FRANKFORT, Ky. – Several Kentucky State Parks will be holding family-fun events during the Easter weekend and resort parks will be serving the annual Easter buffet on March 27.
State parks are planning egg hunts and other activities for guests. For more information, or to make lodging reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
The resort park buffet menu includes beef carved on the line, baked country ham, golden fried catfish and hushpuppies. The meal will also include fresh fruit, a cheese bar, garden vegetables, salad and desserts.
In addition to the buffet, here are Easter weekend events (all times are local):
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
March 26, Nature Walk and More
Explore nature as it begins to emerge for spring with a guided Nature Walk with a member of the park’s interpretive staff at noon Saturday. You can also brighten up your wardrobe by creating your very own tie-dye tee shirt featuring spring colors (fee for shirts) at 9 a.m. Saturday. Plan to stay for the traditional Easter buffet on Sunday noon-8 p.m. Accommodations are available for overnight stays. Call 1-800-325-0057 for more information.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
March 26, Children’s Egg Hunt
More than 2,000 eggs filled with candy will be hidden for girls and boys under the age of 12 to hunt. There will be four age categories for children 12 and under. Eggs for each category will be hidden in different locations surrounding the Pioneer Museum. Prizes awarded for those that find the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place eggs and “special” eggs in each category. In cooperation with the Robertson County Tourism Commission, there will be 2 different hunts. At 11 a.m., age groups 0-2 & 3-5 (Sponsored by the Robertson County Tourism Commission) will be at the public pool ball field. At 11:30 a.m. age groups 6-8 & 9-12 (Sponsored by Blue Licks & the Blue Licks Commemorative Commission) will be at the historic battlefield in front of the Pioneer Museum. Call 859-289-5507.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
March 27, Easter Egg Hunt
Join Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at 2:30 p.m. on the Marina Park Road. Free to children 12 and under, divided into age area groups. The annual Easter Buffet will be served Sunday noon-4 p.m. Call 606-398-7510.
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
March 26-27, Easter Weekend Getaway
Carter Caves State Resort Park will have family-oriented recreation programs throughout the weekend. This includes egg coloring, scavenger hunts and other fun recreational program opportunities. The annual Easter buffet will be served Sunday noon to 8 p.m. and the park will host the Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Friends of Carter Caves with over 1,000 eggs for children ages 12 and under. The free egg hunt will start at 2 p.m. at the Welcome Center. Tours of Cascade and X-cave will be on a regular schedule. Call 606-286-4411.
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
March 25-27, Eggciting Easter Fest
Fort Boonesborough State Park’s campground will host this Easter celebration with lots of activities. Bingo, Easter crafts, an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, free putt-putt and tours, camper decoration contest, and a whole lot more. There is a free continental breakfast on Sunday. This event is for registered campers only. For more information call 859-527-3454 or email email@example.com
General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
March 27, Easter Bunny Visits
General Butler State Resort Park will present the annual Easter Buffet from noon to 8 p.m. The Easter bunny will also be on hand for photos from noon to 4 p.m. in the lobby. Call 502-732-4384.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
March 26, Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny has stopped by Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and has lots of eggs for the boys and girls! Over 6,000 eggs will be waiting, just right for the picking in the campground, starting at 2 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to have your picture made with the Easter Bunny before he hops out of the park. There will be three age groups (0-4 years, 5-8 years, and 9-12 years) and parents/guardians must accompany children. This event is free. Call 606-889-1790.
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
March 4, Little Rembrandts –“Extravagant Easter Eggs”
Cherish those creative moments with your little Rembrandts (ages 3-6) at John James Audubon Museum from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Art classes will meet once a month on Friday’s from 10:30-11:30, with a variety of themes and lots of art materials. Dress for a mess and discover the world of art with Miss Kim. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett, firstname.lastname@example.org (270) 827-1893. Cost: $5.
March 19, Eggstravaganza
Bring your little bunnies ages 3-8, to John James Audubon State Park’s museum for a good time 10:30 a.m. to noon at the annual “Eggstravagaza.” Children will enjoy art, storytelling, live bunnies and Easter snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required and the fee is $7. Call Kim McGrew-Liggett at 270-827-1893 or email email@example.com
Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
March 27, Easter Fun
Kenlake State Resort Park will have an Easter Egg Hunt on March 27 at 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the hotel. Prizes in different age groups (ages 12 and under) will be awarded. The Easter Bunny will be at the park. Bring your camera for photos. This event is free. There is also a breakfast buffet served 7-9 a.m. The annual Easter buffet will be served 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 270-474-2211.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
March 27, Easter Egg Hunt
More than 3,000 eggs will be available for the park’s annual Easter Egg Hunt that starts at 3 p.m. The Easter Bunny arrives at the fitness center at 2:30 p.m. to help get things started. This egg hunt is sponsored by employees of Lake Barkley State Park and Friends of Lake Barkley SRP, Inc. The Easter buffet will be served noon to 8 p.m. Call 1-800-325-1708.
My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
March 1-31, Meadows in the Bloom Exhibit
“Meadows in the Bloom,” an Easter exhibit, is coming during March! Victorian Easter traditions are on full display at My Old Kentucky Home the whole month! Come see the mansion fully decorated for the Easter holiday, and hear stories of Easter traditions dating back to the mid-19th century when the Rowan family was in residence at Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home). This new exhibit features a visually stunning display of Victorian Easter customs and explanations of how the tradition of Easter became one of the most important and celebrated holidays amongst 19th century Victorians. Call 502-348-3502.
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
March 26, Community Easter Egg and Candy Hunt
Old Fort Harrod State Park will again host the Community Easter Egg Hunt in Harrodsburg! This annual event brings out hundreds of children every year to participate in the games, search for candy and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny! Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event is sponsored by the Harrodsburg Kiwanis Club. Call 859-734-3314.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
March 26, Easter Egg Hunt
The local Kiwanis Club will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26, at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. The park will also be serving the annual Easter buffet on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Call 606-337-3066.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
March 27, Easter “Eggcitement”
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will have the Easter Bunny on hand starting at 1:30 p.m. for pictures ($2 each) at the lodge. A free Easter Egg Hunt starts at 2:30 p.m. at the lodge. Events will go on rain or shine. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Pennyrile. The annual Easter buffet will be served noon to 8 p.m. Contact: Rebeccae.firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-325-1711.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
March 26-27, Easter Weekend Events
The Friends of Rough River Lake will present Easter 2016 Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 26. The friends group will host a Giant Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. with over 3,000 eggs hidden. Registration begins at 1:30 with participants divided into four age groups: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. On Easter Sunday bring the family to Grayson’s Landing Restaurant to enjoy a delicious Easter buffet featuring all the traditional favorites. Lunch begins at noon. Call 1-800-325-1713 for more details.
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The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov