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Old 05-29-2008, 09:48 AM
 
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My wife, two children (6 and 11mo.), and I are going to be spending a weekend in Louisville for recreation, and possibly scoping the area for relocation, as we hate our current area.

I've looked up some things to do, and came across the tripadvisor site that had some not so glowing reviews of some places we wanted to go - science museum, and zoo which would probably be the main attractions for my 6yo other than six flags. How are these two places, I know a lot of those reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt, but I just don't want my son to end up having a terrible time. I'm especially curious about the science museum, as my son is really into weather and meteorological stuff and it looked like the museum had an area dedicate to atmospheric science.

Also, I seem to be having trouble finding some family oriented things to do (esp. dining out)...any suggestions? I really like the vibe I've been reading about on here about the friendliness an "keep Louisville Weird" attitude so I'd really like to support local business, especially the restaurants. Lastly, it looks like there is a vibrant art community, are there any other galleries other than speed, maybe some small local ones or possibly any printmakers/print shops?

Sorry for the long winded post - I appreciate any help.
Thanks in advanced.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:09 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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It's been over 10 years since I've been to the science museum (when I was in 6th grade), but I remembered it being really nice. The Slugger Museum is very neat and even features a $1 batting cage. I went there a few weeks ago and there were lots of kids on the tour. You also get a free miniature bat with admission.

I don't eat out that often, so I can't help much about a kid friendly local restaurant.
If you want to see the real Louisville for desert stop by the Dairy Kastle at Bradley Ave and Eastern Parkway.

If you enjoy cycling you should consider renting some bikes to go on the Levee Trail in SW Louisville. This is a very easy trail as it is paved and very flat.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions. We'll have to check out the Dairy Kastle.
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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For a fun place to go eat, go to Gattiland. It is a pizza/arcade that is alot of fun for kids and won't break the bank by any means. Here's a link:
Gatti's Pizza: Louisville: Home (http://www.mrgattis.com/location/louisvilleouterloop/index - broken link)

As far as the rest the zoo is wonderful and the museum is good too.
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:29 PM
 
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Louisville is an art gallery and restaurant mecca. When are you coming? Try these two gallery hops:

F.A.T. Friday Hop

First Friday Trolley Hop

Louisville has over 20 art galleries downtown and dozens more throughout the city. The main concentrations are east market, main, frankfort ave and bardstown road.

As for food, your best bet is the Bardstown road corridor...Louisville has thousands of independent eateries and an extremely strong foodie community like I have never seen in a city this size. While in this area, take your family for a walk in Cherokee Park, It is beautiful and so are the homes on Cherokee Road and Willow Avenue. It is always lively on a nice day around there:

LouisvilleKy.gov - Cherokee - Cherokee Park

After that, go have ice cream here:

LouisvilleHotBytes.com

And you will get introduced to another beautiful urban corridor.

Sign up here and ask these very knowledgable foodies where to go that is unique for a family. Honestly, alot of it depends on how much you want to spend and how adventuresome (and behaved) your kids are when they eat out:

www.louisvillehotbytes.com/forum (broken link)

The zoo is very good. It is no St Louis or San Diego zoo, but it is for sure worth seeing and is in a nice area. The science museum is smaller than you'd expect for a city our size, but still fun for kids, and worth seeing, especially if you take them to one of the other museums within two blocks of there: the Slugger Museum, Frazier Historical Museum (where thhey have live jousting matches sometimes) and the Muhammad Ali Center (probably more for the adults).

There's lots more to do than that, but try that for starters.
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:05 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Dairy Kastle is just down Eastern Parkway from Bardstown Road about 3 miles. They have HUGE ice cream cones for just $1 and lots of other stuff. The only seats are outside, so don't go in the rain.

As for bike rentals, there is a Schwinn shop near Greenwood Park (where the levee trail begins) that would **probably** have rentals. Here is its address and number. All the other bike shops are on the other side of town

Dixie Schwinn Cyclery
1803 Rockford Lane
448-3448

I don't think anyone has yet mentioned Waterfront Park, or the Falls of the Ohio Fossil Bed and Museum - it is the world's largest exposed fossil bed!.

Here are some pictures of places that have been mentioned.

Levee Trail in the winter



The Belvedere




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Old 05-29-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I don't know that I would take an 11 month old to art galleries and such but that is just me. Another place you may consider is Huber's farm in Starlight Indiana where they make their own ice cream :Joe Hubers Family Farm and Restaurant (812) 923-5255 (http://www.joehubers.com/barn_yard.html - broken link)
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:40 AM
 
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Hey - Thanks for all the great suggestions!

stx: we're coming from Hamilton, Oh. A backwards city about 30-35 miles north of Downtown Cincinnati. We're coming in around the 20th. Sadly it looks like we'll miss the trolley hops, but it does look exciting. Good to know also there won't be a shortage of good restaurants. And I'm sure my son will love the park.

Census: Thanks for that tip on the waterfront park. We might bring our own cycles down, but we're still undecided if our youngest is ready for our bike trailer or not, but the path looks like it has some great views.

Missy: Yeah, I'm not sure if she'll make it in the art galleries, but she's pretty quite and content most of the time, but I guess we'll have to see what the wife wants to do. As an artist myself though, I just can't pass up the galleries. And the farm doesn't look to bad either, sure my son would love to see all the animals.

Again, thanks for all the wonderful ideas - looking forward to visiting.
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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Hey - Thanks for all the great suggestions!

stx: we're coming from Hamilton, Oh. A backwards city about 30-35 miles north of Downtown Cincinnati. We're coming in around the 20th. Sadly it looks like we'll miss the trolley hops, but it does look exciting. Good to know also there won't be a shortage of good restaurants. And I'm sure my son will love the park.

Census: Thanks for that tip on the waterfront park. We might bring our own cycles down, but we're still undecided if our youngest is ready for our bike trailer or not, but the path looks like it has some great views.

Missy: Yeah, I'm not sure if she'll make it in the art galleries, but she's pretty quite and content most of the time, but I guess we'll have to see what the wife wants to do. As an artist myself though, I just can't pass up the galleries. And the farm doesn't look to bad either, sure my son would love to see all the animals.

Again, thanks for all the wonderful ideas - looking forward to visiting.

The speed art museum actually has a children's area so that would keep the children entertained. Hope you have fun!
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Old 05-31-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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The Planetarium at U of L is really cool

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium: Tickets (broken link)

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