After a somewhat disappointing trip down to 4th Street Live in downtown Louisville I dropped off my 3 co-workers at their hotels and headed back to mine (the usual hotels near the office were either booked solid or too expensive since a National Square Dancing Convention was in town.)
On the way there I got off the highway since you can't take pictures zooming along at 60 MPH and you really can't stop anywhere quickly even if you do see something interesting. So I headed down a road I had passed before to see where it might lead me.
As I approached Bardstown Road in an area called Deer Park, which I am very familiar with, I saw all these people outside. Taking a quick glance before I took a right turn onto Bardstown Road I saw Cefiore and decided to try it out after first stopping at a record and book store.
Hiking back the 4 blocks on a hot and humid night the Acai Energy Bowl seen in picture #2 was the perfect way to cool off, people watch, take a few more pictures and finally write another VT tip.
The Acai Energy Bowl was frozen yogurt in an Acai Berry Sauce with my choice of 2 toppings (I selected almonds and raspberries). I see from their website that this a semi-national chain although most of the stores are in California. One is coming to Chicago, so they say.
Exhibit runs from March 9 - August 29, 2010
Admission $5 adults, $3 students/seniors over 65, $3 advance group tickets (10+)
This was a wonderful presentation of ~ 125 faithful reproductions of the treasures found in King Tut's tomb. For only $5 admission fee, it got us excited about our upcoming trip to Egypt, and anxious to see the real thing. We pretty much had the place to ourselves, and so a private guided tour, as you are accompanied by a docent who was a wealth of information about the Egyptians, pharaoh's, and their gods.
This was a fun place to visit. We went in for the current "Pirates!" exhibition, which was a very cool interactive exhibit. Geared toward a younger audience, we still had fun - get a treasure map as you enter and collect the stamps at various stations. Redeem the completed map in the gift shop for a free chocolate coin! Climb under the pirate ship, ring the bells, read the hidden messages on the pirate flags - it was informative, interesting and fun! Pirates! runs thru September 7, 2010.
Also in the museum are three floors worth of exhibits; armaments - suits of armour, swords, guns, bow-&-arrow; a section devoted to the American Old West (Annie Oakley, Jesse James), George Washington's rifle, and other interesting exhibits.
Admission is $9 for Adults, $7 for children. Be sure to pick up a flyer in the entrance to the museum which will save you $2 per admission!
Art-o-Mat machines are refurbished cigarette vending machines, reconfigured to dispense artwork. For $5 each, you select the artist/artwork you want by pulling the knob linked to them. It is fun, and affordable.
At the Kentucky Center Art-o-Mat, I got a mixed media color block, and a block containing one piece of a 117 piece painting - kinda looks like an eye. I'll upload photos soon!
Visits various famous residence from Louisville such as Col. Harlan Sanders who started "Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant chain and also Patty & Mildred Hill who created the the "Happy Birthday To You" song. There are others famous residence residing their final resting place in this famous cemetery.
Take a ride on one of the unique cycles offered by Wheel Fun Rentals around the Waterfront Park in Louisville. Cycles range from traditional beach cruiser bikes, to unique three and four wheeled cycles, and there are even three to eight seater surreys- great for the whole family.
There are also fun tours that you can take of the area, that come with their own bike, helmet, lock, map, and more- for your ride enjoyment.
Very cool tour - I went on a Sunday, when there is no production (also, no noise and dust). Tour starts with a short film that fires you up for baseball season (which cannot start soon enough for me), then a hand-lathing demonstration. Then it is into the production floor where the guide walks you through the process of making the world famous Louisville Slugger bats. I was fascinated by the wall of metal signatures of every major league player since Honus Wagner. You get to pick up and touch actual bats made for the big league stars! After the tour, you get a free mini-bat as a souvenir!
There was a batting cage for the kids, and more to see. The place is undergoing renovations until April 2009, so if you go before then, admission is only $5. After that, be sure to stop at the visitor's center downtown to get discount admission coupons.
I love this stuff! To celebrate the spirit of the Kentucky Derby, and to raise money for charity, local businesses sponsor an artist to decorate a life-sized sculpture of a racehorse, which is then put on display for the public.
I found several more horses, but as I was driving, I could not get photos. The ones I did see were fabulous! Something to keep your eye out for while walking around Louisville!
This is Kentucky's oldest and largest art museum. Established in 1925 by Hattie Bishop Speed, it was a memorial to her late husband. Since then, the collection has grown to over 12,000 pieces of art dating from ancient Egypt to the present. The building was designed by Louisville architect Arthur Loomis, and opened its doors in 1927. If you're looking for classical culture here in Louisville, this is the place to start.
One of Louisville's newest, least-known attractions, this museum is affiliated with the Royal Armouries in Leeds (see my Leeds tips). Opened in 2004, it contains three floors of weapons and other artifacts. Galleries cover the history of English arms from the Battle of Hastings in 1066 through the colonial wars in Africa and the Far East in the 19th century. There is an extensive American gallery, with weapons from the early days of exploration through the Civil War and the settlement of the old West.
It's an impressive collection, housed in an old tobacco warehouse in the heart of downtown. Check the website for information on special events and demonstrations.
Everyone has to go to the Kentucky Derby at least TWICE. One time for the infield to see the masses of humanity in a debaucherous mess and one time to go to the grandstands so that you can see how the more affluent do the ponies.
I have lived in Louisville Kentucky for the past 14 years. I am now 16 years old, and I have two sisters just a few years younger (15 and 12).
My family and I looked through this list to find something to do for a day to keep us amused during the summer. All these places that have been listed, are not "teen friendly". I had been to all these places on school field trips by the 5th grade. They weren't amusing then, and they are not amusing now!
To save all of you people some time, Louisville is not a "teen friendly" place. There are some tight little places for the little kids, like the science museum. And if your an adult, there are more then enough bars and clubs for you to go to. Oh & please please please DO NOT go to the zoo. It isn't worth your money, or time. - or at least that is my whole family's view on it.
Really, the only thing for teens to do in the Louisville is to go shopping, but to be honest, our malls even all that good.
So sorry to ruin someone's "oh-so fun" trip if I did, but I want to give everyone a heads up before you take your trip to Louisville.
ps. For those who don't live in Louisville. It isn't louis-ville, it is looey-ville. kapesh?
The Kentucky Derby Museum is a great way to learn about the Kentucky derby. They have many interesting exhibits that are both "hands-on" as well as informative. You can watch any of the modern derbies at the click of a button. You can also learn about the previous winners and their riders. There is quite a history to the Kentucky Derby and this museum has it all.
One of the highlights of the museum is a 360 degree movie the provides a "you are there" feel to it. It has all of the festivities as well as the race itself.
In addition to the museum admission, you can purchase an extra barn and backlot tour. This van tour allows you see all of the trainers' barns and the backside of the track. The van stops on the backside and you are allowed to walk around the viewing platform near the start of they 1 mile races.
There is also a free walking tour that allows you to see the finish line, grandstands, and other grounds. It is very fun to walk around this historic structure when it is empty. You can really appreciate all of the history that has been made here.
Unbelievable! Fabulous!! World class!!!
This one was a real surprise. The museum isn't all the prepossessing from the outside but inside it has a truly world-class collection. They have partnered with the Tower of London museum and so have a quite phenomenal medieval weapons collection together with, of course, a history of fire-arms section. I spent hours there and would have happily spent hours more.
The Louisville Slugger museum is a great place for baseball fans of all ages.
The factory tour provides a fascinating insight into how baseball bats are manufactured. Unfortunately, photographs cannot be taken inside the factory, but you are able to see how the different models of bats are created. There is one process for the lower quality bats and another process for the major league bats. Bats are made from both ash and maple.
The museum itself has a number of bats from famous players throughout the history of major league baseball. It also features a demonstration of a 100 mph pitch. There are a number of exhibits that provide lots of information on baseball history.
There is also a batting cage where you try out some Louisville Slugger bats yourself.
Each visitor on the factory tour receives a miniature bat as a souvenir and you can purchase personalized bats as well.
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