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Zoos in Kentucky

It’s animal time in Kentucky, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Kentucky because The Bluegrass State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Kentucky Down Under

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    Horse Cave

    Have you ever met a kangaroo? Ever played a didgeridoo? Ever fed a lorikeet? You could travel 9,500 miles to Australia to do these things, or just come see us at Kentucky Down Under.

  • Newport Aquarium

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    Newport

    Newport Aquarium offers families plenty to see and do during every visit. The world-class facility showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. There are dive ...

  • Louisville Zoo

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    Louisville

    Home to more than 1,400 exotic animals in beautiful, naturalistic habitats amid an amazing botanical garden on 134 acres.

  • Kentucky Reptile Zoo

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    Slade

    There are few reptile collections that can compare to the diversity of animals on display at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. Animals on exhibit range from an 18 foot reticulated python, our largest ...

  • Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum

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    Cave City

    You don't have to travel to Africa, India, or a big city zoo to see some of the rarest animals on the face of the earth. Since 1969 the MAMMOTH CAVE WILDLIFE MUSEUM has featured some of the greatest ...

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  • Venture River Family Water Park

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    Eddyville

    Welcome to Western Kentucky\'s Only Water Park! Come and join the fun at Venture River Water Park. Your little ones can safely slide, splash, squirt at the Pleasure Island Kiddie area. For family ...

  • Paradise Breeze

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    Maysville

    The key to running a successful Water Park & Family Fun Center is having the right equipment. We\'ve cut no corners on quality and have invested in your comfort and safety. Paradise Breeze Family ...

  • SomerSplash

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    Somerset

    Something for everyone is this great outdoor waterpark! 20,000 square-foot wave pool, water fun zone with huge tipping bucket, tube slides and three tall body slides. One of many fun family places to ...

  • Beech Bend Park

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    Bowling Green

    Amusements and rides for big kids and small, plus waterpark with slides, lazy river, wave pool and interactive wet play.

  • Kentucky Splash Waterpark

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    Williamsburg

    The Hal Rogers Family Entertainment Center is home to the Kentucky Splash Water Park. The center includes an 18,000 square ft. wave pool, a drift river, a kiddy activity pool, a triple slide complex, ...

  • Paradise Cove

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    Richmond

    Outdoor water fun for kids with the numerous play features suitable for all ages!

  • Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center

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    Hopkinsville

    Featuring impressive solo and passenger tube slide rides and a large interactive water playground.

  • Horse Farm Tours

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    Lexington

    A local insight into the horse capital of the world - Lexington! Fun family tours that offer a close-up look at the premier Thoroughbred Horse Farms - all with local knowledge!

  • Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours

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    Frankfort

    Candy Tours! Need we go on? Tasty tours for the whole family in a real candy factory...home of the iconic Bourbon Chocolates!

  • National Corvette Museum

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    Bowling Green

    Okay Corvette enthusiasts, it\'s time to rev up your engines and pack up the \'Vette for a road trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky ... Home of the National Corvette Museum (NCM). True \'Vette lovers ...

  • The Kentucky Museum

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    Bowling Green

    An insight into the South Central Kentucky history and culture, with exhibits, artifacts, and displays that educate and inform all who visit! An experience for the whole family surrounding you in ...

  • Kentucky Derby Museum

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    Louisville

    The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs, is a very visible part of our community. Graciously welcoming over 200,000 guests through the doors each year and ...

  • American Saddlebred Museum

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    Lexington

    The American Saddlebred Museum, located on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, will be highlighting the special bond between children and Saddlebreds in its 2008 exhibition ...

  • Kentucky Horsepark

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    Lexington

    Not just a place to get up close to the beautiful horses, but also various museums included in the admission, horse-drawn tours, and picnics. Great animal family fun for your day out in Lexington!

  • Louisville Slugger Museum

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    Louisville

    All things baseball! This museum and factory is all about that iconic Louisville Slugger bat, which has been iconic since 1884. A look into sporting history for the whole family in Kentucky on your ...

  • Speed Art Museum

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    Louisville

    Established in 1927, the Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's oldest and largest art museum with over 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ...

  • Explorium Of Lexington

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    Lexington

    A fun, interactive, colorful and energetic experience for kids to create and learn.

  • The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center

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    Ashland

    History and heritage along with energy and excitement come together on the Country Music Highway at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. From 6 months to 96 years old, visitors find activity and ...

  • National Underground Railroad Museum

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    Maysville

    A museum dedicated to telling the story of America's bid to rid itself of slavery.

  • The Museum of the American Quilters Society

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    Paducah

    The Museum of the American Quilter's Society (MAQS) is a non-profit institution established to educate, promote, and honor today's quiltmaker.Throughout the year, MAQS offers a variety of educational ...

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