William E. Durr Branch of The Kenton County Library – Independence, KY

We were very impressed by the Durr Branch of the Kenton county library in Independence, Kentucky.  As many of you may already know, I am a library junkie!  I have been in more libraries than you can imagine.  We moved a lot when I was a child and the library was always one of the first things we visited.  I’ve been an avid reader my entire life.  It’s one of the traits that I am happy that I passed on to my children.  The library is one of the little treasures in many towns.  When you have kids and need to take a break while on the road a good library can be a life saver!  They are always free to look around and most have play areas for the little kids.  Ivy can normally find at the very least a computer to play on or a comic to read.  Just the act of getting out of the car or house and stretching your legs can make all the difference!

This particular branch was impressive.  It is one of the better that I have visited in northern Kentucky.  If you are from here, it looked like it was well stocked with books and movies for rental.  If you are just there to hang out and let the kids play, you will be pleasently surprised.  They have a small circus tent at the opening into the large kids area.  There is a play area with a train table and additional toys in the back.  There is a tank of hermit crabs on the counter. Two more tanks of fish are on the back left of the kids’ area.  There are chairs and a large magnetic slide table near the tanks.  Along the right wall funny circus mirrors are hung at child friendly heights.  They had a huge magazine rack near the main circulation desk that was nice for mommy.

The people were friendly.  The entire place was clean and rather new.  There is a small outdoor area with tables and chairs.  We did not picnic there but I wouldn’t be surprised if they let you.  The one major downfall of this place is the fact that it is so far from the interstate.  It took me between 5 and 10 minutes from the exit to reach it.  It was a nice stop off though.  I have a feeling that it is so quiet and clean because it is so far out.  Most people would not take the trip unless they lived right there.

There are gas stations, restaurants, and even major stores off this exit as well. You could fill up your gas tank, grab some lunch, take the kids to play for an hour, and pick up some snacks & drinks from the grocery store before hitting the road again.

The Details:

Location: William E. Durr – 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence, KY
Website: http://www.kenton.lib.ky.us/aboutus/locations/durr/index.cfm
Directions: Take KY-17 exit, Exit 80 toward Covington/Independence. Merge onto Madison Pike/KY 17 toward Independence (south). Turn right onto KY 17. Turn Right onto Walton-Nicholson Road. The Library is on the right.
Phone: 859-962-4030

 

University of Cumberlands – Williamsburg, KY

This was another stop on the list of colleges to check out. It was a pretty campus set in the mountains. The people were very friendly. The educational buildings were beautiful. The dorms looked decent. The entire place had a relaxed, laid back feeling that was very different from some of the other colleges we have visited.

 

The Info:

Location: 6178 College Station Dr. Williamsburg, KY 40769

Phone: (800) 343-1609

UK – University of Kentucky – Lexington, KY

I didn’t expect looking at colleges with my sister to turn into a fun family trip but it did.  I turns out that visiting a college with children is a great life experience.  They get this little peek into what their future could possibly hold.

Memorial Hall
UK

 

We read the historical signs, walked through the library, and checked out the common areas.  We ate in one of the outdoor courtyards.  Isabella danced for us and the students who were there.  It was a great time!

The Info:

University of Kentucky Address: Visitor Center, Main Building Lexington, KY 40506-0032

Phone: (859) 257-3595

Website: http://www.uky.edu/

Cost: Visiting the campus is free.  You do have to pay for parking.  If you are there to see the campus as a possible student they validate parking for their garage only.  If not, parking is around $10.

Please keep in mind this is a school!  Be respectful and stay out of the education buildings.  You can eat at the campus restaurants, see the grounds, or even stroll downtown.  It is only a few blocks away.

KFC Museum – Corbin, KY

On a recent road trip we stopped by Corbin, Ky and visited the KFC museum.  It was interesting.  It is one of those places that it is fun to check out for an hour but not worth traveling more than 30 minutes out of your way for.  We happened to be getting hungry and stopped in Corbin, Ky for dinner.  I had heard about this place and decided to stop by.  My 10 year old, Ivy, thought it was really neat!  It is completely free.  There is a running restaurant still here but they do not pressure you to buy anything in order to see the museum.  It would be a fun place to perhaps have lunch on your way by.

 

Original Kitchen

 

There is a model motel room set up inside the restaurant. The idea was that it would impress the woman in traveling families and they would drive down the road to rent a room for the night.

 

This set up was used in the first KFC ad. A model sat here eating ham, their most popular menu item.

 

Handwritten recipes used in the kitchen.

 

The Info:

Location: 688 U.S. Highway 25 West in Corbin, KY

Website:  http://www.corbinkentucky.us/sanderscafe.htm

Cost: Free

Time: 1 hour