Kids and Kentucky go together like peas and carrots, make no mistake. For this is a place brimming with diverse experiences, perfect for entertaining family members of every age. Cycle through cities, ride the railways, or hit the Niagara of the South in a destination that’ll provide you with everything you need to make the very best memories. Liking the sound of it? Then read on and allow us to bring some of our favorite family experiences to life…
The Country Girl at Heart Farm will be a great hit with all the family members. It’s more than just a B&B. Here children will have the opportunity to live and lend a helping hand on a real working farm. They’ll gather eggs in the barn for breakfast in the mornings and get to help out with various activities in the workstore.
BIKE AROUND LOUISVILLE
Seeing a city by bike is one of the best ways to take it all in when you have the family in-tow. In Louisville there are plenty of options to find some pedal-power and a two-hour ride will take you to all the important places—from Churchill Downs racecourse to downtown Louisville.
Red River Gorge is a natural playground for intrepid families; you’ve got hiking, rock-climbing and zip-lining through the sugar maples and pines in Daniel Boone National Forest, keeping an eye-out for endangered big-eared bats and woodpeckers. Or for a spot of history, the Big Bone Lick State Park near Carrollton holds the fossilised remains of giant mammoths.
HISTORIC MINES AND RAILWAYS
Take a train ride through the scenic mountains of Southern Kentucky Big South Fork Scenic Railway and stop at the historic Blue Heron Mining Camp, the largest collection of historic coal mines in America. The train descends 600 feet into the Big South Fork Gorge, making this both an exciting trip and historic lesson for all ages.
UNDER THE SEA
Did you know you can see sharks and penguins in Kentucky? Newport Aquarium is always a big hit with the family where you can get up close to sharks, seahorses and a whole spectrum of marine life in their 360-degree tunnel.
A REAL SOUTHERN BELLE
Step back in time on a historic landmark and sail down America’s inland waterways: the Belle of Louisville is over 100 years old, making it the oldest river steamboat in the world and watching the world chug by together on board this handsome vessel is bound to create a fond family memory.