Kentucky tourist amenities such as water parks, bowling alleys and water taxis are expected to open by the end of 2021.
The state Department of Tourism, Landmarks, and Tourism will be opening its first major attractions by the middle of 2021, with more to come by 2021.
Kentucky Tourism Association President and CEO Bill Hultgren told the Associated Press that by 2020, the state expects to open all of the state’s major tourist attractions, including Kentucky’s signature attraction, Kentucky Derby.
There are currently about 5,000 acres of Kentucky land designated for development, with most of that going to hotels, casinos, shopping centers, golf courses, convention centers, and other development.
Hultberg said the Kentucky Tourism Association will be seeking a partner in a development company to take over the development, but it’s not clear how long it would take.
The Kentucky Tourism Board of Directors approved the opening of Kentucky’s new tourist attractions by its board in April 2021, according to the AP.
In an April 2017 report on the state, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce said that the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Water Park would be the first Kentucky attractions to open their doors by 2021, while the Kentucky Aquarium and Kentucky Nature Center will open their first two years of operations by 2022.
Other Kentucky attractions in the works include Kentucky’s largest and best-known horse show, Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky’s first ever national horse-themed movie, Kentucky Country Music Festival, and Kentucky’s only indoor, indoor-outdoor rodeo, Kentucky Equine Festival.