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One Day in Cave City, KY: Itinerary to Transform and Travel with Just Brennon

Guest Post by Brennon Hightower with Just Brennon Blog

Typically when people plan vacations and think of travel, they tend to consider the major hot

spots. But, if you dig a little deeper, you will find that there are so many unique places to take

your family to visit and vacation. Take for example, Cave City, Kentucky.

A few years ago, I stumbled upon Dinosaur World which was only four hours away and having

two boys who loved dinosaurs, it definitely seemed like the perfect place to visit.

Since we would normally take a one week vacation every fall, it made sense to plan our

vacation around family friendly attractions close to Dinosaur World.

After doing my research on the town and local attractions, I decided to create a multi-day, fall

vacation all based in and around Cave City. From all that we learned and experienced, I’ve

shortened it down to one full day of family fun that you may enjoy, especially if you love the


Leaving Mammoth Onyx Cave

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One Day in Cave City, KY: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Although, I have crammed everything into a One Day Itinerary for Cave City, Kentucky, it’s important to note that, we spent three days in Cave City in order to make it to all of the attractions that we had planned.

So, make sure that you give yourself some time and plan to stay at least three days for the

ultimate family experience.

Fun Facts on Cave City, Kentucky

Did you know that even though there are so many attractions in Cave City, there are only about

2,000 people living in the town?

What’s even more interesting is that, the town was actually created to be a resort surrounding

the popular Mammoth Cave and Mammoth Cave National Park – which makes it no surprise

that Cave City’s main industry is tourism.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Resort

For starters, you will want to get a good night’s sleep before your big day. Instead of a traditional

hotel or motel, book a cabin at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Resort. The resort is located in the center

of Cave City making it extremely accessible to other attractions, as well as the highway.

In addition to location and accessibility, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Resort offers clean cabins, a

general store on the campground, along with fun activities and events. They even have an

arcade, a jumping pillow, putt-putt golf, and a swimming pool. Just remember to bring your own

linens, as they are not provided.

We spent a lot of our time at the campground when we were not at other attractions. WE

watched movies in our cabin or made smores at the firepit. We even ordered pizza one night

for dinner from the general store on the campground. It was actually pretty good.

By going during off-peak season, it was less crowded and the boys had many of the activities to

themselves such as putt-putt and the jumping pillow.

The best advice that I can give for you for staying here is to bring your own groceries and a

cooler, especially if you plan on staying for several days. It’s a great way to have plenty food

and snacks that you enjoy without spending so much money.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Resort

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Upon waking, the first place you must explore is Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave

National Park is located right in Cave City and encompasses portions of Mammoth Cave, the

longest cave system known in the world.

While at Mammoth Cave, consider visiting the Visitors Center, doing some walking or hiking,

having a breakfast picnic, or even better, registering for an early morning cave tour. Cave tours

vary in duration and cost, so be sure to check how long your cave tour will be and plan the

remainder of your day accordingly.

Mammoth Cave National Park

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Dinosaur World

After spending the early morning at Mammoth Cave National Park, you absolutely must head

over to Dinosaur World. We spent two hours at Dinosaur World during off-peak season but have

also spent an entire afternoon there during peak season.

Dinosaur World features over 200 life-size dinosaurs throughout the outdoor theme park, as well

as a variety of hands-on activities to participate in such as Fossil Dig and Dinosaur Excavation.

Parking is free and admission is less than $20 per person. Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop on

your way out for some fun dinosaur souvenirs.

I know many people who love buying souvenirs, unfortunately, I am not huge on spending a lot

of money for souvenirs for children. On this trip, I actually brought souvenirs ahead of time from

Dollar Tree. Yes! I’m that mom!

I purchased some dinosaur activity books that I gave to the boys as we drove there. This was a

way to keep them busy and to also get their minds thinking about dinosaurs. I also purchased a

pack of dinosaurs to help engage them.

When we arrived to Dinosaur World, I gave them each a dinosaur and told them that if they

found a match to their dinosaur and I got a picture of them with it, then they could have $5 to

shop in the gift shop. By doing this, the walk through the outdoor theme park was more

interactive and I was able to set the cap on how much was spent in the gift shop.