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Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland

9351 US HWY 68 W, Calvert City, KY 42029
270-366-2301
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Owner description: Apple Valley Hillbilly Gardens and Toyland is a throw back to old by-gone tacky roadside stops that existed in the 1940s -1960s. There is an old Gulf... more » Owner description: Apple Valley Hillbilly Gardens and Toyland is a throw back to old by-gone tacky roadside stops that existed in the 1940s -1960s. There is an old Gulf gas station and store (museum) and a toyland with over 3000 toys in a working diorama. Take a walk around the eclectic junk art and Hillbilly Gardens. We are located one mile east of I24 exit 16 on HWY 68 W. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

we went there at night and the fireflies were the most beautiful thing we'd ever seen in our life. and the owners were so nice they even fed us dinner. I am so glad we saw this place it changed my life going to have at least 100 characters.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Before we left for a long weekend in Paducah, KY, I queried Trip Advisor about the top attractions in the area. Number 3 on the list was Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden. Not only is this place NOT number 3, it doesn't belong in the top 100 attractions in Paducah. I suspect that the proprietors of this dump had their friends... More

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Benton,Ky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My self and daughter s Stopped by Apple Valley a couple summers ago. i am so glad we didn't listen to negitive viewers. My daughters and I really enjoyed the tour and seeing all the hundred of old toys. Many we had forgotten about until we entered the building.. they brought back many happy memories. In the old days my... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

I'm glad we stopped to experience the tour. He has a great sense of humor. We was there 2 hrs just talking and reminessing. We also made a couple new friends with Keith and Dianna.

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Mebane, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Okay...... My family and I were on our way to tour part of old Route 66 in Oklahoma, and headed toward Joplin, Mo. from NC. I had read about this place from (where else?) Tripadvisor.com., and since I'm fond of kind of off-beat, quirky sites, we made a small detour to check this place out. The signs say, "Sorry, We're... More

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Gadsden, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This was the most amazing spur of the moment stop we have ever done. Had a real good time. Keith was so friendly. We laughed with him so much.

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

What a fun place to stop along our vacation route. I can guarantee you've never seen anything like it. It's well worth your time. Even my teenagers thought it was really neat. The family that owns this is so kind, polite, helpful and informative. It's obvious that they are all really proud of their exhibits. And they should be. It's... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Amazing stop and awesome people! Get ready for an hour long tour of punny art installations and a toy collection that will blow your mind! The couple responsible for this awesome roadside attraction, Keith Holt and Diane Karnes, are two of the nicest people you'll ever meet and their love of life and art is captivating. An absolute must visit... More

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Kevil, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The Family owned roadside attraction is well worth the quick detour off Interstate 24. The old Gulf Gas Station and Store is filled with many unique antiques. The Gardens will be appreciated by those with a open mind and enjoy a good pun. The Toyland is truly a sight to behold; there are childhood memories in every inch. The Family... More

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San Francisco, California
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

A little out of the way from Paducah ( 4 miles), and the owner is also "one of a kind". Be sure you interact with him and have the tour. He is very enthusiastic about the history of the property, and the toys that he has collected. A 50 year collection of memorabilia and uniquely displayed. He is a "character"... More

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