Kentucky is full of fun for the whole family! No matter what you and the kids love to do, you’ll find something new and exciting here, from outdoor adventures to journeys through history.
Kentucky Western Wetlands Region
Bordered by the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, with the two largest lakes in the state, this region offers water sports, family fun, historic sites and entertainment. Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and the Land Between the Lakes are popular destinations with all the water recreation imaginable as well as a huge choice of outdoor activities.
Kentucky Bourbon, Horses & History Region
This region is home to the biggest city in Kentucky - Louisville. Built on the falls of the Ohio River, Louisville offers world-class family fun from museums such as the Louisville Slugger Museum to the famous Louisville Mega Cavern. The city is also the location of the Kentucky Derby and the Derby Museum is a great place for a family visit. Abraham Lincoln was born in this region of Kentucky and you can learn more about him at sites along Kentucky’s Lincoln Heritage Trail.
Northern Kentucky River Region
The Northern Kentucky River Region offers spectacular scenery and historic venues in addition to great family attractions. Near scenic Carrollton rests Big Bone Lick State Park, where the giant mammoths roamed and perished in the quagmire, resulting in numerous fossilized remains. The river front cities of Covington and Newport show off the quaint Main Strasse Village as well as the mega-entertainment complex of Newport on the Levee, offering riverside dining, shopping and cinemas along with the world-renown Newport Aquarium. In the Northern Kentucky River Region you will also find one of the most unusual and unique museums to be found in the U.S., Vent Haven Museum showcases more than 500 ventriloquist figures from 20 countries!
Famous for its horse farms, the Kentucky Horse Park and scenic drives this region is truly a horse-lover's paradise. Kentucky Horse Park features the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Saddlebred Museum - the Showplace for Saddlebreds, a Horse-Drawn Tour and equine presentations throughout the day. A great place for family fun! In Lexington, Kentucky’s second-largest city and the Horse Capital of the World, you will find a vibrant mix of historic sites, shopping, attractions & dining. Also in this region is Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, America’s largest restored Shaker community and some exceptional thoroughbred racing at Keeneland.
Kentucky Southern Shorelines Region
This region is a paradise for outdoor lovers. Explore the region’s many lakes and rivers; take a scenic mountain train ride; visit relaxing small towns with unique shops. Don’t forget to visit Lake Cumberland (over 1200 miles of shoreline). Discover the heritage and history of the counties bordering the lakes. Visit Mill Springs Park, home of the world’s largest working water-wheel. In all of the region’s lakes and rivers, from Big South Fork National River to Lake Cumberland, boat rentals, fishing, boating, and outfitters are among the best in the state.
Kentucky Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Region
Kentucky's cave adventures are a truly unique experience, and are a great option any time of the year. Take guided or wild cave explorations in the underground world of Kentucky’s Cave Country. Marvel at one of the most spectacular and vast adventures in Kentucky - Mammoth Cave National Park, the world’s longest cave system and tour the Crystal Onyx Cave where pre-historic finds have made it an important archaeological site.
Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. The huge structure will be the largest timber-framed building in the world! Ark Encounter is situated in the beautiful Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington on I-75. Read our blog article for more information...