Right next to Waterfront Park is the Festival Plaza where you can rent all kinds of bikes (tandem, mountain and bikes for kids) as well as the fun and popular “quadcycles” (with four wheels).
Families with baseball fans will enjoy watching the AAA team Louisville Bats (Cincinnati affiliate team) at the riverfront stadium Louisville Slugger Field. Got kids who are extreme bikers, bladders or skateboarders? Take them to the 40,000 square foot Extreme Sports Park which is near the baseball stadium.
For a more sedate vacation activity, the Stage One Children’s Theater has a variety of fun performances that are tailored for all ages of kids. These are only a few of the reasons why Louisville makes a great family vacation spot.
The area of North-Central Kentucky surrounding Louisville holds many nature attractions, historical spots, and beautiful park areas.
Small towns such as Shepherdsville, Bardstown and Elizabethtown offer quaint shops, museums, farm tours and scenic drive destinations. Here’s a few of the family oriented things to do while vacationing here. Slow Poke Farm, in Shepherdsville, is a family run farm where you can buy fresh local produce and flowers, enjoy a country style meal at the restaurant, catch a hayride and tour the farm.
In Lebanon Junction you will find a family-oriented music hall called Junction Jamboree. Come hear a variety of country & gospel music performed by the house band and other guest music artists from around the country. In Elizabethtown the family can stop at Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia with a huge 3,000 item collection of Coke collectibles. You can also visit the Swope’s Cars of Yesteryears Museum to see some great old cars like the 1910 Humpmobile or 53 Jaguar XK 120.
Even the most casual horse fan will enjoy a visit here. With horses everywhere, you can tour the grounds, ride a horse drawn carriage, watch a riding competition or one of the many horse shows, take a pony ride or watch the daily Parade of Breeds.
Along the horse-theme, the family can visit the American Saddlebred Museum (adjacent to Kentucky Horse Park) or take one the local horse farm tours at farms such as the Calmet Farm or the Gainesway Farm.
In downtown, there’s the Lexington Children’s Museum with lots of fun interactive exhibits. This is great for kids as well as adults and be sure to stop in for an authentic old-time soda fountain treat at the famous Hutchinson’s Drug Store.
Art themed family-oriented Lexington activities include family concerts at the Lexington Philharmonic, kid-friendly ballet at the Ballet Theater of Lexington, and Saturday children’s productions at the Thoroughbred Center Theatre.
For outdoor vacation ideas in Kentucky you can’t go wrong with the "Land Between the Lakes" area in the western part of the state. It’s got its name from the fact that it sits between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, the two biggest lakes in Kentucky. The lakes and the surrounding wild countryside offer lots of outdoor and water related activities.
Along the lakes are three state resort parks. Camping is a popular vacation idea here. The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a favorite with everything from lakeside tent camping and primitive cabins to RV camping with modern hookup facilities.
The Pine and Wranglers campgrounds are popular with families. You can explore using the huge variety of trails that cover 200 miles within the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The two lakes have marinas and other lake access spots so boating, canoeing & kayaking and fishing are all at your fingertips here.
Kentucky is known for its caves and the grand-daddy of them all is Mammoth Cave in South-Central Kentucky. The caves are located within Mammoth Cave National Park. There is so much to do here in the park and surrounding area that make this an excellent family vacation destination.
With 350 miles of tunnels this is the longest cave system in the world. You can choose from a variety of cave tours to fit your family desires, some short & easy and some longer & more adventurous with climbing and crawling involved.
Whichever tour you choose, this is a spectacular experience. But that’s just the beginning. Up on the surface there is 53,000 acres of park to have fun in. You can go exploring using the many hiking trails that wind through the park.
Stay a while by planning a family camping vacation using one of the many tent camping areas. Take a leisurely scenic boat ride aboard the Miss Green II river boat.