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Things To Do In & Around Benton

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Things To Do in Benton

Including Aurora, Jonathan Creek, Malcolm Creek & King Creek

Benton, Kentucky and the surrounding area offers something for everyone, whether you're looking for family entertainment or outdoor adventures.

Kentucky Lake

The city of Benton is located about 15 minutes west of Kentucky Lake, but you'll find a lot of waterfront accommodations and other businesses with a Benton address, especially along Jonathan Creek, Malcolm Creek and King Creek.  These bays and inlets of Kentucky Lake offer some of the best fishing opportunities around.

About 20 minutes southeast of the city of Benton lies the community of Aurora.  There you'll find some dining options, affordable lodging opportunities, retail and Kenlake State Resort Park.  The heart of Aurora is about a minute or two from Eggner's Ferry Bridge crossing Kentucky Lake.

Land Between The Lakes

Land Between The Lakes is a National Recreation Area that is controlled by the US Forest Service.  This 170,000-acre, uninhabited area is a great place for anyone to spend a couple of days or more.  Numerous attractions within the park include the Nature Station, Elk & Bison Prairie, Golden Pond Planetarium, Homeplace1850s, and Turkey Bay OHV Area.

In addition to those popular attractions, LBL offers hundreds of miles of scenic hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, camping, and many other outdoor adventures.  Find out more in our Land Between The Lakes section.

Fun For The Whole Family

There are a few places near Benton that the kids will love.  Kentucky Shores near Draffenville, about 15 minutes from Benton, has mini-golf, go-carts, ziplines and so much more.  Maggie's Jungle Golf on 641 near Kentucky Dam is another popular destination offering miniature golf as well as a Jungle Run. The Kentucky Opry, also in Draffenville, has country-style live music shows all year long and are family-friendly.

Each spring, usually the first weekend of April, Benton celebrates Tater Day.  This three-day festival features a parade, carnival rides, lots of interesting food vendors, a flea market, and more.  Find more information about Tater Day. 

You can see our complete listing of Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley Area Attractions for fun things to around the Kentucky Lake area.

Elk Herd
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This herd of female elk are enjoying a winter's day in the Elk and Bison Prairie in Land Between The Lakes.