4 Fun Roadside Attractions in Kentucky
When you’re driving through Kentucky, there’s more to see than breathtaking landscapes. Kentucky is brimming with quirky and historic roadside attractions. Whether you want to snap selfies with dinosaurs, enjoy a bucket of famous fried chicken, or drool over some gorgeous Corvettes, Kentucky’s highways are your path to fun.
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Kentucky Roadside Attractions: Dinosaur World (Cave City)
Visit Kentucky’s own Jurassic Park, Dinosaur World, located in Cave City. This family-owned theme park offers over 150 life-sized dinosaurs and an educational fossil museum. Leashed dogs are welcome at the dinosaur park, and kids are encouraged to play in the interactive boneyard and giant skeletal playground. The park doesn’t offer on-site food service, so pack your own lunch if you want to dine with the dinosaurs.
Kentucky Roadside Attractions: National Corvette Museum (Bowling Greene)
Corvettes only roll off the assembly line in Bowling Greene, Kentucky, so it’s only fitting that The Park City hosts the National Corvette Museum. Featuring over 80 Chevy Corvettes, the museum shows off mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes, and modern innovations. Play trivia games at the interactive kiosks, grab lunch at the Corvette Cafe, and even take a lap in a Corvette at the NCM Motorsports park.
Kentucky Roadside Attractions: Sanders Cafe (Corbin)
Grab some world-famous fried chicken at Sanders Cafe in Corbin. Commemorated with an official state historic marker, this humble cafe is the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken, now known as KFC. But the Sanders Cafe is more than a restaurant, it’s a museum, too. Here, you can gawk at a 100-pound barrel of the Colonel’s secret mix of herbs and spices, see one of the Colonel’s spotless white linen suits, and have a chuckle at oddities like a Colonel Sanders Halloween mask.
Kentucky Roadside Attractions: Kart Kountry (Shepherdsville)
At the Kart Kountry Family Entertainment Center in Shepherdsville, you can challenge Thunder Road, the world’s longest outdoor go-kart track. Little ones can get in on the fun, too, because Kart Kountry offers vehicles for racers of all ages, and even has a special Kiddie Track for drivers from the ages of five to seven. Once you’re done hitting the tracks, check out the on-site arcade, batting cages, miniature golf course, and bumper boats.
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Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max characters. See more articles by Kimiko.