Rather than either hang around the house all day or go to the zoo, I took him away from Louisville and went to the Solato Wildlife Center. This is an educational center run by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, and it's almost tailor made for kids. There is an indoor area with displays of small animals, fish, turtles, and static displays about wildlife conservation and an outdoor walk that has examples of Kentucky wildlife, such as a very well-fed black bear, a bald eagle, elk, buffalo, turkey, and deer.
As we got there, we noticed a lot of people in medieval garb, and lo and behold, someone was having a wedding with most of the wedding party dressed in renn-faire garb. Boo was very excited to see "Robin Hood!". Luckily, we were able to get through the wildlife walk without disturbing the wedding.
One note on taking a 4 year old to a wildlife center - Don't be disappointed when he's more interested in the prolific squirrels and chipmunks than he is in the large mammals and birds.
|Lucky Ducks got to sleep in|
|Boo and the elk.|
|Elk. Next time, I need a longer lens|
|Buffalo and baby buffalo|
|Hey baby, gobble, gobble|
|The smart gobbler stays up in the tree where it's safe|
|Taken from 10 feet away through a fence. <br>I guess they're used to people|
|Also taken from 10 feet away. <br>These birds are so beautiful|