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Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo


Hours: M-S 9am-4pm        Open: Daily          Cost: $25.95 - adult admission          Group Size: [1-20]
Hours: M-S 9am-4pm
 Open: Daily
Cost: 25.95 - Adult
Group Size: Any

About the Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo

The Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo is a one-of-a-kind attraction located in Horse Cave, Kentucky. Visitors will enjoy interactive exhibits and tours where they'll see and interact with exotic Australian wildlife as well as friendly farm animals that love visitors! This adventure zoo has more than just animals. There are plenty of fun activities waiting for you.

About the Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo

The Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo is a one-of-a-kind attraction located in Horse Cave, Kentucky. Visitors will enjoy interactive exhibits and tours where they'll see and interact with exotic Australian wildlife as well as friendly farm animals that love visitors! This adventure zoo has more than just animals. There are plenty of fun activities waiting for you.

Animals

Visitors will find a wide variety of animals at the Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo. While they specialize in Australian animals such as tropical birds, lemurs, emus, kangaroos, and dingoes. They also have foxes, pythons, fainting goats, wolves, white bison, alligators, peacocks, horses, cows, and even border collie sheep dogs that put on herding performances.

Many of the animals at this zoo love interacting with visitors. Guests are free to roam the kangaroo field, where a handful of food means lots of friends. Guests are also free to visit the aviary, where lots of colorful rainbow lorikeets, or lorries, fly around and will often land on the heads, shoulders, and arms of guests. This is one of the few locations in the country where visitors are allowed to interact with exotic animals.

Attractions

Once you've finished meeting all the animals at the zoo, you'll want to try your hand at gem mining. Visitors can buy a bag of material to sift in the water sluice. What they'll be left with are genuine gemstones! The cost is reasonable and it only takes 15 to 20 minutes!

The zoo also offers golf cart rentals, which makes it quick and easy to explore the entire park. Who doesn't love driving around in a golf cart?

Before you leave the zoo, make sure you visit the gift shop. They're known for their amazing fudge, but have plenty of other snacks and trinkets to make your trip to the Kentucky Adventure Park Zoo one you won't soon forget.

The Mammoth Onyx Cave

The Mammoth Onyx Cave is located right next to the Kentucky Adventure Zoo. Cave tours are included in the price of admission. This beautiful cave is one of the most easily explored in the nation; the paths are mostly flat and there are only a handful of steps and stairs throughout the cave.The tour takes about 30 minutes at a leisurely pace and is great for children.

The Mammoth Onyx Cave is also one of the oldest discovered caves in the US. It was originally discovered by a young girl in 1799, but wasn't open for public touring until 1922, which still makes it one of the oldest caves in operation today.

Cave tours are scheduled throughout the day and no reservations are needed. Be on the lookout for stunning stalagmites, stalactites,cave popcorn and cave cauliflower – all unique formations created in the cave system.

Costs

General admission costs about $25 for an adult and $15 for a child. However, there are many admissions discounts including senior citizen, military, first responder, student and AAA.

The animal food used at the petting zoo, kangaroo area and lorikeet aviary costs $1 per serving, so make sure you have cash on hand for the animal food, if you're interested in feeding the animals.

Animals

Visitors will find a wide variety of animals at the Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo. While they specialize in Australian animals such as tropical birds, lemurs, emus, kangaroos, and dingoes, they also have foxes, pythons, fainting goats, wolves, white bison, alligators, peacocks, horses, cows, and even border collie sheep dogs that put on herding performances.

Many of the animals at this zoo love interacting with visitors. Guests are free to roam the kangaroo field, where a handful of foodd means lots of friends. Guests are also free to visit the aviary, where lots of colorful rainbow lorikeets, or lorries, fly around and will often land on the heads, shoulders, and arms of visitors. This is one of the few locations in the country where visitors are allowed to interact with exotic animals.


Attractions

Once you've finished meeting all the animals at the zoo, you'll want to try your hand at gem mining. Visitors can buy a bag of material to sift in the water sluice. What they'll be left with are genuine gemstones! The cost is reasonable and it only takes 15 to 20 minutes!

The zoo also offers golf cart rentals, which makes it quick and easy to explore the entire park. Who doesn't love driving around in a golf cart?

Before you leave the zoo, make sure you visit the gift shop. They're known for their amazing fudge, but have plenty of other snacks and trinkets to make your trip to the Kentucky Adventure Park Zoo one you won't soon forget.

The Mammoth Onyx Cave

The Mammoth Onyx Cave is located right next to the Kentucky Adventure Zoo. Cave tours are included in the price of admission. This beautiful cave is one of the most easily explored in the nation; the paths are mostly flat and there are only a handful of steps and stairs throughout the cave.The tour takes about 30 minutes at a leisurely pace and is great for children.

The Mammoth Onyx Cave is also one of the oldest discovered caves in the US. It was originally discovered by a young girl in 1799, but wasn't open for public touring until 1922, which still makes it one of the oldest caves in operation today.

Cave tours are scheduled throughout the day and no reservations are needed. Be on the lookout for stunning stalagmites, stalactites,cave popcorn and cave cauliflower – all unique formations created in the cave system.

Costs

General admission costs about $25 for an adult and $15 for a child. However, there are many admissions discounts including senior citizen, military, first responder, student and AAA.

The animal food used at the petting zoo, kangaroo area and lorikeet aviary costs $1 per serving, so make sure you have cash on hand for the animal food, if you're interested in feeding the animals.

Visitor Reviews

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If I Could Give it 6 Stars I Would!

"Had such a wonderful time here! Well worth the money. They have a very nice cave with a short cave tour. Feeding the birds was SUPER fun. The Kangaroos were not hungry but it was still AWESOME to feed them and pet them. They had many more animals that were fun to look at as well. If I could give it 6 stars I would. I went to most of the caves in the area and this was the best time I had. I also got to bring my dog because she is well behaved around animals which made my day even more awesome."

-Christine Arason, Google Reviews

Guest Reviews

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If I Could Give it 6 Stars I Would!

"Had such a wonderful time here! Well worth the money. They have a very nice cave with a short cave tour. Feeding the birds was SUPER fun. The Kangaroos were not hungry but it was still AWESOME to feed them and pet them. They had many more animals that were fun to look at as well. If I could give it 6 stars I would. I went to most of the caves in the area and this was the best time I had. I also got to bring my dog because she is well behaved around animals which made my day even more awesome."

-Christine Arason, Google Reviews

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What a Great Little Gem in Kentucky!

"What a great little gem in Kentucky! I have always dreamt of getting up close and petting a kangaroo! This is a clean and fun little zoo and cave to explore! Golf cart rental made it even better! Son closed eyes and pointed to a map and ended up on Kentucky, so here we are! And a great highlight this was!"

-Kathy Hollingsworth, Google Reviews

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Amazing Experience!

"Great staff, well maintained grounds and amazing experience! You can pet and feed kangaroos and emus here. These animals are used to have people around so they are calm. We watched a baby kangaroo moving in it's mother's pouch for the first time. It's magical and you can observe it up close. The zoo is not too big but you need to go uphill a little. Watch for peacocks on the road!"

-Jitka Kacerova, Google Reviews

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What a Great Little Gem in Kentucky!

"What a great little gem in Kentucky! I have always dreamt of getting up close and petting a kangaroo! This is a clean and fun little zoo and cave to explore! Golf cart rental made it even better! Son closed eyes and pointed to a map and ended up on Kentucky, so here we are! And a great highlight this was!"

-Kathy Hollingsworth, Google Reviews

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Amazing Experience!

"Great staff, well maintained grounds and amazing experience! You can pet and feed kangaroos and emus here. These animals are used to have people around so they are calm. We watched a baby kangaroo moving in it's mother's pouch for the first time. It's magical and you can observe it up close. The zoo is not too big but you need to go uphill a little. Watch for peacocks on the road!"

-Jitka Kacerova, Google Reviews

Map and Directions

Located halfway between Louisville and Nashville, the Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo is just off of Interstate 65. It's northeast of Bowling Green and directly south of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Map and Directions

Located halfway between Louisville and Nashville, the Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo is just off of Interstate 65. It's northeast of Bowling Green and directly south of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

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