Hoping to cure your family’s cabin fever and end your search for a fun-filled and affordable Spring Break destination? Dive into the wide array of family-friendly events and attractions in Louisville, Kentucky.
It won’t take long to see that Louisville has something for everyone to love. Learn about sports history or catch a Cardinals game, zip around the go-cart tracks and bike trails or slow things down with a walk through the forests and parks in one of the oldest cities West of the Appalachian Mountains.
With plenty of exciting and inexpensive things to do in and around Louisville, your family is sure to enjoy their spring getaway in the Gateway to the South.
Explore Louisville’s Outdoors and Wildlife
Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky; a charming port alongside the Ohio River with Southern and Midwestern influences. It is often called the most southern Northern city or the most northern Southern city as it blends elements of different parts of America in its unique and vibrant local culture.
Home to the University of Louisville, the city boasts a lively arts and music scene along with a bevy of parks, museums and other attractions sure to keep your family busy.
Louisville has over 122 parks covering 13,000 square acres of the city. In the city you can hike the trails at the Parklands of Floyds Fork, study nature and recreation in the heart of downtown at the Louisville Nature Center, stroll through Water Front Park and visit Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery, explore thousands of acres of woodlands at Jefferson Memorial Forest and take a guided tour to learn about plants and Louisville history at the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.
Grab a bike rental from Wheel Fun Rentals and ride along the Louisville Loop or take a trip outside of the city to visit the Blackacre Nature Preserve, Bernheim Forest, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve and Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gate House. For wildlife adventures there’s always the Louisville Zoo or Henry’s Ark, a free petting zoo with camels, llamas, goats, emus and many more cute and cuddly friends.
Explore Louisville’s Many Theme Parks
There are a slew of great theme parks in and around the Louisville area that make for great day trips during your Spring Break vacation. Kentucky Kingdom, formerly a Six Flags park, boasts over 63 acres of rides and play areas including Hurricane Bay, an adjoined water park.
On rainy days you can visit Puzzles Fun Dome, an indoor amusement park with an inflatable zone, pizzeria, arcade and more. Rev your engines at Kart Kountry, a local go kart track, or explore the world’s only fully underground zip line and adventure tour at Louisville Mega Cavern.
Learn and Play at Louisville’s Many Museums
Louisville is packed with entertaining and enlightening museums. Museum Row on Main Street stretches from the Frazier History Museum on 9th Street to the Kentucky Center for the Arts on 6th Street. The Kentucky Science Center proves science can be as fun as it is educational with a variety of interactive exhibits and games, while the Muhammad Ali Center is dedicated to the boxing career and activism of the longtime Louisville resident known simply as “the Greatest.”
An art museum may seem like a tall order for your kids, but you can visit the family-friendly Speed Art Museum for free on Sundays! Bring your little slugger to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and hold some of the most iconic baseball bats from Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter and more. Speaking of baseball, University of Louisville baseball games are free; so keep an eye on their schedule to see if they play while you’re in town.
Car and horse lovers rejoice at the National Corvette Museum and Kentucky Derby Museum just outside of town. Go out on the water and learn about turn-of-the-century steamboats on the Belle of Louisville, or learn about the arts during a show at the Stage One Family Theater.
Great Food and Drinks for the Whole Family
In addition to attractions and events, Louisville has a variety of family-friendly restaurants. Check out the locally owned businesses and restaurants along Bardstown Road, Louisville’s original “Restaurant Row” and the center of Louisville’s cultural diversity and local trade. Try the amazing fried chicken at The Eagle, a mouth-watering burger at Oskar’s Slider Bar or the flavorful Peruvian rotisserie chicken at Yummy Pollo.
Across town you can swing by Derby Dinner Playhouse for a meal and a show or head to Hideout Pizzeria for a delicious slice of pizza. But be sure to save room for a sweet treat at the Comfy Cow.
There’s no need to fight the crowds at the beach or on the slopes this Spring Break: there’s a new adventure waiting for your family every day in Louisville, Kentucky!