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Horse Cave Heritage Festival

Things To Do In Horse Cave

Heritage Festival

Annual Horse Cave Heritage Festival

The Horse Cave Heritage Festival consists of craft artisans, games, antique tractors, cars, and trucks and an array of business and food booths. It is held the 3rd weekend of September. Each year thousand of local and visiting residents come to celebrate the heritage of this small community, often gathering as families and friends to remember a more simple time.

We also have a Pedal Pull, Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, Quilt Show, 3K Run, and Inflatables for the kids. New events are added each year. For more information, click on the link below or call Crystal James at 270-786-2680

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Hidden River Cave & American Cave Museum

The Hidden River Cave & American Cave Museum is located at 119 E. Main St. in historic downtown, Horse Cave, Kentucky. Our historic cave tour will take you through one of Kentucky's largest & most scenic historic cave entrances where two subterranean rivers flow over one-hundred feet below ground. Walk across the world's longest underground swinging bridge and experience sites not seen since 1943.

Come explore the beauty of Hidden River Cave by taking a cave tour or an off-trail wild cave adventure, zipline across or rappel down the region's largest cave entrance. Cave it, Crawl it, Zip it, Rappel it! Don't forget to check out the museum and gift shop before you leave.
​For more information, click on link below or call 270-786-1466.

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Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo

Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo is a fun, interactive animal park with a beautiful, historic cave on site. Visitors can roam with kangaroos, become a tree perch for Rainbow Lorikeets as you feed them nectar, watch border collies work their magic with sheep, take a 30-minute guided cave tour, and visit an interactive animal and bird show. All for one price! Open year-round and located at 3700 L&N Turnpike Road, Horse Cave, KY 42749...just off of I-65.
Come let your adventure begin today! For more information, click on link below or call 270-786-1010.

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Horse Cave Stories Cell Phone Tour

Check out Horse Cave's award-winning cell phone walking tour that showcases the history and culture of the tiny town built on top of a cave. The tour is linked to that is full of stories about tobacco farming, cave wars, Harlem Globetrotters, the Kentucky Repertory Theater, the town's narrow streets, feuds and much more.

The 20-stop tour begins right downtown Horse Cave and takes about 30 minutes. You can even scan bar codes with your smart phone and go directly to the website while you're touring. Or just check out the website from home, and make plans for a later visit. 

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Places to go Shopping


Sugarland Bakery & Boutique

Lots of Boutique items. Make great gifts.

Open 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Friday – 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday

Located at 111 Water Street in Horse Cave


Phone: 270-406-9055

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The Hanger Boutique

beautifully refurbished property located at 107 Water Street, next door to A Walk Through Time in Horse Cave’s Downtown Shopping District.

This Boutique has women’s apparel that offers affordable prices that gives women confidence through trending styles and designer brands. Their merchandise is new, overstock, and heavily discounted.

Open: 10am to 5pm Tues - Sat.
For more information, click on the Facebook link below. 

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GeeGa's Home Decor

offers a large variety of home decor, antiques and vintage household & boutique items. For more information, click on Facebook link below or call 270-361-8291.

Closed Sunday and Monday
Tuesday through Friday 9:00am to 2:00 pm;
Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm cst 

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Junkin' Gypsy

Junkin Gypsy Vintage Store located on Water Street in Horse Cave, KY. Clothing, jewelry, quilts, art, woodwork, metalwork, knives, turkey calls, fire pits and more

Hours: M-T: Closed, Wed:9am-4pm, Th:9:30am-4pm, Fr-Sat: 9am-4pm, Sun: Closed

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​Caveland Antiques

​Caveland Antiques is located among the shops in downtown Horse Cave’s Historic District. Caveland Antique Mall is full of treasures from around the region. Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Closed on Sunday. 


For more information call 270-786-3200.

Hidden River Treasures - Antiques & Collectibles

​Located among the shops in downtown Horse Cave’s Historic District. Hidden River Treasures has lots to see. "If you can't find it here, let us know and we can locate it for you" Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Noon - 4:00pm on Sunday. 


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Treasured Creations LLC

​We want the shop to glorify the Lord Jesus. Our prayer is that the Lord use us to bless all who enter.

Located at 141 E. Main St. 


Hours: Monday- Closed; Tues-Sat 8-5pm; Sunday-Closed

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.

For more information, call 270-218-0962


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Sims Studios & Art Shop

Sims Studios & Art Shop is the working art studio of Jesse Ray Sims and Jennifer Bruton Sims, where they create art, offer painting parties and well as individual lessons, art supplies and framing.

Hours vary.

Phone them at 270.218-1067 to make sure they are in.

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Places to Eat

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Five Broke Girls

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily specials, and kid friendly. Come out to 5 Broke Girls and try some good local home cookin’. See you there!

904 East Main Street Horse Cave, Kentucky 42749

(270) 786-8768

American Restaurant offering homestyle cooking with a Texas twist.  Voted "Best Burger in Kentucky" in 2022 by Kentucky Living Magazine. 

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Sugarland Bakery Cafe' & Boutique

Cakes, desserts, cookies, donuts, muffins, coffee, lattes, soft drinks, teas, slushies and boutique items.

Open 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Friday – 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday

Located at 111 Water Street in Horse Cave


Phone: 270-406-9055

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Two Birds Cafe' & Sawdust & Splinters Woodworking

Open 10 am to 2 pm Friday & 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday

Located at 108 E. Main Street in Horse Cave


Phone: 270-261-2287

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Farmwald Dutch Bakery & Deli

Add a stop at Hart County’s newest Amish business that is in front of Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo at I-65, Horse Cave Exit 58.

You’ll love their donuts, breads, pies, soups, sandwiches (hot and cold), and their huge selection of gift items. Don’t miss their hearty breakfasts, their Fish Dinner on Wednesdays, and their Amish Wedding Chicken Dinner on Fridays. Seating inside, outside and carryout.


Open Monday – Saturday 5 am to 6 pm.

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Horse Cave McDonald's fast food is located at Love’s Travel Center, 4000 L&N Turnpike Road, Horse Cave KY 42749

Phone: 270-786-1600

Family friendly. Group friendly.


4000 L&N Turnpike Road, Horse Cave KY 42749

American fast food restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches and salads.


Family friendly. Group friendly.

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