WESTERN KY (1/5/12) – Though statistics may bounce a bit from generation to generation, for the most part, we know that Kentucky teens have one main goal. Their lifelong dream is to get away from their little backwoods towns and hit the big cities, such as Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Miami Beach, etc. This seems to be the norm for Kentucky youth.
Ironically enough, statistics also state that over 80% of those youths spend 2-10 years elsewhere, and end up coming back to Kentucky for the rest of their lives. Why is this? Ask the returning adults that left as youths and they will mostly tell you the same thing, “I didn’t realize it until I had been gone awhile, but this is my home, and there is just as much to do here as there is out there.”
This is the truth. Kentucky has millions of tourism-style attractions, plus normal everyday fun-filled things that people could do, but many don’t. Why head for the border when Kentucky will always be your true home in your heart.
As a child, that was my goal. I had to get away from here. I lived in both Florida and Missouri, and ultimately I realized that Kentucky was the place to be. None of these other states had the feeling that Kentucky had. People weren’t as friendly as they were here. People had no moral values like Kentuckians did. Overall, the other places paled in comparison to Kentucky. So, in the end, I came home where I belong.
As for activities, many parents don’t spend a lot of time teaching them the fun of the Kentucky, as their own fathers did back in the day. Many fishermen fish with their friends, but not their children. Many hunters are the same way. It’s the same with hiking, camping, and the thousands of other woodland activities available. It’s simply easier to leave the kids setting at home in front of the Xbox. Try taking your kids out and giving them a reason to stay.
Attractions hold the same consistency in Kentucky. Everyone wants to go to the beach in some faraway state. Why? In most cases, it’s the beautiful scenery. Kentucky is nothing if not one of the most beautiful states in the USA. We have magnificent forests, state parks, and other naturally beautiful scenery. We have Kentucky Lake, which actually has beaches. Many of the state parks have beaches as well. The Smokey Mountains are a short trip from anywhere in comparison to a plane ride across the continent. We have historical sites, more than most states. Kentucky definitely has the attractions!
If you’re going over the border to see some kind of exotic wildlife, then why not just take a look outside. We have some of the most magnificent animals in nature. We have Whitetail Deer, Bobcats, Hawks, and so much more. We even have some extremely exotic animals. Kentucky is a wildlife magnet. As you read this, many creatures that have never been a part of the Kentucky wildlife are migrating this way. We now have Bald Eagles, Wild Hogs, and even Armadillos! Kentucky has bear, elk, and during the migratory season we even have seagulls flying through.
Attractions such as theme parks and zoos are no excuse either. Kentucky has plenty of both, such as the Louisville Zoo or the Holiday World theme park.
This year, set your soon-to-be teenager down and plan out some family activities. Show them that there is no other state out there that offers the vast amount of fun options that Kentucky has.
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