Spring Fling in Kentucky

College basketball survived Kentucky, but can you survive spending spring break in the “Bluegrass State”?

Popular to contrary belief, Kentucky is not only for sports fans. The state is filled with natural wonders, historical landmarks and quirky travel attractions. Exploring all of Kentucky’s recreational opportunities may be a bit much if you are planning to stay for just a week; however, that shouldn’t stop you from soaking up as much of the surroundings as possible. Don’t miss:

Mammoth Cave National Park: Even if you are not a nature lover, you will be duly impressed with Mammoth Cave National Park. Categorized as “one of the most recognized cave systems in the world,” the popular park spans more than 367 miles and features a series of complex labyrinths the likes of which most people have never experienced. However, cool caverns and neat natural niches are not the only draw. Mammoth Cave is also home to 52,800 acres of vibrant rivers, lush green rolling hills, and well-groomed hiking and horseback riding trails.

Churchill Downs: The legendary thoroughbred racetrack is a must-see attraction regardless of your age or interest in horses. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Churchill Downs is home to the most famous horse race in the world–the Kentucky Derby. You can tour the hallowed grounds and snap shots of where history was made on four legs, then head over to the on-site museum which features dozens of educational exhibits.

Dinosaur World: If you have kids, then taking a trip back in time to the Jurassic Era is a must while visiting Kentucky. Dinosaur World is located in Cave City and attracts tens of thousands of guests each year. The theme park boasts more than 100 life-sized dinosaurs in an outdoor setting, a Fossil Dig exhibit, an indoor dinosaur museum with several interactive displays, Mammoth Gardens, video caves and a family-friendly picnic area. When you are done exploring the massive lizard lair, you’ll quickly realize that Kentucky has more to offer than just bluegrass music and bourbon.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.