Zoo in Lexington-Fayette


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  • Henry's Ark
    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.
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    7801 Rose Island Rd
    Prospect, KY US
  • Louisville Zoo
    There are tons of engaging exhibits at this 134-acre zoo, including a splash park and Lorikeet feeding area. But perhaps the most talked about is Glacier Run, a fictional mining town where kids get up close with polar bears and grizzlies while learning about conservation. Kids will especially like sitting in the truck, where safety glass separates the cab from the bears bouncing around in back.
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    1100 Trevilian Way
    Louisville, KY US
  • Kentucky Reptile Zoo
    Kentucky Reptile Zoo is home to one of the largest collections of venomous snakes in the world, including an 18-foot reticulated python and many other cobras, vipers, and rattlesnakes. Visitors can get up close to the zoo's slithery residents during daily shows, and also witness live venom extractions performed by the zoo's director. In addition to the snakes, guests also enjoy informal tours, cross paths with an alligator and meet tortoises and aquatic turtles in the Turtle Tracks area—a favorite amongst kids.
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    200 L&E Railroad Pl.
    Slade, KY US
  • My Old Kentucky Home State Park
    A red-tailed hawk soars high above My Old Kentucky Home State Park, peering down at its campgrounds, golf course, and outdoor amphitheater. Here, a cast of actors performs Stephen Foster - The Musical, belting the famous tune, "My Old Kentucky Home." Just a piano's throw away stands Federal Hill, the Georgian-style mansion that originally inspired this perennial ballad. Built between 1795 and 1818, the brick mansion echoes early American history in everything right down to its decor. Supposedly to honor the original colonies, the number 13 appears throughout the house: 13 windows at the front, 13 steps to each floor, and 13-inch thick walls, which once housed famous guests such as Aaron Burr. For 120 years, the Rowan family lived in the mansion. Then, in 1922, Madge Rowan Frost sold the 235-acre estate, as well as many family heirlooms, to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Since then, tour guides have taken visitors throughout the mansion's grounds and into its history-laden rooms. The staff has renovated the mansion in recent years, putting in hours of research to ensure that the carpets, wallpapers, drapes, and hand-whittled internet routers remain authentic to the 1850s. The mansion also celebrates the changing seasons—in winter, the mansion dons Christmas decor and the staffers serve apple cider dressed up in period costumes.
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    501 E Stephen Foster Ave.
    Bardstown, KY US
  • Jane's Saddlebag
    A boer goat stares at you. A donkey stares at the goat. And a baby tennessee walking horse reads its first Dr. Seuss book. No matter where you point your eyes, you’ll be treated to sights of charming animals at Jane’s Saddlebag’s petting zoo. It’s one of many delightful fixtures at the rural getaway—a hands-on historical education experience at a restored saddlebag home, which sprawls across more than 35 acres near Big Bone Lick State Park. A historic smokehouse adjacent to the home offers insight to the days before refrigeration, when Kentucky farmers would preserve their cured meat by hanging it above a smoldering fire. And behind the saddlebag home lies a replica of a 1700s flatboat, a low-cost form of transportation used by settlers to take one-way trips down the Ohio River and achieve ankle tans. From April to October, these rustic outposts bathe in the sound waves of live music, and the cook-in-residence slakes the hunger built up from exploring both the refreshing nature of the grounds and the historical splendor it offers. When it’s in season, the cook uses freshly grown vegetables and puts flames to a new york strip steak until it’s almost as tender as the mashed potatoes with which it’s served. There’s even a wine and gift shop, where regional wines—some from Kentucky—vie with antiques and gift baskets for the attention of gift givers.
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    13989 Ryle Rd
    Union, KY US
  • Newport Aquarium
    River dwellers and sea creatures all coexist peacefully at Newport Aquarium, a watery haven dedicated to conservation and education. Here, visitors do more than have staring contests with fish—interactive exhibits allow guests to touch some of the animals, and acrylic tunnels give the sensation of being right in the tank themselves. Read on to discover a few of the aquarium's engaging attractions. Shark Bridge At Shark Bridge, guests can walk inches above nearly two dozen sharks on a 75-foot-long V-shaped rope bridge that is suspended over the open water of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit. Surrounded by Sharks Guests explore acrylic tunnels throughout the 385,000 gallon exhibit while seven species of sharks, including the rare Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, swim all around them. Shark Central At the touch tank, aquarium staff teach the secret two-finger technique that bold guests can use to actually pet sharks—and perhaps make them purr. Frog Bog Kids scale a special jungle gym to peek into frog tanks only viewable from that secret spot. They can play a giant version of the video game Frogger controlled with their feet and press on frog statues to hear how they sing. Shark Rays Sweet Pea made news in 2014 when she became the first shark ray in captivity to breed. Her exhibit gives researchers a chance to study the shark rays' behavior, and she and her friends Scooter, Sunshine, and Spike grant guests a rare, up-close look at a vulnerable species.
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    1 Aquarium Way
    Newport, KY US

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