Kentucky’s Weirdest Attractions
Kentucky is a popular destination for tourists. However, whether you’re new to the city or a long-time resident, taking a trip to a weird attraction is always a great way to spend the day. Luckily, Kentucky has plenty of weird attractions to make an interesting and lively trip! We’ve listed five of the weirdest destinations in Kentucky so that you can start planning your next adventure today!
Dinosaur World is an exciting and odd attraction located at 711 Mammoth Cave Road in Cave City. The park is home to more than 100 life-size dinosaurs, which are great for photo ops and learning. This can be educational for younger visitors, especially those who really love dinosaurs. Besides just the exhibits, the park also has a playground and a fossil dig. This park has earned the title of “best exit” by Southern Living magazine.
Monroe Moosnick Medical and Science Museum
Monroe Moosnick Medical and Science Museum is a fascinating collection of 18th- and 19th-century medical technology and devices that were cutting-edge in their time. In addition to the amazing devices, the museum is also home to an incredibly rare Medical Venus, which is a life-sized dissectible wax figure that was created by casting organs and tissues from upwards of 200 cadavers. The museum is open by appointment only, so plan ahead. It can be found at Transylvania University, located at 300 North Broadway Road in Lexington, Kentucky.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
A former tuberculosis ward, Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a spooky monument to decades past. When it was operating in the early 20th century, the sanatorium emphasized “quarantine, fresh air, and a positive attitude.” In order to keep this attitude up, the sanatorium had a hidden tunnel to transport corpses, as tuberculosis was then incurable.
However, once a cure was found, the hospital closed in 1961. It was abandoned for many years before it was purchased by its current owners. They hold haunted houses in the fall, which is a great time for those looking for a good scare! They also have year round running ghost tours. The sanatorium is located at 4400 Paralee Dr in Louisville.
USS Sachem Ruins
Known locally as the ghost ship, the ruins of the USS Sachem can be found at 2478 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road in Petersburg. Abandoned in 1987, this incredible ship was originally a luxury liner for a railroad mogul, and then had a long and storied history in the military. In fact, Thomas Edison performed experiments there during his time in the military!
Vent Haven Museum
One of the creepiest museums in the country, the Vent Haven museum is home to the world’s largest collection of ventriloquist dolls. All the dolls are arranged sitting in rows looking at you when you arrive. The dolls come from the collection of William Shakespeare Berger and number close to 700! The museum is in Fort Mitchell, at 33 West Maple Avenue.
Each of these destinations would make a great side trip for those getting introduced to the state for the first time, or a neat weekend jaunt for residents wanting an exciting adventure.