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“Fine park, just small...”

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Union
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Owner description: Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is recognized as the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology for it's significant role in the development of scientific thought regarding extinction and the relationship of geology and paleontology the world over. The park has been named a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The park is famous for its combination of salt springs and late Pleistocene bone beds. Ancient creatures like the mammoth, mastodon, and ground sloth prehistorically visited the mineral springs, swamps, and bogs that are now grassy plains covered with trees and shrubs.
Kentucky
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fine park, just small...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

It's fine, just not as large as a "typical" state park. The camp grounds were not as big as some of the other state parks in the area.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
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“Great bit of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

Great hiking trails..and the museum while small has some real cool things to see. There was minimal staff during my visit as it was early on a week day but the people I did meet were nice and seemed very happy to be there.

Visited April 2012
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Kentucky
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38 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Very kid friendly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

See live free roaming buffalo. There is a kids dinosaur walk. See and smell the salfer streams. Goto the dino museum to see how the mammouth became extict in Kentucky. see real dino bones. Great historic houses and church to go in and view. Nice place to camp, fish, picnic, play ball, ride bikes.. A must see.

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Hebron, Kentucky
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59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice state park with a good walking trail.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

Nice friendly state park, Is a historic tar pit. Large RV sites and a lot of camping sites. The park has water and electricity but no on site sewerage. There is a dump station. The park has daily programs for kids and kids golf. There is a nice pool. Note this a very hilly area, which effects the site areas.

Visited April 2012
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Big bone lick, the name is the best thing about it!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

A tiny museum with poorly labeled fossils. Left us longing for more info. Poorly maintained outdoor diorama. Lots of litter in the creek. They need an area where kids are allowed to look for fossils. They have a large sign saying not to remove anything from the park. If your kids want to hunt for fossils this is not the place. Try Trabell fossil park in Sharonville,Ohio.

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