A summer break vacation in Louisville, KY

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Louisville is a great place for a summer vacation with kids. Here is a suggested itinerary for your summer break family vacation in Louisville. Looking for more summer fun? Click here

 photo 2012-09-22_145843_zps47df6a21.jpgSunday: Start in Bardstown, KY. It’s just about 45 minutes from
Louisville. Visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park,
Main Street in BardstownThe Bourbon Heritage Center (Read about bourbon tourism for families here), and then finish off the day on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train.
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Monday: Visit a couple of museums on Museum Row. There are so many great museums, from the Louisville Slugger Museum to the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. There are eight museums to choose from as well as great dining options.

 photo 2013-02-07_114719_zpsea87b261.jpgTuesday: Take a walk across the Pedestrian Bridge at Waterfront Park. You can walk all the way to Indiana while enjoying beautiful views of downtown Louisville! There are playgrounds on either side and a spray ground on the Louisville side. Enjoy al fresco dining at Captain’s Quarters, a Louisville favorite. Check out this list of our Top 10 al fresco dining spots!

Wednesday: Visit the Falls of the Ohio State Park in
Southern Indiana. Then check out the
Howard Steamboat Museum to learn about the Ohio River’s rich steamboat heritage. After that head over to Schimpff’s Confectionery and Museum  for a treat and to see candy related artifacts.

Thursday: Visit Old Louisville. Take one of the many tours offered at the Old Louisville Visitor’s Center! The Conrad-Caldwell House offers tours, check their website for times. And
be sure to visit Louisville’s historic Central Park. Or if historical tours aren’t really your thing, visit Kentucky Kingdom.

 photo 2013-07-20_124314_zps410eb44c.jpgFriday:  Visit Bardstown Road and Nulu for eclectic and unique shops and restaurants. There are funky record shops like Better Days and Guestroom Records on Frankfort Avenue. The Great Escape is a great spot for comics and used media. And Why Louisville has stores that double as roadside attractions in both locations. Visit Mayan Café, Dragon King’s Daughter, or Café Mimosa for dinner. Then visit Louisville Cream, which serves fantastic ice cream, or Muth’s Candy, which has been open in the same location since 1921, for dessert.

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Saturday:  Before you depart for home, head down to the Louisville Visitor’s Center on South Fourth Street.  It’s a great way to learn more about Louisville’s history and landmarks and see what you might have missed!

By guest contributor: Maggie

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