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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top 10 Things to do on your family vacation to Louisville, KY

 photo 9ae69e61-439b-4717-b041-dee1cabb1748_zps02394ee3.jpg10. Belle of Louisville  While sightseeing cruises on the Belle of Louisville are not available in the coldest winter months, this is one of my family’s favorite summertime activities. Tickets range from $12-42, depending on the season, time of day, and whether you do the buffet. There is a snack bar and drink bar available for most cruises. Click here for more info.

9. Louisville Zoo  The Louisville Zoo is open year round and provides a great opportunity for family fitness and learning. The newly-opened award-winning Glacier Run exhibit is alone worth the price of admission.  Tickets range from $10.50-17.95. Click here for more info.

8. Muth’s Candies  Check out the unique shops and restaurants in the Nulu district, including Muth’s Candy Company to try Modjeskas. The Modjeska is a uniquely Louisvillian candy, invented here and named after a famous Polish actress who worked in Louisville in the 1880s.

7. My Old Kentucky Home State Park  This historic park was the inspiration for Stephen Collins Foster’s song My Old Kentucky Home. Tour guides dress in period attire and tell the story of the generations that lived in the home. Click here for more details. (See our review here)

6. Kentucky Derby Museum  The Kentucky Derby Museum has something to offer every member of the family from the 360 degree movie to the Urban Bourbon exhibit. Admission is $6-14 and kids under 5 are free.

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5. Waterfront Park  There are always special events going on at Louisville Waterfront Park, but even just walking through the great lawn and playing on one of the many playgrounds and spraygrounds can be a wonderful adventure. Check out all of our recent ideas here. Best of all, it’s free! 

4. Kentucky Science Center  The Kentucky Science Center has something for everyone, from educational IMAX movies to the many hands-on exhibits for all ages. Admission ranges from $5-18.
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3. Louisville City FC  Louisville soccer fans fill Slugger Field to cheer on our favorite local pro team in purple.  It's an affordable, family fun thing to do together and the games run from March-September so much of the year, you can schedule a time to go!

 photo top104_zpse3982cb3.jpg2. The Louisville Slugger Museum  I admit it: I only recently discovered this place myself. I can’t believe it took me so long to find this amazing monument to the great game of baseball as well as the place where they make the world-famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats. The tour guides are passionate, which makes the tours a lot of fun. Tickets range from $6-11 and kids 5 and under are free. Click here for more info.

1. Twin Glass Studios  Louisville has an amazing art culture, including several hot shops in the area. This new kid on the block happens to be one of my favorite glass studios because it is so family friendly. The owner designed the space specifically to accommodate families and groups who wanted an intimate blow-your-own or fused-glass experience. Just don’t leave this to the last day of your trip, as your work of art has to cool down slowly in a kiln overnight. Most projects range from $40-60. Click here for more info.

By guest contributor: Maggie

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