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Going to Kentucky Speedway in July...other things to do?

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Going to Kentucky Speedway in July...other things to do?

My husband and I are going to Kentucky Speedway in July for the Nascar races and will be there for a few days. What other attractions should we take in? Restaurant suggestions? Any ideas on where we should stay?

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1. Re: Going to Kentucky Speedway in July...other things to do?

Belterra Casino is across the river if you are interested in gambling. They have a nice hotel also, I am sure rates will be very high for that but it would be quite easy access to the speedway. The speedway is actually in the middle of farmland and there is not much around. A Ramada Inn is very close by, once again rates will be high. Your options will be to stay in Carrollton Kentucky about a 15 minute drive, quaint little river town. There is General Butler State Park which has a lodge. Mostly fast food chains with a couple of local restaurants......Or stay in Florence Kentucky.

Most people attending will probably stay in the northern Kentucky area, because there is much more to do there. Lots of lodging available with easy access to 75 and then 71 south which is what you will want to take to the speedway. It is about a 30 minute drive from Florence. Lots of restaurant options if your are staying in the Florence area. You will be close to Cincinnati also with many things to do.

Personally I would book a room in Florence. I lived there for years and drove everyday during the school year to teach. Kentucky speedway is a nice little track and I hope you have a great time.

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2. Re: Going to Kentucky Speedway in July...other things to do?

I have a vacation rental in Sparta on a lake. If you wind up staying in that area, there are some things to do, depending on your tastes.

General Butler and Big Bone Lick State Parks are close. There is the little town of Vevay Indiana on the river. Shops, restaurants (Los Bandidos Mexican has great food and sangria)

Elk Creek Vineyards is up the road - they have wine tasting parties, tours, etc.

You are still under an hour to downtown Cincinnati, Covington and Newport in Ky. Covington has the Main Strasse area with lots of restaurants, shops, and bars. Ditto Newport, and it also has the Newport Aquarium.

If you like to fish, you could do so at the Markland Dam area on the KY/IN border. There area two marinas in the area Pier 99 and Smugglers Cove) and I know one of them has boat rentals as well as a bar/restaurant right on the river.

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