Bourbon Capital of the World
Bardstown is known as the "Bourbon Capital of the World" and is home to several distilleries, including Maker's Mark, Barton 1792, and Willett. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which attracts thousands of tourists each year, includes stops in Bardstown.
Annual Bourbon Festival
Held in September, this week-long event celebrates the city's bourbon heritage and attracts thousands of visitors each year, featuring tastings, workshops, and other bourbon-related activities.
Although specific numbers are not available, it is likely that the busiest seasons for tourism in Bardstown are during the spring and summer months when the weather is more pleasant for outdoor activities, such as visiting distilleries, exploring historic sites, and attending outdoor events like "The Stephen Foster Story."
North Pole Express
During the holiday season, typically from late November to December, families can enjoy a magical train ride to "The North Pole" with festive decorations, holiday treats, and a visit from Santa Claus himself. The event is a beloved local tradition and attracts visitors from around the region, making it a unique and fun experience for families during the holiday season.