Baseball and beer go hand in hand for many adults, but Louisville, KY is a baseball and bourbon town.
Louisville is the start of the Bourbon Trail and touring distilleries can be fun with children; they can see the giant vats where bourbon is made and though they can’t taste the end product, some distilleries offer local sodas to young visitors.
But for baseball lovers, a trip to the Louisville Slugger Museum is right up there with a pilgrimage to Cooperstown, NY, home to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The museum, where wooden bats are made to this day, offers a factory tour for kids ages 6 and up. You get to see bats being made, from raw wood to a dip in paint. At the end of the tour, you get a free miniature bat – and a reminder that you can’t take bats in carry-on luggage.
If you want to swing a real bat, head to the batting cages, where you can swing an actual Louisville Slugger. There is also a toddler area where little kids can play and a giant glove sculpture to climb on.
Get your tour tickets first, then explore the gallery, where you can see baseball memorabilia and sculptures of famous baseball players. We were on a tight schedule; you want to allow at least 90 minutes for the full experience.
We stayed at the Galt House, a huge hotel overlooking the Ohio River and within walking distance of the hotel. You can also take a free trolley that runs through downtown. There is an outdoor pool, a rooftop fitness center (not worth the extra $5) and a beautiful conservatory connecting the hotel’s two towers.