There’s so much to do and see in Boone County…I could probably go on all day chattering about fun to be had with the family in Boone County. But I’m just going to sum up one day’s worth of adventures for you in this post. My family spent a long lovely day exploring Boone County this summer, and I wanted to share with you where we went, what we saw and what we had to eat…so you can plan a fun day in Boone County too! Remember, this is only a one-day adventure in Boone County, there’s lots more fun to be had in this beautiful area.
First things first…on the day of our adventure I picked up my grandmother. The only clear plan we had was to see the baby bison at Big Bone Lick. So we loaded up the kids and headed south on I75 to Boone County to see the baby bison.
Big Bone Lick is one of the Kentucky State Parks, and it’s a great place to take a field trip with your kids. While we were there we took a nice long (but not too long) walk in the woods, checked out the replica ice age era animals, walked around the visitors center learning about the rich history of this area, and of course we saw the baby bison (adorable!). The bison were a bit far away out in the fields, so I recommend bringing binoculars. We loved being out in the country, and I loved being able to teach the kids about the history of this area…it’s fascinating! You can read more about this park in the Big Bone Lick State Park post here on FFC. Big Bone Lick is in Union, 3380 Beaver Road.
After our hike and explorations at Big Bone Lick, the kids (and who am I kidding, the adults as well) were ready for lunch and some COLD drinks. So when we asked around about where to eat, we heard that Trixie’s Marina was a great place to grab a bite. Trixie’s Marina was just a few minutes away from Big Bone Lick State Park, at 4895 Beaver Road (turn left out of the park and go just a few miles, it’s on your left). Trixie’s Marina was a great little mom & pop sort of restaurant, combined with a small grocery, bait shop and at night there’s always fun going on outside on the patio. It turns into more of a bar scene after hours, but during the day it’s a great place to grab a bite. I was pleasantly surprised by the offerings on their menu, they really had a lot of options and variety! They even had frog legs on the menu. I opted for the catfish, and it was delicious! And my grandma had the chicken parmesan hoagie and let me try it. It was quite tasty! The portions were HUGE and the prices were quite reasonable! And the service was great, they really took good care of us. They were so friendly and helpful that I felt like I was having lunch in a friend’s kitchen instead of a restaurant. Trixie’s Marina is located on Gunpowder Creek, so if you are the boating sort you should head to Trixie’s, grab a bite to eat and then take a cruise on the water. My canoe loving husband says he’s going to head down that way to check it out soon. Trixie’s Marina is open M-Th 6am until 9pm; F/Sa 6am until 12am; and Sundays from 8am – 6pm. You can find more information on the Trixie’s Marina Facebook Page.
After lunch we didn’t feel like ending our adventures, the lure of spending time in the country was too much. And who am I kidding, I didn’t want to go home and tackle the housework. So we decided to take a drive to Rabbit Hash. Have you heard of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky? They have a dog for a mayor. And somehow, when you enter Rabbit Hash you go through some time warp and end up back in time. When you get out of your car, there’s a good chance that the mayor (The Honorable Lucy Lou) will greet you personally. My kids loved that! It’s as if she just needs to check out who is coming to her town and welcome them. Rabbit Hash is one of my favorite places in the world to visit. Some might say that there’s not a lot to do in Rabbit Hash, but sometimes that’s just what the doctor orders…a calm break from a busy life. Our favorite thing to do in Rabbit Hash is to grab a treat from the General Store, and then sit at picnic tables that overlook the great Ohio River and just watch the boats go by, and listen to the peace and quiet that surrounds this hamlet. Most days are pretty quiet in Rabbit Hash, but don’t let that fool you. The good folks of Rabbit Hash sure do know how to throw a party! Our family loves going down for Old Timers Day at the end of summer, and they also host Barn Dances through the summer and other fun events. Check out the Rabbit Hash General Store for all the details, events and directions (I’m not going to even try to tell you how to get there!).
After Rabbit Hash it was getting late in the day, so we decided to hit the winding country roads and head back home. The only thing that would have made this day better in my book is if we had managed a visit to Dinsmore Homestead on our way home, but we’ll save that for another day!