Family Activities in Louisville, KY
Search for fossils at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. This collection of fossil beds is among the largest of their type in the entire world and they’re older than dirt – 390 million years old to be exact. Located in Clarksville, Indiana on the other side of the Ohio River, the park features an interpretive center with more than 100 exhibits illustrating the natural, geological, cultural and local history of the area. Explore the fossil beds firsthand, examining, recording and identifying what you find.
Explore 1,000 years of history from one location. The Frazier International History Museum covers our last 1,000 years and features hands-on experiences, live interpretations performed by costumed interpreters, multimedia programs and educational workshops. Located along Louisville’s historic Museum Row on Main Street, the 100,000 square-foot museum includes opportunities to explore American history like Annie Oakley and the Pony Express and local heritage, such as the 150-year history of the Louisville Water Company.
Take a tour of Kentucky’s manmade cavern. Created between the 1930s and 1970s when the area was mined to build limestone bridges and roads, it once served as a bunker during the Cold War era. Today, this 100-acre cave is now open for tours and features 17 miles of corridors beneath Louisville. The Louisville Mega Cavern is actually classified as a building by the State of Kentucky and is the largest building in the state. Learn these and other interesting facts on the cave’s 60-70 minute driving tour.
Science matters at the Louisville Science Center where children of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of hands-on, interactive exhibits exploring the laws of science. Since the museum opened in 1977, more than 8 million people have visited, playing and learning amongst its 150 different stations and exhibits. Families with children under age 7 will enjoy KidZone, where kids can play, design, divert, create and influence their environment with exhibits like Splash! – where making and racing boats and manipulating the race routes are the lessons of the day.
Tour Slugger Factory and its museum and discover just how those Louisville sluggers are made. Perfect for baseball fans, this tour lasts about 25 minutes. The museum chronicles some of baseball’s greatest sluggers and includes bats signed by sports greats including Babe Ruth. Located on Museum Row, the factory is also home to the biggest bat in the world; this Louisville Slugger stands 120-feet tall and weighs a whopping 68,000 pounds. Make time to stroll Main Street and check out the Louisville Slugger’s Walk of Fame.