30 Sep Fall Family Fun in ShelbyKY
ShelbyKY welcomes families to head outside this fall for nonstop outdoor fun and activities. Find plenty of fresh-picked produce, an abundance of colorful decorations and lots of freshly made goodies to tempt your taste buds. Pet the animals, or take one for a spin. Visit the pumpkin patch for the perfect pumpkin to take home and navigate your way through the corn maze.
Open for fall-fun is the family-owned Mulberry Orchard. Take a hay ride through the orchard, visit the farm animals and let the little ones run loose in the kids’ play area while you relax in a rocking chair and drink in the scenic splendor of an autumn landscape.
Shop for fresh produce, jellies, preserves, butters, salsas and local honey. Afterward, cozy up to the campfire and roast s’mores. Don’t forget to pick your pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
At family-owned Gallrein Farms, pop into the new bakery for homemade fudge, donuts, caramel and fudge apples and other treats. Buy lunch at the bakery and enjoy it while relaxing in the new picnic barn. Visit the petting zoo. Shop for colorful gourds, Indian corn and mums.
There are horse-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, delicious food, and more. Head into the four-acre corn maze or hop aboard the John Deere barrel train.
Blues End Farm Private Suite
With a perfect blend of relaxation and fun is the Blues End Farm Private Suite. This 1 bedroom, 1 bath spot averages $75 per night and is located on a 66-acre organic and sustainable farm. Breakfast is included and you have full reign to explore the woods and farm.
Morning Glory Cottage
If you prefer to be closer to the downtown sights and sounds check out Morning Glory Cottage. This lovingly restored 1880’s Folk Victorian is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath that is furnished with period antique furniture and accessories that make you feel like you are living in 1880, but with all of today’s lifestyles.
Burn off your extra energy at Red Fern Riding Center at Shelby Trails Park. This park features gorgeous hiking trails that are available for free, but you can also have a private, guided horseback ride for up to 5 people. Children must be over the age of 8 years old to participate, the tour lasts one hour, and you will have your picture made while on the horse.
If you happen to be traveling through ShelbyKY and have your horse with you, you can purchase a day pass that allows you to ride the trails independently and with your own horse.
Shelby County Parks System
The Shelby County Parks System offers some exciting ways to get moving and enjoy the beautiful autumn views; bring-your-own kayaking is available on Lake Shelby, every day from daylight to dark. The launch fee is just two dollars.
The Greenway Trail extends through Shelbyville. There are two trailheads on 7th Street to access to two different parts of the trail. In total the Greenway Trail to date is just over two miles in length. This trail is open to everyone daily, daylight to dark. The trail will soon be extended to stretch nearly 5 miles and connect directly to the Park. For more information about the offerings at Shelby County Parks and Recreation, you can visit their website.
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
A place for the whole family to join in on the shopping fun is the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. It is Kentucky’s only designer outlet shopping center, located in Simpsonville, Kentucky. 90+ stores including GUCCI, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, The North Face, Under Armour, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, and American Eagle Outfitters.
Milano Italian Restaurant
Make sure when you have worked up an appetite you head over to Milano Italian Restaurant. They have a large menu of traditional Italian dishes, made with extra love as all their sauces and breads are homemade. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Make sure you try the calzone – it is bigger than the plate!
Plan your trip with help from the ShelbyKY Commission & Visitors Bureau at 502-633-6388 or VisitShelbyKY.com.
Written by Allie Hembree Martin
Allie Hembree Martin is a native ShelbyKYian, residing now in Louisville where she lives with her husband, Brandon. Allie is a podcast host, frequent contributor to national publications, and runs a digital marketing company, Fame and Fortune.