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By Suzy $mart
It’s National Travel and Tourism Week, so Suzy is inspired to celebrate one of our state’s real treasures – a beautiful state park system that is the envy of the nation. Visitors travel from all over the country to take advantage of what we have right here, close to home.
Now, with the price of gas being what it is (though it is going down) and with our cost-consciousness at full blast, it makes sense to think about taking advantage of what is so close, so inexpensive, and so much fun! This is Smart, really Smart.
We’ll start with a great giveaway:
One night lodging at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park Lodge (Sunday through Thursday), use by April 30, 2013, based on availability. Compliments of the Kentucky State Parks.
Suzy has been to Blue Licks – it’s beautiful, family-friendly and has great food! Historically, the Blue Licks salt springs attracted prehistoric animals, Native Americans and pioneers like the legendary Daniel Boone. Now a gift certificate for a free night’s lodging will attract you and your family!
The Park lodge has 32 rooms. There’s a museum, playgrounds, a pool, picnicking, mini-golf, 6 miles of hiking trails – and over 1000 acres of parkland.
To enter, send an email to email@example.com, tell Suzy you have “liked” KyForward on Facebook and signed up for our daily news emails right here on the $mart Money page. That simple. You’ll be entered into the drawing for a nice family outing.
We’ll draw the winner at 8 a.m. Friday. Sign up now, so you don’t miss out!
Kentucky’s parks – and tourism week
Kentucky’s eight travel welcome centers, operated by the Department of Travel and Tourism, will promote National Travel and Tourism Week with artisan demonstrations, live music performances, highway safety programs and presentations by area tourism attractions. For more information on specific activities, contact the travel department call center at 800-225-8747.
The centers, located on interstate highways near the state’s borders, are situated in Boone County (Florence), Bullitt County (Shepherdsville), Carter County (Grayson), Christian County (Hopkinsville), McCracken County (Paducah), Shelby County (Shelbyville), Simpson County (Franklin), and Whitley County (Williamsburg).
In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, several Kentucky State Parks are offering special rates for lodging and admission. They include:
• Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park at Mount Olivet is offering a couples retreat that features a lodge room and two meals for $99.95 plus tax during the month of June. The park is also offering mini-golf for $1 during June.
• Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade is offering lodge rooms for $49.95 plus tax on May 8-10 and lodge rooms for $59.95 plus tax on Sundays May 13, 20 and June 3, 10, 17, 24. Call 1-800-325-1710.
• Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus is offering mini-golf for $1 on May 8.
• Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site in Wickliffe is offering special admission for $1 May 9-12.
• Green River Lake State Park will offer mini-golf for $1 May 7-11.
• Barren River Lake State Resort Park is offering a second night’s stay for just $1 in the lodge or campground through May 13. Get a room for one night and dinner for two for $79.95 Sunday through Thursday, good through June 30.
• Big Bone Lick State Park is offering mini-golf for $1 for all kids 12 and under, along with a free souvenir from the gift shop through May 12.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park is offering lodge rooms for $59.95 a night Sunday through Thursday through May.
Kenlake State Resort Park is offering lodge rooms for $59.95 a night and one-bedroom cottages for $99.95 Sunday through Thursday through May, excluding May 27.
• Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is offering $1 mini-golf, 10 percent off boat rentals, lodge rooms for $49.95 Sunday through Thursday and $59.95 Friday and Saturday, and half price child buffet with adult purchase, all through Labor Day.
• Pine Mountain State Resort Park is offering lodge rooms for $39.95 on Sunday and Thursday if you stay the weekend. Also for Sunday through Thursday, buy one night get one free. Good through Memorial Day.
Call the park to make reservations for these lodging rates. Visit www.parks.ky.gov for more information.
For more information about travel in Kentucky, including its “There’s Only One” campaign that calls attention to Kentucky’s unique attractions, visit the Department of Travel and Tourism website at KentuckyTourism.com.
Enjoy, Suzy friends. Plan a special family outing and feel really $mart about it!