Zoos in LOUISVILLE with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Louisville 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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  • Louisville Zoo

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    (4 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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    (14 miles) Starlight

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

  • Red Wolf Sanctuary

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    (68 miles) Rising Sun

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

  • Dauset Trails Nature Centre

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    (71 miles) Jackson

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

  • Kentucky Down Under

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    (75 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.

  • Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum

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    (79 miles) 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 ...

  • Wolf Creek Habitat

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    (87 miles) Brookville

    A unique experience for the family where you can interact with amazing wolves IN their enclosures! A fun animal experience for your family day out in Indiana!

  • Newport Aquarium

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    (89 miles) 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 ...

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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    (91 miles) Cincinnati

    Over 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo's award-winning exhibits annually and was recently rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It was ...

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  • Puzzles Fun Dome

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    (12 miles) Louisville

    22,000 sq ft of indoor fun with inflatables, an arcade, art studio, adventure playground, toddler area, and so much more!

  • Kazoing

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    (12 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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    (33 miles) Radcliff

    22,000 sq ft of indoor family fun in Hardin County, with inflatables, skating, rock climbing, toddler zone, arcade and lots more fun!

  • Gattitown

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    (70 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, ...

  • Louisville Waterfront Park

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    (1 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!

  • Louisville Nature Center

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    (4 miles) Louisville

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

  • Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

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    (17 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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    (23 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 ...

  • General Butler Park

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    (44 miles) Carrollton

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

  • Salato Wildlife Education Center

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    (46 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 ...

  • Hoosier National Forest

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    (59 miles) Bedford

    In the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but ...

  • University of Kentucky Arboretum

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    (70 miles) Lexington

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

  • Green River Lake State Park

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    (71 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 ...

  • Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

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    (79 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 ...

  • Atlantis Waterpark

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    (2 miles) Clarksville

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

  • Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park

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    (51 miles) French Lick

    Enjoy 40,000 sq ft of water park fun in Indiana, with a host of water park fun for the whole family of swashbuckling buccaneers!

  • Paradise Cove

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    (89 miles) Richmond

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

  • Beech Bend Park

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    (93 miles) Bowling Green

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

  • SomerSplash

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    (99 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!

  • 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 Science Center

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    Louisville

    3 floors of hands on science activities for kids AND grown ups at this Kentucky Science Center, with interactive exhibits, IMAX, labs, and so much more!

  • Champs Entertainment Complex

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    (69 miles) Lexington

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

  • Guntown Mountain

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    (78 miles) 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!

  • Kentucky Action Park

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    (79 miles) 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 ...

  • Totters Otterville in Johnnys Toys

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    (87 miles) Covington

    A huge play facility offering physical play, imagination and role play, shows and entertainments, splash zone, maze and a big adventure playground.

  • Cosmic Oasis

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    (87 miles) Richmond

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