Louisville With Kids- Weekend Getaway Guide


Louisville With Kids- Weekend Getaway Guide


Louisville makes for a terrific family weekend. It is a compact city that’s easy to walk around and conveniently has 6 of its major attractions, such as the Louisville Slugger Museum, within several blocks of each other. It is also easy to get outside at the fantastic Waterfront Park with its pedestrian Big Four Bridge over the Ohio River. All of this, plus the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, make Louisville an excellent family weekend getaway choice no matter the weather outside.

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Need a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of life? Want the kids to unplug from their devices for a while and connect together as a family? A family weekend getaway can do wonders for everyone, kids and adults alike. Enjoy exploring a science museum together, watching baseball bats being made, or biking over the Ohio River.

In this 3 day itinerary, you’ll find all you need for a fun family weekend in Louisville including:

Where To Stay

  • Our favorite downtown hotels plus specific rental apartments that are a great base for exploring

  • The lodging choices for each destination have been carefully selected  for their ideal location, price point, safety, and proximity to the day’s activities. We tell you the best area to stay so you  can minimize driving or walking distances and maximize your moments  having fun. Knowing what part of town to stay in is a huge part of making a trip a success, and that’s hard to do when you are not familiar  with a destination. We save you time and energy by doing all the research for you.

Where To Eat

  • Top choices for dining- the kind of local places where children are welcome but isn't necessarily a restaurant geared primarily towards kids. You won't find many restaurant chains in our itineraries, just good local food mirroring the destination's culture. This could mean a food truck, a pizza place, or a nice sit-down restaurant, but always delicious. If there are any local brews, specialty foods, wines, or coffee houses around, we'll mention those too.

  • We list some of our favorite places in Louisville, all near the main tourist attractions and all local. Go for pizza, look for a hidden restaurant by a troll, or just grab some delicious coffee for an afternoon pick- me up.

Where To Play

  • How to see the 6 main attractions in downtown in 3 days and the cheapest way to do it.

  • Maps of Waterfront Park and the Riverwalk, including a longer bike ride out to Falls of the Ohio State Park for those interested.

  • Rainy day activities in case Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.

  • What is a must do and what is skippable. We also tell you about how long to plan on spending at each attraction.

  • Even more places to see outside the downtown area in case you have more than 3 days in Louisville or might plan on coming back because you had so much fun. (We bet it’s the second.)

  • The organization of each day has been thoughtfully planned in order to group activities together by proximity, ideal time of day to visit, and the best nearby dining choices. It’s all been laid out for you, along with directions, maps, travel tips, links to more info, and more. We cover the most worthwhile activities to do in a destination (based on our own family’s reviews) without forgetting that vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, not a list to be checked off while hauling around whining children.

  • You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities for the family as well as cultural and historical sites unique to the destination. Many of our itineraries include easy hikes, bike rides, and float trips that have been selected for their kid-friendly length and ease of difficulty as well as their scenic beauty. (Always worth it!) We are all about getting families outdoors so we include as much fresh air as we can in our itineraries, whether it is a day-long trek in a national park or just the location of a fantastic playground perfect for a break from sight-seeing.

  • To see more photos from this trip, visit the album on our Facebook page.

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