Zoos in Kentucky with kids

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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  • Hillbilly Hound Fun Park

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    Cave City

    Larger than life Hound Dogs await you and challenge you to a fun game of golf and to "Beat the Outhouse" ! ! ! ! High speed go-karts, sharp turns and the "HILL" challenges your driving skills while ...

  • Kazoing

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    Louisville

    Our facility is home to two huge inflatable rooms, a Tot Lot play area, Crafty Art Studio, and Glamour Studio. During the week we are open for Open Plays, Mother’s Day Out, Fun Day Camps, and ...

  • Puzzles Fun Dome

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    Louisville

    At Puzzles Fun Dome we offer a "A PIECE OF FUN FOR EVERYONE!" Nestled within our 22,000 square foot facility are a variety of featured attractions that we know you'll love. In fact our research team ...

  • Blazers Fun Zone

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    Radcliff

    Blazer's Funzone offers Hardin County Kentucky a wide variety of family fun in a 25000 square foot indoor facility.

  • Gattitown

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    Lexington

    GattiTown is a 30,000 square foot family entertainment center with over 150 video/redemption games, bumper cars and movies. Our delicious marketplace buffet includes all you care to eat pizza, pasta, ...

  • Bounce U

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    Nicholasville

    Have you ever been to a picnic or carnival and experienced the fun and excitement of giant inflatable structures? BounceU is designed to give you access to these super-cool toys in a safe and ...

  • YaYas Island

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    Paducah

    Yayas Island is a Tropical Island Themed Playground with Soft Play System, Bounce Houses, and Redemption Games.

  • Bernheim Arboretum

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    Clermont

    Activities for the Whole Family! Bernheim places strong emphasis on education. Visitor programs and special events will regularly enhance your visit to Bernheim, especially during the summer and ...

  • Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

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    Lexington

    Raven Run is a unique, 734-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades and early Kentucky history. Over 10 miles of hiking trails provide access ...

  • Green River Lake State Park

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    Campbellsville

    1,331 acres of nature to play in, and 8,200 acres of lake to play on, this beautiful Kentucky State Park is great to bring the family for the day out. A great way to experience the beauty of nature ...

  • Salato Wildlife Education Center

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    Frankfort

    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 ...

  • General Butler Park

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    Carrollton

    Biking, birding, canoeing, fishing, golf, hiking, and even camping is all ready to be enjoyed at this Kentucky park perfect for families!

  • Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

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    Crestwood

    Engage your family with our nature and garden backpacks, books and blanket packs, scavenger hunts, and our Saturday morning Children in the Dell Programs.

  • Land Between The Lakes

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    Golden Pond

    Biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, camping, hiking...all fun activities the family can do in this nature filled recreation area in Kentucky!

  • Louisville Nature Center

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    Louisville

    A wonderful opportunity for kids to enjoy and study nature, right in the heart of Louisville!

  • Daniel Boone National Forest

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    Morehead

    One of the most visited national forests in the entire state of Kentucky, Daniel Boone National Forest has all sorts of adventures from camping, rock climbing to boating!

  • Louisville Waterfront Park

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    Louisville

    85 acres of outdoor family fun, this Louisville park is a playground for all ages! With adventure playgrounds, restaurants, walking paths and picnic areas!

  • University of Kentucky Arboretum

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    Lexington

    100 acres of year round nature, with beautiful gardens as well as a children's garden.

  • 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

    Great family swimming with lap pool and slides, perfect in this community aquatic complex in Kentucky!

  • SomerSplash

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    Somerset

    Something for everyone is this great outdoor waterpark! 20,000 square-foot wave pool, huge tipping bucket, tube slides and three tall body slides - cool Kentucky fun!

  • 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.

  • Stage One Family Theatre

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    Louisville

    A fun and cultural way in downtown Louisville to introduce children to the arts at an early age, and present top-quality, professional and educational theatrical experiences as they move through ...

  • Kentucky Action Park

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    Cave City

    Kentucky Action Park is your one stop for vacation fun in South Central Kentucky. We have the largest variety of amusement activities of any place around! Our major attractions are Jesse James ...

  • Beech Bend Amusement Park

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    Bowling Green

    Beech Bend Park was named the 5th Friendliest Park in the World for 2007 by Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards! Beech Bend Park is family fun, close to home! You truly can spend the day, ...

  • Guntown Mountain

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    Cave City

    An Old West family adventure in Kentucky, with a haunted hotel, country store, live entertainment, and Black Light Mini Golf all set in an Old Western Town. Yee Haw y'all!

  • Champs Entertainment Complex

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    Lexington

    Roller skating, laser tag and laser maze, black light mini golf and arcade.