Two Day Family Experience
Breakfast - PLEASE & THANK YOU* - This small-batch southern bakery and coffee house is located in the Nulu district. Start your day with some fresh coffee and a hot pastry. While you’re there, explore Mr. Friendly’s Records room in the back of the shop and be surrounded by all things analog—cassettes, records and maybe an 8-track or two!
STONEWARE ART FACTORY - Louisville Stoneware has been dedicated to the tradition and careful craftsmanship of transforming clay into enduring, functional art forms for the home, kitchen, and garden since 1815. During your tour, you’ll follow the steps of more than 20 skilled artisans who take the clay from raw form to completed piece, and along the way you’ll be able to touch the pieces in their various states.
MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER – Stroll through the award-winning, multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Louisville native son, Muhammad Ali. Learn the story behind Ali’s incredible life and the core principles that fueled his journey become the “Greatest of All Time.” You can even step into the boxing ring and take on the Champ, see a replica of the infamous red bike that started his boxing career, and get an up-close look at the Olympic torch he used to light the cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Lunch Cruise - BELLE OF LOUISVILLE – Cruise along the Ohio River aboard the oldest operating river steamboat in the country and enjoy a Kentucky-inspired lunch buffet. The paddlewheel-driven Belle of Louisville was built 1914, and is the only river steamboat to reach 100 years old. Take a tour and see her massive steam-powered engines that date to the mid-1890s. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a wonderful meal, live music, see life along the river banks and cruise beneath some bridges.
KMAC – Located along Louisville’s Museum Row, KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft) is a non-profit art museum dedicated to promoting art and craft excellence in Kentucky
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & FACTORY - Located along Louisville “Museum Row,” you can’t miss the 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger bat welcoming you to the museum and factory. See how the famous Louisville Slugger bats are made, and hold bats actually used by baseball superstars. Experience what it’s like to face a 90-mile-per-hour fastball or take a swing with historic replica bats in the batting cages.
KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM - Experience the greatest 2 minutes in racing at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Be a part of the thrills and traditions of the race as you watch the “Greatest Race” in a 360-degree theatre. Step into the announcer’s booth and call the play-by-play for the race, or try on the jockey silks and climb aboard a race horse to see who in the family has first place bragging rights. Tour the historic Churchill Downs to learn the history of the track and see up close the famous track itself. Before leaving, be sure to grab an afternoon snack, like a slice of the famous Derby Pie or Bourbon Bread Pudding, at the Derby Café.
SPEED ART MUSEUM – Explore the Speed’s collections, spanning more than 6,000 years of human creativity, culture, and experiences that inspire curiosity, build visual literacy, and teach about the world around us. After a recent expansion project, the Speed Museum has something for everyone—modern art, classical pieces, regional history, and hands-on learning for the younger crowd in the Art Sparks area.
Dinner & after dinner fun – LOUISVILLE BATS – Finish up your day cheering on the Louisville Bats, the minor league team for the Cincinnati Reds, at Louisville Slugger Field. Situated in downtown Louisville near Waterfront Park, a Louisville Bats game has everything from hearing the crack of the bat to great ballpark food to a kid’s area with a carousel. After the game, be sure to stick around for the Friday Night Fireworks show. Or a LOUISVILLE CITY FC Soccer game. The Louisville City FC is a professional soccer club playing at Louisville Slugger Field. Experience the excitement before the game when the fans, The Coopers, march into the stadium dressed in the colors of their favorite team.
Breakfast - NORD'S BAKERY*- A local favorite and featured on numerous “must try” food lists, be sure to fuel up on the infamous maple bacon donut at Nord’s Bakery in Germantown before starting your day of adventure.
KENTUCKY KINGDOM AND HURRICANE BAY – Your family’s place to play for the day! Enjoy rides for all types—from thrill rides to live shows to floating in the lazy river. Having reopened a few years ago, the newly revamped Kentucky Kingdom continues to add to its coaster roster, this year with an old favorite. Going off of the parks dormant T2, Kentucky Kingdom rolls out what it bills the Next Generation of Fear, the T3- Terror to the Third Power.
Dinner - BEARNO'S BY THE BRIDGE* - Located in the lower level of the original Galt House Hotel—where many notable people stayed from Charles Dickens to Abraham Lincoln--on the corner of Second and Main Streets, Bearno’s has been serving award-winning pizza since 1977.