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Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay: Review

You may have been familiar with what used to be Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom back in the 90's and 2000's. In 2010, the park closed for what everyone thought was for good and was left to be abandoned in the middle of Louisville. It was pretty sad to drive past - on my way to school I would see these empty roller coasters just sitting there off the highway for years.

Many attempts were made to revive the park after its closure, but it wouldn't be successful until 2014. The rides and water park that had been defunct for so long were revamped for the reopening. However, there was one major change - It was no longer a Six Flags park, but instead just being Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay. Since then, the park operated independently until 2021, when it was acquired by Herschend Family Entertainment, the same owners of Dollywood and Silver Dollar City.


Growing up in Louisville, I have been able to experience this park in just about all of its phases, even working a couple summers here while in college. But now, as it is ran as a Herschend park, I wanted to check it out and see how much it has grown and changed. In this review, I'll be exploring as much as I can through Kentucky Kingdom and its conjoined water park, Hurricane Bay. (It's important to note that general admission includes both!)


One of my favorite things about Kentucky Kingdom are the rides that it offers. I genuinely think that they have a wide variety that ranges from low to high on the thrill meter.... Not to mention some really great coasters!

There are 6 roller coasters inside the park. They are pretty diverse as far as thrill level and age range, so there's one for everyone. An interesting fact to take into account is that since this park is so close to the Louisville airport, the attractions cannot exceed a certain height, so the coasters here tend to be a bit shorter than ones at bigger parks.

There are a ton of other great rides, including a themed area for younger kids. They host staged shows - currently with stunt dogs, and have had sea lion performances in the past as well.

Hurricane Bay

The water park can easily be seen as the most popular attraction to Kentucky Kingdom... This is where everyone seems to rush to once the park opens and stays the majority of their day! And honestly, I can see why. It's enjoyable with its multiple wave pools, lazy rivers and water slides. Like I mentioned before, Hurricane Bay is included with park admission, which I think makes it a great value compared to many other parks who would charge separately.

Final Thoughts

Kentucky Kingdom has been through a lot of ups and downs throughout the years, but I've seen that it has slowly improved over the years. After seeing Herschend take over, the park has felt as if it has been upgraded a little.

While I wouldn't fly cross country to come here, this is a great park to visit if you are visiting or near Louisville, and even worth a few hours trip.




Hey there, I'm Shelby! Traveling has been one of my biggest passions in life, and so I'm here to share all of my great finds, tips and advice that I discover along the way. When I'm not on a plane, you can find me in Kentucky with my husband and fur child, Zoe (My adorable kitty!) 

I have always loved to write, and after many attempts at blogging again, I find myself here and inspired to share the world. My husband and I both work a typical 9 to 5, but make it a priority to plan as many trips as possible each year. I want to show others that it is totally possible to live a travel-filled life full time or on the side!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy!


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