU Center for the Arts features a 2000-seat Broadway and concert-quality performance hall. The Center regularly books well-known musicians, actors, and comedians.
Arnim D. Hummel Planetarium
One of the largest and most sophisticated planetariums in the United States, EKU’s Hummel Planetarium takes visitors on fantastic journeys into space. After each show, the audience is treated to a Star Talk and tour of the current night sky.
Eastern Kentucky University is home to 15 NCAA intercollegiate Division 1 athletics teams. The Colonels compete at venues located throughout campus and continue their long-standing tradition of athletic and academic success.
EKU Libraries Special Collections and Archives
The University Archives was established in 1976. It contains a wide variety of materials that relate to the history of Eastern Kentucky University and Madison County.
Fred Parker Giles Gallery
The Giles Gallery, named for a distinguished past professor of art, is located off the main lobby of the Campbell Building and is the most important venue for the display of art in Richmond. Curated by faculty of the department, the gallery changes exhibits approximately once a month.
The Ravine is a special gathering place on EKU’s “Campus Beautiful.” Many regular events and classes are held in the Ravine, and it is a great spot to hang out with friends, study for classes or simply relax and enjoy campus scenery.
The Veterans Memorial was created in 2002 to honor all EKU alumni, faculty, staff and students who lost their lives in service to their country. The Veterans Memorial is located on the EKU campus near the Meditation Chapel.
Further Afield ~ Attractions in Central Kentucky
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Nearly 2.5 million visitors from all 50 states and 25 countries have been welcomed into the nine legendary distilleries which make up the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Distilleries are located between 30 and 115 miles from Richmond. Visitors can learn about the history of bourbon – America’s only native spirit, how it is made and why Kentucky produces approximately 95% of all bourbon in the world.
Travel through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, independently or with a professional tour guide. Lexington and Louisville are on the route; but, be sure to allow time for smaller towns like Bardstown -- home to the annual Bourbon Festival and the "Bourbon Capital of the World.” And don’t forget to try Kentucky’s signature bourbon drink, the Mint Julep.
Nestled in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, 10 miles south of Richmond, Berea is home to weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass blowers, potters, painters, sculptors and musicians. Known as The Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky, Berea’s many attractions showcase the culture and traditions of Appalachia.
- The Kentucky Artisan Center, located just off I-75, hosts special exhibits and events throughout the year, including demonstrations, book signings, informal music performances and food tastings. Dine, shop and celebrate Kentucky’s artisan heritage at this unusual facility.
- Owned and operated by the College, Boone Tavern was built in 1909. A restaurant and gracious Southern-style hotel, Boone Tavern has welcomed many famous visitors, including the Dalai Lama, Eleanor Roosevelt and Robert Frost.
- Berea’s College Square is best known for art festivals, historic restaurants and buildings. Festivals throughout the year are located in the Square, including the Spoonbread Festival in mid-September.
- “Old Town” Berea is home to numerous artist studios and galleries, and is a great place to see artists at work.
- Nowhere is Berea’s tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility and community service more apparent than at Berea College. Founded in 1855 as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, Berea College is tuition-free and admits only academically promising students.
Natural Areas and Unique Attractions
The Kentucky Horse Park
About 30 miles north of Richmond, it is the world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.
A world-class Thoroughbred race course, Keeneland is about 40 minutes from Richmond.
Red River Gorge
One of the best places to explore geological formations, nearby Red River Gorge is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest and contains an estimated 500 miles of trails through rugged terrain made of sandstone cliffs, arches and exposed limestone rock faces.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
A little more than 40 miles away, this site of a Shaker religious community, active from 1805 to 1910, boasts an Historic Centre, farm and natural preserve. Cruise through the Kentucky River Palisades aboard Shaker Village’s 115-passenger riverboat, enjoy a Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride, an evening hay ride, or discover the Preserve on horseback. Accommodations include more than 70 distinct guest rooms, suites and cottages. The restaurant serves seasonal seed-to-table dishes and traditional Kentucky fare.
In Lexington and surrounding counties, there are over 1,000 miles of lightly traveled back roads excellent for bicycle touring. Along tree-shaded Bluegrass back roads you'll pedal past beautiful farms, lovely streams, historic homes and sites and old rock fences.
The creek meanders more than 100 scenic miles through several counties, through horse farm country, past old mills and historic buildings, and under one of Kentucky's 13 remaining covered bridges. In addition to quiet waters, the Elkhorn includes a 6-mile whitewater gorge.
Richmond is within 90 minutes of three major airports: Lexington Bluegrass Field (LEX) , Northern Kentucky/ Cincinnati (CVG), and Louisville (SDF). CVG alone offers non-stop service to 58 domestic and international locations with almost 200 daily departures.