All right, folks, it’s about that time of year. 

Summer officially begins next week, on June 21, and there’s no better time for you to get your thinking caps on and plan out a few adventures.

Undoubtedly, plenty of Floyd County folks are just itching to get away to their favorite vacation spot, hours away from their home. We don’t blame you; a change of scenery does a person good.

But we’d like to challenge all of our readers — those planning vacations elsewhere and those planning to stay home — to maybe try something a bit different this summer.

Become a tourist — here at home.

You may not realize it, but Floyd County has some pretty decent destinations for tourists, and that means there are plenty of things for folks to do right here at home. You live here, and you may think you’ve seen and done it all, but we’re challenging you with this — have you seen it like a tourist sees it?

If you want to experience your best summer ever, don’t just let your vacation end with that trip you’re taking elsewhere. Bring it back home. 

There are numerous activities for your family to enjoy in Floyd County this summer. When you’re looking for something fun to do, think about the opry and other concerts at the Mountain Arts Center, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, German Bridge, the Elkhorn Education and Recreation Park, the Middle Creek National Battlefield, the Samuel May House, Paddlefest, Front Porch Pickin’, Tuesday Night Songwriters Scene, Sugarcamp Mountain Trails, Rocky Ridge Stables, Stonecrest, the golf course at Allen, car shows in Prestonsburg on the second Friday of each month, planetarium shows and other activities at the East Kentucky Science Center, Night Market events hosted monthly in Prestonsburg, the amphitheater at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and, believe it or not, there’s also plenty of stuff to do at the Floyd County Public Library branches this summer. 

It’s all right here, close to home. 

Why wouldn’t you want to check some of this stuff out? If you’re feeling like you need an escape and you just don’t know where to go, get in car, pick and road and travel it. Drive somewhere in Floyd County you’ve never been before and see how that changes your perspective. Make it a picnic day. Talk to some locals there. Go ahead, try it. We guarantee you’ll enjoy the ride. 

Happy trails. 

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