Zoo in Louisville


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It's one of Louisville Zoo's signature exhibits: inside the award-winning Glacier Run, guests venture into an imaginary gold-mining town on the edge of the wilderness. There, through gigantic windows, they can watch polar and grizzly bears dive through water, climb rugged cliffs, and dig through pits for tasty treats. But Glacier Run is just the beginning at the zoo, which sprawls across 134 acres and is home to more than 1,500 animals. The zoo first opened in 1969, and it has since become one of the region's most popular attractions. Aside from connecting with the animals, families can enjoy playgrounds, adventure ropes courses, and rides, including an antique carousel and two colorful trains. Several times per day, guests can also attend animal-training sessions, where they meet zookeepers and learn more about the animals.
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville,
KY
US
There's a more personal way to get to know a zebra than visiting it at the zoo or stalking it on the African plains. At Henry's Ark, visitors can get up close to their favorite striped horse, along with emus, yaks, bison, buffalo, and llamas. All the owners ask: don't feed the animals.
7801 Rose Island Rd
Prospect,
KY
US
Amid the hustle and bustle of the city, Louisville Nature Center offers a tranquil escape from urban sprawl. At its 41-acre Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, more than 2 miles of hiking trails wind past a verdant forest populated by 180 species of tree, shrub, and wildflower. The latter blooms in a native pond and garden, and dragonflies and 30 butterfly species in other gardens pay homage to Lord of the Flies by trying to collectively lift a conch. More creatures soar skyward inside one of Louisville's only bird blinds, where visitors can watch 150 species of resident and migratory birds fluttering about. After exploring on their own, guests can relax on one the picnic tables or beneath the covered gazebo before joining in on special events such as owl hikes. Youngsters, meanwhile, can discover more nature factoids at summer camps, educational programs, or birthday parties, which include guided hikes and live animal presentations.
3745 Illinois Ave.
Louisville,
KY
US
There’s a fee to tour the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, but it doesn’t cost a thing to stroll along its Walk of Fame, a mile-long collection of bronze home plates that celebrate greats such as Babe Ruth and Ken Griffey Jr. At the end stands the worlds' biggest baseball bat, a 120-foot, 68,000-pound scale replica of the Babe's Slugger.
800 W Main St
Louisville,
KY
US
The most famous resident of Cave Hill Cemetery is undoubtedly Colonel Harlan Sanders, the magnate behind Kentucky Fried Chicken. Today he rests within a sublime, highly picturesque landscape, surrounded by enough Victorian tombstones and mausoleums to warrant the cemetery’s position on the National Register of Historic Places.
701 Baxter Avenue
Louisville,
KY
US
Discovered in 1883, Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Natural Landmark, is located roughly an hour from Louisville and is open 363 days a year. Showcasing eye-catching speleothems (cave deposits), visitors can browse a wide variety of soda straws, stalactites, flowstones, and draperies. The combo tour melds together a 70-minute Dripstone Trail Tour that’s one mile in length, as well as a 40-minute Crystal Palace Tour that guides groups past eye-catching flowstone deposits. Embark on an exciting mini-journey into the earth’s depths without ending up at its core.
400 Route 64
Marengo,
IN
US
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