Kentucky Attractions June 24, 2021
The 9 Quirkiest Spots In Kentucky That Will Bring A Smile To Your Face
The Bluegrass State is known for its natural beauty, with its superlative caves, lakes, and waterfalls all earning national acclaim. But Kentucky has a downright weird side, too; an offbeat sense of humor you’ll find all throughout the state, and often in the most unsuspecting places. Here are nine of the quirkiest spots in Kentucky sure to bring a smile to your face:
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest - Clermont
Bernheim Arboretum is a fairytale forest complete with woodland giants. For its 90th anniversary, Bernheim Arboretum invited Thomas Dambo, a Danish artist, to build
three forest giants
: Mama Loumari and her children.
(Mama Loumari, pictured here, is the largest of these incredible sculptures, and is posed relaxing against a tree.) These whimsical giants have become an iconic Kentucky photo op, and are fantastic to see in person!
Big Bone Lick State Park - Union
Where can you find Ice Age fossils, bison, and a larger-than-life prehistoric diorama? At Kentucky's Big Bone Lick State Park, that's where! This park, which is free to visit, features an outdoor museum, which includes a 'discovery trail' where woolly mammoths and other extinct animals can be found, along with a massive mammoth diorama, too!
Dinosaur World - Cave City
Dinosaur World is the very definition of a quirky attraction. Right off Hwy 65, life-size dinosaurs loom over the tree tops, beckoning visitors to this unique park. Dinosaur World features 150 different life-size dinosaurs, as well as "dinosaur dig" area where little archaeologists will find shark teeth, shells, and claws. It's quite an
Historic Wigwam Village No. 2 - Cave City
One of The Bluegrass State's most iconic roadside attractions, the Historic Wigwam Village No. 2 in Cave City, Kentucky, is one of only three remaining "wigwam village" motels in the U.S. There is a lot of history and charm to Wigwam Village No. 2, and it's a place every Kentuckian should experience.
Jane's Saddlebag - Union
Jane’s Saddlebag is definitely one of the most unique attractions in Kentucky. It’s a homestyle restaurant, whimsical children’s playland, living history museum, and family-run farm. The attraction's owners have a sense of humor that can be seen in everything from the "Whine Shoppe" to the "Big Bone Jail." Simply put, Jane's Saddlebag is an
that makes for a fun and memorable day trip in Kentucky!
Kentucky Museum - Bowling Green
Did you know Duncan Hines was an actual person?
And that he was from Kentucky? At the Kentucky Museum, "Recommended by Duncan Hines" is an eight-section exhibit celebrating the life and work of the boxed cake king. The exhibit is a look into Hines's own Kentucky kitchen, complete with retro appliances, mid-century decor, and a rather uncanny wax figure of Mr. Hines himself.
Spaceship House - Covington
In Kentucky, there's a real-life flying saucer that's caused quite a stir. Dubbed the "Spaceship House," this portable, prefabricated home design from 1968 is by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. These "futuro" houses were a fad in the early 1960s, and roughly 100 were built across the world. Only a few still exist, including this gem in Kentucky. The house is said to accommodate eight people, but it's quite small, so we're wondering if it actually fits eight
tiny martians instead. This quirky spaceship house is located on Wright Street in Covington.
The World's Biggest Baseball Bat - Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
is the world's largest baseball bat, and an iconic Kentucky photo op. Made of steel, it weighs 68,000 pounds and towers 120 feet into the sky. The Big Bat is an exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth's 34-inch Louisville Slugger bat. It's truly a sight to behold!
Vent Haven Museum - Fort Mitchell
Kentucky is home to the world's only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism:
Vent Haven Museum
. Highly regarded among the ventriloquist community, this museum is the site of an annual ventriloquist convention. Those who enjoy seeing exhibitions of uncanny little wooden people will love Vent Haven, as there are 900 dummies (that's what the dolls are called -- we aren't name-calling!) used by ventriloquists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Borderline creepy? Yes. Absolutely awesome? Yes and yes!
How many of these unique little gems in Kentucky have you been to? Which, in your opinion, is the quirkiest spot in Kentucky? (We might have to go with the dummy museum…) If you have any other bizarre places you’d like to see featured, be sure to
nominate them here! Address: Jane's Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Rd, Union, KY 41091, USA Address: The SPACESHIP HOUSE, 222 Wright St, Covington, KY 41011, USA Address: Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, 3380 Beaver Rd, Union, KY 41091, USA Address: Dinosaur World, 711 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY 42127, USA Address: Historic Wigwam Village No. 2, 601 N Dixie Hwy, Cave City, KY 42127, USA Address: Vent Haven Museum, 33 W Maple Ave, Fort Mitchell, KY 41011, USA Address: Kentucky Museum, 1444 Kentucky St, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA Address: Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA Address: Bernheim Forest, Kentucky, USA