We could go to LEGO Kids Fest in Louisville this weekend and drive back that day, but it is the perfect excuse to get a hotel for a couple nights and explore!
We have been to Louisville many times, but usually it is to go the zoo (and we will do that this weekend as well). This time we want to check out the downtown area. There are a bunch of museums right by each other, some restaurants (more open on weekdays I noticed than weekends), and lots of shops.
I have to plan out everything!
I use Word and will type up the location, website, address, phone number, admission, and hours of where ever we want to go. Yes, I have a smart phone, but for a while we had a phone carrier that didn’t give us the best coverage. This way I am not reliant on coverage or Wi-Fi to get some basic info. I still print maps as well for vacations. I have a AAA membership I use to get Trip Tiks and the state guide books.
Finding things to do in Louisville has been pretty easy. I have to keep in mind it is just a weekend, and VBS starts the following week, and our vacation the week after that! We are going to all be exhausted.
This could change, but this is my Louisville Bucket List for this weekend:
Here is the map of the event! Tickets are still available. The spots with stars give away prizes, so those can be busy. The models are super busy when everyone comes in. We wait until later and get all our pics! The busiest ones I noticed last year in St. Louis, were the contest ones and the Master Builder one. I am not completely sure what those are on this map. This shows a lot of things labeled New. http://legokidsfest.com/assets/lkflk16-program-map.pdf
I figure we can get the three museums done in one day. We are up early so we will be there right when they open, and the science center closes late on Friday and Saturday so that helps!
Frazier History Museum (Bought tickets on Groupon for this.)
829 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sundays noon – 5 p.m.
There are exhibits on Lewis and Clark, Prohibition, Bourbon, and the Frazier collection (Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick” etc.)
Louisville Slugger Museum
800 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Admission: Adults $14, Kids (6-12) $8
I have never been here, but hear the factory tour is really cool. I like watching how things are made, so I am looking forward to seeing this.
Kentucky Science Center
727 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
Hours: Sun-Thur: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fri-Sat: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Reciprocal ASTC FREE for us since we have a membership at a partnering museum.
For one it is free for us to go, we will be downtown at the other museums and hotel so that is convenient. Anything hands on is very popular with my kids. I hope it is old enough for my 12 year old.
1100 Trevilian Way Louisville, KY 40213
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults (12-59) $16.25, Children (3-11) $11.75 (We get 50% off since we are members at another AZA zoo as part of the reciprocal program.)
We have to go here at least once a year. We always take a picture of the kids by the Jackson’s Chameleon statue in front of the Herpaquarium. This will be our 7th year of these pictures, that the Hubs puts up on his cubicle wall.
The zoo is great for after we check out and before we drive home. Should be a quiet drive (fingers crossed).
Finding restaurants downtown was harder. It seems depending on the app I use I see other ones. I have been on Maps, Trip Advisor, Yelp, Google,, and whatever else I could find. There are a lot of expensive (to us) restaurants or sandwich type places. I have kids who want fries, burgers, chicken tenders, simple stuff. There were ones I would like to try but seemed to not be open on the weekends.
I think I have a couple we can try plus there is a Subway and McDonald’s not far if we need it. I’m sure the hotel will also have listings of delivery if we get desperate or are too tired. We do get breakfast at the hotel so that’s one less meal to worry about. I pack snacks as well for at night in the room.
630 E Market St Louisville, KY 40202
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8:30-4:00 pm Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 pm
This one isn’t for dinner or lunch, but I love candy stores. This one looks old school and should keep the kids happy for the long walk back to the hotel.
Troll Pub Under the Bridge
150 W. Washington St. Louisville, KY 40202
Hours: Mon-Fri 11AM- 2AM Sat-Sun 12PM-2AM
I was sold when I saw it was casual dining, fried foods, and big troll statue outside. The kids will love the statue alone!
121 South Floyd Street Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 690-5925 Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30AM – 2:30 PM Sat-Sun 7 AM- 3 PM
We love breakfast food! A place with pancakes, waffles, eggs, and bacon…everyone will find something, and I can splurge a bit!