Category Archives: Kentucky Attractions

Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Lost River Cave

March 28, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lost River CaveBowling Green, Kentucky’s Lost River Cave is a fascinating tourist attraction – but it has also been a nightclub, a Civil War camp, saw mill, and even a refuse dump!

The limestone walls and flowing river of Lost River Cave wind beneath Bowling Green, Kentucky for approximately 7 miles, allowing for tours and even boat rides and kayaking on its subterranean waters – but the cavern had a long and varied history before becoming a tourist destination.

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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area

March 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Land Between The Lakes

The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is more than 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on a peninsula between Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky and Tennessee.

Land Between The Lakes has attracted people for more than 6,000 years and a visit will tell you why: this is a lush, verdant area replete with an array of plants, animals, and terrain capable of not just supporting life but stimulating it! The area’s nickname of “the Heartland’s outdoor playground” says it all.

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Saddle Up for Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park

February 28, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Kentucky Horse ParkLast time around we discovered Shelbyville, the American Saddlebred Capital of the World and I thought we could meander down the road a bit to Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park, which includes the International Museum of the Horse and The American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop.

Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park is just another reflection of how important American Saddlebred horses are to this area of the US and, conversely, how important Kentucky has been – and continues to be! – for American Saddlebred horses.

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Shelbyville: The American Saddlebred Capital of the World

February 15, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Shelbyville: The American Saddlebred Capital of the World

An American Saddlebred horse strutting its stuff

Shelbyville, KY is known as “The American Saddlebred Capital of the World” for one simple reason: it is home to many of the country’s best breeding and training facilities for American Saddlebred horses.

And what, exactly, is an American Saddlebred horse? Well, technically, it is “any of a breed of 3-gaited or 5-gaited saddle horses developed chiefly in Kentucky from Thoroughbreds and smooth-gaited stock.”

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Cumberland Falls: Niagara of the South

January 31, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Cumberland Falls Resort State ParkKnown as the Niagara of the South, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park offers 17 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, boating, fishing, and the one of the few moonbows in the Western hemisphere.

And what, exactly, is a moonbow?

A moonbow is just like a rainbow except that the light refracting off the water droplets to create it comes from the full (or almost full) moon – thus “moonbow.”

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Kentucky’s Great American Dollhouse Museum

January 17, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Great American Dollhouse Museum

two visitors marvel at a display in
Kentucky’s Great American Dollhouse Museum

They say it’s the little things in life that matter most and the Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, Kentucky may be just the place to prove that point with over 200 dollhouses, miniature buildings, and room boxes in its astounding and fascinating miniatures collection.

When one hears the term “dollhouse” the most immediate reaction is to picture a little girl or two at play with one but dollhouses and miniatures are not necessarily just for girls or children and Kentucky’s amazing Great American Dollhouse Museum goes a long way towards showcasing another, less considered but far more accessible side to the hobby.

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Horse Cave Kentucky – The Town Built Over A Cave

December 22, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Horse Cave KentuckyHorse Cave Kentucky was built around a three-story-deep sinkhole into what is now known as Hidden River Cave, so-called for the fresh water stream that flows through it.

No one’s sure why the cavern was called Horse Cave. Hidden River Cave makes good sense but “horse?” Theories abound of course: Native Americans hid their mounts in it; a horse fell in, once; the cave never clears its throat – that’s my pet theory – on and on. The story with the most traction is the least exciting: during the 18th and 19th centuries, “horse” was a popular euphemism for “big” – and big it is!

Hidden River Cave is the largest, privately operated cave in Kentucky and the biggest entry into it is located right off Horse Cave Kentucky’s downtown Main Street!

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Dive Into Newport Aquarium

November 29, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Dive Into Newport Aquarium!If you’re walking along and suddenly realize there are sharks overhead, either you’ve take one step too many off a pier – or you’re in one of the Newport Aquarium’s underwater tunnels!

Newport Aquarium, in Newport, Kentucky, turned fifteen this year and remains a favorite destination for both young and old – how could it not be! Along with the transparent, underwater tunnels that make you feel as if you’re in the water with all these magnificent animals, Newport Aquarium features a host of exhibits that will amaze, educate, and fascinate you – some of which you’ll find nowhere else!

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Celebrate an 18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough

November 19, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough Step back in time this holiday season with a visit to Fort Boonesborough in Richmond, Kentucky to celebrate an 18th Century Christmas!

A visit to Fort Boonesborough is always educational and entertaining but, if you can make it during the 18th Century Christmas exhibition, you’re in for a real treat!

Fort Boonesborough was a frontier fort in Kentucky, founded by Daniel Boone and his party of 31 men who were charged with the difficult task of clearing a path through the Cumberland Gap.

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Dig Up Good Times with a Portal 31 Mine Tour

October 27, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Portal 31 Mine TourHave you ever wanted to explore the tunnels of a coal mine while riding in a rail car? Well, now you can with a Portal 31 Mine Tour in Lynch, Kentucky!

Coal mining is a dirty, dangerous business that helped fuel our nation’s growth and remains an important part of our history and economy. There is something exciting and mysterious about those subterranean tunnels and delving into the depths of the earth to harvest natural resources.

A Portal 31 Mine Tour will give you a taste of cola mining’s dark and daring world from aboard a real rail car, dressed in the official, protective gear of coal miners!

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