What to do and see in Berea, United States: The Best Places and Tips

April 2, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Berea is a home rule-class city in Madison County, Kentucky, in the United States. The town is best known for its art festivals, historic restaurants and buildings, and as the home to Berea College, a private, liberal arts college. The population was 13,561 at the 2010 census. It is one of the fastest-growing towns in Kentucky, having increased by 27.4% since 2000.
Restaurants in Berea

1. Berea Pinnacles

Highway 21, Berea, KY 40403
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Berea Pinnacles

Reviewed By Gkhayes - Lynn, Indiana

Variety of trails, we chose a easy one to start then switched to a challenging one. Stopped by the Devils kitchen, then over to the East pinnacle. Wow well worth the hike. Side note, trail was muddy in places and had several spots of scrambling and climbing on rocks. Is pet friendly but be careful as it was challenging in spots for our well trail experienced chi-westie. Also note bears and copperhead maybe encountered. Still well worth it.

2. Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Berea, KY 40403 +1 859-985-5448
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 388 reviews

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Reviewed By BandB-Lovers_30-yrs - Dayton, Ohio

Iike being in a museum. Mostly art as opposed to arts and crafts. Local artists display their work for sale and there are some beautiful, fanciful, even whimsical pieces available. Prices are relatively ambitious. It is a fun experience. There is a snack bar too.

3. Berea College

107 Jackson St, Berea, KY 40403-1749 +1 859-985-3145
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Berea College

Reviewed By gadgetguy11 - Kentucky

Berea College is in many ways too good to be true. Slow, Southern pace, top rated educators, gorgeous campus, meticulous groundskeeping, and one of the best engineering and maintenance staff in the business!! Unlike the larger University to the north, where winning basketball games is the highest priority, Berea College invests in superior secondary education and has built a stellar reputation for Excellence!

4. Berea Welcome Center

3 Artist Cir, Berea, KY 40403-1351 +1 800-598-5263
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Berea Welcome Center

Reviewed By glenda w - Waynesburg, Kentucky

lots of historical information and tourist information in this updated RR station. The building shows how it used to be years ago.
Helpful people there that can give you ideas to tour ,places to walk to, things to see.For first time visitors, there are local shops nearby you can walk and shop in one area.
A park near by, is where Berea has a "Spoonbread Festival in September, with activities, a parade, music, and lots of contests.
You can get the deliacy, spoonbread with honey and butter. It was very good. There is a website with infomation .
Good place to see and explore.

120 Main St, Berea, KY 40403-1763 +1 859-985-3963
Excellent
50%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Student Crafts on the Square Gallery

Reviewed By turi_dd - Boston, Massachusetts

Very nice brooms, woodworking, pottery and other crafts. The student-made brooms vary from small whisk brooms to full size and are all works of art!

6. Boone Trace Marker

100 Main St N, Berea, KY 40403 +1 859-985-3700
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 28 reviews

Boone Trace Marker

Reviewed By Clara R

The Boone Trace Marker may not seem like much, but it is an important mark in Kentucky History. This stone marks the path of Daniel Boone as he walked through the old Kentucky forests for the first time. Don't miss this hidden gem.

7. Todd's Antique Mall

1305 Paint Lick Rd, Berea, KY 40403-9543 +1 859-986-9087
Excellent
65%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Todd's Antique Mall

Reviewed By The_Newlyweds2015

This was by far the most fun antique store we've ever been in! It had just about everything you would be looking for. We bought (chandelier pieces) for ornaments, kitchenware, and an old typewriter that my brother-in-law has been searching for everywhere. The staff was helpful and kind. We can't wait to go back!

8. Berea Arts Council

139 N Broadway St, Berea, KY 40403-1995 +1 859-985-9317
Excellent
57%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Berea Arts Council

Reviewed By Tran N - Da Lat, Vietnam

They recently moved to Old Town. Their new gallery is filled different work from local artists. The staffs are very friendly and professional. I visited them on their grand opening day. They had some artists play Bluegrass music. Awesome atmosphere!

9. Union Church

200 Prospect St, Berea, KY 40403-1759 +1 859-986-3725
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Union Church

Reviewed By Morris-Madison - Madison, Wisconsin

We visited on a Sunday afternoon after the service had ended and all had departed. What a wonderful building and a suitable tribute to the Almighty. Just have a unescorted chance to look around, one could easily see the various activities that bring people together in the community. If you're visiting Berea College, this is a worthwhile addition to your trip.

10. The Spotlight Playhouse

214 Richmond Rd N, Berea, KY 40403-1396 +1 859-756-0011
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 10 reviews

The Spotlight Playhouse

The Spotlight Playhouse is a regional performing arts theater and event center located in Berea Kentucky at 214 Richmond Road near Family Dollar and Walgreens. The 13000 ft facility houses 3 performance spaces with almost weekly performances year round.

Reviewed By Bobby A - Mount Vernon, Kentucky

So happy to have a place like this in the area. Great for families and children to experience theatre from ground up. Kids can learn everything from acting to video editing. Also the spotlight player shows are amazing!Thank you for the great review. I will pass along the compliment to our players.

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