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Old 06-02-2007, 12:29 PM
 
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I am thinking of visiting Louisville the first week of July (4th - 7th), can anyone suggest the best place to stay that is close to the Ohio river? And how far from that hotel is it to the zoo?

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Old 06-02-2007, 01:19 PM
 
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I am thinking of visiting Louisville the first week of July (4th - 7th), can anyone suggest the best place to stay that is close to the Ohio river? And how far from that hotel is it to the zoo?

Thanks!
There is currently only one hotel right on the river:

The Galt House Hotel and Suites, Downtown Louisville's Only Waterfront Hotel

I would also look into the Marriot downtown and the 21C hotel, as they are newer and nicer and very close to the river. The zoo is about a 12 minute drive from downtown.
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:38 PM
 
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Thank you for the information!! I will check out all three hotels.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:04 PM
 
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At the risk of sounding like I schtick for the local tourism board, there are also a few good things for you to do with your family in downtown and are very much walkable from any of the the hotels STX mentioned:

Louisville Science Center - Still interesting to even an adult, although it is targeted for younger children

Louisville Slugger Museum - Baseball Museum and can watch bats being made

Frazier History Museum - Holds a collection of British historical arms - Great for adults and kids if you're into educational stuff

Slugger Field - Good to catch a minor league game, nice family atmosphere in comparison to actual MLB games

Louisville Glassworks - You can schedule a day for you and your family to learn about glass blowing, then you actually get to blow your own glass. I dunno about the cost though, but I've had friends do it who enjoyed it.

Muhammed Ali Center - Not exactly a museum, but a display of Ali's life; the good and the bad. It has a lot of dispalys about the values of his life and world peace kinda stuff. It is pretty neat and brand new.

Downtown Louisville has a lot of fine dining restaurants and a lot of "lunch places" but not enough mid priced family eateries yet. There is a Hard Rock which isn't too pricey, a few local places, and directly facing downtown in Jeffersonville, IN there are a few mid priced family eateries like Buckheads, Kingfish, Hooters, a decent Mexican place and an Italian place. Of course, you could always drive the 5 minutes over to the Southern Indiana suburb of Clarksville and get any family chain restaurant you wanted.

I hope if you go to Louisville you have a good trip!
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:23 PM
 
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At the risk of sounding like I schtick for the local tourism board, there are also a few good things for you to do with your family in downtown and are very much walkable from any of the the hotels STX mentioned:

Louisville Science Center - Still interesting to even an adult, although it is targeted for younger children

Louisville Slugger Museum - Baseball Museum and can watch bats being made

Frazier History Museum - Holds a collection of British historical arms - Great for adults and kids if you're into educational stuff

Slugger Field - Good to catch a minor league game, nice family atmosphere in comparison to actual MLB games

Louisville Glassworks - You can schedule a day for you and your family to learn about glass blowing, then you actually get to blow your own glass. I dunno about the cost though, but I've had friends do it who enjoyed it.

Muhammed Ali Center - Not exactly a museum, but a display of Ali's life; the good and the bad. It has a lot of dispalys about the values of his life and world peace kinda stuff. It is pretty neat and brand new.

Downtown Louisville has a lot of fine dining restaurants and a lot of "lunch places" but not enough mid priced family eateries yet. There is a Hard Rock which isn't too pricey, a few local places, and directly facing downtown in Jeffersonville, IN there are a few mid priced family eateries like Buckheads, Kingfish, Hooters, a decent Mexican place and an Italian place. Of course, you could always drive the 5 minutes over to the Southern Indiana suburb of Clarksville and get any family chain restaurant you wanted.

I hope if you go to Louisville you have a good trip!
Hooters for families? LOL other than that I like your recs Jake! Many families downtown enjoy Joe's Crab Shack, Tumbleweed, or Spaghetti Factory. Melillo's is a great family dining place on east market. Many of the restaurants downtown are upscale at night, so Jake is right on that. There are a few ethnic options and other mid range options too.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:56 PM
 
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I forgot about Tumbleweed in Waterfront Park - but it is a bit of a hike for a family, so they need to drive there too. And Spaghetti Factory is midscale and good for families too. I personally never enjoyed Joe's Crab Shack - I think Kingfish is a much better fish place and it is a local chain.

Never been to Melillo's - maybe I'll have to try it myself next time I'm in town
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