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Family Fun Activities

With rich history, unique industry, and beautiful scenery, come see why Kentucky is fun for the whole family! Make some furry friends at the Kentucky down under Adventure Zoo, new learning experiences at the Science Center, explore caves, discover life under the sea at the Newport Aquarium, or cool down on a hot day at the Riverfront fountains and parks. 

Daniel Boone National Forest
Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest stretches North to South through some of the most rugged and scenic parts of Kentucky, with picturesque forested slopes, dramatic sandstone cliffs, and narrow ravines. It includes some of Kentucky’s best hiking, rock climbing, fishing, boating, and general recreation.
Dinosaur World Kentucky
Dinosaur World Kentucky
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!
Great American Dollhouse Museum
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.
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
Pet the Kangaroos in the Outback Walkabout or attend one of our hands-on Animal Shows where you can get up close and interact with different animals. Feed colorful Rainbow Lorikeets in the Land of Lories - but be warned the birds will land on you! You can help with chores at the Woolshed and learn about life on an Australian Sheep Station. You can really go 'Down Under' and explore Mammoth Onyx Cave that was discovered by a young girl in 1799!
Kentucky Science Center & 4-Story Digital Theater Experience
Kentucky Science Center & 4-Story Digital Theater Experience
Experience three floors of engaging hands-on exhibits that everyone will enjoy or see an incredible movie in our, state-of-the-art, four-story digital theater housed inside this amazing Kentucky Science Center. Come see our permanent exhibits... SCIENCE IN PLAY, a brand-new, progressive, next-generation learning experience for young kids and their families.
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
Located in western Kentucky and Tennessee between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is the perfect place to get out and enjoy some of the best camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more.
Lost River Cave
Lost River Cave
Kentucky's only Underground Cave Boat Tour and treetop Flying Squirrel Zipline await you at Lost River Cave. Choose to explore or soar into adventure as you discover this Kentucky natural wonder! Discover! The seasonal Butterfly Habitat, nature trails, picnic areas, and a favorite children's activity, the gemstone sluice.
Louisville Slugger Museum
Louisville Slugger Museum
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is all about celebrating the extraordinary role of Louisville Slugger in baseball's past, present and future. We're here to delight our guests and create joyful, lifetime memories.
Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave National Park, located in south central Kentucky, was established in 1941 to protect the world's longest known cave. Come explore it!
National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum
This home for America's Sports Car features over 70 Corvettes showcased in periodic settings. See mint classics, prototypes, rare finds and racing champs. Families will enjoy the Kid Zone with hands-on activities for children. A Corvette is available in the lobby for photo ops and so you can "try one on for size," take a ride in your choice of one of the Museum's historic Corvettes or try out the new Racing Simulator where you 'drive' an actual C6 Corvette.
Newport Aquarium
Newport Aquarium
Newport Aquarium offers families plenty to see, do and learn during every visit. The world-class facility has been ranked among the top aquariums in the country. Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water, including Sweet Pea and Scooter, the Newport Aquarium's ultra-rare shark rays.
Raven's Cross Haunted Village and Escape Rooms
Raven's Cross Haunted Village and Escape Rooms
You & your friends have gotten trapped, now you have 60 minutes to uncover the clues and solve the puzzles! Can you get out before your time expires? Do you have what it takes? Work as a team and see how far you can go!
Riverfront Fountains
Riverfront Fountains
Henderson's riverfront play area showcases an immensely popular water park fountain. The park has two play areas; the larger area contains forty-five jets varying in height up to fifteen feet, and a second play area with smaller jets up to two feet in height that offer endless amusement for the younger set! The fountains overlook the Ohio River with plenty of seating near and below the fountain area where you can enjoy the view of the park while the kids play!
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There's no doubt that Kentucky is a fun place to be during the summer months. With thousands of miles of land and water trails and an incredible range of summer activities to choose from, here are some activities you won't want to miss!
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GIRL ON BIKE
With hundreds of hiking trails, abundant forests and state parks, miles upon miles of rivers and lakes, and the longest underground cave system in the world, it's no wonder Kentucky is such a popular destination for adventures. From the simple to the extreme, Kentucky has it all.
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Lake
If you're looking for your next great adventure, look no further. Kentucky is home to thousands of miles of rivers and waterways. In fact, Kentucky boasts more coastline than the state of Florida. Come see for yourself
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leafs
Though not always considered a primary fall foliage destination, there are a number of reasons to plan a fall escape to Kentucky's colorful countryside.
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Mountain Biking
With thousands of miles of land and water trails,  choose from a tremendous variety of state parks and recreational areas, discover the diverse trails both above and below ground, and get a feel for the land where Bluegrass was born.
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waterfall
A perennial favorite summer activity in Kentucky is taking a hike that ends with a beautiful waterfall (where you have the option of cooling off, even if just with the mist). Whether you're in them, on them, or just admiring them, the waterfalls in Kentucky are an integral part to an enjoyable summer vacation.
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Given that Kentucky is the birthplace of renowned artist and naturalist John J. Audubon, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of amazing hotspots for bird watchers throughout Kentucky. Depending on what time of year you come, you can see a variety of nesting birds, waterfowl, raptors, and more.
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Fall Color trees road
There's so much to do and see in Kentucky, that it will likely take you several trips to this great state to do it all. Take your time to travel the scenic byways and roads in our great state, and we guarantee you'll open your world in ways previously unimagined.
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Hot Air Balloon
Hot air ballooning is a magical experience, and one that needs no special reason to merit the occasion. The bluegrass country in Kentucky is a popular place for hot air ballooning, with the rolling green hills of Kentucky and picturesque horse farms far below.
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Eagle
Wildlife viewing is actually pretty good across the state of Kentucky. Many of the State Parks have organized wildlife tours that make it easy to get outside and be adventurous.
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Ghost lady in Haunted House
 Do you believe in ghosts? There's a spooky side to Kentucky's history, and this fall is a wonderful time to go on a haunted adventure. 
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Civil War Cannon
Due to Kentucky's significant role in the Civil War, a Civil War Heritage Trail was established in 2010. Along this trail, visitors will find several Civil War Battlefields to visit, along with battle re-enactments, costumed walking tours, historic home tours, and more.
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Country Fence green grass
We can break Kentucky down into 4 general regions: Western, North Central, South Central, and Eastern. Whether you're interested in horses and bourbon, descending underground into Kentucky's caves, history, music, or just plain, unbound outdoor adventure, there's something for everyone in Kentucky's distinct regions.
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 For many generations of Kentuckians, fishing is a much-loved pastime. Blessed with more flowing water than many other states, fishing is a year-round activity. With 17 different reservoirs and plenty of lakes, rivers, and streams throughout the state, it's never been easier to find your daily catch.
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ZIP LINE FEMALE
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.