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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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Livonia, Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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71 reviews 71 reviews
43 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Albany, Georgia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We enjoyed the attraction and the owner Keith very much! There is a lot to see and the personal touches on the tour made our visit fun. We are from MI and will stop to see the changes next time we are in the area. Keith if you read this your enthusiasm inspired me to finish some of my own... More

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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It was a neat way to spend a hour. The guy who owns it has a vivid imagination and makes unique art. It is spread all over his property. It is easy to find and the owners are very friendly and welcoming. His toy collection building alone is worth the drive out to his place. Go by and see this... More

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We stopped by Apple Valley on the way out of Paducah while on a work trip. It was definitely worth the stop to look around. The owner, Keith, was very happy to take us on a tour and explain all of the art (which admittedly included a lot of puns that I didn't get). There are also lots of chickens,... More

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