By:- Sahil Luthra
The story behind the city’s most famous landmark, next to the interstate, involves some cheeky ingenuity. The water tower was built in 1974 and was painted with the words Florence Mall to drum up publicity for the mall that was being built next door.
Y’Alls Ballpark, seating 4,500, is a real family destination during the season, with themed nights, fireworks on Fridays and tons of entertainment and activities between innings to keep younger kids on board.
To find out more about the old ways, you can take a tour of the distillery, which has a 500-gallon pot still, four fermenters and a bottling line, producing hundreds of barrels of small-batch bourbon a year.
There’s a profusion of 4-H exhibits and skills shows, for anything from livestock to fruits & vegetables. Also on the agenda are pageants, carnival rides, games, endless family activities and crowd-pleasing fair food.
Merriwether Lewis visited this field of megafauna bones in 1803, and sent specimens to Thomas Jefferson, who later commissioned William Clark to conduct the first vertebrate paleontological dig in the United States at this very place.
As part of the project the old grandstand was torn down and replaced, and casino-style gaming was introduced, with 1,500 instant racing machines.
On the south side of the city’s Government Center complex, Florence has a public water park that would put some theme parks to shame. This attraction is open Memorial Day weekend through the school summer break and has a host of great features.
The other, hour-long rooms were Graveyard Escape, Cabin in the Woods, The Shipwreck and The Attic, which have horror themes, while in The Wild West you have to get out of town before Jesse James finds you.
This is loaded with Kentucky signatures, from slugger baseball bats to bourbon barrels and even a miniature version of the Florence Y’All Water Tower. Other highlights include golf simulators, an indoor range and a 9-hole footgolf course.
A few of the stores here are Macy’s, JCPenney, Foot Locker, Hot Topic, GameStop, American Eagle, rue21, Victoria’s Secret, Claire’s and Kay Jewelers, while there’s a 14-screen Cinemark multiplex on the south side.