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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
    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.
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    1100 Trevilian Way
    Louisville, KY US
  • Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
    Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo offers two unique attractions?the Kentucky Down Under animal park and the Mammoth Onyx Cave?in one spot. Original owners Bill and Judy Austin are to thank for this union, joining forces to celebrate both of their hometowns (Bill from Kentucky and Judy from Australia) in the name of their business. At the animal park, guests not only learn about animals and their habitats, but they also have the opportunity to interact with some of the critters. Expert guides teach groups how to approach Red and Eastern Gray kangaroos before letting visitors pet the furry marsupials. Visitors can also spy other outback-dwelling animals such as emus, sculcata tortoises, and a Patagonian cavy, or turn their eyes skyward in the aviary to experience the songs and colors of rainbow lorikeets as they sip from cups of nectar. The friendly birds are prone to landing on guests' heads, shoulders, and arms, making for fun photo opportunities. The other prime attraction is Mammoth Onyx Cave, which was discovered in 1799 by a young girl named Martha Woodson. Since 1922, the cave has been under the auspices of the Austin family. Filled with spectacular formations, the cave runs an eighth of a mile. On cave tours designed for kids and families, tour guides use rustic lanterns to paint a picture of what life was like in the cave in the 18th century.
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    3700 L & N Turnpike Road
    Horse Cave, 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
  • Louisville Nature Center
    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.
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    3745 Illinois Ave.
    Louisville, KY US

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