Why not stay a little bit longer and enjoy the warm hospitality of Louisville, Kentucky after the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships – or come early! There are so many great things to do as we hope to show you in these weekly installments. This week we look at things to do in Louisville for kids of all ages.
Don't forget to purchase your tickets for Louisville 2013 – available on-line.
Your kid likes baseball? Louisville has you covered. He prefers zip lines? Check. She likes science? We have that too and lots more. Here are just a few options to keep everyone entertained.
Why not start with the Louisville Slugger Walk of Fame™ after a big breakfast. The walk stretches one mile on historic East and West Main Streets starting at Louisville Slugger Field. The Walk of Fame ends at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, a perfect place for family photo in front of the world's largest baseball bat – a six-story replica of Babe Ruth's bat.
A beautiful day calls for exploring the beautiful Waterfront Park, by bike, segway or by foot. The park features biking and walking paths, playgrounds (yes, more than one!), special events and more.
Weather turned cold and wet? Head inside to the Kentucky Science Center with its Science in Play; a customized 6,000 square-foot early childhood exhibit with six separate activity zones: The Sensory Course, Testing Area, Big Build, Small Build, Science Depot, and Shapes & Stuff Store. In each zone, innovative elements encourage children ages 0-7 to build, test and engineer new science activities through experimental play.
For the little historian, go see one of the largest public displays of toy soldiers in the United States at the Frazier History Museum; more than 10,000 strong.. These miniatures depict real people and historical events, feature uniforms such as different tartans for Highland regiments, serve as historically accurate marching and mounted bands and celebrate notable weddings and festivals.
Shadow box with The Greatest at the Muhammad Ali Center. As a boxer, Muhammad Ali brought unprecedented speed and grace to his sport, while his charm and wit changed forever what the public expected a champion to be. The Muhammad Ali Center showcases this sporting legend's poetic and athletic talents. Make sure to stop and admire the global collection of children's artwork beautifully displayed in the 55-foot-long Hope and Dream Wall.
Where to go when it's wet outside? The Louisville Mega Cavern where it is a constant 60 degrees underground and dry in the winter. The man-made cavern spans under a number of roadways above and is part of 17 miles of corridors located beneath the city of Louisville, Kentucky. How about amping up the adrenaline with a zip line? Glide behind a certified tour guide on the 2 hour underground MEGA Zips. It's five zip lines and three challenge bridges leading you into never before seen sections of the manmade cavern. (Watch video of MEGA Zips)
More into animals? The Louisville Zoo is the answer. Visit the polar bears and sea lions at the new Glacier Run, splash in the water park and feed a lorikeet, all hands-on-activities that will delight kids and grownups alike.
There are many more family-friendly options available in Louisville, check them out at gotoLouisville.com. Don't forget to stop at the Louisville Visitors Center at 4th and Jefferson in downtown to get the official Visitors Guide.
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