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Historic Apple Valley Roadside Attraction

9351 U.S. 68 West, Sharpe, Paducah, KY
270-366-2301
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Ranked #3 of 20 attractions in Paducah
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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW 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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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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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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Albany, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

First: Art is subjective. If you don't understand that, you won't enjoy this. Secondly: Part of the fun and entertainment of this stop is the gentleman who gives the tours. My family and I stopped by for, what we thought was going to be, a quick stop. It turned into a 2-hour, enjoyable visit. We loved our time there and... More

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Arkansas
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was a quirky unusual place that i drug husband and son to:) keith gave us the complete tour--some of it was cute and funny and educational and some a little corny but we all agreed it was enjoyable. Toilet seats for mouths--lots if cans and bottles used in odd little displays. We thought the toy museum was really cool-all... More

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Orlando, FL
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Our family loves to come across unique experiences and one of a kind tourist attractions- this place is all that and more! The owners (Keith and his wife) are such great people- and thank you Keith for sharing your art , imagination, creations and collections with we the public. Nowhere have I ever seen such a display of imagination blended... More

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