Versailles and the surrounding area is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in the Commonwealth. It is also home to everything from shopping in historic Midway to world famous horse farms to family fun destinations like Boyd Orchards and Life Adventure Center. Check out these spots on your next visit.
1396 Pinckard Pike / (859) 873-3097
Boyd Orchards is a 60-acre farm located off Versailles Road. Open May through November, the orchard offers a variety of fresh fruits and family fun.
Festivals in September and October offer hay rides, pony and train rides, live music, cornmaze adventures and pumpkin patch visits. Kids also can enjoy the playground that features a 90-foot slide, hay castle and a tree house.
Shop for fresh local produce from the market or spend quiet time in the orchard picking your own. The Apple Blossom Cafe serves lunch daily and offers a selection of seasonal treats like the best-selling Apple Cider Donuts.
Bluegrass Railroad Museum
175 Beasley Road / (859) 873-2476
Operating out of the Woodford County Park, the museum offers an 11-mile, 90-minute train ride throughout the horse farms of Central Kentucky.
Special train rides include the Ronald McDonald Clown train, Picnic Train, Halloween Haunted ride and Santa Claus ride through Dec. 20. Visit the museum for displays of railroad history or purchase gifts at the museum gift store.
Three Chimneys Farm
1981 Old Frankfort Pike
This Midway farm has managed the careers of some of the top stallions in the history of American Thoroughbread breeding such as Seattle Slew and Dynaformer. The farm also was involved with the breeding and or racing careers of the stellar mares Hidden Lake, Pompeii, Gorgeous and Miss Keller. Tours are available through October at 1 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Jack Jouett House Histoiric Site
255 Craig’s Creek Road
Visit the home of Jack Jouett, known as a hero of the American Revolution after he warned Thomas Jefferson of 250 approaching British troops.
Enjoy group tours of the house, cemetery, colonial herb garden, quilt square and native trees. Events happening through September include Revolutionary Kids Day, Frontier Day, and Jack Jouett Patriot Day.
275 Beasley Road
Woodford Theatre is located inside the Falling Springs Recreational Center. In addition to providing four or five productions a year, the theatre has events happening year round like the 24-hour Theatre Project, Summer Academy, The Girl Project and other workshops. The performance schedule for the 2014-2015 season concludes with the musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin.’” Performances are May 8-10, May 15-17 and May 22-24.
Historic DOWNTOWN Midway
Midway has become a dining destination and is home to some of the best restaurants in Central Kentucky. Before or after dining, enjoy many of the unique shops on East Main Street. Why not meet me in Midway? You won’t be disappointed
Life Adventure Center
570 Milner Rd / (859) 873-3271
Life Adventure Center is a unique experience of discovery and development that includes a Challenge Course, Environmental Education, Equine and Wilderness Living. Life Adventure Center engages, educates, and empowers community members to build respect, responsibility and self-esteem through teamwork, communication and environmental stewardship using hands-on learning in a natural setting.