The visit to this national park is one of the highlights in any trip to Kentucky. Not only is it the largest cave system in the world, almost 300km and there still counting, but the whole area is a huge nature reserve. Its name means 'not to dwell'. Here, Mammoths have never been however, the size of these natural caves is mammoth. They were also inhabited by Native Americans. There is a very wide range of types of visits, varying in length and difficulty, and routes ranging from simplest to those requiring advanced knowledge of caving. What I found funny was that in one of the visits we used paraffin lanterns used by the ancient miners of old, but in the end, as we were with kids, we decided on the most basic, it is easy to develop for all ages, except for people with disabilities. Although you only delves just a few hundred meters into this underground labyrinth, it's more than enough to get an idea of its gigantic dimensions. I can assure you that when the Ranger leading the group ahead of us mistakenly turned off the lights and we spent five long minutes in the dark you suddenly realise just where we are.... The centre of the earth!
This summer we took a trip to Chicago and visited friends who live further south in Kentucky. When we heard about this theme park devoted to dinosaurs, we knew it was our moral obligation to visit, since our six year old had long since decided that he wants to be a paleontologist. Since the park was above Mamoth Road Caves, one of the main attractions of the state, we took the trip (Cave City is south of Kentucky, near the Tennessee border) to visit both. Dinosaur World is a small park dedicated exclusively to the world of dinosaurs. Although it has a small museum and a well stocked gift shop, it is intended primarily for children. The most important part is a fairly wide path through the forest where they discover scale figures of dinosaurs. Although not perfect, some look quite the trick and the kids went crazy. Then there was the usual playground, an area to dig and find fossils and a picnic area for those who want to spend the day on campus (we opted for Pizza Hutt). The visit went well, but the adults get bored. My son, however, enjoyed it to the fullest. I recommend a visit if you're passing through the area. As an amusement park it's very limited, although it seems that dinosaurs are holy hand to entertain the kids.