Three Day Family Experience
Breakfast- NORTH END CAFÉ* - Offering breakfast seven days a week, North End Café highlights traditional items with a fresh approach using seasonal ingredients, local produce and vegetables.
AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND – For over 155 years, the American Printing House for the Blind has been the world’s largest non-profit company that makes products for people how are blind and visually impaired. Take a tour of the factory and the museum where there are plenty of hands-on experiences as you learn about Louis Braille, Helen Keller, changes in technology and see one of pianos used by music legend, Stevie Wonder.
WATERWORKS MUSEUM AT LOUISVILLE WATER TOWER PARK – Nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, you’ll step inside the WaterWorks Museum to see the history of Louisville’s water come to live! Located inside the original Pumping Station No. 1, the WaterWorks Museum highlights the company’s archive of historic photographs, films and memorabilia, some of which dates to the 1860s. Discover the Louisville Water Company’s contributions to safe drinking water through its innovations in science and engineering.
Lunch – JOE'S CRAB SHACK* – Enjoy a casual but lively lunch at Joe’s Crab Shack to make sure you are fueled up for the rest of your day. Located along the Ohio River, you can sit on the deck and watch the boats float by.
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 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 SCIENCE CENTER - Explore three floors of exciting, interactive and hands-on exhibits that offer fun for the whole family. Explore the mysteries of space and gain an astronauts’ point of view when you climb inside a space capsule. Unravel the mysteries of ancient Egypt as you follow the story of a 2,500-year-old mummy. Take a trip around the world or across Kentucky in the 4-story digital IMAX theatre.
Dinner & Entertainment - DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE - Derby Dinner Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country. For over 35 years, Derby Dinner Playhouse has produced Broadway musicals and light comedies. Before each show, enjoy a freshly prepared, home-style buffet before the lights dime and the theatre comes alive with the magic of lights, costumes, a live orchestra, and a stage full of professional performers.
Breakfast - TOAST ON MARKET* - Begin the day with a fabulous breakfast of pancakes, French toast or omelets at Toast on Market, located in the NULU gallery district in downtown Louisville.
INDIANA CAVERNS – Spend part of the day exploring Indiana’s longest cage. Your tour will include an underground boat ride, an amazing waterfall, ice age bones, examining a diverse ecosystem and lots of rock formations.
Lunch - JB'S PUB* - This locally owned restaurant and pub specializes in great pizza, juicy burgers, and awesome brews from local and national brands.
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. Try on the jockey silks and climb aboard a race horse to see who in the family has wins bragging rights. Tour the historic Churchill Downs and see the famous track up-close.
LOUISVILLE ZOO – Home to more than 1,700 animals, the Louisville Zoo is dedicated to creating a bond between people, animals and the planet. See live gorillas up-close, walk below a polar bear sleeping above you, catch the wings of the world bird show, pet or feed an animal during your visit. There’s a lot to do and explore within the Louisville Zoo.
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.
Breakfast - GATSBY'S ON FOURTH* – Located in the lobby of the Seelbach Hotel, Gatsby’s features a seasonal menu showcasing fresh, locally-grown ingredients. Named after the F. Scott Fitzgerald book, The Great Gatsby which showcased the Seelbach Hotel, Gatsby’s is a great way to start your day. Explore the hotel and see one of the remaining Rathskellar’s in the country or maybe check out where Al Capone played cards—including the door that lead to his secret passageways.
CONRAD-CALDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM – Located in the heart of Old Louisville in the center of the largest collections of Victorian architecture in the U.S., the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum was the masterpiece of local architect Arthur Loomis when it was completed in 1895. Known for its beautiful woodworking, stained glass, gargoyles and massive archways, this historic home is a must see during your trip to Louisville.
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.
Lunch - WILTSHIRE AT THE SPEED MUSEUM* - On-site at the Speed Art Museum, come experience the open, airy atmosphere of Wiltshire at the Speed for lunch. Enjoy a range of selections from salads to sandwiches to desserts.
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.
FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM - Explore over 1,000 years of history throughout the Frazier History Museum with interactive exhibits, hands-on learning opportunities, and seeing history come to life through costumed actors who bring visitors face-to-face with some of the events and people who changed the world.
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.
Dinner – BLUEGRASS BREWING COMPANY*–Situated in an historic building erected in 1880 (and which is listed on the National Historic Register), the Bluegrass Brewing Company (BBC for short), is a great place to unwind at the end of the day. BBC's food has been described as "some of the tastiest bar grub around" by the Louisville Courier-Journal, and there’s something on the menu that everyone in your family is sure to love.
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