Set up along verdant forests, mountains, and valleys, Kentucky Action Park's outdoor attractions bring elements of the old-timey Wild West to the modern-day sense of adventure. The winding turns of an alpine slide send sleds on exhilarating quarter-mile trips down the mountain, and putters propel colorful orbs across 18 western-themed mini-golf holes. Chair lifts and a 24-foot rock wall tower overhead, the top of which grant scenic views typically seen only by birds and children holding many balloons. Elsewhere, horses trot out of the Jesse James Riding Stables, which has been in operation for more than 30 years. At Outlaw Cave, guided tours travel below ground to view stalactites and rock formations sculpted by the patience of water over the past millennia.
Kentucky Down Under provides a taste of the land of Aus with a platter of authentic Australian animals, culture, and a gift shop, plus a Kentucky cave. Upon arrival, a staff member can help you plan your adventure with stops at an aviary to gawk at Australian finches; Camp Corroboree for a 45-minute presentation on Aboriginal culture, including the soothing hum of the didgeridoo; a guided tour through the kangaroo-, wallaby-, and emu-infested Outback; and more. In addition to the Aussieness, Kentucky Down Under shows off a local treasure with the Kentucky Caverns. During the 45-minute tour of the earth-hole, explorers can witness the ever-changing formations of stalactites, stalagmites, and life-size Dennis Franz rock statues. Between animal petting and stalactite hugging, KDU-goers can grab a salad, sandwich, or bison burger at the Outback Café. The park is open year-round.
Trains aren't time machines, but the old rail cars at the Historic Railpark & Train Museum transport you back in time nonetheless. With exhibits covering eras as far back as the Civil War, visitors learn how trains impacted the way the United States formed and grew, covering topics such as segregation on the railroad and the lives of hoboes. A rare WWII hospital car shows one way medicine was practiced in war time, and sleeper and dining cars depict how train travel evolved through the eras. Guided tours are included with admission throughout the day, and everyone gets a turn running the model-railroad display.
Bowling Green Overstock houses a myriad of high-quality, name-brand furnishings ready to fill houses' walls at near-wholesale prices. Create a home office with the elegant Expression desk ($398), or use the Aaron dining set, which includes four padded barstools, to transform a shed into the family's favorite high-stakes gambling den ($225). Communal areas can stylishly support multiple sitters or nappers with the Allendale-Mist leather sofa set ($225–$1,398). Pick and choose items from the sophisticated Alberto bedroom set, such as a nightstand ($98) or mirror ($48). Slumberous slates such as Ashley Sleep's Augusta memory-foam mattress, stacked with a meaty 8 inches of body-caressing foam ($298–$848), are ideal for replacing mattresses worn down from years of tossing and turning or months of breaking the falls of amateur firefighters stuck in trees.
Duke's Sporting Goods outfits athletes for a variety of sports with apparel and equipment from companies including Nike, Adidas, and Rawlings. Keep legs insulated during wintertime sprinting with a pair of Gildan heavy-blend sweatpants ($15.10), or suit up in matching Sport-Tek reversible mesh tanks ($14.98 each) to clearly divide sides during a pickup game or Revolutionary War reenactment. Nike Golf pique knit polos ($33.98 each) double as casual garb for an afternoon on the course or trapped inside the clubhouse, and Port & Company large duffels ($19.98 each) keep gear conveniently stowed away. Officials, referees, and fugitives trying to lie low among a zebra herd can equip themselves with Duke's reffing gear for any sport, and casual observers can comfortably outfit themselves with an extensive selection of T-shirts ($3.50+), activewear, and caps ($3.98+).
BlueCotton emblazons customized images on stylish apparel with screen-printing, digital printing, and embroidery using a web-based design studio lauded by Gizmodo for its sophistication. Start up the online clothing concoctor and devise a one-of-a-kind creation by using pre-planned design ideas, uploading your own art, or starting from scratch. Torso toggers can declare their love for William Howard Taft with a custom-printed T-shirt ($27.95–$41.95 for one cotton T-shirt with two colors on the front and back) or swaddle extremities in warmth with a customized hoodie ($40.95–$51.95 for one with two colors on the front and back). Individually embroidered hats ($39.70–$44.67 for one) pair perfectly with the accented arms of an Augusta baseball jersey ($35.95–$38.95 for one with two colors on the front and back) to outfit an entire athletic league or proclaim inner passion for a team of one, and tote bags cart carryables with a stylish customized message ($28.95–$41.95 for two colors on the front and back). Pricing decreases per item for bulk orders; a 2000 Gildan Ultra Cotton Tee with two colors on the front and back starts at $27.95, or 10 for $14.85 each, 35 for $11.20 each, or 75 for $8.61 each. Since printing is performed on the premises, BlueCotton prides themselves on customer service and individual requests and creative customizations are easily achieved, and with a few special instructions, images can be adjusted, colors can be matched, and jersey numbers can be divided by zero.