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Every state has its share of tourist attractions and interesting things to see. Some of the most famous ones in Kentucky are the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and Six Flags in Louisville. These are extremely well-known attractions, but just like any other state, Kentucky has a number of weird and offbeat ones that many tourists may not know about. This is not an exhaustive list; there are probably a number of other weird places in Kentucky, including some that I have come across but don't find as intriguing as the ones I have listed here.
Here are my top eight weird places to see and visit in the state of Kentucky.
- The Creation Museum
- The Little Green Men Festival
- Futuro House
- Big Bone Lick State Park
- The World's Largest Baseball Bat
- Vent Haven Museum of Ventriloquism
- Wigwam Village Inn #2
- McHargue's Mill
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1. The Creation Museum
The Creation Museum has become rather famous for how aggressively it has been mocked. To be fair, the museum itself does plenty of mocking, such as featuring exhibits that deride evolution in such a simplistic and wrongheaded way that even critics of evolutionary theory are embarrassed by it. The creators have gotten a bit sensitive since they have attracted as many people who enjoy the museum for its "camp value" as those who are sincerely interested. Admission is a steep $35 for an adult ticket.
2. Little Green Men Festival
In Kelly, Kentucky in 1955, there was a famous sighting of "little green men" that has become part of UFO lore. Starting in 2011, the town decided to start an annual festival to commemorate this event. Quite a few towns with famous alien sightings have cashed in on the notoriety in similar ways. Kelly's first Little Green Men festival was held on August 20th in 2011 and featured contests, food, and live music.
3. Futuro House
Flying saucer-esque Futuro houses were a fad in the early 60s, and less than a hundred were built all over the world. Only a few still exist, including this one in Kentucky. The house is said to be able to hold eight people, but in reality, it is so small that it is hard to imagine living there at all. The Kentucky Futuro house is located on Wright Street in Covington, Kentucky.
4. Big Bone Lick State Park
Kentucky has a number of state parks, but Big Bone Lick is one of the more popular ones based on its name alone. Many people take pictures of themselves standing next to the park's sign. The park's most interesting attraction is the Outdoor Museum, which includes a 'discovery trail' where woolly mammoths and other extinct animals can be found. The park is located in Walton, Kentucky.
5. The World's Largest Baseball Bat
The city of Louisville is famous for baseball bats, so it makes sense that they would have the world's largest one. The bat is part of the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
6. Vent Haven Museum of Ventriloquism
Kentucky also has the world's only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism—Vent Haven Museum. This museum is the site of an annual ventriloquist convention. Those who enjoy seeing exhibitions of creepy little wooden people will love this. The museum is in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
7. Wigwam Village Inn
The Wigwam Village Inn in Cave City, Kentucky provides a fun alternative to staying in a motel room. The inn also has a gift shop that has a variety of memorabilia and Native American-themed items. When traveling through Kentucky, this is definitely the most unusual place to stay.
8. McHargue's Mill
This is one of the more interesting tourist attractions in Kentucky. Located in Levi Jackson State Park, McHargue's Mill is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There, you will find a display of old millstones—the largest such collection in the United States—and have the chance to buy fresh ground cornmeal.
Donna Clark on February 29, 2020:
You should add the Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky.
It is unbelievable!
Juanita on December 06, 2014:
That was actually pretty interesting. The Vent Haven Museum would have to be a stop that I "accidentally" miss (those dummies are the stuff of my nightmares lol). But, as a critic of evolutionary theory myself, I almost want to see just how bad that Creation Museum is. And REAL woolly mammoths? How awesome is that? lol
I'm still trying to find the right suitcase for such a trip - I've always wanted to travel to weird places in the US (and am currently using the comparison chart from http://thelugage.com to find something. Good stuff). But my biggest problem is having enough room to pack cool souvenirs for the return trip home. Oh well.
Timothy Arends from Chicago Region on October 17, 2014:
I didn't know there were so many weird things to see and do in Kentucky, but I did know about the Vent Haven museum, founded by WF Berger. I have long wanted to go there but have never gotten a chance. Maybe someday!
William from America on December 30, 2013:
I love the Slugger Museum!
smokingcupcake from Dayton, OH on October 30, 2011:
There is quite randomly, a Futuro house less than two miles from where I lived in Franklin. I drove by it hundreds of times, but it was in such bad shape that I never noticed it.