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Fort Knox, located right in the center of Elizabethtown and Louisville, happens to be a base of the US Army. Fort Knox is also the home of the Kentucky Bullion Depository of gold that is owned by the US Department of Treasury. It houses about 147 million ounces of gold. No visitors are allowed in that part of Fort Knox. Nevertheless, Fort Knox still houses a large military community. Whether you’re stationed in Fort Knox or just visiting, there are lots to do around this area.

Here are The Best Things To Do In Fort Knox, Kentucky

The Best Things To Do In Fort Knox, Kentucky
(US Marine Corp Photo by Charles Leffler)

Elizabethtown

Saunders Springs Nature Preserve

Get back to nature in this park. There are plenty of views, hiking trails, and picnic areas. There are walking paths for all ages. As of 2018, it is still a free attraction.

Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum

Take a 30 minute drive to Elizabethtown to check out this fun museum. The Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum features vehicles ranging from the early 1900’s to the 1960’s in a variety of makes and models in both original condition and restored condition. It’s perfect for any car enthusiast.

Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area

Go camping near Fort Knox at this recreation area. There is a charge to go in. There are trails to run or walk with view of the Ohio River (and the creek of course). You can also do some fishing in the creek or try out the Frisbee golf course.

Boundary Oak Distillery

If you’re a fan of bourbon and whiskey, take a trip to this distillery. You can do a tour as well as a tasting. Bring home some of your favorite spirits later. This attraction is perfect for those who are 21 and up.

Fort Knox

MWR

If you are military or know someone who is military affiliated, visit Fort Knox Army Post for some guided recreation is skiing, snowboard, hiking, or visit the Anderson Indoor Aquatics Center for some pool time.

Visit the General George Patton Museum

Dedicated to General George Patton, this Museum exhibits a number of personal artifacts, clothing, and effects that the namesake owned during his life. It also features bigger relics of his everyday life such as an office van. The reason why he is so popular is that he was a distinguished member of the Tank Corps, with exceptional services in the WW1 and WW2.

Fort Knox Water Park

The summer season in Fort Knox sees an influx of visitors to the Fort Knox water park. This park sees thousands of visitors every week during the summers. With plenty of water slides and pools, it is a perfect way of relaxing yourself. Apart from that, it also offers areas for a picnic with snack bars and a very relaxing resort-like environment.

Mini Golf at Falls Landing

There is a magnificent 18 holes course at Falls Landing. You will find an extremely fascinating and challenging round of mini golf at this place having a number of complex rock formations that prevent the ball from being swept away into streams. Overall, it adds great excitement for players. There are a number of packages that visitors can choose from that includes a tour of the nearby Fork Knox water park together with an exciting mini golf experience.

Bridges to the Past

Do you want to go back in time? If yes, then consider paying a visit to the Bridges of the past. This place offers a self-guided tour to visitors through a valley that appears as it it is still existing in the 19th century. This place is literally designed in the past with stone bridges and trickling streams.

Soliders and civilians joined togetether to recreate a historic Fort Knox photo as part of the base’s centential celebration. (US Army photo by Renee Rhodes)

Louisville

Churchill Downs

This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875. This horse racetrack is rich in history so there’s plenty to explore beyond the races. Take a visit to the Kentucky Derby museum while you’re there.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

At Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the actual factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Take the tour, see the largest baseball bat in the world, and you can also create your own personalized bat.

Louisville Mega Cavern

A 40 minute drive from Fort Knox is Louisville which is home of this mega attraction. The cavern holds the world’s ONLY underground zipline adventure tour, a ropes challenge course, and a bike park.

Big Four Bridge

Walk or bike across the bridge that crosses the Ohio River, connecting Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana. The views are definitely worth the visit.

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad’s Castle)

If you’re in Louisville and a history buff, check out this beautiful victorian style museum. The tour showscases the beautiful artistic details and the history of the house.

Louisville Distilleries

If you’re still in Louisville, check out one of the many distilleries. There are large and small ones to visit and sample. Louisville distilleries are perfect for bringing home a souvenir

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