There are many fun-filled family activities to do in Kentucky. Spending a day at the famous Kentucky Derby, exploring the Bourbon Trail, discovering the Mammoth Caves, among other top attractions. Kids and parents are guaranteed to have a great time when visiting the Bluegrass State.
Top family attractions in Kentucky
Family day at the Races
When you think of Kentucky, the first thought that comes to mind is the Kentucky Derby. For a fun family day, bring the kids to the Family Adventure Day where they enjoy Halloween in an exciting day of horse racing and 20 other fun activities such as:
character meet and greet with Cinderella, Batman, Belle and Spiderman
Stick horse races
Trick or treat in over 15 locations at Boo Stations
Halloween Monster Photo Frame
Families could also purchase tickets to 4 family adventure day which includes 2 racing programs and 4 family meals. Stake races include Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes and Rags to Riches Overnight Stakes. Keep tabs on the probable entrants for the 2018 race by following the Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifying series taking place on three different continents over several months.
Mammoth Cave National Cave
Most people who visit always say they just want to see the cave but the cave is just one part of the many activities you enjoy on a visit to the world’s longest cave stretching over 400 miles!
Discover the place where the inner secrets of the earth lies in Cedar Sink, pass through the narrows and find out how the cave got its name, use lantern lights to explore Chief City and view the towering beauties of Cathedral domes. There are other family activities such as walking trails, cycling, family camping, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and horseback riding among others.
Kentucky Down Under
Have you ever seen a kangaroo? Hung out with a didgeridoo or fed a lorikeet? Your two options are: travel 9,500 miles to Australia or visit Kentucky Down Under for the same experience. Tour the famous Mammoth Onyx Cave, watch herding dogs guide flocks of sheep, view the largest marsupials in the world and enjoy one of the bird or animal shows holding daily. Bring a picnic basket to lunch with the family and don’t forget your camera to take pictures of the little ones playing or feeding the animals.
There is something for everyone to do at this magnificent outdoor waterpark. Little ones can splash around in the safe wading pool, making waves of their own. Feeling lazy? Wind down at one of the largest lazy rivers in Kentucky, the Lazy River where you enjoy floating fun with your spouse. Ready for more adventure? Head over to the wave pool, at nearly 20,000 square feet and 6 feet deep, you experience massive water sprays in 4 feet waves just like in the ocean. Kids and parents more daring should try the speed slide and bowl slide to find out who makes the biggest splash at the bottom.
Kentucky reptile zoo
Fewer reptile collections in America can match the variety of reptiles on display at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. Highlights of your visit include a reptile talk or venom extraction where viewers watch as expert handlers, remove venom from poisonous snakes. There are over 70 species of reptiles at the zoo housed in areas like the Giants building, Alligator pond, Aquatics area, Cobra Deck, North America building and Tropics building. However, tours at the zoo are secondary to the efforts by the Kentucky Reptile Zoo non-profit to provide venom used by researchers to make anti-venom that saves lives.
The music-loving state of Kentucky is filled with gorgeous countryside, great caves, water attractions and museums. The dilemma when you visit is not where to go but figuring out how to pack so many fun activities in a single trip. Learn about Kentucky’s rich history at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Kentucky Museum, teach your kids about Kentucky’s passion for horses at the Kentucky Derby Museum, Kentucky Horsepark or Kentucky Horse Farm Tours. Whatever activities you choose, you’re sure to have a memorable family trip.