As 2013 draws to a close, you may be searching for something special to do to welcome the New Year in a safe and fun way.

The Kentucky State Parks are gearing up for 2014 with plans for several New Year’s Eve parties and events at resort parks around the state. A dinner buffet, entertainment and dancing are among the options Dec. 31 at several parks. For more information about parks offering lodging packages that include entertainment and meals, visit www.parks.ky.gov or call your favorite park.

Many hotels and restaurants in Lexington, Louisville and other cities will host New Year’s Eve celebrations. For ease of planning and no driving after celebrating, reserve a package at a hotel. You can search for information on Lexington hotel packages at www.visitlex.com.

Set sail into the New Year on the Ohio River on the Spirit of Jefferson riverboat. A special three-hour cruise departs at 10:30 p.m.  Advance reservations are required, and information is at www.belleoflouisville.org. You can combine the cruise with an overnight stay in a downtown hotel and walk up to Fourth Street to enjoy the last night of the Light Up Louisville decorations.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a special way to usher in 2014 with the kids, check whether museums and libraries near you are planning special activities Dec. 31.

For example, at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville, youngsters will enjoy exploring the science behind some common (and not so common) New Year’s traditions. The “Noon Year’s Celebration” begins at 11 a.m. More information is at www.kysciencecenter.org.

At the Louisville Free Public Library’s main branch, celebrate New Year’s Eve with an afternoon dance party for kids 2 to 5 years old. The free event is a good place to enjoy activities with kids. Check the events calendar at www.lfpl.org for details.

Make the transition to 2014 memorable with a special activity this New Year’s Eve!


The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.2 billion, supports about 174,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.




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