What’s New in BOCO? 2 New Attractions in Boyd County, KY

Feb 9, 2024

Nestled in the Eastern Kentucky Highlands, Boyd County is truly the heart of the state. From breathtaking nature scenes to fascinating history, BoCo is a hidden gem that is quickly gaining recognition for its beauty and entertainment. As if there wasn’t enough to enjoy in our communities, Boyd County is constantly growing and adding new and exciting attractions!

Read on to explore two recently-opened attractions that help make BoCo a must-visit destination for adults and children alike!

Sandy’s Racing & Gaming

Aptly known as “where the fun goes with the flow,” the newly-opened Sandy’s Racing & Gaming in Ashland is full of non-stop entertainment. Drinks flow, horses race, and the games never end. A tribute to the Big Sandy Region – where the facility gets its name – Sandy’s is exciting, welcoming, and unlike any gaming destination you’ve ever experienced.


Photo from Sandy’s Facebook Page

The Big Sandy River and Little Sandy River have deep meaning for the people of Ashland, Boyd County and the tri-state area. It represents resilience, authenticity, and an escape from the everyday. You’ll see that personality when you step in the doors at Sandy’s.

Sandy’s is a fun night out that’s close to home. A place where locals can escape the everyday and everyone feels included. A place where you can get into the action of slot machines and quarter horse racing.

Enjoy a delicious meal, receive great rewards, tap your toes to live music, high-five when your favorite team wins. Most importantly, make new friends and catch up with familiar faces over a drink and adrenaline-pumping action.

Clark Family Discovery Center

After years of fundraising and lots of hard work, the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center officially opened the long-awaited Clark Family Discovery Center in December 2023. This center has already brought so much imaginative fun to the children of Boyd County and beyond in its short time open.


Photo from museum’s website

The Clark Family Discovery Center offers children a chance to tour several different stations, completing tasks such as cooking food, driving a boat, performing in a theater, and so much more. Kiddos can hop on the Blue Ribbon Bus; stroll through the city and visit the grocery store or bank; enjoy a lesson on physics at the Energy Zone; and learn about the many strange behaviors of animals at the local veterinarian office. The imaginative possibilities are endless!

The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center believes the power of play is too vital to ignore in the learning process, according to their website. That is why members of the community and the museum’s Board of Trustees launched a campaign a few years ago to build the all-new discovery center.

This state-of-the-art center is located on the second floor of the Highlands Museum. The museum has been a fun-filled destination in Ashland for nearly three decades. From kids to adults, visitors find activities and information that helps bring history and heritage to life. With affordable admission, annual memberships, and regular family-friendly events, this museum is a must-visit when in Boyd County!

Are you searching for more exciting attractions and activities? Visit our “Things to Do” page for a complete list of attractions that Boyd County has to offer. We’ll see you soon!

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