Kentucky Down Under review

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Recently, my son and I took a road trip to visit my family in Kentucky.  We took a little adventure to the Kentucky Down Under zoo at Horse Cave, KY.  What a fun, sizzling summer day it was!
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Groupon had a great deal on tickets (change the location to “Horse Cave” to find it.)  I purchased these before we even headed out; redeeming the tickets at the zoo entrance was a breeze. 

We were asked if we wanted to rent a golf cart, which we declined.  Later, there were moments when I found myself wishing for the golf cart! My mom wilted a few times in the heat, and a golf cart would have made it easier for her to get around. The zoo isn’t too large, but there are some uphill climbs and it was VERY hot! If you have members of your traveling group who will have a hard time walking 10-15 minutes across a hot park (with relatively few shaded/bench areas) you might want to consider one.

We were assigned a cave tour time slot when we entered, and we had to wait about 20 minutes to join the tour group. While we waited, we explored the gift shop and enjoyed splashing around in the gem mine water troughs.  Before heading in to the cave tour, get a flashlight or a lighted hard hat from the gift shop (they’re free to borrow).   My son is 7 years old and didn’t have trouble navigating the cave.  Still, I held onto him for dear life.  There were some tricky spots that could definitely be considered dangerous!  It was the first time he’d been inside a cave, so it was rather scary for him.  He could have done without this part of the tour.  On the plus side — it was VERY cool inside the cave, which was a welcome relief from the hot day!

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Take several dollars in cash with you to Kentucky Down Under so that you can feed the animals!  The lorikeet house has many beautiful, friendly birds who will happily sit on your shoulder for a sip of nectar.  You do not have to pay to enjoy these areas — but it’s more fun!

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The highlight of the day, of course, was getting to pet kangaroos. There were at least 8 different kangas there, with several babies.  They were all very sweet and gentle.  We were instructed not to pet the animals on their ears or head, and not to hop around them.  As with the other animals in the petting area, you are allowed to feed the kangaroos with the special feed ($1 per cup).  We found that they didn’t really want to eat, so you could probably save your money if your kids would rather just pet the animals.  The petting areas included giant turtles, emu, goats, and Patagonian Cavies.

There was a snack bar near the petting area.  We were so blistering hot that we opted to get drive-thru on the way home (so we could sit in the car’s AC).  I highly recommend using a good quality bug repellent before heading to Kentucky Down Under, and take plenty of water because it’s a decent hike to the exhibits.

Does Kentucky Down Under look like a place you’d like to visit?  

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  1. Kristen says:

    I’d take my best friend, we love animals.

  2. Janet W. says:

    I’d love to take my grandsons to visit! Looks like so much fun! I think they would most enjoy petting a kangaroo!

  3. I would like to visit with my mother.

  4. I would take my mom and grandma 🙂

  5. Cathy French says:

    I would go with my boyfriend. We were just talking about going to the zoo recently, this would be great

  6. That looks like so much fun. I’d take my kids. I love seeing the animal babies!
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  7. steve weber says:

    I would take my GF- We do everything together.

  8. I live in Kentucky and just recently heard of Down Under and hope to go soon. We’ll probably go in late August or early September so it’ll just be the hubster and I!

  9. Lyndsey R. says:

    I would take my son. He actually like kangaroos a lot! I like all animals really!

  10. emily l says:

    We’ve never visited Kentucky before but the photos I have seen are beautiful. I would love to take a little vacation with my husband and kid ( soon to be kids!)

  11. Pamela Gurganus says:

    I would like to take my nephew to visit because he’d love the animals!

  12. Cynthia C says:

    I would like to visit with my friends. We love road trips.

  13. Judith R. says:

    I would love to visit Kentucky Down Under with my granddaughter. She would love it.

  14. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    This looks like a fun, interactive zoo. I would love to go with my husband.

  15. I would like to visit because I love animals. I would want to take my sister because she loves them too.
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  16. Ashley C says:

    I would like to visit because I would lOVE to pet a kangaroo! I also think the cave would be neat 🙂 We are actually going to Kentucky this fall and might need to see how far these is from our route!

  17. Stephanie Grant says:

    Wow! This looks like fun :)! I would absolutely love to take my 8 year old son and 7 year old niece to Kentucky Down Under because they are animal nuts and this would make their year!

  18. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I went there a long time ago when I went to Mammoth Cave. I am so happy to see it is still open. I would love to take my fiance’.My favorite part was the Lorakeets I think.

  19. Ashley C says:

    Honestly, I probably wouldn’t want to visit. I’m not a big fan of “zoos”. Plus, KY is a ways away from NY

  20. I would love to visit Kentucky Down Under with my granddaughter. She would love it.

  21. This sounds like a relaxing day for the hubster’s and I. We love animals.

  22. I’d take my family! My kids would love it!

  23. Christy Caldwell says:

    I’d take my boys. It looks like a lot of fun and we love animals.

  24. I’d love to pet a kangaroo.
    Thanks for the contest.

  25. Susan Smith says:

    I would take my daughter. We both love animals.

  26. Roos! Isn’t that reason enough?

  27. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I love birds and animals. These would be so neat for the kids and me.

  28. sheila ressel says:

    I would take my husband with me to Kentucky Down Under. We would really enjoy feeding all the different animals.

  29. Gracie would love feeding the animals 🙂

  30. Natalie says:

    I would love to visit because I have never seen a kangaroo up close!

  31. desiree says:

    i love to go and see the animal and ilove to see differnt place and things
    i love to travle

  32. Sherry S. says:

    I’m ashamed to admit that I live about 30 minutes away from it and have never been. If I went I would take my nieces and nephews.

  33. I would like to visit to see the kangaroos. I would love to take my nieces. I bet they would LOVE this! 🙂

  34. rochelle haynes says:

    I would love to see the different animals and i would take my grandson

  35. jenny stratton says:

    I would take my husband we love animals and zoos.

  36. My hubby would also enjoy this! What fun! 🙂

  37. It would be fun to see all the animals

  38. I’d like to visit because it’d be fun to see the kangaroos!

  39. I like to see different animals.

  40. I’d take my family, including my parents. We would all enjoy it a lot!

  41. linda w. says:

    My kids would love the kangaroos.

  42. My nephew would get a kick out of this place.

  43. This will be great fun with hubby for a weekend.

  44. patricia skinner says:

    I would take the grandchildren and I would check out Mammoth Caves too.

  45. I’d love to visit kentucky down under with my spouse! We’d enjoy seeing all the animals and exploring.

  46. Bailey Dexter says:

    What a fun place to take the grand kids! On my list!

  47. Natalie says:

    I would love to visit because I love kangaroos!

  48. I like visiting new places like this.

  49. I would take my friend’s son who loves animals.

  50. I like her writing.

  51. I’d like to take my nieces and nephews to Kentucky Down Under.

  52. I’d take my kids. They’d love the petting zoo!

  53. Like to visit other states.

  54. I would love to take my family here! It sounds like such a fun experience! We are huge animal lovers!

  55. laurie murley says:

    the whole family would love to go here

  56. I’d take my best friend since we travel well together.

  57. crystal gibson says:

    I live in Edmonson County and I am about 15 minutes away from Mammoth Cave and about 25 minutes away from Kentucky Down Under. I grew up going to Cave City so I am very familiar with all of the attractions. Some things have changed but it is still a wonderful place for the family. Kentucky Down Under is great and very interactive. I would also recommend Big Mike’s mystery house and gift shop. It only costs $1 to go through the guided mystery house but is great.

  58. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I would love to visit Kentucky Down Under. I would you like to visit with my whole family, if it could be at all possible.

  59. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I would take my boyfriend

  60. Nancy Burgess says:

    I’d take my daughter and grandaughter.

  61. I’ve never seen a kangaroo up close.

  62. Sherri Lewis says:

    That is so neat that you can feed the animals there. I would love to do that!

  63. Debbie Welchert says:

    I love to go to the zoo. We have a pretty nice one here in Nebraska but I love going different zoos too. I would have rented the golf cart….

  64. My kids would love this

  65. I’d like to go in the cave.

  66. Renee Rousseau says:

    What a fun family outing. I have not spent much time in KY but I have fond memories of taking my 4 daughters to the Kentucky Horse Farm when we were traveling through the state.

  67. Tamra Phelps says:

    I’m KY born & raised. I’ve lived here my entire life & I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never been to Horse Cave or Mammoth Cave! I need to go.


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