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Visiting the Creation Museum? Try these 7 Nature-loving Destinations Nearby, Too

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The Creation Museum focuses on how God created the heavens and the Earth. Go a little farther afield and there are plenty of nearby destinations at which nature lovers can enjoy and appreciate that earth.

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1.Boone County Parks: Looking to stay close to the museum during your trip? Boone County’s many parks -- one of which hosts the arboretum, above, offer fishing, hiking, canoeing, picnic shelters, playgrounds, playing fields. Click on the Boone County park system’s web page to see which park has what.

2. Enchanted Valley: Glacial gravel deposited about 700,000 years ago formed the scenic outcrops known as Boone County Cliffs, part of Northern Kentucky’s Enchanted Valley, which the Nature Conservancy calls “an exceptional example of lasting natural forest habitat protection in a rapidly urbanizing part of Kentucky.”

3. Big Bone Lick State Park: The park, known as the “Birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology,” lies nearby in Union, Kentucky, and is literally littered with the fossilized bones of prehistoric beasts that came to drink the salty water. The park includes four-and-a-half miles of hiking trails that “pass through grasslands, woodlands, a woody savanna, the salt-sulfur springs, and the bison viewing area.”

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4. Newport Aquarium: The deep ocean comes to the banks of the Ohio River at the Newport Aquarium, in the middle of Newport on the Levee in nearby Newport, Kentucky. From seahorses so tiny you can barely see them in their tank, to a tunnel through a big tank full of ... well, we won’t spoil the surprise, the ocean comes alive in Northern Kentucky.

5. Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Region: Like trees? The region offers a number of arboretums displaying all manner of them. From Cincinnati attractions such as Mount Airy Forest and the Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum to the Boone County (Kentucky) Arboretum even closer to the museum, there are plenty of scheduled events and activities to choose from -- or just stand back and appreciate the trees.

6. Clifty Falls State Park:
A short distance away in southeastern Indiana is Clifty Falls State Park, named for an array of waterfalls that, according to the park’s website, “change moods with the weather and the seasons and can range from roaring plunges to delicate bridal-veil mists to gleaming frozen titans.” The park abounds with fossils, the collection of which is prohibited in the park itself. However, there are sites nearby where visitors may collect fossils.

7. Versailles:
Also in southeastern Indiana is Versailles. Indiana’s second-largest state park offers fishing, paddleboating, rowboating, kayaking or canoeing on a 230-acre lake. There are more than 20 miles of horse trails (bring your own horse) and a scenic overlook at a dam is “a prime spot to see herons and other aquatic wildlife.”

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