Located just outside the legendary Churchill Downs in Louisville, the two-story museum’s first-floor underwent some serious renovations after the damage caused by the flood in 2009 – and we are the winners.
If you’re cruising along in Cave City, Kentucky and suddenly see the head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex peeping down at you through the vegetation, don’t scream but do pull over – you’re at Dinosaur World Kentucky!
Dinosaur World is the name of three outdoor museums, one in Plant City, Florida, one in Glen Rose, Texas, and the third right here in Cave City, Kentucky, where you can get up close and personal with life size replicas of the amazing, gigantic creatures that once walked the Earth.
A free attraction, the popularity of the Creation Museum’s Christmas Town has grown tremendously since opening in 2008. 25,000 visitors toured the exhibit in 2011 alone!
Witness reenactments of Joseph and Mary caring for the newborn baby Jesus in a first century house Nativity scene; listen as Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, describe her experience of hearing about two famous birth announcements; hear as a temple guard relate his transformation from darkness to belief during a murderous mission to Bethlehem; encounter one of the magi and hear of his life-changing journey to visit the Child King.
Lights Under Louisville is the world’s only fully underground, drive-through, Christmas light show and it’s held in Louisville’s MEGA Cavern.
Louisville’s MEGA Cavern is a man-made attraction; it started out in the 1930′s as “Louisville Crushed Stone,” a limestone quarry that yielded over 42 years worth of rock for the state’s construction projects. During the 1960′s, Louisville’s MEGA Cavern was seen as a potential bomb shelter, able to withstand not just nuclear attacks but jet-liner crashes, tornadoes, and other end-of-world scenarios. Instead, in 1989 it was purchased by a group of investors who saw other potential uses and the massive, limestone quarry’s 4,000,000 square feet of space was slowly repurposed into an environmentally-conscious, high security commercial storage facility and much, much more.
UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated Paducah, Kentucky, the world’s 7th city of Crafts and Folk Art. This means that Paducah is now a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network!
Paducah, well known for its artistic population of quilters, painters, potters, culinary artists, print and jewelry makers, is now one of only three cities in the United States to have earned the Creative City designation and is one of only 41 cities world-wide with the designation.
Managing to bridge the gap between eastern mysticism and western Christianity, Cayce gave psychic readings for more than 40 years but credited his powers to a strong Christian faith and dedicating his life to spirituality.
Cayce was born on a farm in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and it was here, as a child, that he first began to become aware of his psychic abilities. Claiming to not only see spirits but also to converse with them, he displayed the uncanny ability to memorize books by simply sleeping on them. What I wouldn’t have done for that ability during my school years …
This Cumberland Gap has long been a migration point for larger animals hoping to go north or south through the mountains – and by larger animals I mean things like deer, bison, and people like you and I.
Native American tribes used the gap for both trade and war on each other. Settlers used it to move west – between 1760 and 1850, historians estimate that almost 300,000 American settlers passed through the Cumberland Gap.
This funny sounding name has a couple of origins. First, a “lick” is a place with salt in the ground where animals converge to literally lick the ground for the salt necessary for their diets.
But what about “Big Bone”?
With 22 miles of rail running through the scenic Rolling Fork River Valley, 6 functioning locomotive engines, and over 100 units of “rolling stock” – or cars – the Kentucky Railroad Museum is not to be missed.
When you think of Kentucky, it is natural to think of bourbon but did you know that Kentucky is the birthplace of America’s commercial wine industry? You can be forgiven if you didn’t but it’s true – the first vintage was enjoyed in 1803 by, among others, Thomas Jefferson.
There are lots of things you can do in while vacationing in our state – but few are likely to be as exciting as ziplining Kentucky.
Most people probably don’t realize it but ziplining (also known as “an inclined strong,” “flying fox,” and “Tyrolean Crossing”) was actually invented out of necessity as a method of conveyance. Used in remote and impassable areas in the wilderness, ziplining allows gravity-fueled transport for goods and people that might otherwise never reach their intended destination.
Get your clogging shoes ready – the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival is right around the corner: September 26th, 27th & 28th 2013
From the looks of the way things have shaped up, the 14th Annual Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival should be even bigger and better than previous years – but no surprise, there: all this festival has ever done is grow to outshine the previous year’s festival! The line-up of talent grows with every festival, even though the ticket prices have remained affordable. That’s probably why it’s often referred to as the “Best Little Bluegrass Festival in the State.”
The Louisville Slugger Museum: You’ll know you’ve come to the right place when you see the 120 foot tall baseball bat leaning against the building.
The first Louisville Slugger bat was created in 1884 by a 17 year old kid named Bud Hillerich. Legend has it that he created it for Pete Browning, star of the Louisville Eclipse. Browning had been in a batting slump and then broken his own bat during a game Bud attended. With advice from Browning, Bud hand-crafted the bat from a single slab of wood. The next day, Browning broke his slump with three hits and the very first Louisville Slugger.
In the 130 years since, the finely crafted pieces of smooth white ash have become famous the world over. Baseball’s biggest stars have used Louisville Sluggers and many players, professional or amateur, will accept no other.
4000 years have passed since the first human entered Mammoth Cave’s labyrinth of interconnected caverns and passages. We know little about that first visitor but no one’s questioning why they entered the cave in the first place because it’s so obvious: sheer curiosity. One simply cannot help but want to explore the vast, fascinating world that exists below the lush, rolling hills of Kentucky’s Green River valley.