Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Three Reasons To Visit Kentucky Down Under (review)

**thanks to Kentucky Down Under for hosting my family for a  visit. I was not compensated for this post. This is my experience and opinion. Others may have a different experience or view. 

My family was recently invited to spend a day at Kentucky Down Under. We didn't know what to expect going in, but I can give you 3 Great Big Reasons to take your family for a visit soon. 

1. The amazing animal encounters

I honestly have never been to a "zoo" like this before. The way we were able to experience the animals that are part of Kentucky Down Under is "once in a lifetime" kind of stuff. Quite literally, I wouldn't even begin to guess another place where you can feed a kangaroo by hand (for example). 

Check out the beautiful creatures we encountered. 


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In the kangaroo's habitat, they will hop right up to you. It's amazing!! Just make sure you follow their instructions and don't pet them on the head. Instead, offer them a chest rub. They love that. 

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Can you see the joey feet sticking out of the pouch? Check out the Kentucky Down Under Facebook and Instagram feeds to see more of the new joey. 

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You can also meet this gorgeous Sulcata Tortoise, feed an Emu, and even feed Cavies in the same area as the Kangaroos. Buy a cup of food on the way in!

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There are amazing and kind Great Pyrenees dogs that are residents at Kentucky Down Under. This one is Macy (I believe) and she was taking in all the love my kiddos had to give her.



Check the schedule of sheep herding shows and say hello to the Sheep, Mini-Horses, Zebus, Donkeys, and Llama.

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Walk down the path and meet the most stunning birds. I was a bit partial to the owl that was rescued after being blinded by a chemical spray. There are more  than I have pictured.

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Feed nectar to the Rainbow Lorikeets! This was another thing I've never done before. I loved the experience and being able to share it with my family.

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Yes, one landed right on top of my head. It was hysterical! :D 

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During the animal show, you'll see even more animals and have the opportunity to get your picture taken with one (or more) of them. My kiddos loved seeing what a Cayman felt like. Apparently, it's pretty bumpy. LOL
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There are several other animals not added in this post. But. I had to add this White Bison. What a majestic animal to see up close. 

2. Tour Mammoth Onyx Cave

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Besides the Australian animals that can be visited, another way to go "down under" is on the Mammoth Onyx Cave Tour. This tour was perfect for my crew. It was long enough to enjoy but not too long for their little feet. There are stairs and railings to help you move through but there are also a couple "tight squeeze" areas to be aware of. Overall, our tour guide made sure we were aware of what was coming up so we could stay safe and get the most out of our visit. It's something to add to your "must see" list.

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Underground water! It looks clear and gorgeous but don't drink it. The water is mineral dense and can really upset your stomach.
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3. The Amazing Staff

I've got to tell you, it is rare that I visit somewhere with my family and see that every person on staff we encounter is happy to be there and beyond friendly. That was our experience at Kentucky Down Under.

Here's an example. At one point, my kiddos took off in front of me and ran into the Woolshed when there was no scheduled show coming up. When I got in there with them, I saw two staff members talking to each other and I could tell it wasn't technically time for us to be there. However, they took a moment to talk to my kiddos about the wool and even the dogs in the shed. They could have handled that scenario one million different ways, but they chose above and beyond patience and took away any embarrassment that my kiddos may have had for charging in there.

From the entry building, to the kangaroos, to the cafe, and every other spot we visited, the individual people we met were incredibly kind and helpful.

A few tips for your visit:


  • Rent a golf cart. They have battery powered carts available on a first come, first serve basis. It is well worth the cost. The park is not small and it's in the hills of Kentucky. You'll be glad to have it handy to get you around and even to the different show times in a timely manner. 
  • Bring your water and/or lunch. There are picnic areas available to use. We were really glad to have our own water on hand as the day we were there was pretty hot.
  • Bring dollar bills. They will come in handy should you want to buy a cup of food for the kangaroos and a cup of nectar for the lorikeets. 
  • Take your time and enjoy your visit. We had an amazing morning at the park and we were glad to stop and see all we could while we were there. It's the perfect stop for some family fun.
My kiddos hope to visit again sometime and still can't believe they were feeding kangaroos. Now we're keeping up with the videos and photos of the baby joey.

As always, we are blessed and so grateful for opportunities like this. I look forward to more opportunities to share our photos and fun with you all.

~Amy


2 comments:

  1. Looks like fun places to visit, especially the cave tour. Caves fascinate me. Great pics of all the animals. That's one big turtle!

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  2. Terra, it was huge! My kiddos loved seeing it up close with no fence in between them.
    And the cave was amazing. I selfishly wish I could go through on my own and get more photos. It’s kind of magical in there. ��

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