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Sometimes skipping some of the most visited attractions is a good idea, but for Louisville, it’s actually a fun experience for the entire family. During our recent family road trip to Louisville, visiting these stops was easy, stress-free and engaging for all. Some of them are within walking distance from each othergreat for experiencing the city by foot. Others you might even get a souvenir at the end of the tour like at the Slugger Museum.

Here are some of the places we checked out that you should add to your Louisville itinerary.


Big Four Bridge

The Big Four Bridge was originally built in 1895 as a railroad bridge and was used in that way until the 1960s. The bridge reopened in 2013 as a pedestrian bridge and links the Louisville Waterfront Park to Jeffersonville, Indiana. It is estimated that at least one and a half million people walk over this bridge every year. As soon as the sun begins to go down in the evening, the bridge lights up with vibrantly colored lights.  

Kentucky Derby Museum

One of the best attractions in Louisville is the Kentucky Derby Museum. It was first opened in 1985, and while it is next to the infamous Churchill Downs Racetrack, it is operated separately.  There are two floors filled with Kentucky Derby memorabilia and interactive exhibits, including Winston, a live miniature horse who lives in the Oaks Garden Terrace. Inside the stable, guests will also see a thoroughbred horse, however, the horse who lives there changes periodically throughout the year. While guests are visiting the horses, they can also see the gravesites of five Kentucky Derby winners. In the back garden, there is another Derby winner buried under a magnolia tree that was planted in her honor.

Kentucky Derby Museum
704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

The Louisville Slugger was first produced in 1884. If you’re a baseball fan, enjoy a factory tour to see how these bats are made, which is practically unchanged since they started so long ago. Every visitor that participates in the tour gets to walk through the middle of the production line as they watch the bat being made from start to finish and then they all receive a miniature Louisville Slugger bat. Inside the museum, people can see the world’s largest baseball bat and glove. The bat is made from steel, weighs 68,000 pounds, and reaches 120 feet into the air. Guests of all ages can play on the Big Glove, which is made from 450-million-year-old Kentucky limestone. 

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

The Mega Cavern

The Mega Cavern is a manmade wonder that is part of seventeen miles of underground corridors underneath the city of Louisville. Guests have a variety of ways to see the inside of the Mega Cavern. A historic tram tour takes people on a sixty to seventy-minute tour that highlights the early cavern formations, a replica of the Cuban missile fallout bunker, exhibits of an early mining operation, a worm recycling room, and much more. People can also choose to ride the ziplines or participate in the aerial ropes challenge course.

The Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Ave, Louisville, KY 40213

 

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Henrique Kerch

I’m a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light.

Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.