Shrek, Spirits, Train Robbers and Thomas the Tank Engine

Lots of family-friendly fun this summer in Bardstown, Kentucky
The Kentucky Railway Museum offers fun family-friendly train robbery excursions.
The Kentucky Railway Museum offers fun family-friendly train robbery excursions.
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BARDSTOWN, Ky. - May 7, 2013 - PRLog -- Far Far Away is as close as Bardstown, Ky., this summer when Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey and the rest of the swamp denizens from DreamWorks’ Shrek bring their act to the amphitheatre in My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Bring your family to the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” for live shows, plus train excursions, historical re-enactments, summer band concerts – even the Buttermilk Days Festival – for an affordable getaway in the town voted “best weekend” by Kentucky Living magazine readers.  Click to see Bardstown’s ( family-friendly things to do.

Take a ride with Thomas The Tank Engine

Thomas The Tank Engine rolls into Kentucky Railway Museum in nearby New Haven for a “Day Out With Thomas” on Sat. and Sun., June 1 and 2, and again on June 8 and 9. Tickets are $22 plus tax for ages 2 and up. (Save by buying tickets in advance.) Kids have an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt and share in arts and crafts, storytelling, video viewing, live music, a magic show, bounce house and more. Other Kentucky Railway Museum themed excursions include train robberies with masked bandits, mystery theatre and pizza trains.

Get your green on

In July and early August, another fave takes to the stage: “Shrek The Musical,” based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that redefined the dashing hero, puts everyone’s favorite green ogre front and center. Joined on stage by a feisty princess, a chatty donkey, a cookie with a ‘tude and a prince with a “short” temper, this fractured fairy tale is full of all-new songs, fun dance numbers, lots of laughs and loveable characters.

On this same stage, the “Stephen Foster Story,” Kentucky’s official outdoor drama and a splashy family-friendly Broadway musical, runs from June 8 through August 10. It tells the story of America’s first pop star through songs, including “Oh! Susanna” and “Camptown Races,” and 175 swirling costumes. Tickets for children ages five and under are free, $11 for those ages six to 12 and $19 for their parents.

Weekends full of family fun

Book a hotel with pool at one of several brand name hotels or check into Old Kentucky Home Stables and Bed & Breakfast with swimming and horseback riding. Pitch a tent at a Bardstown campground, including one at My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Lock down for the night in an authentic jail cell room at The Jailer’s Inn Bed and Breakfast or stretch out at the family-size Eagle Cove Cottage.

Dining is fun and affordable in Bardstown: burgers and shakes at Hurst Drug Store with old-fashioned soda fountain; Southern-style home-cooking at Mammy’s Kitchen, Pat’s Place or Kurtz’s Restaurant; breakfast sweets at Hadorn’s Bakery; deli fare at Bardstown Bowling Center; and cupcakes at the new Sugar Buzz.

Freebies round out weekend getaway

Free Friday night band concerts – featuring everything from Big Band to military band music – take place through the summer at the Bardstown Community Park. The Buttermilk Days Festival brings more music and lots of activities for all to Bardstown on Aug. 22-24. Visit Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest to explore the nature center and hike the trails. Tour the oldest operating jail complex in Kentucky – the circa 1819 Old County Jail. Visit the Bardstown/Nelson County Historical Museum to see artifacts relating to Jesse James and Abraham Lincoln.

Visit ( for more details on all Bardstown’s summer events, which also include Civil War re-enactments at Old Bardstown Village the third weekend of the month, Friday night Ghost Treks, Saturday evening Visits with the Spirits of Wickland, murder mysteries aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train and more.


Dawn Przystal (, Vice President-Bardstown-Nelson County TCC, 800-638-4877 x 114

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Located in the heart of Kentucky Bourbon Country and situated at the trailhead of the famed Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Bardstown is  more familiarly known as the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” It is home to five distilleries, including Barton 1792 and Willett Distillery and these three Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries: Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam. Major attractions include the “Stephen Foster Story,” Kentucky’s official outdoor drama that takes place in My Old Kentucky Home State Park; the Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre (one of the four most significant such museums in the country); The Kentucky Railway Museum, where Thomas the Tank Engine is known to put in appearances; My Old Kentucky Dinner Train; and the narrated Heaven Hill Trolley tour. Additionally, Bardstown has four 18-hole golf courses, three wineries, two haunted tours and numerous religious attractions. It was selected as the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” in the Rand McNally/USA Today 2012 “Best of the Road” contest.
Source:Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Conv. Commis
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