School is out and it’s time for some summer fun! Whether your budget is big or small, there are plenty of things you can do as a family in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Here are five places where you can make the most of your summer.

Louisville Nature Playground

You don’t have to spend tons of money on a pricey vacation to have tons of fun! This isn’t your typical playground, and it’s completely free to visit! This play area at the Louisville Nature Center is a new addition and was created by Male high school students. It just opened in June and is made up of stations where families can come and get their hands dirty. It’s a great way to get your kids off their screens and back into nature.

Watch Brooke Hasch show you how this nature playground came to be - and how you can get the most out of it:

Falls of the Ohio

Learning history doesn’t have to come from a book - just take a trip to Indiana. On a trip to the Falls of the Ohio, you can go back 400 million years as you walk over one of the largest fossil beds in the world. A visit to the falls is completely free, but if you want a little more, you can pay 7 to 9 dollars to watch a 14-minute movie on the Lewis and Clark expedition – a journey which began on the Falls of the Ohio.

Watch Brooke Hasch take you on a tour of everything the Falls of the Ohio has to offer:

Renaissance Fun Park

With activities like go carts, mini golf, and laser tag, Renaissance Fun Park is the perfect place to break out your competitive side. The park in Middletown also has a whole series of arcade games, as well as pizza and snacks. It’s a fun place to host a birthday party as well. You can purchase an unlimited play pass for $30 or pay for each attraction individually.

Watch the morning team go head-to-head in a Renaissance Fun Park challenge:

Kentucky Kingdom

For a real thrill, take a trip on Thunder Run or the Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay. This theme park is full of rides that will leave you screaming, plus plenty of carnival games and a full water park! Day tickets are about $50 for adults and $40 for kids when you buy tickets online. Parking is $10, but the park offers free sunscreen.

Watch Daniel Sechtin and Kristin Pierce take on the rides at Kentucky Kingdom. Kristin quickly learned that she wasn't a big roller coaster fan:


Holiday World

Santa Claus, Indiana is the home of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. While the trip is a little further than Kentucky Kingdom, the unique holiday-themed atmosphere is worth it. The rides are a little tamer as well, which some families may appreciate. Holiday World is also known for providing parking, sunscreen, and soft drinks for free. Tickets at the gate are $55 for adults, but ticket are less expensive on different days when purchased online.

Watch Rob Harris and Kaitlynn Fish get a little more than what they bargained for at Holiday World:

Ready to start the adventure? Here's a map of all of the places we visited for Summer Fun Week!

Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users. 

Have a news tip? Email assign@whas11.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.