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Kentucky – Christmas at the Galt House – A Christmas Carol

Giant Scrooge

Last year I visited Christmas at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first time. I was so impressed that I wrote an epic post about it. This year they made a significant update to the KaLightoscope exhibit, so when they invited me back for a media preview, I jumped at the chance to see the changes. They invested over $2 million to completely redo the luminaries with a new theme. Now KaLightoscope tells the story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. An interesting point to note here is that Charles Dickens once stayed at the Galt House. […]

Kentucky – Dinosaur World

Dinosaur Walk at Dinosaur World

It’s Just For Fun week here at Travel 50 States with Kids, and Dinosaur World in Cave City, Kentucky, definitely packs in the fun, but the truth is that they sneak some education into your visit too. I won’t tell your kids if you don’t.

The main attraction at Dinosaur World is the Dinosaur Walk, with 150 life-size dinosaur statues displayed along a walk through the woods.

Signs along the way state facts about each type of dinosaur.

We saw dinosaur types that were familiar to me, like the long-neck Brachiosaurus.

And we saw several types […]

Kentucky – Kentucky Action Park

Kentucky Action Park Alpine Slide

Kentucky’s Cave Country offers much to do for families wanting to turn their visit to Mammoth Cave National Park into a full week’s vacation. My recipe for a perfect vacation includes at least one activity that is just for fun and Kentucky Action Park offers lots of those. About a dozen, actually. It is now closed for the season, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about next summer’s trips. I really like that they offer different pricing options. If you only have an hour or two, or are interested in just a couple of activities, your best bet […]

Kentucky – Cecil L. Gorley Naturalist Trail

Hints of fall color on Cecil Gorley Trail

Located at the geographic center of Kentucky is the small city of Lebanon, nicknamed the Heart of Kentucky. My kids and I traveled to this cute town recently for a weekend. We explored the annual Marion County Country Ham Days festival on the first day of our visit. The next day provided an opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the area. We headed to nearby Fagan Branch Lake.

The lake is actually a reservoir that was constructed in 1992 by the Lebanon Water Works, primarily as a source of water for the community, but it has also become […]

Kentucky – Old Bardstown Village and Museum Row

Water wheel - Old Bardstown Village

History buffs will want to make sure their trip to Bardstown, Kentucky, includes plenty of time to explore all the history contained in a collection of museums known as Museum Row. Your admission fee gives you entrance into all five venues and tickets are valid for two consecutive days so that you don’t have to rush through them. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow my own advice and we didn’t have enough time to go to all of them, but we enjoyed the two that we visited.

 

Old Bardstown Village

This village is a reproduction of a typical frontier village in […]

Kentucky – Diamond Caverns

Beautiful Diamond Caverns Kentucky

Diamond Caverns is located in Park City, Kentucky, in the heart of Kentucky’s Cave Country, not far from Mammoth Cave National Park. Because it is located so close to Mammoth Cave, it makes sense to compare the two caves. The names hint at the differences. What makes Mammoth Cave impressive is the sheer volume of the underground rooms. Diamond Caverns, on the other hand, glitters with beauty.

You won’t find any diamonds in it, but there are many beautiful discoveries to be found on the hour-long tour. Another difference between the two cave tours is the size of […]

Kentucky – Hidden River Cave & American Cave Museum

Ziplining - Hidden River Cave

With so many caves in Kentucky’s Cave Country, many have added other attractions to make them stand out from the crowd. That is exactly the case with Hidden River Cave in Horse Cave, Kentucky. In addition to cave tours, they offer the American Cave Museum, along with a zipline and rappelling. And that worked out really well for our visit. It turns out that the “hidden” river decided not to stay hidden while we were in town–it flooded the cave. It wasn’t hard to find the river at all. We just walked down this long flight of stairs and […]

Kentucky – Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon

Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend

When we travel, I like to find the right balance between cultural learning opportunities and purely recreational activities. After a day and half of visiting museums and historic sites, I knew my kids were looking forward to spending the rest of the day at an amusement park. However, we live less than a half hour from a major amusement park and I wasn’t sure how impressed they would be with a smaller park. I shouldn’t have worried. My kids and I had a great time at Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Admission to this family […]

Kentucky – The Historic Railpark & Train Museum

Back of train at Historic Railpark & Train Museum

There’s something that fascinates me about the age of rail travel. Yes, I know, you can still travel by train today, but it just doesn’t look the same. I would love to go back in time to take a train trip, but until someone invents a time machine, museums will have to suffice. The Historic Railpark & Train Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is housed in a former railroad station that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum includes indoor exhibits as well as a guided tour of the interior of several railroad cars. Train enthusiasts […]

Kentucky – Jellystone Park at Mammoth Cave

Yogi Bear at Jellystone Mammoth Cave

 

When I found out that the Cave City Tourist & Convention Center had arranged for us to stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, I was very excited.

We had stayed there for our 2002 family vacation and I looked forward to returning. The kids had been much younger on our first trip. In fact, my youngest daughter, Camille, hadn’t been born yet. I was pregnant with her at the time. Here’s a picture from that trip.

Now you might see the word “camp” in the name of the resort and think that it’s not for you […]