Spend New Year’s Eve At Kentucky State Parks

We write about it every year but Kentucky State Parks are gearing up again for New Year’s Eve celebrations around the Commonwealth.

If you’re looking for something to do in your own backyard, go to the nearest State Park! Some are offering dinner buffets, entertainment, dancing and theater.

Some of the events:

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas — New Year’s Eve Party: Barren River Lake State Resort Park invites you to ring in the 2014 New Year with us Dec. 31. Sit down to a delicious buffet in the Driftwood Restaurant, then go dance the night away as we ring in the New Year with DJ Cindy Cossey from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. We’ll also have the big screen up again this year to watch the ball drop and have our own balloon drop at midnight. Refreshments and party favors provided during dance. A lodge package for $179.95 plus tax, tip, and resort fee includes lodging Tuesday night, Tuesday night dinner, dance, and Wednesday morning breakfast for two. A cottage package for $299.95 plus tax, tip, and resort fee is also available. The dinner and dance only for two is $85 plus tax and tip. The dance only is $20 per person. For more information or to make reservations call 1-800-325-0057.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet — Comedy in the Parks: Blue Licks Battlefield brings you this year’s installment of “Comedy in the Parks!” Join us for an evening of fine dining and comedy entertainment. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., followed by “The Comedy of Lee Cruse” at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy music from “The Piano Doctor” Dave Stahl and saxophonist Freddy Helm from 9 p.m. to midnight. We’ll have the dance floor in place and the large projection TV showing you what’s going on around the country when the clock strikes midnight. Join us for the dinner and show with event tickets or stay at the Worthington Lodge with a room package that includes a lodge room and tickets for two. Tickets: $37.04 per person. Includes tax, dinner and show for one person. Package price: $126.08; includes tax, dinner, show and one lodge room for two people. For information call 1-800-443-7008.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn — New Year’s Eve at Buckhorn Lake: Awake to the New Year amid mountain tranquility. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is offering a special lodge room rate of $50 per night Sunday, Dec. 29, through Saturday, Jan. 4. The park is also offering a special plated dinner from 5-8 p.m. with tender chicken breast and petite ribeye, tossed salad, side, and dessert for $25. Or choose the seafood platter, sides, and desserts for $14. (Not including tax or gratuity). For reservations call 800-325-0058.

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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin — New Year’s Eve Getaway: Bring your special someone to Cumberland Falls for a night of entertainment and relaxation. Tuesday evening is our annual New Year’s Eve Bash from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dance music will be played by our local favorite DJ, Jeff Petry, of Radio Active Sounds. The celebration package includes: Tuesday night dinner and dance for two, lodge room and New Year’s Day breakfast for two for only $ 164.95. Dinner and dance only package is $65.95. Call 1-800-325-0063.

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton — Ring In The New Year: The park is holding a New Year’s Eve dance with a DJ at 8 p.m. The dance only package includes the dance, a champagne toast and one drink ticket for $30 a person. Also available is an overnight package that includes the dance, a lodge room for one night, dinner buffet, two drink tickets, and breakfast for $199 per couple. Call 1-866-462-8853 for reservations.

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora — The Sounds of Motown: Ring in the New Year with the music of Diana Ross, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and more great Motown artists! Music presented by Hack Sound & Lighting. The park is offering an overnight package for $169.95 plus tax that includes: a room for two at Kenlake Lodge, the dance at 8 p.m., dinner for two and a breakfast buffet. A one-bedroom cottage package is also available at $199.95. Call 1-800-325-0143.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz — Barkley Bash: Ring in the New Year and dance the night away with family and friends along the shores of beautiful Lake Barkley. Packages include overnight lodging in a lake view room, dinner buffet for two, Barkley Bash Dance and breakfast buffet for two. Top Tier, a high-energy band from Nashville, Tenn., will keep you on your feet during the annual Barkley Bash dance. Overnight packages are $215 per couple. Dinner and dance tickets are $125 per couple, and dance-only tickets are $90/couple. Please note that this event is for ages 21 and older and no outside alcohol will be permitted. Cash bar will be available. For more information and reservations call 270-924-1131 or email nick.edmonds@ky.gov

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown — Blowout Bash: Put your dancing shoes on and come help ring in the New Year at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. There will be live music, food and fun for everyone. Our New Year’s Blowout Bash dance featuring the band “2 Cool” will be8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. CST in the Activity Center. The cost is $89.95 per couple, which includes dance tickets and an overnight stay at the lodge. Advance dance-only tickets will be sold only at the front desk for $30 per couple or $20 per individual. Ticket sales end 7:30 p.m. the night of dance. Dance guests must be 21 or older. There also will be a special holiday buffet meal of carved prime rib au jus, peel-and-eat shrimp, fried catfish with hushpuppies, grilled chicken with portobello marsala sauce, fried shrimp and more for $24.94 per person. For reservations call 1-800-325-1709.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs — New Year’s Eve Celebration: Ring in the New Year at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s New Year’s Eve Celebration! The package includes one night’s lodging, prime rib buffet dinner for two (5-8 p.m.), dance with live entertainment by Travis Dukes (8 p.m.-midnight), hors d’oeuvres, and a deluxe continental breakfast (7-10 a.m. Sunday). A New Year’s overnight package is available for $124.95 plus tax. Buy a second night’s lodging with your New Year’s package for half price! Dinner and dance only tickets $65 /couple. This event is co-sponsored by the Friend’s of Pennyrile. Call 1-800-325-1711.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville — New Year’s Eve Mountain Bash: Enjoy classic dance party favorites from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and more recent hits as Pine Mountain rings in the New Year. The park will provide an assortment of snacks, mixers and decorations. A special package is being offered that includes dance admission, one night’s lodging, dinner buffet and New Year’s Day brunch. Call 1-800-325-1712 for reservations.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough — New Year’s Eve Party: The park is offering an overnight package for $169 plus tax per couple, which includes one night’s lodging, a prime rib dinner buffet, live entertainment from Starr Mountain Band, party favors, snacks and a breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day. The dinner and dance package is $89 plus tax per couple and includes prime rib dinner buffet and dance for two. For guests wanting to stay over an extra night on New Year’s Day, Rough River Dam State Resort Park is offering an extra night’s lodge room for only $39. Cottage discounts are also available. For more information or to make reservations, call 270-257-2311 or 1-800-325-1713.