12 Things to Know when Visiting Lost River Cave

Lost River Cave is a fantastic place to spend the day with kids Lost River Cave is in Bowling Green 1.  Touring the grounds at Lost River Cave, hiking and the nature play area – FREE. Come and go all day to Lost River Cave with kids. We did!   2.  Plan to buy something at the gift shop – it’s NICE. Like, you walk in and stop and look around and wonder – am I in the right place? 3.  It’s an independent non-profit so your dollars support their educational and preservation efforts. 4. The boat tour is worth

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Visiting Big Bone Lick State Park

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Visit Big Bone Lick State Historic Site What do you need to know before heading to Big Bone Lick State Historic Site? When they were younger, my kids were totally OBSESSED with dinosaurs and fossils and paleontology. The older two (9 and 8) may act like they’ve outgrown the whole dino craze, but the fact is you never outgrow skulls as big as your whole body! When I saw Big Bone Lick State Historic Site with pictures of bison and a mastodon skull, I knew we had to go. Located in Union, Kentucky, BBL is about 1.5 hours northeast of

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A Day Trip to Owensboro, Kentucky

Take a day trip to Owensboro with kids, family fun!   Owensboro has a lot to offer families and kids! We found a ton of free and inexpensive fun for everyone. Downtown Tips: There’s a Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn on either side of the modern looking convention center – great location for an overnight stay. Free Trolley rides around downtown for hopping on and off! Cute shops downtown- boutiques, antiques – something for everyone. Owensboro Museum of Science and History Affordable and they allow you to come and go as long as you have your ticket stub for the

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Let’s Go Hiking Kentucky

Don’t be tempted to stay indoors this year.  Get outside and explore!  Take off on foot and immerse yourselves in Kentucky’s natural beauty. With families in mind, we have compiled a short list of recommended family hikes around Kentucky. Whether you are looking for a no-fail trail to introduce your child to hiking or just for a quick stroll with your family’s best friend, this list is a good place to start.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but they are hikes recommended by Kentuckians who are passionate about our commonwealth’s natural resources.   Family Friendly Trails:  Listed

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Day trip to Frankfort, Kentucky – our state capitol

A Day Trip to Frankfort, Kentucky Over spring break, I had one day to spare from work so I told the kids we would take a day trip.  Their request: a learning trip.  We love going places to explore that have a hint of learning. Sure, there are those times for pure, giggle-full fun but more times than not, my kids want to learn. Love that! I decided on Frankfort because it’s about an hour from home so it’s doable in a day without having to get up and out very early.  After breakfast, we grabbed our book about the

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101 FREE things to do with your kids in Kentucky!

There are so many free things to do with kids in Kentucky! We are lucky to live close to historical sites, many parks, cities with rich culture, and natural sites for outdoor adventures. We have updated this post and it is now housed on our sister site – LouisvilleFamilyFun.net – please click here to see the updated list.  During the pandemic, some of these places may not be open or they may have different programming. Please check with them before you go to make sure they are open! Most events have not been taking place and in 2021, still many

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Let’s Go Camping HomeGrown HideAways

Looking for a few days away from it all but close to home? Love nature but don’t want to deal with packing a car full of camping gear for just a day or two getaway. Try out HomeGrown HideAways just outside of Berea, Kentucky. HomeGrown HideAways is located in a beautiful valley (holler) with a small creek running through a big wide open field surrounded by lush forests and knobs. We spent an overnight here in the foothills of the Appalachian forest on our way back from the Red River Gorge. HomeGrown HideAways is a working farm and member of

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Free Fishing Weekend – Kentucky

Thanks to Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, you can fish for free (no license) this weekend. It’s always the first weekend of June. You can fin fishing spots all over Kentucky.! During Family Fishing Days, no license is required to fish.  The FINS program (fishing in neighborhoods) showcases lakes all over the state that are great for fishing.  See information here. You can also search for fishing spots here and the FINS locations are noted. LexFun4Kids has a great list of special events that are taking place around town for free fishing weekend…….fishing derbies are popular. We encourage

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Five FREE Family Attractions in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Lost River Cave Thought you have to pay to tour the cave, you can walk the trails and enjoy the nature play area at no cost.  It is a very interesting hiking area in terms of the different things you see (bird watching area, bridges and more) and it’s manageable  – you don’t need to be an intense hiker to handle it!   Basil Griffin Park This park has a lot of offer!  The playground is very large and has such a variety of equipment so I always recommend it since it appeals to families with kids of all ages.

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Shelby Trails Park in Simpsonville

Shelby Trails Park in Simpsonville is one of the few places in the Louisville area that provides guided horseback trail rides. Hour-long rides are $40 per person, and run most days as long as the weather is good (call ahead for appointments). There is a minimum age of 8 and a maximum weight of 200 pounds, and the horses are very gentle so that even beginners can ride. This post is from an experience in the past and some of their details, fees, information may have changed. The ride itself covers a variety of terrains. In addition to somewhat steep

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