Most of us think about summer time as the best time for field trips. The weather is warm and there are few worries about inclement weather destroying our plans (well . . . unless you’re planning an outdoor venue and it rains!). But winter time can be a great time for a field trip, too. And Kentucky abounds with opportunities!
Just like with my list of 10 Summer Field Trip Ideas, whether you live in Kentucky, live within a half day drive of Kentucky, or are just looking for a great place to visit, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed visiting any of these Kentucky sites. Well . . . as long as there’s not much snow on the ground! And honestly, that’s not likely to happen much around here.
Guided factory tours are held every 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the season. The last factory tour of the day departs a half hour before closing. Factory tours last approximately 30 minutes. Guests now have the opportunity to see bats being made seven days a week. Bat making demonstrations will take place in the factory when full production is not scheduled. Visitors normally allow 2 hours for the entire museum and factory experience.Everyone who takes a tour also receives a mini Louisville Slugger bat!
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.(TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky, is Toyota’s first wholly owned manufacturing facility in the United States. TMMK boasts over 11,500 square foot state-of-the art Visitor Center, offering both visual and hands-on experiences. Visitors can see firsthand the beginnings of a global automaker, experience archival footage and see the first American Toyota Camry that rolled off the assembly line in 1988. Special exhibits also include detail principles of the Toyota Production System and the mechanics behind Toyota’s groundbreaking environmental initiatives. Don’t hesitate to climb inside one of TMMK’s vehicles on display to experience one of Toyota’s finest crafted automobile.
The AVIATION MUSEUM of KENTUCKY is located at Blue Grass Airport, Lexington. The facility has 20,000 square feet of display area, a fully equipped shop for aviation restoration projects, an office, a library/archive and a gift shop. The Museum is a dynamic entity which includes not only older restored aircraft and memorabilia, but also air-worthy, flyable aircraft for the public to enjoy.
Hidden River Cave is located directly beneath the City of Horse Cave in south central Kentucky.
The cave which is now operated by the American Cave Conservation Association, was once the source of drinking water and hydroelectricity for the City. For 50 years Hidden River Cave was used as little more than an open sewer. In 1989 a new regional sewage treatment system developed by the Caveland Sanitation Authority corrected the problem.
The American Cave Conservation Association relocated their national headquarters to Horse Cave in 1987 with the goal of restoring Hidden River Cave and establishing a museum and educational center at the site. Today, thousands of tourist visitors and school children annually tour Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum at the cave’s entrance. The cave, which has been called “the greatest cave restoration success story in the United States” is now open year-round to visitors.
All visits are FREE and can include tours of the factory floor and recording studio, as well as entry to the Museum galleries and participation in Museum workshops, programs, and events.
Tours of the Factory include the braille production process, the “Talking Book” studio and production area, and the product display area where visitors can explore educational materials designed for people with visual impairments. The Museum’s hands-on interactive exhibits focus on the story of education for the blind and are designed to spark enthusiasm for learning, admiration for industry and invention, and recognition that all people can learn at high levels.
Since 1953 the Corvette has been America’s Sports Car. The National Corvette Museum was established with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. We invite you to visit and experience first hand the passion and the excitement of America’s Sports Car, the Chevrolet Corvette.
Every Corvette made is produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Take a tour of the Corvette Plant. Watch the fascinating assembly process of America’s favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette, and catch a glimpse of the Cadillac XLR in a one mile walking tour. Observe as robots weld the steel structure and our dedicated workforce adds parts in Trim and Chassis. See an engineering marvel as the chassis and body come together in “marriage.” Witness the birth of new Corvettes at First Start and the thrilling drive off the end of the line.
The Creation Museum presents a “walk through history”. Designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life.
A fully engaging, sensory experience for guests. Murals and realistic scenery, computer-generated visual effects, over fifty exotic animals, life-sized people and dinosaur animatronics, Planetarium explaining the Creation of the Cosmos, and a special-effects theater complete with misty sea breezes and rumbling seats. These are just some of the impressive exhibits that everyone in your family will enjoy.
Creation vs evolution, incredible recreations of Adam and Eve in the beautiful Garden of Eden exhibit, dinosaurs and what happened to them, the Noah’s ark exhibit, the special programs they have in the theatres – oh my goodness – could go on and on! Reasonably priced – you won’t be disappointed!
Located at Gate 1 of Churchill Downs, the Museum offers two floors of exciting exhibits giving visitors an in-depth look into Thoroughbred racing and the Kentucky Derby – the first jewel in racing’s Triple Crown. Admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum includes an Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs, “The Greatest Race” 360-degree high-definition film, two levels of permanent exhibits as well as special exhibits.
The Kentucky State Capitol is an exciting and beautiful place to learn civics and history.
Guided tours will be given on the hour and half hour on weekdays . Only self-guided tours on weekends. One of the most beautiful capitols in the country. Completed in 1910 in the Beaux Arts design. Also contains the First Lady Doll Collection.
The Lincoln statue in the rotunda is one of the stops along Kentucky’s Lncoln Heritage Trail.
Portal No. 31 Underground Mine Tour offers visitors the unique experience of touring an actual coal mine by rail car. Visitors will adorn the traditional protective gear of the coal miner as they enjoy animated exhibits along the tour. Outside Portal #31 stands a black granite monument in tribute to long time president of the United Mine Workers John L. Lewis and a memorial to U.S. Steel District #1 miners who died in mining accidents. The site also features a 1920s lamphouse, bathhouse, L&N train depot and loadout system.
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