Elizabethtown, KY

How To Spend A Day In Elizabethtown, KY

JC Phelps


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Easily accessible off of I65, Elizabethtown is a fantastic day-trip location just south of Louisville. From a very charming downtown, to fabulous boutiques, to southern food, to delicious cocktails — Elizabethtown embodies all that I love about the Commonwealth of Kentucky. To help plan your trip to Etown, I’m proud to share my guide on How To Spend A Day In Elizabethtown, KY with you today!


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How To Spend A Day In Elizabethtown, KY

Visit the Swanky Shoppe: 112 Plum Alley, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Start your day by grabbing a drink at Vibe Coffee; afterwards, start shopping at the Swanky Shoppe, a boutique fit for any southern belle. Brands include Draper James, Vineyard Vines, Julie Brown, Sail to Sable, along with a variety of purses, accessories, and jewelry — you won’t leave the Swanky Shoppe empty-handed.

Visit the Historic State Theater Complex: 209 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

The Historic State Theater Complex is an institution in Downtown Elizabethtown. From movies, to concerts, to local events, there are a plethora of ways to catch a show in the historic theater. Having originally opened its doors in 1942, the legacy of the State Theater Complex continues.


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Visit Denizen: 331 E Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Denizen is owned and operated by two sisters, Olivia and Catherine, who are passionate about filling homes and communities with beautiful plants. Any plant lover will love this shop!


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Visit Raiment + Boon: 109 E Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY

Another local favorite boutique is Rainent + Boon. It’s the perfect place to find an outfit that no one else will have, which fits well with their trendy, eclectic aesthetic. They carry both straight and plus sizes!


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Visit Elizabethtown Sports Park: 1401 West Park Rd., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

In the park, you’ll find 12 soccer/lacrosse/field hockey natural turf fields, 3 quads for baseball/softball/fast pitch, 2 champtionship fields with synthetic turf, 3 expansive pavilions, meeting rooms, stadium lawn seating, and so much more!


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Visit The Brown-Pusey House: 128 N. Main St., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Love history? Look no further than the Brown-Pusey House, which was built in 1825 by John Y. Hill. This stately property was – for many years – the Hill House, a boarding house operated by “Aunt Beck” Hill. Among the guests at the Hill House were General George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Elizabeth.

The Brown-Pusey House now serves the community in many ways, just as it was envisioned by its grantors. The Georgian mansion houses the Pusey Room Museum, a genealogical library, and meeting rooms for private and public functions. There is also a beautifully maintained garden in the back that is not to be overlooked!


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Visit Freeman Lake Park: Blue Heron Way, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Also in town is beautiful Freeman Lake Park.The perfect place to walk, it’s also a delight for outdoor enthusiasts — you can rent kayaks, rowboats, and peddle boats for $5/hour.

Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: 1900 Ring Rd. East, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Can’t make it to Washington DC, yet have the desire to pay your respects at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial? There is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall located in Elizabethtown!


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Visit Reuben’s Deli: 311 Cardinal Dr., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

I’m sure you’ll work up an appetite while spending a packed day in Elizabethtown. Take a step back in time and enjoy a meal at Reuben’s Deli!

From the checkerboard floors, to the vintage memorabilia, this is not your average deli. You’ll find regional favorites like Ski, delicious sandwiches, and speciality items, such as their crunchy, seasoned pork rinds on the menu.


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JC Phelps is a Kentucky-based food + southern lifestyle writer.

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