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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
  • Indianapolis Zoo
    Located in the heart of downtown, the Indianapolis Zoo allows visitors to immerse themselves in the natural habitat of a myriad of wildlife. The Ocean exhibit features the country’s largest smooth dogfish shark touch pool and a 17-foot underwater dome for viewing dolphins. Nearby, the Desert exhibit raises the temperature to appease the meerkats, iguanas, cacti and poisonous snakes that inhabit the space. The Plains exhibit allows kids and adults alike to check out the lions through thick-gauge glass, explore a pavilion overlooking white rhinos as they play in the mud, watch staff feed giraffes or feed them yourself and test your legs against a simulation of the zoo’s own cheetahs. Elsewhere, guests can gawk at tigers and fawn over brown bears, then ride the zoo’s mini-train for a faraway look at animals and behind the scenes pavilions, before taking in the sprawling, butterfly-filled indoor garden.
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    1200 West Washington Street
    Indianapolis, IN 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
  • 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
  • Idle-Hour Ranch
    There is nothing run-of-the-mill about Idle-Hour Ranch. With more than 200 animals, including 40+ species, the Iddings family's exotic menagerie has grown quite a bit over the years. Guests to the ranch can meet one of its most beloved residents, Sam the giraffe, or catch glimpses of mountain lions and peacocks. Open to visitors on the weekend, various attractions include a mini farm market, a safari-themed corn maze, and face painting.
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    4845 Fenner Road
    Troy, OH US

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