Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Headed to Louisville? Here's What to See, Do and Eat

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Headed to Louisville? Here's What to See, Do and Eat

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Louisville, Ky., is perhaps best known for its annual blink-and- you'll-miss-it sporting event on the first Saturday in May.

Sure, the Kentucky Derby is a great reason to visit it's May 7, with the Kentucky Derby Festival running April 14-May 6 but the friendly city on the Ohio River has a lot to offer year-round, including cultural experiences, family fun, a big nightlife scene, and lots to eat and drink.

Louisville is a walkable city (take advantage of the free electric buses downtown) with plenty to discover.

Top attractions

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: This spot is tough to miss. Just look for the 120-foot replica of Babe Ruth's bat outside. Inside are more replicas, along with an archive of bats from the more than 8,000 players who have signed contracts with Louisville Slugger. You can also hold a few bats used by Mickey Mantle, Cal Ripken Jr., Johnny Bench and more. The factory tour gives a look at the bat-making process; you can even take a minibat with you when you leave. "Ripley's Believe it or Not! Oddball," a special exhibit running through Jan. 8, features bizarre baseball treasures. $8-$14 (free for kids 5 and younger). sluggermuseum.com

Louisville Mega Cavern: Near the Louisville Zoo directly beneath it, actually Louisville Mega Cavern has enough activities to easily fill a day. The cavern originally was mined for limestone from the 1930s until the '70s and now is home to zip lines, an aerial rope challenge course, a new underground bike park and a guided tram tour of the 100-acre manmade structure. The tram ride lasts about an hour and is accompanied by a fascinating history of the creation of the structure. And bring an extra layer: The cavern is 58 degrees year- round. $8-$13.50 for tram rides (prices for other attractions vary). louisvillemegacavern.com

Places to stay

21c Museum Hotel: The downtown museum and boutique hotel, known for its red penguins and 30-foot, golden "David" replica out front, will make for a distinctive night's sleep. A variety of posh suites are available, including a room called "Asleep in the Cyclone," a sculptural installation that is also a functional hotel room. …

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