Planning a summer trip with the family? Look no further than Hopkinsville, Kentucky for family fun! Whether you’re experiencing a real working farm (and it’s animals!), coming to one of our many family-friendly events, or splashing around at the water park, there’s something for every family with kids of all ages to enjoy.
Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf
Kentucky’s only petting zoo and mini golf ag-venture – all in one! Visit Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf to spend a relaxing day outdoors. Feed and pet farm animals from corn you grind yourself, play a round of farm-themed mini golf, take a ride on the lawnmower train, play in the corn truck (it’s the corn equivalent of a giant sandbox!), or simply enjoy the wide open spaces to run and play.
Christian Way Farm and Mini Golf features hayrides, a playground, Gaga ball, a tricycle (hay!) arena for friendly competitions, giant Scrabble & giant Jenga.
Have a picnic or enjoy pizza and wings from the Christian Way Cafe. Shop the country store for toys and unique gifts. Christian Way Farm is intended to be a place to enjoy the outdoors and participate in fun farm activities.
Find out more at christianwayfarm.com.
Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center
Make a splash at Tie Breaker Water Park! This family-friendly water park provides fun, safe and convenient family entertainment. Enjoy all of the many attractions at the park. Take a dip in the pool, come to relax in one of the hundreds of lounge chairs, grab a float and enjoy the lazy rippling river, make a splash in the splash zone or take your turn flying through the twisting tube in Hurricane Alley or the Riptide Express. Then refuel at The Snack Attack pool-side cafe!
Find out more at https://tiebreakerpark.com/index.php/attractions/.
Jeffer’s Bend Environmental Center & Botanical Gardens
Visit this 40 acre grassland for an educational environment & gardens experience. Fish or boat in the 1 acre lake or enjoy the 2.7 miles of walking trails. Be sure to check out the gorgeous new botanical garden, tended by the local Master Gardeners, which includes an incredible butterfly garden.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/JeffersBendEnvironmentalCenter/ for more information on Jeffer’s Bend.
Bike or Walk the Greenway System
Outdoor recreation at its finest, see the longest pedestrian bridge over land in the state in Hopkinsville. Connecting nearly 5 miles of path throughout the city, weave by the Hopkinsville Dog Park or stop over at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library as you enjoy the great outdoors.
Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/hopkinsvillerailtrail.
Experience the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County
Fun for all ages, the Pennyroyal Area Museum has just undergone a full-facility renovation to become more interactive and educational than ever before. At the Pennyroyal Area Museum, you can explore agriculture of the region, learn about local notables, regional African-American history and Hopkinsville’s most famous resident, Edgar Cayce. Survive a close encounter with “The Kelly Green Men,” See the miniature circus which may have inspired Robert Penn Warren’s Circus in the Attic, listen to music by Hopkinsville musicians and visit the Woody Winfree Transportation Museum to see classic cars and antique fire trucks.
Throw a Strike at Southern Lanes
Cosmic bowling, anyone? Head over to Southern Lanes Bowling Alley where you’ll find 16 lanes of bowling, miniature golf, bumper cars, and a redemption arcade. Groups can gather in the party room or families can enjoy a meal from the full service lounge and snack bar. On Friday nights, join in on the cosmic bowling fun starting at 7 PM.
Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/SouthernLanesHopkinsville/.
Visit the Beach
Recently named one of the must-see beach destinations this summer in the U.S., the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is situated on more than 14,000 acres of forest with a 56 acre lake. In addition to a visit to the beach, families can hike, bird watch, kayak, fish, paddle board, canoe and more.
Find out more!
Movies in the Park
Classics on the big screen outdoors? Look no further than these summer favorite activities in Hopkinsville when you visit for Movies in the Park. Showing family favorites like Harry Potter, Finding Dory, Jurassic World and more, this traveling movie series is a free family event.
Check out the full calendar here
Playgrounds & Parks
With playgrounds all around town, the outdoor adventure continues! Stop and take a heritage tour at the Trail of Tears, play make believe in the Debow Recreational Complex Playground, or enjoy one of the other many parks or playground facilities found in Hopkinsville. Try the half pipe at the Hopkinsville Skate Park or learn about mythology at King Arthur’s Round Table at the Round Table Park on Hopkinsville Community College campus.
Visit https://www.hopkinsvilleky.us/departments/public_works/parks_and_recreation_division/recreation_areas.php for more information about parks in Hopkinsville.
Family Friendly Events
Whether you’re catching a Hoptown Hoppers game, riding rides at the Western Kentucky State Fair or taking in a family-friendly concert in downtown Hopkinsville, our summer schedule is packed with exciting family adventures.
Find out more at https://www.visithopkinsville.com/events/ or download the Visit Hopkinsville app on the App Store or Google Play for up to date information at your fingertips.
These are just the top 10 family-friendly activities in Hopkinsville this summer, but we’re always adding new events and our amazing attractions have more than we have listed here. Check out visithopkinsville.com to keep up with the latest!