So you have a big family and you’re looking for your next vacation destination? Look no further. Kentucky has everything you need to have a successful, fun-filled family getaway.
If you’re looking for lakeside fun, Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina in Grand Rivers may just be the perfect spot for you. At this resort, you can rent fishing boats, WaveRunners, houseboats, and pontoons, meaning that you can have just about any kind of water fun you want. Visiting families can rent condos with up to four bedrooms. People staying in the condos can play at nearby tennis courts, swimming pools, playgrounds, and more. For fitness nuts, a workout area is included, and there are saunas for those who want to just relax and sweat.
For nature-lovers, Kentucky’s 50 state parks are simply stunning, and they feature a wide variety of different sorts of terrain. Natural Bridge State Resort Park is the perfect place for hiking, and it is home to several unusual sandstone formations, including Balanced Rock and the Natural Bridge for which the park is named. Wildlife enthusiasts will also find a lot to love in the state’s parks. The parks are home to a wide variety of creatures, including bald eagles, sandhill cranes, elk, and more.
One particularly exciting park is Mammoth Cave National Park, which contains the world’s longest known cave system. Visitors can tour the caves for as little as $5 for adults and $3.50 for children. The cave is full of strange and beautiful rock formations, such as Grand Avenue, Fat Man’s Misery, and Frozen Niagara. Visitors to the cave should bring a sweatshirt or jacket, as the cave remains cool, even in the summer.
If your children are horse enthusiasts, where better to go than Lexington, the “horse capital of the world?” They will love visiting the American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop. And they’ll like horseback riding at Kentucky Horse Park even better. Kids seven and older (and over four feet tall) can take part in a riding tour around the borders of the park. Younger kids can still have some fun, though: pony rides inside a paddock are available even for little people.
Finally, for a bit of education, take your children to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic site. A large stone edifice marks the birthplace of one of our nation’s greatest presidents. Inside, you’ll find a log cabin very similar to the small and simple home where Abraham Lincoln was born.