Danville, Kentucky

The Danville Community

The Centre Campus—and Danville, Kentucky—will become your home away from home.

Downtown Danville and Beyond 

Nestled in the heart of Kentucky and the state’s central Bluegrass region, Danville has plenty to explore — much of it just blocks from campus. Our safe, friendly city has shops, cafes, parks, galleries, breweries, theaters, and plenty of events and festivals. Bluegrass RIDE offers free public transit around Danville. 

Bluegrass RIDE Schedule

Historical, cultural, and natural attractions in town or within a short drive include: 

• Constitution Square
• The Spirit of Second Street
• Arts Center of the Bluegrass

• Great American Dollhouse Museum
• Millennium Park
• Shaker Village

• Historic Merchants’ Row
• Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge
• Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Thousands of Acres of Nature

Surrounded by rolling hills, scenic state parks and national forests, the Centre campus is near canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities.

"City of Firsts." Your Second Home.

This town of about 16,000 was the first capital of Kentucky (among its many firsts) and is full of small town charm, historic architecture, and a thriving main street.


Top Ten

Best Small Towns in America (Finalist, Rand McNally, 2012)


Number 6

Best College Town (Southern Living, 2019)


Top 30

College Town Main Street (Best Value Schools, 2020)

The Heart of Kentucky

Bourbon. Bluegrass. Horses. The largest cave system in the world. When you’re in the center of Kentucky, from here to there really isn’t all that far:

Lexington (30 minutes)

Kentucky Horse Park
Mary Todd Lincoln House

Frankfort (55 minutes)

State Capitol
River Tours

Louisville (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Churchill Downs (national historic landmark and racing)
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

Elsewhere in the Bluegrass State

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace (1 hour, 20 minutes)
Red River Gorge (1 hour, 40 minutes)
Mammoth Cave National Park (2 hours)

Around Appalachia & Beyond: Weekends & Road Trips

If you’re coming to Centre from across the country, you might want to explore our region a little more while you’re here. Within an easy driving distance you’ll find iconic cities like Nashville and American treasures like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

What Colonels Love About Danville: For Your To-Do List

• Play a game of disc golf at Henry Jackson Park
• Grab a dozen (or so) wings at Bluegrass Pizza and Pub
• Stop at Burke’s Bakery for doughnuts or gingerbread men
• Take a yoga or spinning class at Plank on Main

Visit Danville