We spent four days in Louisville Kentucky, pronounced “Looavull” with a toddler and infant, it was the perfect amount of time to explore the city and see all of the sights. It would be necessary to have a rental car, or expect to take taxis, because everything is close but not close enough to walk. Louisville weather in October was perfect, no humidity and a little breeze.
What we did:
- The Zoo Louisville– The zoo train was the most popular attraction at the zoo for H even though we did not see one animal from the train ride. He then liked all of the decorations up for Halloween, again not animals. After a few hours at the zoo we only saw about half of the attractions and animals, but I was very impressed with the zoo and highly recommend it for a family visiting Louisville.
- Kentucky Science Center– We liked the science center so much we went twice! Our first time we explored the exhibits and the second time we saw an IMAX movie. The center was clean, not too crowded and had a wide range of interactive exhibits perfect for all ages. H could have spent the whole day in the KidZone and Science in Play exhibits. Plus they had a nursing mom room with a very comfy rocker that I used throughout the day with the baby.
- Louisville Waterfront Park– The playground here is huge with multiple play spaces, usable restrooms and shady seating places. You can then walk all the way from the children’s play area to the Belle of Louisville. Make sure to check out the boat schedules if you want to ride on the Belle of Louisville then plan your day around it. We did not plan correctly and literally missed a boat ride by minutes.
- Louisville Slugger Museum– The tour takes 30-45 minutes and everyone leaves with a mini slugger bat, even H who was under 3 and free! Non-baseball fans will also enjoy this museum and learn all about the different techniques in making baseball bats.
Where we ate:
- Toast on Market– 620 East Market St- Breakfast is served all day long. I had the Monte Cristo with hash brown casserole, both were amazing.
- Hillbilly Tea 120 s 1st street- The food was so good we ate here twice! Once for Lunch and once for Brunch. Get the pork & pone with the cauli-bake on the side.
- Garage Bar 700 East Market St- Tons of fun brick oven pizza combinations and frozen custard for desert. Their Brunch at Garage Bar also looks delicious, if only we had another day.
- Harvest 624 East Market Street- Service was great, the food was tasty and they had H’s favorite breakfast choice french toast. He is becoming quite the french toast connoisseur (syrup no butter).
- Hard Rock Cafe 4th Street Live! It is what it is, nothing special but H thought it was the best place and called it the “Big Guitar Place”. Plus the loud music masked the whinny baby.
- Gordon Biersch 4th Street Live! The food was a bit better than Hard Rock Cafe but still nothing special. The convenience of the location to our hotel was why we ate here. Also we were seated immediately on a Friday night.
Where we stayed:
Hyatt Regency Louisville Our room was a corner suite with two separate entrances, this was perfect because when my husband came home late he did not interrupt the sleeping kids. The room that faced 4th Street Live! was a bit noisy on Friday night so if your kids are light sleepers ask to be placed on the other side of the hotel. Other than that the hotels location, comfort and staff were great.