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General FAQs

What are the rides and attractions at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay?

CLICK HERE to download our park map.

When is the park open?

CLICK HERE to view our operating calendar.

Is this still the Six Flags park?

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay is the sole property of Kentucky Kingdom, LLLP, a group of local investors who are longstanding business and community leaders in Louisville. Kentucky Kingdom, LLLP has no affiliation with Six Flags.

How much are admission tickets?

CLICK HERE for pricing information.

Do you offer a non-rider admission ticket or season pass?

We do not offer non-rider discounts, but we do provide non-riders with other entertainment options, including live shows, beautifully landscaped grounds, gift shops, restaurants and concession stands, and a full-feature water park.

Do you offer a discount for senior citizens?

Yes, we offer a discount for senior citizens. CLICK HERE for pricing information.

At what age is an admission ticket required?

Children under the age of three are admitted to Kentucky Kingdom free of charge. CLICK HERE for pricing information.

Do you offer group rates?

Kentucky Kingdom offers discounted admission to groups of 15 people or more. You save when you book in advance. CLICK HERE for complete information on group outings or contact our event planners at 502-363-1818.

Do you offer a military discount?

Yes, we offer a military discount! Bring your Military ID with you to the park to purchase.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash and debit or credit cards from American Express, MasterCard, Discover Card, and Visa. Please be prepared to present your valid driver’s license when using a credit card to make purchases at the park. We do not accept checks.

What if it rains during my visit?

The park is open rain or shine. While inclement weather may require that some attractions be closed until conditions allow for safe operation, you are free to enjoy other attractions, a meal, or shopping while waiting for the weather to clear. Kentucky Kingdom does not issue rain checks or refunds in the event of inclement weather.

Do the rides close early?

So that our patrons are able to exit the park by our stated closing time, we close certain rides according to the following timetable.

Hurricane Bay:

The Big Surf wave pool closes 15 minutes prior to the water park’s posted closing time.

Kentucky Kingdom

The following rides close one hour prior to Kentucky Kingdom’s posted closing time:

  • Bluebeard’s Bounty
  • Mile High Falls
  • Raging Rapids River Ride
  • Skycatcher

The following rides close 30 minutes prior to Kentucky Kingdom’s posted closing time:

  • Cyclos
  • Giant Wheel
  • Water park lockers

All other ride operations cease at closing time. To accommodate all guests who are waiting in line to ride near the end of the operating day, access to the ride queue lines may be closed a short while before the park’s posted closing time.

Can I bring my own food and beverages into the park?

No food or beverages may be brought into Kentucky Kingdom or Hurricane Bay, with limited exceptions (e.g. infant formula, baby food). We offer a wide variety of food and beverages at our restaurants and concessions stands (click here to view menus from several of our facilities). We also have vending machines located throughout Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, stocked with Coca-Cola® products including a full line of soft drinks, diet soft drinks, lemonade, Vitamin Water®, Dasani® water, and Powerade®.

Does Kentucky Kingdom offer free soft drinks?

We have our own programs that provide great value for our guests. Our season pass includes admission to both Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, 20% off all food and merchandise purchases, and a super low price of $1.00 for 21-ounce soft drinks all season long. We also sell our own 32-ounce souvenir bottle, which guests can refill with soft drinks throughout the season at a cost of only $1.00 per refill.

If I leave the park for any reason, can I re-enter on the same day?

You may leave the park and return on the same day. Just be sure to have your hand stamped at the exit gate on your way out and present your stamped hand to the gate attendant for re-entry. If you leave the parking lot, you will be required to pay the Kentucky Exposition Center’s parking fee to re-enter (unless you are a season pass holder – see the question on parking below for more details).

Do you provide areas for breastfeeding in the park?

Mothers are welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the park. Those who wish to do so in more private surroundings may go to one of our three health services buildings or one of our two Hurricane Bay bathhouses with private stalls.

Do you have information for guests with disabilities?

Guests with disabilities are encouraged to stop by the Guest Services Center near the park entrance to receive a copy of our “Rider Requirements Guide” and speak with a Guest Services representative about the accessibility of the park and its rides and attractions. Limited numbers of wheelchairs and ECVs (Electronic Convenience Vehicles) are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.

Are wheelchairs and strollers available for rent?

Yes. “Wheels for Rent” is located inside the front gates immediately to the right of the fountain. Limited numbers of wheelchairs ($10), electric wheelchairs ($35), and strollers ($10 for single strollers, $12 for double strollers) are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I bring my pet to Kentucky Kingdom?

Certified service animals accompanying designated owners are welcome in the park, but no other animals are permitted inside Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay. Service animals are not permitted on rides and must remain with a non-riding member of the party if the owner is on a ride.

What is Kentucky Kingdom’s policy on alcoholic beverages?

Our beer and alcohol policy is no different from the standard practice at Disney parks, Busch parks, Cedar Fair parks (including Kings Island), and Sea World, for example. At Kentucky Kingdom, guests must be 21 years old to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages, and to do so, must present a state-issued identification card or valid driver’s license verifying their age. Our staff strictly enforces these rules.

Beer and a number of different mixed drinks are offered at various locations inside the park. (See our menus, which are available on our website, for details.) All beer and alcohol is sold in identifiable containers.

Is smoking permitted at Kentucky Kingdom?

We strive to accommodate all of our guests without disturbing the enjoyment of others. Designated smoking areas can be found on our PARK MAP. Smoking (including the use of electronic cigarettes) is permitted only in designated areas.

Can I rent a locker to store my belongings?

Lockers are available to rent for the day on a first-come, first-served basis. The charge is $10.00 for a small locker and $15.00 for a large locker. Please see our PARK MAP for locker locations.

Are there height restrictions for your rides?

The safety of our guests is our top priority. Kentucky Kingdom abides by all manufacturer-mandated height and weight requirements, which are strictly enforced by our ride operators and lifeguards. To view the requirements for each ride, CLICK HERE. You may also download a printable copy of our RIDER REQUIREMENTS GUIDE.

How thorough is Kentucky Kingdom’s training for ride operators?

All theme parks are responsible for maintaining their rides properly and training their ride operators in accordance with manufacturers’ established procedures. Kentucky Kingdom strictly adheres to this policy for all of its rides. We maintain and enforce strict operating standards, conduct daily ride inspections, and follow a very thorough annual maintenance program. We train and certify each of our ride operators and conduct periodic testing to ensure there is no deviation from our standards.

Are infants allowed on the attractions in the water park?

We do offer attractions suitable for very young guests, but require that a supervising companion be present. We also require that babies and toddlers wear swim diapers.

May I bring my own flotation device into Hurricane Bay?

No personal flotation devices (rafts, noodles, water wings, float rings, body boards, or toys) are allowed. Life jackets are available free of charge at Hurricane Bay. See photos of different models of children’s swim vests, “puddle jumpers,” and other personal flotation devices that are permissible.
life-jackets

Season Pass FAQs

Do I need my season pass to get in?

We require that all guests have either an admission ticket or a season pass to enter Kentucky Kingdom.

How do I know my online season pass purchase is complete?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your purchase is complete.

Do I have to purchase and process my season pass online?

If you choose not to purchase and process your season pass on our website, or if you have already bought your pass online, but did not upload a photo (which would complete the processing and allow your pass to be mailed to you), you may have your photo taken and your pass processed at our Season Pass center (located to the right of our front gates) beginning April 25, 2015. Please note that we do not accept checks for payment and we do not take payment over the phone. You may pay with cash or a debit or credit card from American Express, MasterCard, Discover Card, or Visa.

Do you provide family or children’s discounts for season passes?

We offer a wide variety of rides and attractions that appeal to all ages and every member of the family. A season pass to Kentucky Kingdom not only provides access to those rides and attractions all season long, but has other great benefits as well (free parking, 20% discount on food and merchandise, $1.00 soft drinks, etc.). As a season pass already represents such a terrific value, we do not offer any additional discounts on the price of a pass.

Does my season pass include free parking?

Yes! Season pass holders will no longer have to pay the Kentucky Exposition Center’s $8.00 parking fee. This benefit will go into effect on the first day of Kentucky Kingdom’s 2015 season (Saturday, April 25, 2015). As long as at least one person, regardless of age, in your vehicle presents his or her valid season pass to the KEC parking attendant when you arrive, you will be admitted to the KEC parking lots free of charge. This free parking benefit is valid only during Kentucky Kingdom operating hours and is not in effect during the 11-day Kentucky State Fair in August.

Is there a drop-off location for Kentucky Kingdom?

If you wish to drop someone off at Kentucky Kingdom and you or someone else in your vehicle does not have a season pass (which provides for free parking), ask for a parking refund slip when you enter the Kentucky Exposition Center. As long as you exit the property within 30 minutes and leave via the KEC’s Gate 4 on Crittenden Drive (adjacent to Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe), you will receive a refund of the parking fee upon presenting your refund slip to the KEC gate attendant on your way out.

What happens if I lose or forget my season pass?

We can easily replace your season pass. Simply proceed to the Guest Services office just inside and to the left of our front gates to have your pass reprinted. You will need to pay a processing fee of $10.00 (plus tax).

I am giving a season pass as a gift. Do I need to upload a photo?

Kentucky Kingdom season passes make a wonderful gift and do not require that you upload a photo. Simply complete your purchase and follow the instructions provided. You will receive a confirmation e-mail that can be printed at home and presented as a gift. If you’ve received a Kentucky Kingdom season pass as a gift, you can process your season pass at our Season Pass Center (located just to the right of our front gates) beginning April 25, 2015.

Can I buy a season pass just for the water park?

There is no separate season pass for the Hurricane Bay water park. Your season pass gives you free entrance to both Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay and to all of our shows, games, restaurants, and shops all season long.

May I use my season pass during the Kentucky State Fair?

Yes, season pass holders can present their passes to enter Kentucky Kingdom and enjoy all of the rides in the park for free during the Kentucky State Fair. Of course, during the 11-day fair, everyone must pay the Kentucky State Fair admission charge and parking fee before entering
the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center, where Kentucky Kingdom is located.

Who do I contact with any other questions I may have about season passes?

If you have any other questions about our season passes, please e-mail us at info@kentuckykingdom.com or call us at 502/813-8200.

Sea Lion Splash FAQs

What is Sea Lion Splash, where do the sea lions come from, and who takes care of them?

Kentucky Kingdom is proud to share the unique experience of Sea Lion Splash with our guests. Sea Lion Splash is an entertaining and informative presentation that showcases the relationship between an “adopted family” of rescued sea lions and their handlers. It is produced by Squalus Inc., a nationally credited marine mammal facility based in Florida and one of only a few organizations approved to take in beached sea lions that have been deemed unable to survive in the wild. This is sometimes the result of damage to the sea lions’ ecosystems, which causes them to become malnourished or abandoned.

Squalus has a passion for educating the public about sea lions and the need to preserve their natural habitats. Their rescue missions have taken them to both the east and west coasts of the U.S. and to South America. The “family” of sea lions vacationing at Kentucky Kingdom this summer is composed of both California sea lions and South American sea lions. In each presentation, our sea lion stars demonstrate how well they have bonded with their trainers, show off their natural behaviors, and even teach kids how to recycle! Between shows, they enjoy lots of time to play with one another and their trainers in the spacious pools installed especially for them or just to lounge in the sun and relax. Under the watchful eyes of their experienced trainers, they receive round-the-clock care and attention.

Each of the sea lions being cared for by Squalus has been assigned to them by the National Marine Fisheries Service (informally known as NOAA Fisheries), a federal agency that is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Squalus is fully licensed by NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

In conducting research on the nutritional needs and behavioral patterns of sea lions, Squalus has worked with the Mote Marine Laboratory of Sarasota, Florida and many aquariums and zoos across the country, including the Jacksonville, Florida Zoo and the Texas Zoo.

Here are some interesting facts about the stars of Sea Lion Splash:

  • They sleep an average of 12 hours per day.
  • The two pools that have been installed at Kentucky Kingdom’s Aqua Theatre for the sea lions are three times the minimum size standard set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • The sea lions are fed every three hours during the day, feasting on Atlantic Herring, Canadian Capelin, Gulf of Mexico Spanish Sardines, and Red Herring.
  • The sea lions require stimulation and exercise, which they get plenty of as they perform and as they interact with one another and with their trainers between shows.