10 Weird and Unusual Things to See and Do in Kentucky

Every state has its share of tourist attractions and interesting things to see. Kentucky has famous attractions such as The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and Six Flags in Louisville. These are attractions that most people visiting those cities would know about but just like any other state Kentucky has a number of weird and offbeat attractions that many tourists may not know about. This list is not an exhaustive one, there probably are a number of other weird places in Kentucky that are lesser known that can be found and there are a number of weird attractions that I have come across that I don't find as intriguing as the ten that I have listed here. These are my top ten weird places to see and visit in the state of Kentucky.

CREATION MUSEUM

The Creation Museum at 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road in Petersburg, Kentucky has become somewhat famous for how aggressively it has been mocked by a number of people. The museum features exhibits that mock evolution in such a simplistic 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" rather than those who are sincerely interested. Admission is a steep $24.95 for an adult ticket.

LITTLE GREEN MEN FESTIVAL

In Kelly, Kentucky in 1955, there was a famous siting 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 siting have cashed in on the notoriety in similar ways. The festival was held on August 20th in 2011 and has promised to be back next year. The first annual festival features contests, food and live music.

FUTURO HOUSE

This house in Covington, Kentucky looks like a flying saucer. 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 they are small enough that it is hard to imagine living there. The Kentucky Futuro house is located on Wright Street in Covington, Kentucky.

BIG BONE LICK STATE PARK

Kentucky has a number of state parks but Big Bone Lick State Park is one of the more popular based on its name alone. Many people take pictures of themselves standing next to the p[ark's sign. The park's most interesting attraction is the Outdoor Museum, which includes a "discovery trail" where woolly mammoth and other extinct animals can be found. The park is located in Walton, Kentucky.

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 also. The bat is part of the Louisville Slugger Museum and is located at 800 West Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky.

VENT HAVEN MUSEUM

Kentucky also has the world's only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism. The museum is also the site of an annual ventriloquist convention. People who enjoy seeing exhibitions of creepy little wooden people will love this. The museum is located at 33 West Maple Avenue, in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

GIANT TIRE RIM WOMAN

A 16 foot tall woman made out of tire rims can also be found in Kentucky along the side of Highway 60. She can be found on the north side of the highway though nobody is really sure who built her or where she came from. this picture was taken by Mark Comstock in 2007.

THE SCHMIDT MUSEUM OF COCA-COLA MEMORABILIA

Soft drink fans will have a good time at this museum that features a variety of memorabilia throughout the history of coca-cola. A variety of different bottles, advertisements and promotional materials are featured here. The museum is located 109 Buffalo Creek Drive in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

WIGWAM VILLIAGE INN

At the Wigwam village, instead of staying in a motel room you can stay in a wigwam. 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. It is located at 601 North Dixie Highway in Cave City, Kentucky.

THE McHAGUE MILL

In Levi Jackson State Park is one of the more interesting tourist attractions in Kentucky. The mill is open through Memorial Day through Labor Day and fresh ground cornmeal can be bought. One of the more interesting things there is a display of old milestones, the largest such collection in the United States.

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smokingcupcake 5 years ago from Dayton, OH

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.


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William15 2 years ago from America

I love the Slugger Museum!


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TimArends 2 years ago from Chicago Region

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!


Juanita 24 months ago

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.

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