Zoos in LEXINGTON with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Lexington because this The Bluegrass State city 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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  • Dauset Trails Nature Centre

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    (2 miles) Jackson

    In the early 1980's, Dauset Trails was primarily a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wildlife.

  • Kentucky Reptile Zoo

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    (47 miles) 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 ...

  • Red Wolf Sanctuary

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    (66 miles) Rising Sun

    A beautiful wolf sanctuary with visits by appointment only. Kids can experience rescued animals, from foxes, coyotes and of course, wolves.

  • Louisville Zoo

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    (67 miles) Louisville

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

  • Joe Huber Family Farm

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    (81 miles) Starlight

    Classic farm fun in Indiana, with rides, slides, fun events, fruit picking and even live music!

  • Kentucky Down Under

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    (97 miles) 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.

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  • Gattitown

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    (3 miles) 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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    (5 miles) 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 ...

  • Puzzles Fun Dome

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    (58 miles) 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 ...

  • Kazoing

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    (59 miles) 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 ...

  • Blazers Fun Zone

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    (80 miles) Radcliff

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

  • University of Kentucky Arboretum

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    (2 miles) Lexington

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

  • Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

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    (13 miles) 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 ...

  • Salato Wildlife Education Center

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    (25 miles) 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 ...

  • Daniel Boone National Forest

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    (52 miles) 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!

  • General Butler Park

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    (56 miles) 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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    (56 miles) Crestwood

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

  • Bernheim Arboretum

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    (65 miles) 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 ...

  • Louisville Nature Center

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    (67 miles) Louisville

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

  • Louisville Waterfront Park

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    (69 miles) 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!

  • Green River Lake State Park

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    (70 miles) 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 ...

  • Paradise Cove

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    (25 miles) Richmond

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

  • Paradise Breeze

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    (54 miles) Maysville

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

  • SomerSplash

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    (63 miles) 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!

  • Atlantis Waterpark

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    (70 miles) Clarksville

    Featuring a wave pool, loads of water slides, kiddie leisure pool,

  • Stage One Family Theatre

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    (70 miles) 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 ...

  • Champs Entertainment Complex

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    (3 miles) Lexington

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

  • Cosmic Oasis

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    (23 miles) Richmond

    Offers a local headquarters for casual competitive roleplay gaming, with a great welcoming attitude towards kids and beginners.

  • Southern Lanes Sports Center

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    (65 miles) Alexandria

    Indoor Sand Volleyball, Bowling and Games Arcade with billiards and darts facilities. Outdoor activities include Cornhole, Horseshoes, Outdoor Sand Volleyball and Basketball.

  • Finley's of Danville

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    (70 miles) London

    Roller skating, laser tag, kiddie corner, batting cages and arcade.

  • Horse Farm Tours

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    (3 miles) 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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    (23 miles) Frankfort

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

  • Explorium Of Lexington

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    (1 miles) Lexington

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

  • Kentucky Horsepark

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    (7 miles) 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!

  • American Saddlebred Museum

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    (8 miles) 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 ...