Fantastic family getaways for our Louisville readers! This page features wonderful family-friendly rentals near Louisville. 

family getaways in Kentucky

The pandemic has made us rethink vacation and learn, wow, Kentucky has a lot to offer. Less of us are jet setting across the country for vacations. Where can families go for a break that’s nearby and has a lot to offer?

Family getaways in Kentucky are available. And, what’s also amazing about Kentucky is that it’s within driving distance of so many wonderful vacations spots. Kentucky and the surrounding areas are full of lakes and destinations perfect for hiking and exploring. Or, simply relaxing and taking in beautiful views.

From quaint main street towns to gorges with amazing views, you can have a weekend getaway any time of the year that will help your family recharge and take a break from the screens that monopolize our time! I know, I am speaking to you from a screen.


Kentucky is beautiful!

family getaways in Kentucky

Use this page as a source to find family fun getaways from Louisville. We will feature places in the mountains, on the water, in a city or town for a different exploring experience. We will feature places of all price points and sizes. 

We hope that when you can, your family takes some time to focus on just your family. Play games, hike, kayak, shop, grab takeout from a cool local restaurant, explore a cave, and laugh together. Make the most of what you can do!

A new listing will be added often. Please check back as we hunt through hundreds of places for families and pick out the ones we think are WOWs!

Scroll down to see all of the places we have found!

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Fantastic Family Getaways from Louisville

Today’s Feature: Hydrangea Hideaway in Union Pier, Michigan. 

Once again, we enjoyed (an understatement) a vacation on Lake Michigan. The short drive to the beach that has no sharks and no salty water is definitely our jam! And, the sunsets over the water put on a nightly show for free. We stayed up late and slept in, it was great. We ate all of the deliciously bad-for-you things…..I need a cleanse.

Details: Perfect for 4 guests (but technically can sleep 6) ·2 bedroom ·4 beds ·2 bath. Small but well-equipped. Just enough! You can walk to the little town for groceries, coffee, gelato, lunch, and shopping and you can walk to the private or public beach. Even if this is not for you, there are so many Lake Michigan homes to explore for vacation rentals. Rent early or go in the fall for the foliage!

This 684 sq. ft. cottage was just adorable. It was tucked away at the end of a small strip of cottages so it was very private. The deck was big and we loved it for our morning coffee and conversations to plan the day. Since the home is in the small niche of Gordon Beach, renters have access to a private beach area which is perfect for busier summer months. But, there are so many public access beaches all along Lake Michigan on the east side. 

The beach offered summer fun in the day and simply amazing sunsets at night. We were there for 4th of July so that weekend was busy but the rest of the time it was not crowded at all. The water temp was 72 degrees, not too cold at all and on cool nights, it was even warmer than the air temperature. Everyone ask that question and I say that July is just right for Lake Michigan and if I can get in the water, it isn’t too cold!

We rented some fun toys from a local shop to add extra fun to our vacation. They delivered the large lake mat and paddleboard right to us and picked it up! For teens, this really made out vacation and was totally worth it, though honestly, the prices were reasonable.

Nearby, we explored other towns and even a small zoo just 20 minutes away. For our second vacation in this area, it didn’t disappoint as we ate our way through ice cream shops and bakeries and shopped the countless antique malls along the Red Arrow highway. We will be back and already miss the 70 degree weather!

We also recommend New Buffalo, South Haven and St. Joseph for great family beaches and exploration! Explore more options here

Today’s Feature: Bright and Airy South Haven Beach Retreat

South Haven makes for a wonderful family vacation in the summer. There’s a quaint town for dining, shopping, ice cream, and a farmer’s market. Also, you can drive just a few miles up and down the lake to access other beaches like Oval Beach or visit towns such as St. Joseph’s and Saugatuck. It’s in the middle of it all!

There are multiple beaches to access, a unique river-meets-lake area to watch boats come in, playgrounds, and the lighthouse. 

Details: Perfect for 5 guests ·2 bedroom ·4 beds ·2 bath. You will be just a short drive from the beaches and shopping, making this rental more affordable than some of the houses and cottages close to the water. 

This home is all yours! It has so much light shining in and a fantastic sun room for that outdoor feel without the bugs and sunscreen. There’s a room with bunk beds for the kids and they have a bunch of games for family game nights in the evenings. 

The beaches are clean and plentiful. Have breakfast at the house, pack your lunches and snacks to go for the day. You can spend your days at a different beach each time and return home for evening meals. South Haven has two large public beaches.

In the evening, go watch the sunset from the lighthouse and play on the sandy beaches until dark. In the middle of the summer, it stays light on the beach until LATE and it’s a fantastic time to be there and have the beach all to yourselves. 

Today’s Feature: Private Lodge in Sevierville

Details: Perfect for 8 guests ·2 bedroom ·4 beds ·2.5 bath. Room for your family and maybe Grandma and Grandpa can come along as well. It’s a big space!

This getaway from Louisville is a luxurious cabin in Tennessee that is full of entertainment but also opportunities for relaxation. It’s the best of both worlds. Look at this deck, it’s huge!

Gorgeous deck with high ceilings, TV to watch from the hot tub. And, you are right in the woods to get away from it all. This would be an amazing getaway this spring or summer. If you go in summer, you would have access to a community pool. 

WOW! Take in this spot in the evening and have smores but the fire. Everyone can finish off the day with a round of mini golf a treat. And, send the kids off to their bunk beds. Will they go to sleep? I am not sure – with their own mini arcade, games, and pool table, they may be content to hang out. 

This location has it all, plus it is in a great area to find places to eat, shop, and mountain entertainment in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. And, the drive from Louisville is modest. Have fun!


Today’s Feature: Greenwood

Demand for rentals is so high. We booked our vacation already and chose Lake Michigan because we know renting our own place will be a safe bet for this summer. We went to South Haven two years ago and loved every bit of it. I saved about 25 places back in December and then two weeks later only 7 were left for the week I wanted. Act fast! We selected Union Pier this year, slightly closer to Louisville and near towns we have not yet explored. Cannot wait!!

One of the best things about a vacation like this is that, if you are like us, you do not spend a ton of extra money beyond the rental. We bring groceries and eat simple meals, bring lunch to the beach, order out maybe two nights and get ice cream and bakery treats. We might do one activity that requires a fee. But, in the Lake Michigan area, the entertainment is the parks, beaches, and quaint towns.
Gorgeous Cottage Right In Heart Of Union Pier. Close To Beach and Downtown. It is grouped with other cottages for a unique Michigan beach town feel. 
Details: Perfect for 4 guests · 2 bedroom · 3 beds · 1 bath.
Highlights from the Owners: Walk to local bakeries and restaurants and to the beach! Lovely screened in porch and outdoor shower that’s really nice in warmer months. 
There’s a main bedroom with a king bed and another room with two twins. The living, dining, and kitchen areas are all open so you can easily prep meals together, eat and relax. 

Union Pier is a quaint town with shops, antique stores, streets for walking and wandering, restaurants and easy access to beaches. You would also be close to New Buffalo for more exploring. And, since this location isn’t far into Michigan, the Indiana Dunes is also close for a special day trip. 

Today’s feature: Heaven’s Reflection
Stunning views and access to a pool in this gated community. Look at how adorable this cabin is from the outside!

Details: Perfect for 6 guests · 2 bedroom · 3 beds · 2 bath. Everything you need for a family getaway to the mountains. 

Highlights from the Owners: Located in a resort community, you have access to all that is has to offer. A pool, arcade games, and it is just minutes from the main attraction area of Pigeon Forge where you can spend time doing all sorts of things!

At the cabin, you will relish every moment of the breathtaking views! Early morning coffee while the sun rises or lunch out on the deck. How about a glass of wine as the sun sets? Look at how lovely!

The rooms are all decorated to fit the authentic cabin feel for your family getaways in Kentucky. With the wood walls and bears all around (not literally…well, maybe) you will be transported for your getaway!

Also, relax in the hot tub or play endless games of pool. So cozy and ready for families. With room for up to six people, you can make this a family escape for next year. Why not book now for the summer and have something to look forward to!


Today’s feature: Star Teaser Red River Gorge
Large kitchen, dining, living room and front porch with beautiful views! The stairs to the loft area ad such a charm to the home. What a nice getaway!
Details : Perfect for 8 guests · 4 bedroom · 5 beds · 2 bath.
Highlights from the Owners: Highlights from the Owners: Large dining area and wonderful gathering room for your family. Wifi and washer/dryer ready for your family. HOT TUB!! Just minutes from the area’s best trails and scenery.
Beautiful view, even in winter. There’s a hot tub outside to relax even on a cold day. Wake up, put on your rob, enjoy your first sip of coffee as the sun rises.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it snowed while you were escaping to this cabin? Gorgeous white hillside!
So much space to cook and enjoy time together. Make some holiday cookies or stir up some chili or soup for dinner on a cold winter evening!
Each bedroom is very cozy and nicely decorated. This house was build in 2011 so amenities are fairly new!

Today’s feature: Private Cabin in Ravenna
Ping pong, fire pit, large front porch!
Details : Perfect for 6 guests · 2 bedroom · 5 beds · 1 bath.
Highlights from the Owners: CLEAN! CLEAN! CLEAN! Large front porch equipped with a rocker and glider, perfect for early morning coffee, while watching the abundance of wildlife or just a nice peaceful spot to read a book.
Cabin sits on a 70+ acre farm with no close neighbors!! Equipped with everything needed for a peaceful night away or an extended vacation!! (They have WIFI if you or the kids need to work!!)
Here are some photos of the cozy interior, ready for families to come and enjoy. It has everything you need for a change of scenery and making memories on your family getaways in Kentucky!


Featured Stay: The Sportsman’s Lodge in Cadiz. Near the lake, perfect for fall break family time!

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Accommodations: Perfect for 6 guests (can fit 8) · 2 bedroom · 3 beds · 3 bath. Can fit 2 more guests with air mattress. 

𝗛𝗶𝗱𝗲-𝗮-𝗕𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗠𝗔𝗭𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿!
Highlights from the Owners: NEW! Master suite has a whirlpool tub, walk to the local boat dock, relax in the walk-in shower.
Two decks perfect for eating outside, enjoying a morning coffee, reading your favorite books. Located in Cadiz, not far from Land Between the Lakes activities and some state parks.

Featured Stay: Larkspur Cottage. A getaway for fall to watch the changing of seasons near Red River Gorge. 

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Accommodations: Perfect for 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1 bath.

Highlights from the Owners: Two porches and one has a new hot tub on it! That’s perfect for any season. Just 5 minutes from Stanton so you have access to restaurant and shopping. Also, enjoy hiking at Red River Gorge. Firepit and plenty of space for outdoor entertainment. 

family getaways in Kentucky Cozy for a family getaway. Enjoy your coffee on the rocking chair, make a bonfire at night. They have openings in the upcoming weeks. A safe getaway for 2020!

Inviting new hot tub, perfect for fall and winter to relax. Brand new, installed in 2020. 

I don’t know about yours, but my kids would LOVE sleeping up in a loft. When we go away, they love unique stays that are different than your standard house. I think they would want to hang out in that loft all day! Horses nearby, tells you just how much of a getaway this can be! 

Featured Stay: WiFi & Waterfront. A cozy cabin in the heart of Red River Gorge. 

𝑺𝒊𝒕 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒔𝒄𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒌.
Accommodations: Cozy for 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 3 beds · 1 bath.
Highlights from the Owners: Blazing fast WiFi, gorgeous vaulted ceilings. Brand new! Just minutes from Natural Bridge State Park. The Graining Fork Nature Preserve is your next-door neighbor, where you can access world-class climbing routes or hike the numerous marked trails and experience the breathtaking beauty of the area. How about this for your family getaways in Kentucky?
This cabin was built in 2019 so it is all brand new! What a treat to have such a great spot near Red River Gorge and then be able to come home to new amenities. You’ll have everything you need for cooking breakfast or prepping for s’mores at the fire pit. 
Click here to check availability for this family getaway in Kentucky near Red River Gorge.

Featured stay:: Williamsburg Poolside Resort and Homestead, 20 minutes from Cumberland Falls
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Accommodations: Cozy for 2-3 guests ideal · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath.
Highlights from the Owners: Private guest house with incredible outdoor resort feel, nature trails and simple farm life. BONUS, you have WiFi and a Tiki Bar! Breakfast is included and there’s a grill for your use as well as basic kitchen items for cooking. People who have stayed there rave about the hosts hospitality!
Seasonally, you can relax in the pool. You can also relax and read in the hammock and listen to the chickens. Oh, yes, chickens. You can even gather up some eggs in the mornings!
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Here are your friends that you’ll make when you stay at this quaint getaway spot. They may get you up in the morning, but I think that’s part of the charm. 
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This spot is very cozy and close to a lot of things. It may not be the largest rental location, but you will likely be exploring and spending time outside more than inside. It has just what you need for a short trip.  
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Click here to check availability for this family getaway in Kentucky near Cumberland Falls.

Featured stay: Edgewater Retreat – Cottages for Rent in Danville, Kentucky. It is 6 miles from the heart of Danville. 

Look at this relaxing hammock and wonderful lake view. Wouldn’t this be gorgeous in the fall when the leaves change colors? 

family getaways in Kentucky

Accommodations: 3 bedrooms, 3 beds, 2 baths

This is a lakeside home with a great deck and private dock. Family getaways in Kentucky don’t always come with private docks! The home has 3 Kayaks and life jackets (bring your own for best fit). It has a gas grill and gas outdoor fire pit. It is on Herrington Lake.

I can totally see myself on this dock, sipping my coffee in the morning. It is such a nice feature to have a dock to yourself and with kayaks…that’s such an added bonus at this price point. 

family getaways in Kentucky

This home has WiFi, heating, and air conditioning. Family getaways in Kentucky while doing school online, doesn’t sound too bad! With a full kitchen, you can bring what you need an cook meals together or grill out on the deck. It does have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for your safety. 

Click here to check availability for this family getaway in Kentucky near Danville.

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Featured Listing: Aliyah treehouse, a whimsical magical treehouse in Germantown, Kentucky northeast of Lexington

Accommodations: 6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1.5 baths
For real, a red oak resides in the living room! Sleeps total of 4 adults 2 kids. A bridge connects to the snuggle palace bedroom 25 feet off ground. A fire pit beautifully lights up the entire place. There are artistic details in each corner. Hike, play games. This is TRULY, a one of a kind experience. Pets welcome!
Check out this cute porch where you can enjoy your coffee or maybe a glass of wine while the kids play outside. 
What a unique experience to say you got away and stayed in a treehouse. We have heard that there’s a lot to explore around the treehouse like trails and even a scavenger hunt from the owners. This place gets rave reviews!

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