Kentucky never fails to surprise us. Just when we thought we’d seen it all, we happen upon a new-to-us discovery that stops us in our tracks. Kentucky Amish Country is a place where you’d expect to find beautiful bucolic views, Amish restaurants, general stores, and antiques… but this resplendent region is hiding something quite wondrous and wild, too: a safari park.

Did you know about this unique park hiding in Kentucky Amish Country? Wonders never cease! Visit the Dutch Country Safari Park website for hours, admission, and more information.

Looking for more wild day trips in the Bluegrass? You can pet a crocodile and play with kangaroos at this Kentucky adventure park.

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Safari Park in Kentucky

Is Dutch Country Safari Park the only safari park in Kentucky?

Would you believe us if we told you that Dutch Country Safari Park was not the only safari park in Kentucky? Crazy?! Cave City is home to Kentucky Down Under, an epic attraction where kangaroos hop about and crocodiles demand snuggles. You know you've arrived someplace special and, dare we say, wild, before you even enter Kentucky Down Under, because you'll be greeted by some larger-than-life mascots at the door.

Speaking of which, if you're into larger-than-life greetings, you must pay a visit to Dinosaur World. Also in Cave City (a fact that prompted Southern Living Magazine to call this exit off Hwy. 65 as one of the best in the region)… partially because of the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex that watches the cars go by. It isn’t as big as many other Kentucky parks, but the dinosaurs are the biggest beasts you will see anywhere in the state… though they are manmade. There are more than 150 different life size models scattered around the park. They were designed to be like we assume they were in life. Some travel in herds, others, like the T-Rex, traveled on their own. An information plaque is located near each herd or individual explaining what it is, and other general questions.

And if you're into larger-than-life creatures that are 100% real, head to Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, one of the most criminally underrated of all the Kentucky State Parks, is home to a thriving bison population. In the spring months, keen eyes might catch a few baby bison roaming with the herd. Bison calves are typically born between late April and early June weighing between 40 and 60 pounds, making this one of our favorite family-friendly day trips in Kentucky.

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