Are you planning a staycation with your family for Spring Break? Looking for some fun ideas for activities to do with them to keep the kids busy? We asked our LMC writers and here’s some of their recommendations of 14 things to do in Louisville for Spring Break! From nature parks, to opening day of the Louisville Bats, to day-trips around the Kentuckiana area – there’s fun for the whole family!
Have you ever heard of the Forest Giants?! If you haven’t traveled over to Clermont, you must add to the list! These are a few of the sights you can see at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, KY. Bernheim opens at 7:00 am, but the visitor center opens later at 10:00 am. There is a $10 recommended donation per car, while members can access the forest year-round for free. There are hikes and trails for all levels.
If you want to stay a little more local, try planning a family walk or bike ride over the Big 4 Pedestrian Bridge that connects Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN. This bridge goes over the Ohio River and is about 2 miles round trip.
Open from sunrise to sunset, this nature preserve is the perfect spot for kids of all ages to run and explore Blackacre Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead. Tucked away off of Tucker Station Road, your kids can explore the trails or visit the farm animals. Just be sure to bring some carrots or apples for the horses and goats! Donations are encouraged to support their ongoing events.
Champs Roller-dome is a great option if a little rain happens to fall during your Spring Break. Open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from late afternoon to early evening, be sure to visit the site for hours and special pricing.
Spring is the perfect time to visit Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood. Open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday and again on Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, there are public exceptional display gardens, an ambitious schedule of education programs and community events, ongoing garden plant research, and hiking trails for the whole family.
The Falls of the Ohio State Park is located just on the other side of the Ohio River in Clarksville, IN. Open from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm every day, admission is free for children under 5, $7 for children 5-11, and $9 for children 12 and older. Parking is $2. Here you can fossils, look for birds, and more!
The Kentucky Derby Museum is a perfect way to learn about the tradition that gave Louisville its nickname, The Derby City! Located next to Churchill Downs, the museum is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and again on Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is – Adults (13-64): $17 / Seniors (65+): $15 / Children (5-12): $11. Children under 5 have free admission.
Located in downtown Louisville, be sure to visit the Kentucky Science Center! Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, there are some special events going on during Spring Break and other holidays. Littles ones can explore in the different sensory areas and there scientific exhibits for older children – many options for all ages!
Are you a baseball fan? Spring is the start of baseball season and we love to cheer on our Louisville Bats! Check their schedule for the home games this week!
Louisville Free Public Libraries are the perfect place for rainy days. Visit one of the many locations during your Spring Break. They offer story time for all age levels and also host fun events throughout the year!
Did you know that Louisville is home to an estimated 100-mile trail system that will eventually encircle the city and link existing and new parks and neighborhoods to civic attractions, transportation alternatives and recreation opportunities? Bike on the Louisville Loop during the break!
Explore nature at the Louisville Nature Center! The center’s garden and trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. With 41 acres of urban forest, there’s a lot to explore.
Located just a short drive from the heart of Louisville, The Parklands of Floyds Fork offers so many options for families! From playgrounds, to hiking trails, to biking paths, you can spend a good portion of your day here. Just be sure to pack a picnic!
Finally, we’re rounding up our list with this 45 minute drive to Saunders Springs in Radcliff, KY. Free for everyone, these 26 heavily forested acres are open daily from dawn to dusk. The preserve provides opportunities for nature study, hiking, picnicking, and historic interpretation.
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