Last weekend Devin and I took a little mini road trip to Cave City, Kentucky for our 6th wedding anniversary! It was totally spur of the moment. I ran across a Dinosaur World article online, showed to to Devin, and he was like let's go! We Google Mapped it and it was only 4 hours from us AND we found out it was next to Mammoth Cave National Park AND we had that weekend free so it was a done deal!
I LOVE roadside attractions! The world's biggest this and that and the quirky relics of tourist traps from the past really draw me in! I always wanted to do a huge road trip around the whole US where I would stop at all of them! Although, I haven't done that yet, I do plan in stops to see as many roadside attractions as I can on any road trip that I go on and have checked quite a bit off of my list. Roadside attractions were really spectacular in the past but once different modes of transportation came into play and bigger, greater attractions happened, sadly, a lot of roadside attractions are no longer with us or are in pretty bad shape. Most roadside attractions were placed on the major travel routes and were used as a way to draw people in to buy things in a town or a shop. They are also placed next to so big destinations to try to get tourists to stop at different shops while they are in an area too.
Cave City, Kentucky is a town that really calls to that. Mammoth Cave has been a huge tourist destination for hundreds of years and Cave City, has a lot of roadside attractions to share. However, since it's no longer a busy tourist town since most people stay at Mammoth Cave Hotel/Camp or stay in nearby Bowling Green and drive in, you can see the past roadside attractions that have been left to rot. It's kind of sad. The ones that are left are pretty run down but they're still fun!
Okay, so on to the vacation!
We left Lafayette, Indiana bright and early on Saturday morning and drove to Louisville, Kentucky. There were a few roadside attractions we wanted to see and one of Devin's friends lives there that he hasn't saw in forever. We met up with him at Quills for coffee that morning.
After some coffee and conversation we continued on our way. We stopped by the Louisville Slugger factory to see the World's Largest Baseball Bat and the World's Largest Baseball.
Louisville also has a gold Statue of David so we, of course, had to stop by and see that too! We both have visited the real Statue of David while we were working on cruise ships so it just seemed fitting!
We stopped by the Louisville Science Museum for this fun mirror!
And then we walked a few more blocks to see the World's Largest Bat (the flying kind)!
After the bat, we stopped by Hard Rock Cafe so I could pick up some drumsticks. I started picking up drumsticks from Hard Rock back when I was a child so now it's a tradition to buy drumsticks at every Hard Rock Cafe I run across. If you are ever at our house, you can view the drumstick wall in our dining room! haha
Once we were done in Louisville we drove about an hour to Munfordsville to visit Kentucky's Stonehenge. If you are ever in that area, you need to check it out! It's easy to get to and right off I-65. It's at a person's house, but you are totally allowed to drive into their driveway and visit it! Devin was a bit confused and frightened when I told him that we were pulling into someone's driveway but it's what you are supposed to do! The lady that lived there was at her car and she just waved and smiled!
Fun fact, there are over 12 replica Stonehenges in America alone! We have decided that we will visit them all! I made Devin go to Foamhenge in Virginia a few years ago. It's a replica of Stonehenge that is made completely out of foam and then last year for our anniversary we went to the real Stonehenge while we were in London and Ireland. Next on my list is Carhenge which is made out of stacked cars! Maybe one day I will have a blog post filled with photos of all the Stonehenges in the world!
After Kentucky Stonehenge, we stopped for some gas and a snack and then continued on the rest of the way to Cave City, Kentucky. That's when we stopped at Dinosaur World! There are two Dinosaur World's, one in Kentucky and one in Florida. It's a pretty neat place but certainly dated and a bit run down but still fun! It's dog friendly and you can take food in so you can make a day of it if you wanted and have a picnic! It's not super big but they have a lot of things like a museum with some dinosaur teeth/fossils, a mine wash area where you can look for gems/rocks, and a fossil dig. The rest of the park is a trail that is landscaped with dinosaur statues. We had a lot of fun!