Things To Do In Cave City Kentucky: Tourist Attractions, Places To Eat and More

by | Last updated Oct 23, 2023

Cave City provides locals and travelers a unique and interesting town full of roadside attractions, caves and adventures. Sitting right off I-65 in Kentucky, Cave City is home to the only national park in the Bluegrass.

With its world renowned cave systems, historic sites and a range of attractions for families of all ages, Cave City offers both outdoor adventures and things to do for all.

Let’s dive into this local travel guide and see what are some things to do in Cave City Kentucky.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Known as the world’s longest cave system, Mammoth Cave has over 400 miles of passage ways of winding and twisting underground caves. Mammoth Cave is Kentucky’s only national park and is a huge tourist attraction for the area and visitors passing along on I-65.

Explore Mammoth Cave and take a guided or self guided tour of different lengths and a variety of skill levels. If you have kids or elderly, then the self guided Discovery tour is probably the best for you.

We have a two year old and five year old. The self guided tour allows you to go at your own pace and still see all the major formations and areas of the cave.

If you’re in the Cave City area or close to Bowling Green, Mammoth Cave is a must visit attraction.

1 Visitor Center Parkway Mammoth Cave, KY

Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo

As one of the few places to pet a kangaroo up close, Kentucky Down Under is another must visit in the Cave City and Horse Cave area.

Check out our Kentucky Down Under review and experience.

Kentucky Down Under is an Australian themed zoo and animal park tourist attraction. Visitors can get up close and personal with kangaroos, emus, and various reptiles in a setting that recreates the Australian outback.

You can also take a guided cave tour into Onyx Cave, first found by a 10 year old girl.

Kentucky Down Under is a hands on animal park where you can feed kangaroos, birds and other animals.

We’ve been multiple times of the years and the kids love going. My tip is to rent the golf cart as the hill is pretty steep to climb to get to all the animals.

3700 L and North Turnpike Road, Horse Cave, KY

Dinosaur World

If you’ve ever driven down I-65 in Cave City, you’ve seen the life size dinosaurs on the side of the road.

At Dinosaur World in Cave City, Kentucky, you can see over 150 life-sized dinosaur replicas in the park.

The park offers a mix of education and adventure for the families of all ages. Explore the prehistoric world while reading informative history that reveals the dinosaurs’ secrets, participate in a dino dig to unearth fossils and try your hand at fossil and gem mining.

It’s perfect for children and dinosaur enthusiasts.

711 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY

Mammoth Valley Park

If you are looking for multiple exciting adventures and attractions all in one place, then Mammoth Valley Park is for you and the family.

Previously called Kentucky Action Park, it has now reopened and added more things to do including: chair lift, go carts, zip line and more. Mammoth Valley Park is the only place in Kentucky where you can ride an alpine slide.

If you’re looking for fun all in one spot, then check out Mammoth Valley Park in Cave City.

3061 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY

Eat at the Watermill Restaurant

One of Cave City’s most popular restaurants is Watermill. It’s a large buffet that features a wide variety of meats, veggies, sides and dessert.

The building is very old and looks like a place that isn’t open anymore. However, when you step inside, it is very much alive.

The food is great, the people are friendly and the cost for the buffet is very reasonable.

If you’re looking for something to eat around Mammoth Cave, then check out Watermill Restaurant.

804 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY

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Trey Copeland

Trey Copeland

Founder & Editor

Hello folks! I’m Trey Copeland, founder and editor of Stay Bluegrass, along with my wife Kaci. We’ve been fortunate to travel to many countries such as Mexico and Costa Rica, but our true roots remain here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Bluegrass State.

Our goal is to help you live like a local while traveling and exploring the great state of Kentucky. We want to help you find the best places to eat, the must see and do attractions and more.

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I live in Owensboro, Kentucky and have traveled around the Bluegrass state with my wife Kaci.

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