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  • Louisville Slugger Museum

    by sambarnett Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Pitchers beware! You'll get no sympathy here. The Louisville Slugger Museum is soley dedicated to the difficult art of hitting. How difficult? A pitcher throwing a 3 inch diameter ball from a distance of 60 feet 6 inches at about 90 miles per hour. Your reaction time? Less than half a second.

    The museum has lots of memorablia and exhibits. Be sure to try to batting simulator, which lets you "face" some of today's hardest throwing pitchers. The tour includes a walk through the production plant and a free mini bat. Afterwords you can order customized bats, a great gift for a baseball fan.

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  • Falls of the Ohio State Park

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Ok, this is actually just across the river in Indiana, but check it out anyway. There's a large fossil bed on the river, and you can of course see the Falls of the Ohio... which is a small waterfall/rapids on the river. They had to build a set of locks on the other side of the river to allow ships to go through. There's also some small hiking here too along the river. Also, at the falls and just down a little, it affords a nice view of the Louisville skyline, especially on a clear night.

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  • Parks... namely Cherokee,...

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Parks... namely Cherokee, Seneca, and Iriquois Parks.
    Well, these are just some neat places to go relax or ride a bike or walk or such. Seneca has a playground, tennis courts, golf course, a paved trail. Cherokee is bigger and has several large hills and a scenic loop you can 'recreate' on. ;) Iriquois has a pretty large hill, from who's top you can see a lot of Louisivlle, namely the skyline, from a distance.

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  • KFC World Headquarters

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You know, I think they have a museum here, but I'm not positive. Anyway, you can see the mansion/complex from I-264 between the Newburg Road and Poplar Level Road exits. In fact, you could take either one of those exits and follow the signs to the main post office if you want to get closer to this monstrosity.

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  • Louisville Slugger

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    It finally moved back from Southern Indiana to downtown Louisille. When I went to the one in Indiana, it was pretty neat, with a tour of where they make the bats, a brief history lesson, and a free tiny 'autographed' bat at the end. Definitely worth a stop, especially for younger kids. I've never been to the new one, but I'm sure it is similar or better. Plus, there's a completely oversized bat sitting out front that's neat to drive past.

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  • Churchill Downs and the...

    by dzni Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby (and Festival)
    The Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday in May, and it is a wonderful event around here. Go to Churchill Downs and spend a little bit of money ($35 or so) to get into the infield and enjoy yourself... depending on what part of the infield you go to, it could be family-like with people sitting in lawn-chairs watching the races or the other extreme (and other corner) of drunkenness and girls flashing everyone (much like New Orleans)... 3rd turn is where this is in force). OR, spend a LOT more money and get into the grandstands or a box seat so you can really concentrate on watching the race, but be sure that you have an incredible spring hat (ladies) or a nice sports coat (men). Ah, and then for you celebrities out there, there's always Millionaire's Row, where the, well, celebrities go. It's a big air-conditioned hall higher up. Regardless, enjoy yourself, bet on some of the horses, drink a Mint Julep (and then stop because they're not very good), and watch the 'Greatest Two Minutes in Sports!'

    Ok, so, if you can't make it to the Derby, maybe come in for the 2 weeks prior to it for all sorts of festivities (fireworks, bed races, steamboat races, baloon races, marathons, etc.). There's TONS going on every day, so just plan ahead.

    Alright, barring either of the two aforementioned events, at least drive around and take a look at Churchill Downs, with its famous steeples. There's even a museum if you're interested, that'll tell you all about the Derby and the Downs itself.

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  • Home of the Ky. Derby. ( first...

    by hmurp007 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Home of the Ky. Derby. ( first Sat. in May ). Derby festival,( 2 weeks prior to the derby )begins April 20 with Thunder Over Louisville, Air Show with grand finale with world's largest fireworks. All day event. Actually something is going on all 2 weeks before Derby Day. Science museum /I-Max theatre, across the street from the famous baseball bat factory. ( tours avaible.) Across the river in Indiana is the world's largest gambling river boat,Caeasars of Indiana. 50 miles south of Louisville is the world's largest cave formation, Mammouth Cave Park. Many local distillers you can tour. Great Zoo! Kids can have a ball at the 6 Flags Ky. Kindgom amusemunt park located next to the State Fair grounds, across from Standiford International Airport. So much to see and so close together. Many day trips out of Louisville. A very nice motorhome park and campground just south of Louisville.
    Churchill Downs or the Ky.Derby is a world renown race track with a museum. Many pluses in this town. People are friendly.

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    Louisville is an ideal place...

    by JuliaL Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Louisville is an ideal place to visit for history buffs. If you come here you should go to see the Falls of the Ohio, and the Speed Art Museum. You should also visit the Filson Club, which is Kentucky's premier historical society.
    Louis and Clark began their famous exploration of the great American west in Louisville. There are several historic homes and museums of interest, including the Louisville Slugger baseball bat museum.

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  • No man can go to Louisville...

    by dtsmith910 Written Aug 25, 2002

    No man can go to Louisville and not go to the Louisville Slugger Museum. Your friends will never let you watch baseball again if you miss this one. You can get bats made with your name on it. They're great for controlling drunken friends while watching the game or just beating up Yankee fans. GO RED SOX!!

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    Louisville Slugger Museum

    by pearlie147 Updated Aug 24, 2002

    For baseball fans, this is a great place to visit. The short video in the beginning of the tour takes you through a brief history of 'Sluggers'. The guided tour takes you through the step by step process of how the Louisville Slugger is made!

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    Churchill Downs

    by pearlie147 Written Feb 25, 2003

    As someone that never understood the excitement of horse racing, I am now a believer! Even if you don't like gambling, it's fun to see the horses themselves. However, the race is much for fun if you do place a small wager ($2 is the smallest). Also, Churchill Downs is the site of the famed Kentucky Derby!

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    Falls of the Ohio

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 8, 2013

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    This area of rapids on the Ohio river is what gave rise to Louisville. The early occupation of the town was a partage for the river. Today a system of locks bypassses the falls

    Falls of the Ohio

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    The Pink Palace

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 19, 2013

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    This was one of the houses on the Holiday House tour. The inside was as totally over the top as the outside.

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    Public Art - Gallopalooza (2010 Update)

    by TravellerMel Updated May 24, 2010

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    More and different photos of the Gallopalooza public art project. It really is fun to try to find as many as you can!

    University of KY University of KY - note the Wildcat paw prints!
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    Derby Week

    by JREllison Updated Sep 16, 2007

    Kentucky Derby isn't a horse race. It's a week long event! Parades, air shows, firework displays, The Great American Steam Boat Race, ladies in their hats, and horses.

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