On our roadtrip from Chicago to Pigeon Forge, we spent a few hours exploring Louisville,  Kentucky. After about 5 hours of driving with a potty break at Fair Oaks Farm (favorite stop!) we needed to get our legs moving. Stopping in Louisville turned out to be the perfect!

Adventure Park at Waterfront Park

Louisville has the amazing Waterfront Park which hugs the Ohio River. The Adventure Playground has a parking lot but even if it’s full there are others a quick drive away. Choose from 3 play structures and when it’s steamy kids will love splashing around. If relaxing’s more your thing, you can swing on any of the double swings. After getting wet, the kids dried off by walking the bridge.

 

Walk the bridge

Want to travel from one state to another? With the Big 4 Bridge you can say you walked from Kentucky to Indiana. When you reach the halfway point, you’ll hear music. My only gripe is that I didn’t see a sign indicating that we were crossing from Kentucky to Indiana. If we had more time, we would have loved to explore the Indiana side. Looks like there are lots of eateries and places to drink.

 

Eat at the Troll Pub

Head underground to the Troll Pub. Even better stick around for happy hour from 4-7 p.m. for 1/2 off appetizers and 1/2 off pints. The food was good and like by everyone. And honestly, how can you go wrong with $4 pints?

Take a walk Downtown

We walked down the street and found so many bourbon distilleries. Next time! We did, however, enjoy seeing the art all around.

See Golden Statue of David

Definitely can’t miss seeing this golden statue as you stroll downtown Main Street.

Tip: Make sure to keep walking down to see more fun attractions like….

See the World’s Largest Bat

A stop by the Louisville Slugger Museum is a must if not to visit, but at least to see the World’s Largest Bat. The Big Bat, an exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger bat. is made of steel, it weighs 68,000 pounds and towers 120 feet into the sky.

Kentucky Science Center

Next time we’d love to see the inside of the museum.

Final Thoughts of Louisville Kentucky

With so much art, unique roadside attractions, and good food we had a fun (but short) time in Louisville Kentucky. We hope to revisit shortly to explore more of the museums and drink bourbon!