Snyder says there is plenty of fun to be had outdoors as well. The Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Department manages several community and neighborhood parks and ball fields, including Cowan Street Park; Henry Jackson Park, which is home to a popular 18-hole disc golf course; and Millennium Park, which features baseball, football, soccer and softball fields, a skate park, playgrounds, dog park, picnic areas, walking trails and a lake.
Families can walk the trails and learn about local plants and animals at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge or get physical at the William E. "Bunny" Davis Recreation Complex and the McDowell Wellness Center. Herrington Lake, the deepest lake in Kentucky, offers plenty of opportunity for swimming, fishing and boating.
Full Plate of Options
Snyder admits that an initial concern about moving from a major urban center was the loss of culinary choices, but says she was pleasantly surprised by Danville’s robust restaurant scene.
“My whole world got better when TUT's opened because now here I can get falafel in Danville, Kentucky,” she says.
Also among Danville’s restaurant offerings are the “pay-what-you-can” nonprofit Grace Cafe, the Bluegrass Pizza & Pub and Cue on Main -- all featuring a menu sourced from local farms -- along with local favorites Melton's Deli and Nellie Burton's Steakhouse and Sports Bar. The Danville Bistro and Mallard’s serve up American fare with style, while The Hub Coffee House & Cafe, Burke’s Bakery & Delicatessen and Pies for You and Cookies Too give residents their caffeine and sugar fixes. Danville has also become a hot spot for craft beer and spirits connoisseurs with the opening of places such as the Beer Engine and Jane Barleycorn’s Market & Bar.
Snyder says if she had to whittle down all of Danville’s amenities into one word, it would be “people.”
“Danville has all of this charm, but it's because of its people, how welcomed you feel and how quickly people want to connect you to these amenities,” she says. “When people find out you are new in town, they're just so excited, and they can’t wait to tell you all of their favorite things to do and all of the places that you need to go. It becomes really easy then to connect into these great cultural amenities because the people here are proud of them and want to show them off.”
DANVILLE & BOYLE COUNTY FESTIVALS
Great American Brass Band Festival, June 2018
Soul of Second Street Festival, August 2018
HarvestFest: Eat! Drink! Danville!, September 2018
Lawn Chair Theater, September 2018
Kentucky State BBQ Festival, September 2018
Forkland Heritage Festival & Revue, October 2018