Just past Florence on I-71 and I-75, is Richwood. While it is not an incorporated town, it is a community of its own. Set among some of the best farms in Boone County, this newest addition to Northern Kentucky living has grown steadily for the last few years.
Subdivisions offering walking and riding trails can be found just minutes off of the interstate. Homes on acreage have been built in recent years that give residents privacy and quiet, yet quick access to the services in the area. New subdivisions are still being built featuring a variety of styles and amenities. Homes are offered for those who enjoy a country club and golf course in their own backyard.
While there is no city bus service, school bus service is available to the students in the Boone County school system. The Richwood area is minutes from I-75, 10 minutes to 275, and 25 minutes from Cincinnati.
St. Elizabeth West Hospital is located at I-75 at the Florence Exit and staffs a 24-hour emergency room. Other nearby hospitals include St. Elizabeth South in Edgewood (10 minutes) and St. Elizabeth North in Covington (15 minutes).
The Florence Mall is a short drive away and features 130 speciality stores and is centrally located in Florence, close to all Boone County residents Crestview Hills Town Center at I-275 and Dixie Highway is a lifestyle center featuring Dillards as an anchor along with a wide assortment of speciality stores and restaurants offering clothing, cosmetics, home furnishings and sporting equipment.
The Richwood Flea Market has been in business for over 25 years and has 160 indoor vendor booths featuring all kinds of items.
"Shor Lake Park" is a five-acre green space with a large fishing lake and picnic tables. (Boone County also has many others parks to enjoy throughout the county.)
Nearby Florence is home to the "Florence Family Aquatic Center". This four-acre facility opened is located on the campus of the Florence Government Center in the heart of Boone County. The Aquatic Center features a lazy river, 25-meter competition pool, two sprayground areas, spiral and speed slides and a zero-depth pool. There is a membership charge for this center.
The "Florence/Boone County Skate Park" with 22,000 square feet of concrete is a park for skateboarders, bikers, rollerblades and in-line skaters of course. Located on the campus of the Florence Government Center, this facility is designed for the novice as well as the experts.
"Florence Freedom", a Frontier League Baseball team was the 2005 Frontier League Organization of the Year. Florence Freedom plays at Champion Field in the heart of Boone County, and offers a hometown, professional baseball experience and is an outing for young and old alike.
"R.C. Durr YMCA" is a state-of-the-art YMCA centrally located in Boone County on Route 18. The YMCA features a heated indoor pool and an outdoor pool, both with 25 lanes. A fitness center with cardio, strength training and free weights, the YMCA has personal fitness programs, a full gymnasium other programs for members.
Boone County has several public golf courses: "Boone Links" has been named “Best Bang for the Buck” by Golf Digest. This 27-hole facility is open year round, weather permitting. Just off of Route 18 between Florence, Hebron and Burlington, "Lassing Point" is an 18-hole course with a driving range and short-game center on the premises. "World of Golf "is a great place to play, practice and learn.
"Dinsmore Homestead" is a unique historical site where visitors can learn what rural life was like in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Home Tours and seasonal events are a highlight to Boone County History. Nature enthusiasts enjoy the hiking trails developed in cooperation with the Kentucky Nature Conservancy and the Boone County Parks Program.
Boone County naturally attracts horse lovers, but is also popular with those looking for sports such as swimming, soccer, baseball, tennis, and pee wee football. The arts are represented with dance and art classes available locally and in neighboring Cincinnati. Most any activity is within reach for Boone County residents.