16 FUN THINGS TO SEE AND DO


 

Old Friends at Kentucky Downs
Location: 5565 Nashville Road

They delighted many during their racing careers.  Now admire these retired thoroughbreds at ease in their paddocks.  Get close enough to rub their heads or feed them a carrot!

OldFriendsEquine.org

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Kenny Perry’s Golf Course
Location: 1075 Kenny Perry Drive

Franklin’s most famous resident designed Country Creek, a public 18-hole course in a beautiful pastoral setting.  The clubhouse holds many mementos of his multiple tournament-winning professional career.
KPCountryCreek.com

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Kentucky Downs Gaming
Location: 5629 Nashville Road
Instant Racing combines the sights and sounds of electronic gaming with pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse racing.  The game floor of over 500 machines stays open until 2 a.m. nightly.
KentuckyDowns.com

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Horse Racing at Kentucky Downs
Location: 5629 Nashville Road
Live racing on a turf course in September with top thoroughbreds competing for big purses.  Simulcast wagering every day on races televised from tracks around the world
KentuckyDowns.com

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Dueling Grounds Distillery
Location: 208 Harding Road
Locally owned distillery specializing in small batch ultra-premium bourbon.  Open for Tours and Tastings Thursday through Sunday 12-6 pm.  The Cocktail is a weekly gathering on Sunday from 3-7 pm.
DuelingGroundsDsitillery.com

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Downtown Historic District
Location: 101 North Main Street
Park the car and walk around the gracious courthouse square, admiring the many fine examples of 19th century architecture.  Step inside the church where Johnny Cash wed June Carter in 1968.
FSRenaissance.org

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Gallery on the Square
Location: 110 North Main Street
Juried exhibits by noted regional artists change bimonthly in the downtown gallery.  The Gallery is also a certified Kentucky Crafted market.
GalleryontheSquare.org

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Old Jail and Jailer’s Quarters
Location: 206 North College Street
Massive limestone and iron bars a prison made in 1879.  Before that, a brick jail held Confederate guerillas.  Today, see the graffiti they left behind as well as the museum exhibits.  Genealogy records too.
RootswebAncestry.com

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Octagon Hall Civil War Museum
Location: 6040 Bowling Green Road
Built by slaves, this eight-sided antebellum brick home was occupied by both Confederate and Union troops.  Legend says it is haunted.  Now, by day it is a museum and archive; at night, the scene of ghost hunts and paranormal investigations.
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Sandford Duncan Inn
Location: 5083 Nashville Road
A stagecoach stop on the Nashville to Louisville Pike in the early 1800’s, the Inn was the site of a noted dueling ground.  Several prominent Tennesseans fought duels here to escape prosecution in their home state.  Tours by Appointment.

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African-American Heritage Center
Location: 500 Jefferson Street
Located in the heart of the Harristown National Historic District, this restored early 20th century home is a repository of records and exhibits of local black history.

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Franklin Drive-In
Location: 6250 Nashville Road
Watch first-run double and triple features in a retro setting.
FranklinDrive-In.com

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Life-Sized Outdoor Murals
Location: 81 Steel Road
Using local history to evoke universal themes of conflict, growth and progress, these eight detailed super-realistic murals are a must-see.  Just off I-65 at Exit 2.

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The Fishin’ Hole Pay Lake
Location: 176 Kenny Perry Drive
Family owned and operated, 2 acre lake FULL of catfish.  Fully stocked bait shop with a snack and drink shop.  Hours:  Sunday 7 am – 7 pm, Fri. & Sat. 7 am – midnight, Closed Mon. – Wed.
TheFishinHolePaylake.com

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Feathers & Friends Alpaca Farm
Location: 2041 Adairville Road
Full-service Alpaca Farm offering a full line of natural fiber clothing, alpaca yarns and alpaca products for all your needs.  Alpacas for sale for breeding stock and pet or fiber animals.  Farm tours available by appointment.
FeathersAndFriendsAlpacaFarm.com

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Mennonite Driving Tour
Location: Between Hwy. 100 and Hwy 585
Return to a simpler time on a leisurely drive through this devout but friendly community.  Visit a woodworker, a knife-maker, the leather store or the jamhouse.  Get a snack or lunch at the Amish Market.  Purchase fresh vegetables and fruits in season.

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