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Salato Wildlife Education Center Frankfort

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Salato Wildlife Education Center
1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort
KY
40601
Tel: 502 564 7863

Directions

The Salato Center is located on the grounds of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Headquarters. From I-64 at Frankfort, take exit 53B to US 127 north and travel 1.5 miles to US 60. Turn left and drive 1.7 miles west on US 60 to the entrance of the KDFWR on the right. Turn right into the complex and proceed ahead 0.5 miles to the Salato Wildlife Education Center. Please drive carefully.

Where are we going today?

Welcome to the Salato Wildlife Education Center! From the lush, eastern mountains to rolling prairies... from lowland marshes to clear running streams... you'll experience Kentucky's diverse regional ecosystems and the wealth of fish, plants, and animals that make this their home.

Whether you have an hour or the whole day at the KDFWR Headquarters and the Salato Wildlife Education Center, you'll have fun and learn something, too. Plus, you may choose to participate in a variety of scheduled programs, activities, and workshops. So pack a lunch, gather your fishing gear - don't forget the kids and camera - and come visit! There's a lot to see and do!

Inside, experience our Eastern Forest Diorama, get up close to live snakes and giant turtles, learn about restored species through hands-on, interactive displays and computer programs, and wonder at native fish in large aquariums!

Outside, follow our paved, wheelchair accessible trails to see eagles, bison, bears, and more in large, natural habitats. Visit the Dragonfly Marsh, stroll among one of several native plant gardens and habitats, or take a day hike on one of our hiking trails. There's something here for everyone, and we're growing!

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When can we go?

Sunday and Monday Closed, Tuesday through Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Any Top Tips?

Relevant fish licenses required..

What people are saying?

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    Excellent place. Went on a COLLEGE field trip, and go visit from time to time when i want to see animals, but can't afford a zoo, or have enough time to devote to a zoo. great place.

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    Some of the information below is incorrect. Salato has an admission fee. Adults are $4, children 5 to 18 are $2, and children 4 and under are free. Operating hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5 pm. On Saturdays, they open at 10:00 and close at 5:00 pm. They're closed on Sundays and Mondays and all state holidays. There are two fishing lakes and two hiking trails on the property. The lakes and trails are free and open to the public year round from dawn to dusk.

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    This place is a gem! My brother, sister-in-law, and 2 year old niece spent a Saturday afternoon here and had a pleasant, fun, & educational experience. My niece really enjoyed seeing the turtles, elk, black bear, and buffalo, among other awesome animals. The staff is very friendly too! They had two staff members walking around with owls in hand and they stopped to let us know a little bit about each of them.
    The grounds are very clean and lush. Native plants and trees are ever present on the terrain. I believe the anmals are very happy...Read More

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    Great place to go and enjoy the outdoors, and see all the animals. I used to volunteer there as a teenager and loved it. Best part is they don't charge you admission.

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    Great fishing spot... animals there that are great for kids. Staff is extremely knowledgeable about the animals at the center. Very clean as well.

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This place is a gem! My brother, sister-in-law, and 2 year old niece spent a Saturday afternoon here and had a pleasant, fun, & educational experience. My niece really enjoyed seeing the turtles, elk, black bear, and buffalo, among other awesome animals. The staff is very friendly too! They had two staff members walking around with owls in hand and they stopped to let us know a little bit about each of them.
The grounds are very clean and lush. Native plants and trees are ever present on the terrain. I believe the anmals are very happy with their exhibit environments; For example, the black bear has his own running stream, grassy areas to run, and even a big bouncy ball to play with. You can tell the animals are well taken cared of.

Overall, a worthwhile place to visit and learn about the wildlife and nature found in our country, as well as specifically the state of Kentucky.

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