Fantastic family getaways in Kentucky! 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. Kentucky is full of lakes and areas perfect for hiking and exploring. 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!

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 each week. Please check back as we hunt through hundreds of places for families and pick out the ones we think are WOWs!

(The links on this page are affiliate links through which I earn a commission when readers book rentals. All photos are courtesy of Airbnb by permission of the property owner. Thank you for supporting our small business)

kentucky field trips

Fantastic Family Getaways from Louisville

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!


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

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. 

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. 

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.
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
family getaways in Kentucky
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!
family getaways in Kentucky
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. 
family getaways in Kentucky
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.  
family getaways in Kentucky
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.

family getaways in Kentucky

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

Accommodations: 6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1.5 baths
family getaways in kentucky
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!

We love exploring and hope you do also. We have included some additional ideas for family fun adventures via the links below. From neighboring states to locations here in Kentucky, there are many options for family fun getaways!

Looking for more travel fun ideas? There are a bunch listed below.

josephine scultpure park

Day trip to Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort

Tips for visiting Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, a unique Kentucky space for families Day trips are so important in ...
Read More


Fantastic family getaways in Kentucky! This page features wonderful family-friendly rentals near Louisville. The pandemic has made us rethink vacation ...
Read More
brown county state park

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park in Indiana is an hour and a half north of Louisville. This gem of a park ...
Read More
Buttermilk Falls Kentucky

Buttermilk Falls – Day Trip to Brandenburg Kentucky

Day Trip to Brandenburg, KY and Buttermilk Falls Brandenburg is in Meade County and is about an hour, maximum, from ...
Read More
A Day Trip to Georgetown, Kentucky

A Day Trip to Georgetown, Kentucky

A day of family fun is just an hour away in Georgetown, Kentucky. We recently spent a day burning off ...
Read More
things to do with kids in nashville indiana

Things to do with kids in Nashville Indiana

Nashville, Indiana is the county seat of Brown County in Indiana. It's an amazing town about 1.5 hours north of ...
Read More
Tips for visiting Red River Gorge

Tips for visiting Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge

Families are visiting Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge now more than ever. Many families are visiting areas of Kentucky ...
Read More
Land between the Lakes vacation itinerary

Land Between the Lakes Vacation Itinerary

Land Between the Lakes is an excellent vacation spot for Louisville families with lake and land fun for everyone If ...
Read More
Unique Vacation Spots in Kentucky

Unique Vacation Spots in Kentucky

Kentucky has some really cool places to stay if you are looking for an unusual spot to do something different! ...
Read More
summer day trips from Louisville

20+ Amazing Summer Day Trips from Louisville

Summer is for day trips and making memories. Take your kids on an adventure for the day and you won't ...
Read More
dublin ohio

Weekend Getaway to Dublin, Ohio

We were hosted on this trip for purpose of review.  Looking for a quick weekend getaway from Louisville with your ...
Read More
Cabin rentals near Louisville

Cabin Rentals near Louisville

Are you looking for the perfect family cabin to rent within 3 hours of Louisville? Choose from many cabin rentals ...
Read More
waterfalls around Louisville

Waterfalls near Louisville

Waterfalls are all over the Louisville area. Hike trails to find beautiful waterfalls for exploring and playing with your kids ...
Read More
SoundWaves Opryland Nashville

SoundWaves Water Park at Gaylord Opryland

Free admission and lodging were provided in exchange for our honest review. SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville offers year-round ...
Read More
Visiting Huntsville, Alabama

Visiting Huntsville, Alabama

This was a partially sponsored trip for purpose of review. Family Fun itinerary for Huntsville, Alabama. A great getaway for ...
Read More
three day weekend in Cincinnati, OH with kids

3 Days in Cincinnati with kids

Here's a great itinerary for a three-day weekend in Cincinnati with kids! Cincinnati USA hosted my family for a three ...
Read More
Charlestown State Park and the Historical Rose Island Amusement Park

Charlestown State Park and the Historical Rose Island Amusement Park

Family hikes at Charlestown State Park to Historical Rose Island Amusement Park I grew up a river rat in a ...
Read More
Weekend trip to Hamilton County Indiana

Weekend in Hamilton County, Indiana

Weekend Getaway to Hamilton County, IN. An itinerary for family fun. Readers are always interested in those last-minute or short ...
Read More
Gateway Arch museum

Visiting the Museum at the Gateway Arch

Are you interested in visiting the Gateway Arch? So many Louisville families head west on I-64 to St. Louis during ...
Read More
Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

With spring just around the corner, we took a drive about a 40 minute drive southwest of Louisville to hike ...
Read More
Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park

This post about Clifty Falls State Park is a few years old. Some of the information may have changed. And, ...
Read More