Zoos & Wildlife

Kentucky Down Under

Horse Cave, KY

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Address: 3700 L & N Turnpike Road Horse Cave KY 42749, Number: 270 786 1010 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

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 Kentucky Down Under. Strewth!

Nestled away in south-central Kentucky sits a little piece of Australia. This family attraction specializes in interactive and educational family fun, so you can discover hands-on family adventures PLUS meet some adorable creatures!!

Features At Kentucky Down Under include the Adventure Zoo AND Mammoth Onyx Cave. Let's start with the zoo, shall we?

Adventure Zoo is home to a number of unique animals, as well as animals that you might see every day. 

Kids can meet the white bison, or see real life American Alligators. Have you ever heard of the coatimundis? Now is your chance to meet one! There are gray wolves, curious barred owls, and yes, there is such a thing as fainting goats!

From pythons, foxs, and let's not forget those Aussie animals that we know and love, including those Aussie dingoes, laughing kookaburras, cockatiels, parrots and of course, kangaroos, Kentucky Down Under is a WILD day out, with a host of animals waiting to say hi!

Also included in your Kentucky Down Under experience, is a literal trip down under!

Mammoth Onyx Cave was discovered all the way back in 1799, and was opened to the public in 1922. Kids will love to explore the incredible formations, from stalactites to stalagmites, and more incredibly beautiful formations created by water. 

Tours of the tour are schedule throughout the day, and last around 30 minutes. 

Animals, caves, and a host of down under fun, and you don't even need to leave Kentucky!

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How much does it cost?






$15.95 (Ages 4-13)



Seniors, military & high school / college students: $19.95


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3 years.


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Any top tips?


Most activities are outdoors and continue rain or shine - dress accordingly. Be ready to walk!

I'm Hungry!


An expedition through the Land Down Under can make an explorer hungry. Luckily, the Outback Café stands ready to help.

Healthy Eating There are healthy options in Outback Cafe for those wanting a lighter fare! Enjoy a variety of salads, sandwiches and their famous Bison Burgers that are hearty and healthy.

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Where is it at?


Kentucky Down Under is conveniently located off Interstate 65 about halfway between Louisville, Kentucky and Nashville, TN off Exit 58 near Horse Cave, Kentucky.

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A trip to Kentucky Down Under takes students on a unique journey through the wonders of Australia. Children have unforgettable encounters with the continents unusual creatures, as they learn about the culture and wildlife of the "Land Down Under." The staff at Kentucky Down Under will work closely with you to organize a field trip that specifically targets your groups particular interests and helps you meet Core Content for Assessment Goals.

Can I get one of those?


What trip to the Land Down Under would be complete without something to take home to remember it by? The Gift Shop is packed with souvenirs, from stuffed animals to jewelry to hats and t-shirts. There's stuff for the kids, and stuff for mom and dad. You can even buy your very own boomerang or didgeridoo. Whatever you do, make sure you don't leave Kentucky Down Under without trying the famous homemade fudge. Yum!

Need a little extra help?


Please note: Mammoth Onyx Cave is not handicapped accessible. Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo is handicap friendly.

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Baby Facilities

Kentucky Down Under does NOT close for rain. If there is lightning in the immediate area, animal areas may temporarily close and reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. They encourage your family to wait out the storm and enjoy the rest of your day.

When can we go?

9am open. Close between 4pm & 6pm pending season

Open daily!

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