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Kentucky – Unusual Attractions & Day Trips

Kentucky Off The Beaten Path

Kentucky is more than just bourbon and the Kentucky Derby. There are many other activities and sights to take in. Here are some of the more unusual attractions and day trips to take in.

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Downtown Fountain

While Louisville, Kentucky is certainly not off the beaten path, the small garden and fountain right on Main Street in downtown Louisville is a little known spot in the city. Many who call Louisville home don’t even know about it. The small garden is tucked away and provides a peaceful escape from the noise and hustle of the city. From the tranquil lapping of water to the restful park benches, if you find yourself in Louisville and in need of a break, head to this small garden.

Hidden River Cave

Hidden River Cave, Kentucky is a small town located 12 miles northeast of Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave might receive all the attention, yet Hidden River Cave is well worth the visit. Entrance to the cave is actually right downtown, yet if you’re not careful you’ll miss it. On one side of the street is a row of businesses, on the other is what appears to be an overpass is actually a sudden drop off into the cave. A river runs through the bottom of the cave, roughly 150 feet below the town. Tours are available for the cave, although the length of the tour can depend on the level of the water. In the winter and early spring the water level is often higher due to melting snow, which can cause the tours to finish before you reach the end.


This is a small town located right on the banks of the Ohio River. The city use to be a major shipping destination during the 1800s, but this no longer is the case. The town’s main claim to fame is that Abraham Lincoln as a two year old boy crossed the Ohio River with his family right here. Indiana is on the other side of the Ohio River.

Colonel Sander’s Restaurant and Museum

Do you love KFC? If so, why not stop by where it all began? You can head out to the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken, take a tour of the Colonel’s former house and visit the gift shop. Of course, there is also a restaurant at the conclusion of the museum, which is a great way to end the tour.

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Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about unusual areas and attractions in Kentucky.


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