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Did you know that you can talk to exotic animals and stunning sea creatures as you travel throughout the Bluegrass State? Plan a family adventure at one of Kentucky's thrilling aquariums, zoos and sanctuaries.
The award-winning Newport Aquarium displays thousands of animals from around the world in more than 70 exhibits with galleries that include stunning transparent tunnels. Touch a shark, meet a penguin and enjoy lectures during feeding time.
The impressive Louisville Zoo showcases over 1,700 animals in regional exhibit zones. You can experience up-close encounters with elephants, rhinos and giraffes before visiting the Gorilla Forest. Meet the wallaroos, polar bears and grizzlies. See the orangutan and Sumatran tigers or spend time in Penguin Cove before visiting the jaguars.
Pythons, cobras and copperheads are among the incredible animals on display at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. Don’t forget to attend one of their live reptile shows.
Take a break from traveling Interstate 75, south of Lexington, to enjoy time outdoors in the Bluegrass Region. Visit the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, encompassing 734 acres of land in eastern Kentucky. This wonderful sanctuary preserves the beautiful Kentucky River Palisades region along the Kentucky River. This region is home to forests of blue ash, yellow poplars and tulip trees, plants, great blue herons, kingfishers and endangered peregrine falcons.
Before beginning your exploration of the sanctuary, check in with the Nature Center to view the displays and hands-on exhibits, becoming familiar with the area. After time in the Nature Center, lace up your comfortable shoes for hiking along the ten miles of trails, to experience the beauty of the sanctuary. Visit from nearby Paris or Georgetown.