The Elizabethtown Sports Park in Elizabethtown, Kentucky is an impressive complex that spans 158 acres. It features 12 baseball diamonds and 12 multi-sport fields that are used for soccer, lacrosse, football, and more. If your team is headed to the Elizabethtown Sports Park for a tournament, you’re probably wondering what there will be for the kids to do other than sports around Elizabethtown. Just an hour south of Louisville in a beautiful part of the state, Elizabethtown has plenty of family-friendly attractions. These include excellent restaurants and diners for you to enjoy. Definitely consider some of these great options in your plans.


Things to Do

Dix-E-Town Lanes

When you’re in the heartland of the U.S., nothing beats bowling, a great American small-town pastime. Located just minutes away from the Elizabethtown Sports Park, Dix-E-Town Lanes has been family owned and operating for half a century. The sign outside is a major historical landmark all by itself. Don’t let the age of the place fool you into thinking their technology is out-of-date however. Their 24 bowling lanes were recently renovated with all the latest technology. They’ve got 1,500 square feet of private meeting and party room space, not to mention a big video game area. During the summer they’re open late every day of the week and the Tin Pin Grill serves up some mighty fine pizza and burgers. 4547 N Dixie Hwy, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum

Elizabethtown Sports Park  - Travel - Hotels4Teams“Not another museum!” you can already hear your kids say. But this is the family-friendly Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum. Once you’ve explained to them what “yesteryear” means, and hidden your secret desire to see all those beautiful automobiles from years ago, you won’t be able to stop them from running into the place and shouting, “Look at these cars!” Swope’s has cars from the early 1900s to the 1960s across all models and makes.

Let the knowledgeable hostesses welcome your brood and show you about. Check out the vintage car library and do-it-yourself car video theater. It’s all free, really; no admission charge, no “suggested donation” box. Cameras are welcome. 1012 N Dixie Ave, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Freeman Lake Park

Freeman Lake Park is the largest municipal park in Elizabethtown. It’s located only a few minutes from the Elizabethtown Sports Park and is centered around a 170-acre lake where you and your family can fish and boat to your heart’s content. Catch bluegills, rainbow trout, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. Bait is available for sale in the park office and fishing permits are available just for the day. Seven miles of walking trails surround the lake. The brand spanking new Tennis Complex has 10 courts, five of which are lighted. Try the 18-hole disc golf course. Tour the Lincoln Heritage House, Sara Bush Johnson Log Cabin, and one-room schoolhouse. Rent a rowboat for the day, or paddle around in a paddleboat for a nominal fee. 212 Freeman Lake Park Rd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Conder’s Paintball

Also near the Elizabethtown Sports Park is Conder’s Paintball, the oldest and largest paintball field in the entire state of Kentucky. It is situated on 80 beautiful acres and offers you a number of different fields to have fun in. Their family-friendly atmosphere is aided by knowledgeable referees who help to keep things competitive, but friendly. While your kids are outside shooting at each other, enjoy the delicious grilled food in the pro shop. 813 Hawkins Dr, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site

To this day people and politicians still talk about Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s 16th President. Would you believe when you are at the Elizabethtown Sports Park, you will be only 12 miles from his town of birth in Hodgenville, Kentucky? The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site encompasses the Memorial Building and Abe’s father Thomas Lincoln’s 116-acre Sinking Spring Farm. Walking trails follow in the footsteps of Lincoln’s earliest days, past the famous Sinking Spring and the site of the boundary marker oak tree. Yes, an important piece of American history right in central Kentucky. Who would’ve thought? 2995 Lincoln Farm Rd, Hodgenville, KY 42748


Kart Kountry

Kart Kountry is a family-oriented amusement park in Shepherdsville that’s not very far from Elizabethtown Sports Park. It has go-karts, yes, but it also has bumper boats, batting cages, mini golf, and other fun things for your kids to do. It is home to the largest go-kart track in the world! Ride five different size karts at five different speeds with a separate Kiddie Track with Kiddie Karts. Small children riding as passengers in the double-seat kart ride for free.

The mini golf course has streams, waterfalls, and a massive volcano. The batting cages have six speeds for baseball and slow and fast pitch for softball. The Bumper Boats are equipped with squirt guns and Bump-N-Blast cannons. Use the trampoline to block your opponent’s shot in JumpShot for the “ultimate basketball experience.” The arcade has a fun mix of classic and newer games. 315 Joe B Hall Ave, Shepherdsville, KY 40165


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Rafferty’s is a laid back regional chain with great hamburgers, steaks, and other American favorites. It also has a full kids’ menu. Made-from-scratch menu items cooked up daily with the freshest ingredients are sure to please your pickiest travelers. Don’t leave town without trying the fabulous Nutty Honey Butter Croissants. 2000 N Dixie Hwy, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Las Chalupas

Las Chalupas in Elizabethtown specializes in bringing an authentic Mexican dining experience to the Heartland Area of Kentucky. Go and enjoy the Latin music and South of the Border atmosphere. Try their famous pollo con crema and chiles poblanos! 1007 N Mulberry St, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Mark’s Feed Store

With a location in Elizabethtown right near the Elizabethtown Sports Park, Mark’s Feed Store is a local chain that serves “the best barbecue in Louisville” and beyond. After studying barbecue technique from “some old masters in Western Kentucky,” owner Mark brought the expertise east and added his own original sauces to the mix. The fish, sides, and desserts are just as expertly prepared. 4021 N Dixie Hwy, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Back Home Restaurant

Back Home Restaurant got its start 30 years ago when Linda and Tommy Fulkerson began selling crafts and antiques out of the trunk of their car in downtown Elizabethtown. Today, they are a full-service restaurant that cooks up some of the tastiest family recipes around. Come try favorites like fried green tomatoes, pinto beans, corn bread, brisket sandwiches, or country fried steak, and you’ll surely see why Back Home Restaurant is a favorite among the locals. They’ve also added on to the store;  they sell more than just crafts and antiques. So, if you are in the mood for some down-home food and a great local shopping experience, then it’s time to head to Back Home Restaurant, where you will always feel like one of the family. 251 W Dixie Ave, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


In between playing your games at Elizabethtown Sports Park, be sure to check out the relaxing and fun, team-bonding activities that central Kentucky and Elizabethtown have to offer. Make sure you have some of the great home cooking many of the restaurants around there have to offer too!