This was one of the best places we visited in Kentucky! Highly recommended specially if you had kids. Because we were in the area for several weeks we decided to get a season pass and really used it. To pet a kangaroo alone was worth it but to get an excellent cave tour really tops it off. There are two aviaries where you can feed two different kinds of birds, three educational lectures. One on aburigenees where they even taught my kids how to throw a boomerang properly and had them practice. One on snakes and lizards allowing everyone to touch and sometimes hold one. One on camels and rabbits and their impact on the environment, and of course you got to pet them and we even got a lovely kiss by the camel (not part of the normal venue).
There was also an excellent sheep herding and sheering demonstration where children get to bottle feed the baby sheep and take them into their pens. They have and explain the differences in wool and temperment of eight different sheep. They also allow anyone who wants to milk a cow.
There is some nice hiking trails there and great fudge in their fudge shop. This is a must see for anyone travelling in the area!
This is something I do not recommend unless you really are a big cave enthusiast. The cave tour while somewhat informative did not take you far into the cave. The tour was somewhat interesting in the extent of information given regarding the dentist who created a system for extracting water from this underground river for sale to the cities residence. He also had several cases of burbon stored here and sold it in his underground club during prohibition. Oh yeah, this was once one of the most polluted caves. Due to large conservation efforts, it has been cleaned up although I still would not recommend drinking it. The tour also explains why this area has so many wide open spaces without any development,
The museum was small without alot of information aside from an interesting article on Floyd. Not worth the high $ they ask for the museum and tour. The Wild Cave tour also does not venture far into the cave so I would recommend getting reservations in advance at Mammoth and skipping this entirely. The "theatre in a cave" sounded interesting to us as well but the 7:30 theatre in the nearby cave is also low caliber and something I would expect from middle schoolers. I would skip this tour and horse cave entirely and wait until they construct the path deep into the cave and into the whisky room used during prohibition and band room.
Kentucky Down Under! This is an awesome site for the kids, is a dream come true. This site has tons of birds Kangaroo's and even snakes. Fun shows to teach you about all it and the cultures of Australia as well. To top it all off there is even a great cavern tour for those that love the caves. We spent the entire day here from open until close and if had more time would have stayed longer.
There are few hotel options in Horse Cave or in either of the other small towns near Mammoth Cave...more
425 Flint Ridge Road,PO Box 332, Po Box 332, Horse
Good for: Business
319 S Dixie St, Horse Cave, KY 42749
As you might expect, its slim pickings in this town. Well, not so slim, in a sense. Horse Cave has an extensive selection of fast food restaurants and a couple of local diner type establishments. The best place we found was Cracker Barrel, a definite chain restaurant but better than fast food. Not the most adventurous range of dining options, but there's something fried, gravy laden or supersized available for every meal and for every taste.