Top 10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Kentucky, USA

Best 13 Kentucky Attractions to Visit

There’s so much to see and do on a family vacation to Kentucky, even if you’ve been there before, and you’re likely to track down entertaining and terrific attractions new to your family.

Kentucky is a beautiful state filled with many natural wonders and man-made attractions. The caves are a perfect example. Kentucky’s natural cave formations have been explored for centuries, and there is even a man-made cave open for tours in Louisville.

This guide offers ideas and places to start planning your vacation. Once you start making a list of all the places you want to visit on your trip, you will surely find more reasons to return to Kentucky again and again.

01 of 13

Mammoth Cave National Park

Kentucky is home to the world’s longest cave system. You can visit this natural wonder and enjoy the park that surrounds it. There are canoeing, horseback riding and hiking in the parks.

Then, when you enter the cave, enjoy a tour full of the history of the region. Kentucky also has many other caves to explore. If you’re in Cave City exploring natural formations, the No. 2 Wigwam Village Motel is also worth a visit. It’s not a fancy motel, but it is a roadside attraction on Historic Route 66. Interesting fact for kids: the Wigwam Village motel chain was the inspiration for the Cozy Cone Motel in the Pixar movie Cars .

Louisville Mega Cave.

Address
Phone

Closer to Louisville, you can explore the underground in a huge man-made cave beneath the Louisville Zoo. The former Louisville Rubble Mine is now called Louisville Mega Cave and is located right in town.

There are historic tours available and visitors ride through the cave on a streetcar as a guide explains the history and current use of the mega cave. It’s an intriguing tour filled with fun facts about Louisville.

READ
3 ways to have fun and interesting vacations in October

For the adventurous, there are zipper lines. Participants will find 90-foot ceilings in vaulted areas. Zip lines are set and the course is lit for extra dramatic effect.

03 of 13

Cumberland Falls.

Address

Tourists will appreciate that this state park is full of stunning natural beauty, and there are 50 campsites. Take in gemstone mining, fishing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting and hiking. Also, if you time your visit right, you can see Niagara Island to the south, a 125-foot-wide water curtain with a “moon bow.” At night, during the full moon, visitors can see a lunar, overnight rainbow.

04 of 13

Churchill Downs.

Address
Phone

The Kentucky Derby has great significance in Louisville, Kentucky and around the world. Visit the track where it all happens. There are many races to bet on if you are the gambling type.

Churchill Downs also has a Kentucky Derby Museum, a derby store and more. If you’re traveling with young children, check out the family fun days filled with age-appropriate activities for young children.

Continue 5 of 13 below. 05 of 13

Red River Gorge

Address
Phone

This natural treasure is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Stone arches, sandstone cliffs and stunning rock formations attract visitors from all over the world. A popular destination for vacationers and rock climbers. It’s so popular that it’s on our list of top 10 weekends in Louisville. Hunting and trapping is allowed in the gorge, as long as all participants follow Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations. There are also plenty of hiking trails, picnic areas and several canoeing spots.

06 of 13

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay

Address
Phone

When it’s hot outside, there are few things better than a trip to a water park. And, if you’re a family that loves to visit theme parks, you can’t miss Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay. With extreme rides like FearFall, where thrill seekers are in the air from nearly 130 feet, a 5D movie theater and a water park with Plummet Summit, aTornado Ride and a lazy river, the Kingdom of Kentucky has something for everyone.

READ
Khami Ruins National Monument in Zimbabwe

07 of 13

Louisville Zoo

Address
Phone

Many families head to the local zoo when they’re on vacation, and the Louisville Zoo is a popular destination. Glacier Run, home to polar and grizzly, is just as interesting as the gorilla forest. There are opportunities to learn more about conservation, as well as many seasonal events. For example, the Louisville Zoo Halloween Party, also known as the largest Halloween party in the world, is an annual event for kids who want a not too scary Halloween party. Kids play or meet characters from their favorite books and movies.

08 of 13

Kentucky Horse Park

Address
Phone

Horse lovers don’t need to go to the track, there are many places to see these majestic creatures in Kentucky. The best of these is the Kentucky Horse Park. Here you can ride horses and watch Horses of the World, an informative show filled with light and sound.

An added bonus: If you’re a camping family, you can stay at the park. The KHP campground has access to electricity, if you want it, and plenty of modern amenities, including a store, two bathhouses, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts. There’s also an Olympic-sized children’s pool.

Enjoy a family-friendly walk along the Legacy Trail, a paved 12-mile hiking and biking trail. The trail takes visitors from Camp Kentucky Horse Park to downtown Lexington.

Continue to 9 of 13 below. 09 of 13.

Keeneland National Historic Site

Address
Phone

As race fans know, Churchill Downs is not the only important track in Kentucky. In the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass region is Keeneland. Keeneland is a National Historic Landmark, and it continues to play an important role in thoroughbred racing and breeding. Founded in 1936, Keeneland was designated a National Historic Landmark fifty years later, in1986.

In 2015, the track hosted the Breeders’ Cup, which was won by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah! Triple Crown means the horse won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Rings. For American Pharoah to win all three of them, and the Breeders’ Cup is what riders call a Grand Slam of racing.

READ
Five interesting and safe countries in Africa

10 of 13.

Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum

Address
Phone

If you’re a fan of Kentucky fried chicken, it’s worth a trip to Corbin, Kentucky, to find out where Chicken Mecca began. This is the site of Colonel Harland Sanders’ first restaurant. It’s KFC, so you can order lunch, but the location looks different than other Kentucky fried chicken restaurants. There is an exact replica of Sanders’ kitchen and cafe from the ’40s, as well as information about how this cafe in Corbin became a household name. Sanders Court and Cafe was the first restaurant to serve what we all now know as Kentucky Fried Chicken.

11 of 13

Shaker Village Pleasant Hill

Address
Phone

History buffs will love Shaker Village, home to the third-largest Shaker community in the United States from 1805 to 1910. Learn about the farming and gardening methods of the Shaker community and hike some or all of the 30-mile trails on the land.

Spend a weekend and stay at The Inn, where hotel rooms, suites and private cottages are located in 13 restored Shaker buildings. Enjoy reproduction Shaker furniture, original wood floors and country views. If you like old-fashioned outdoor adventures with historical information, be sure to visit Historic Locust Grove.

12 of 13

Newport Aquarium

Address
Phone

The Newport Aquarium is across the river from Cincinnati. It’s the perfect place to socialize and study sea creatures. There are exhibits to admire and opportunities for personal encounters with sharks, rays and penguins. Walk through five seamless tunnels and experience swimming with fish and sea creatures.

The attraction is open to the public every day. Visit the website for information on special exhibits and to find out what days strollers are allowed (the aquarium sometimes restricts stroller use due to crowd issues).

Continue 13 of 13 below. 13 of 13.

READ
Top 5 Historic Places to See in Estonia

Gallatin County

Address
Phone

Small Gallatin County is located on the Ohio River. Although it is a rural beauty with beautiful, waterways, country roads, and close-knit communities, Gallatin County is also known as the motorsports capital of Kentucky, as the Kentucky Motor Speedway is located here.

It’s a quiet, charming place rich in history, auto racing and water sports. Tourists can enjoy one of the scenic campgrounds, and there are fishing opportunities as well.

Rating
( No ratings yet )
Like this post? Please share to your friends:
bucketlisttc.com
Leave a Reply

;-) :| :x :twisted: :smile: :shock: :sad: :roll: :razz: :oops: :o :mrgreen: :lol: :idea: :grin: :evil: :cry: :cool: :arrow: :???: :?: :!: