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 is to buy individual tickets ($4 each) or a 10-pack for $35. If you have more than half day and want to try more than 6 activities or repeat some of them, consider the all-day pass for $24.95. There are a few activities that are not included in the all-day pass, but I’ll mention those at the end. The following nine activities are includes in the pass:
Rock Climbing Wall
My kids love these. My middle daughter is an especially good climber. That’s her on the right.
I love that “Trampoline Thing” is the official name. The bungee cord adds a whole ‘nother dimension to trampoline jumping.
The chairlift can be ridden just for fun, or as a means of transportation to the Alpine Slide.
My kids couldn’t wait to try this. Once they tried it, they wanted to ride it over and over and over.
In case you’re wondering, there are brakes so that you can control the speed. I used the brakes, but as far as my kids are concerned, faster is better.
All the fun of bumper cars, but with a splash!
Go Carts, Miniature Golf, Outlaw Cave Tours
We ran out of time and didn’t get to try these activities, but I do have some information for you. For the Go Carts, drivers must be at least 60″ tall. Kids who are shorter that may ride in a double cart with an adult driver. The Mini Golf Course has 18 holes with a western theme. There are many cave tours in the area. What makes Outlaw Cave different is that it is the only one that is wheelchair accessible. It is a non-strenuous tour for those who don’t want to climb a lot of stairs.
There are a few other activities offered that are not included in the all-day pass.
Oh my goodness! This was a seriously fun zipline. There are three lines on the course. The last one is over a half-mile long (the longest in Kentucky) and is over 300 feet off the ground. It goes really, really fast! Since ziplines aren’t exactly conducive to photography, I was glad that the park takes pictures of you which you can purchase afterwards.
Guided trail rides are offered by Jesse James Riding Stables. The trails go through the region where Jesse James once robbed banks and stage coaches. If I weren’t allergic to horses, that would sound like fun. But I’m sorry to disappoint you, dear readers–you aren’t going to be reading about horseback riding here. Some of my kids are allergic too.
Old Time Photoshop
Western and Civil War costumes are available for you to wear for your old time photo shoot.
Green River Canoeing offers trips that last from 3 hours up to 2 nights or more.
That’s a whole lot of fun in one place! Our favorites were the zipline and the Alpine Slide. We had a blast!
Ready to visit?
Kentucky Action Park
3057 Mammoth Cave Road
Cave City, KY 42127
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, generally 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Open some weekends in the spring and fall. Call to confirm.
All Day Pass – $24.95
10-Ticket Package – $35
Individual pricing also available
Zipline – $45 or 3 for $99.95
Horseback Riding – $14 for 1/2 hour; $18 for one hour; $34 for two hours
Disclosure: My kids and I received complimentary admission to Kentucky Action Park so that I could research and write this article. Many thanks to the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and theCave City Convention and Tourist Commission for coordinating our trip.
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