Sunday, July 27, 2014

VACATION Part 3 - Kentucky Down Under

We spent an afternoon at KENTUCKY DOWN UNDER in Horse Cave, KY.
We paid one price for the little zoo, shows, and a 30-minute tour of Mammoth Onyx Cave. If you like animals, this is a fun place, although it was very hot when we were there, and there is a decent sized hill you need to walk up in order to get into the park. If you have trouble walking up hills, this is not the best option. They sometimes have a wagon to take you around, but it was not running while we were there.

As you enter the park, there are animals carved out of tree trunks

At the animal show:  Petting a Cockatoo

Petting a snake

Getting ready for the cave tour.
We had to wear helmets and carry flashlights.
QUICK REVIEW:  This cave is not lighted, and they say it is one of the easier caves for kids to go on, especially if they have never been in a cave before. I have never been in a cave, so I have nothing to compare it to. However, there was an area where we had to climb some steep, narrow steps, and duck under some rocks. The steps were wet and slippery (Be sure to wear sneakers!). It was too difficult for EL to climb and I had to take her out to sit with her daddy. He chose not go in because of the incline. So, if you have trouble climbing, and do not like steep stairs, or dark enclosed places, be forewarned. JJ and I really liked the cave and thought it was neat to see. Plus, it was so much cooler inside and helped cool us down on a hot day.  

A picture from inside the cave

Sheep dog

Demonstration of sheep herding

Talking about kangaroos before entering the Walk-About Tour

The kangaroos were very tame, and very soft

Can you see the joey?



Feeding the Lorikeets was a highlight of this park.
(Be forewarned that the birds may doo doo on your shirt!)

Family pic with the Lorikeets

When you enter the bird area, they immediately fly down and land on your shoulders, arms, and head. JJ was surprised at first, but thought it was a lot of fun. We all did.

EL's visit with a Lorikeet

Lemurs

A laughing Kookaburra bird.
JJ was able to get this one to laugh.

In the evening, we drove through Mammoth Cave National Park
and stopped at the visitors center.

On the bridge at the visitors center
 

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