Berea, Kentucky, is the perfect small-town destination for a daytrip, a weekend getaway, or even a longer stay. Don’t let the small-town charm fool you, though. There are so many group-friendly activities in central Kentucky. From shopping at a wide variety of local shops and watching artist demonstrations to exploring the beautiful outdoors and learning unique local history, there is something for every age and interest. The friendly team at Berea Tourism is ready to help you begin planning your next group tour in the heart of Kentucky.
The Great Outdoors
In and around Berea, outdoor enthusiasts will find plentiful hiking, biking, and other recreational activities. Groups can explore the Pinnacles in Berea College Forest, which was recognized as one of the top hikes in the state. Or traverse the rustic trails at Brushy Fork or Anglin Falls. During the warmer months, schedule a kayaking, canoeing or paddleboarding excursion at the beautiful Owsley Fork Reservoir.
Explore the Town
The Old Town Artisan Village and College Square offer motorcoach parking and are great places for groups to do some shopping and refuel at local dining establishments. In the Old Town Artisan Village, groups can watch artist demonstrations, peruse art galleries, view murals, and dine at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant or Honeysuckle Dining and Bourbon House.
Berea also offers many entertainment opportunities, including weekly programming at the Berea Arts Council, theatrical productions at Berea College and The Spotlight Acting School, and a weekly Thursday bluegrass jam session at the Russel Acton Folk Center. Or schedule a LearnShop experience, where groups can be immersed in topics like blacksmithing, collage, painting, music, woodworking and more. Contact Berea Tourism to learn more about these hands-on group activities.
Experience Creativity & Culture
In Berea, there is always a fun experience to share with groups. Community festivals, farmers markets, and live music performances are just a few of the regular events that make Berea unique. Other popular events include L&N Day, typically held in June, which is a celebration of the L&N (Louisville and Nashville) Railway. The event is concentrated around the Berea Welcome Center, which is housed in the historic L&N Train Depot in the Old Town Artisan Village. On L&N Day, hundreds of train enthusiasts come to view model trains, purchase model trains and train memorabilia, and mingle with others who share the same interests. The celebration also includes children’s crafts and activities, food trucks, music, and a car show. In July, groups enjoy the annual Berea Craft Festival, which is held at the historic Indian Fort Theater. The festival brings 100-plus artists together from around the United States for a three-day, art-centric event that includes performances by local musicians and dancers, making for a whimsical forest festival experience.
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