A visit to Kentucky would not be complete without trekking through the world's longest known cave system. If you love the outdoors, this is the best place to bring the entire family. Go canoeing on the Green River, have a lovely picnic at the campgrounds, go horseback riding or cycling or go on some thrilling guided cave tours.
There is no other place to have the most fantastic horse racing experience other than the Churchill Downs. Home to the Kentucky Derby, you can enjoy an exciting day at the races, visit the museum, and then go shopping at the Derby Store. Your children can join the Family Fun Days presented by Kroger Kiddos where they will have a highly interactive experience with games, crafts, as well as a fun visit from Churchill Charlie.
If you have always been fascinated by horses, the best place to visit would be the Kentucky Horse Park. Their Horses of the World display will allow you to discover different breeds of horses through a breathtaking show filled with colors and sounds. If this is your first time to go horseback riding, you can enjoy a 35-minute guided trail ride. If you have kids who would love to try out riding, they can go on Pony Rides around the pony paddock.
The majestic Cumberland Falls holds a number of fun activities for you and your family. You can go gem mining and discover some real, colorful and beautiful gemstones at the gemstone flume. You can also go birding and discover some of the most exquisite bird species such as the Pileated Woodpecker or the Wood Thrush. If you love roughing it up at the great outdoors, you can set up camp at any of the park's 50 campsites complete with electricity and water hookups.
Known as one of the most beautiful places in Kentucky, a visit here will take you through the paddock where you will encounter a new colt or a filly currently being trained to become a racing thoroughbred. If you get the chance to visit between April and October, you get to encounter the horses and experience them up close just minutes before their race starts.
One of the most state-of-the-art museums in the country, Creation Museum is a 70,000 square foot museum that will excite you and thrill you in many different ways. Your children can play with the dinosaurs that roam near Eden's River and you get to encounter Biblical characters coming to life. Check out other highly interactive displays such as Dr. Crawley's Insectorium as well as the Dragon Invasion exhibit.
The Shaker Village is where you will get to experience Kentucky's rich history and heritage. Explore the Living History Museum to meet the men and women who have called the village their home for over 100 years. Visit the farm and garden to discover Shaker Hill's traditional ways of growing and harvesting fresh produce. If you want to challenge yourself and enjoy nature, you can hike, bike or run through the village's 30-mile trail system, which features fantastic landscapes that you would love to take photographs of.
This zoo is one of the most visited attractions in all of Kentucky. Explore some of their award-winning animal exhibits such as the Glacier Run where you will encounter Polar Bears and Grizzly Bears; the Gorilla Forest where you will discover a multi-faceted rotational exhibit allowing you to go deep into the realm of a gorilla's natural habitat. Your kids will also enjoy a day of learning and exploration about animal and nature conservation through the Backyard Action Hero program.
Named as the number one aquarium in the 2012 Reader's Choice Travel Awards, the Newport Aquarium is where you will get to have a first-hand encounter with some of the most exotic sea creatures like sharks, fish, jellyfish, and stingrays. Walk through a gigantic aquarium and feel like you are actually swimming with the magnificent sharks. Your kids will enjoy the Penguin Encounters where they can actually touch, interact with and play with the friendly penguins.
If you think a vacation is not complete without a visit to a theme park then you should make sure to drop by Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay. This park offers extreme rides that will thrill you and take your breath away. Go on the FearFall ride that will drop you from a towering 129 feet at an exhilarating 45-mile per hour speed. Watch a show at their 5D cinema to have a viewing experience that is just totally out of this world. The Hurricane Bay water park also offers you some fun under the sun with their Plummet Summit and their Tornado Ride, as well as some rest and relaxation at the Lazy River.