In downtown Ashland, the Kentucky Highlands Museum is definitely worth a trip.  It has artifacts from the history of the area and a special display about country music artists from the area such as the Judds and Ricky Skaggs.  Just across the street is the Jesse Stuart Foundation, with books and literature about the Appalachians and its people.   A highlight of the downtown area is Central Park, with a nice children's playground and lots of room to picnic, read, or play.  For movie entertainment, there is a Movies 10 across from the mall with first-run movies (a new theater-style movie complex is supposedly coming to the Kyova Mall in Summit in November,) and  the Midtown Cinemas in the Kroger Shopping Center features lower prices and matinees of movies that have been out for awhile.  For live entertainment, the Paramount Arts Center features many performers from all genres of music, and has a weekly coffeehouse featuring local musicians.  For art and crafts, just up the street from the Paramount is the Ashland Area Art Gallery featuring works by many artists for view or sale. The Pendleton Arts Gallery across the street has many artisans and craftspeople working on their trade and offering items for sale.  For shopping, there are several downtown shops, and of course the local mall, which features most of the normal chain stores, except Sears, Elder Beerman, and Steve and Barry's which are at the Kyova Mall in Summit.