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Summer events and family fun in Louisville are here!

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Summer Fun is here in Louisville! Families can get out and explore, enjoy the sunshine, stay active, and keep learning!

 

Summer events family fun louisville

Summer events are not abundant for 2020. However, if you are looking for summer events and family fun during June, July & August in Louisville, we have information here that will help you! Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy Louisville and the surrounding areas. 
 
This year will look a little different. Summer camps, pools, playgrounds – we won’t be heading to those any time soon. But, what can you do to make your summer memorable with your kids? And, we want to keep kids active and busy even without many summer events. There are so many options for families from hiking to skipping rocks in creeks to day trips. 
 
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Outdoor Fun

Explore parks, hike, fish and more. Go to a new-to-you location so it is an adventure. Get takeout from a local restaurant and have a picnic. There’s so much out there!

We have been enjoying so many outings together in order to report back to you all. Our posts can help you find new-to-you places for outdoor summer fun. Don’t forget the sunscreen, hats, bug spray, and your water.

A Day Trip to Georgetown, Kentucky

A Day Trip to Georgetown, Kentucky

A day of family fun is just an hour away in Georgetown, Kentucky. We recently spent a day burning off ...
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Great spots for takeout and picnics

Great spots for takeout and picnics

Having a picnic and spending time in a local park makes for a great day. Good thing Kentucky has a ...
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Farmers Markets in Louisville

Farmers Markets in Louisville

Are you looking for a farmers markets in Louisville? It's a great way to shop for fresh, unique items and ...
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josephine scultpure park

Day trip to Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort

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fishing in louisville

Where to go fishing in Louisville with kids

Fishing with kids can be a lot of fun and certainly provide memories for a lifetime. Louisville and some surrounding ...
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Buttermilk Falls Kentucky

Buttermilk Falls – Day Trip to Brandenburg Kentucky

Day Trip to Brandenburg, KY and Buttermilk Falls Brandenburg is in Meade County and is about an hour, maximum, from ...
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brown county state park

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park in Indiana is an hour and a half north of Louisville. This gem of a park ...
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Spraygrounds and Splash Areas in and around Louisville

Spraygrounds and Splash Areas in and around Louisville

Spraygrounds and splashpads in Louisville are a great way for the kids to cool off in summer! Are you searching ...
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farm tour near Louisville

Farm Tour near Louisville with animal encounters

Black Horse Manor offers custom farm tours for families Alpacas, horses, donkeys, and other farm animals will greet you on ...
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outdoor dining

Best Outdoor Dining in Louisville, KY

What are some great restaurants for outdoor dining in Louisville? These Louisville local restaurants await your company in their superb ...
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Family Friendly Hiking Trails around Louisville

Find family friendly hiking trails around look Louisville to get exercise together and enjoy nature. We have so many wonderful ...
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drive-in movies near louisville

Drive-in Movies near Louisville

Drive-in movies have become very popular in 2020. Maybe this is one positive thing about the pandemic? Since the weather ...
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kayak rentals

Kayak, Canoe, Boat Rentals near Louisville

Looking for a fun day on the water? There are many places around Louisville that rent kayaks, canoes, boats, or ...
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Tips for visiting Red River Gorge

Tips for visiting Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge

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Apple Picking & Apple Orchards near Louisville

Apple Picking & Apple Orchards near Louisville

Apple Picking near Louisville! Here are a few places you can go to pick-your-own apples. Apple picking is so much ...
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waterfalls around Louisville

Waterfalls near Louisville

Waterfalls are all over the Louisville area. Hike trails to find beautiful waterfalls for exploring and playing with your kids ...
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trail rides

Horseback Riding and Trail Rides near Louisville

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lakes around louisville

Swimming lakes around Louisville

Lakes are great and there are lots of them within a two hour drive of Louisville. We have compiled a ...
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How to make sidewalk chalk paint

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Free Outdoor Movies around Louisville

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Drive-Thru Safari near Louisville at Wilstem

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Feed Animals and Go Hiking at Blackacre Conservancy

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Calendar

Calendar

Are you looking for events in Louisville? Here are a ton of family fun Louisville events. Things to do today! ...
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Deam Lake (IN) State Recreational Area

Deam Lake (IN) State Recreational Area

Beach is open for 2020. No boat rentals during the week. Concession stand is only open Friday - Sunday. Bathrooms/showers ...
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Public Art & Murals in Louisville

Louisville is abundant with art you can see from your car or on your walk. Murals and sculptures are all ...
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Ice Cream Trucks & Shave Ice Trucks in Louisville (and other treats)

Ice Cream Trucks Louisville and Shave Ice Trucks bring the treats to you! Where is the ice cream truck?? Weather ...
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Top 10 Places for Spring Farm Family Fun & Berry Picking near Louisville

Top 10 Places for Spring Farm Family Fun & Berry Picking near Louisville

Strawberry picking and other spring farm family fun near Louisville. Pick other seasonal fruits as well! We are all so ...
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Charlestown State Park and the Historical Rose Island Amusement Park

Charlestown State Park and the Historical Rose Island Amusement Park

Family hikes at Charlestown State Park to Historical Rose Island Amusement Park I grew up a river rat in a ...
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Family Day Out by the Ohio River

Family Day Out by the Ohio River

Playgrounds and playgrounds may not be open in summer 2020. My family and I decided to spend the day at ...
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Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

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Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park

This post about Clifty Falls State Park is a few years old. Some of the information may have changed. And, ...
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Free Fishing Weekend in Kentucky

Free Fishing Weekend is June 6-7 in Kentucky This weekend, no license is required to fish in Kentucky. If fishing ...
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sunflower picking

Sunflower Picking at Huber’s

Huber's Orchard and Winery is now offering sunflower picking. Take photos, pick flowers, enjoy the sunshine. U-pick sunflowers are available, ...
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Louisville Zoo Extends Wild Lights

The popular Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival Presented by T-Mobile has been extended and will be open Thursday – Sunday ...
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Swimming holes

Swimming Holes Around Kentucky

It's summer and it's HOT! Good thing Kentucky is known for some amazing watering holes that are guaranteed to cool ...
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Public Swimming Pools Directory - Louisville, KY and beyond

Public Swimming Pools Directory – Louisville, KY and beyond

Pools around Louisville Pools around Louisville - Summer fun is swimming and if you want to beat the heat, these ...
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Discount Admission to the Louisville Zoo

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90 Days of Louisville Summer

90 Days of Louisville Summer

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Indoor Fun
 
Hey, air conditioning is nice in the summer. We are totally down with hanging out inside but still, we look for ways to break up the day with projects. Here are some ideas. 
 
Some days, you have no choice! If it’s a rainy day or just unbearably hot, you want to stay home. And, with the pandemic, I know I have been avoiding indoor places. There are some museums and such open so check those out if you want. Many of them are limiting admission and have strict cleaning regimes that they detail online. 
 
summer reading

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs around Louisville Help your kids prevent the dreaded "summer slide" by participating in over a dozen free ...
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Where to get Cookie Kits

Where to get Cookie Kits

Cookie kits have become a popular way for local bakeries to provide curbside options. And, it's fun for the family ...
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Louisville Area Retail Deals

Louisville Area Retail Deals

During these times Louisville is sticking together and showing support. Below is the list of Retail businesses that are shifting ...
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Tea parties to go

This local business offers Tea Parties to Go

This local business has innovated to offer tea parties TO GO! We are at home wondering....what next? We have an ...
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Kentucky Coloring Pages

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Summer Movie Deals around Louisville, KY

Summer Movie Deals around Louisville, KY

Are you looking for summer movie deals? Throughout the summer, movie theaters and libraries offer deals for families. For indoor ...
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90 Days of Louisville Summer

90 Days of Louisville Summer

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Day Trips/Nearby Travel
 
You gotta get out of here? There are places close by to visit and explore and feel like you got a taste of vacation without even using a tank of gas!
 
This has been a really popular topic this year. Day trips fulfill our need for those summer getaways. And, if you stick to Kentucky, you are making safer choices for your family and those around you during the pandemic. 
 
Why not explore our wonderful state and get to know the fun that’s right here. 
 
summer day trips from Louisville

20+ Amazing Summer Day Trips from Louisville

Summer is for day trips and making memories. Take your kids on an adventure for the day and you won't ...
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A Day Trip to Georgetown, Kentucky

A Day Trip to Georgetown, Kentucky

A day of family fun is just an hour away in Georgetown, Kentucky. We recently spent a day burning off ...
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Buttermilk Falls Kentucky

Buttermilk Falls – Day Trip to Brandenburg Kentucky

Day Trip to Brandenburg, KY and Buttermilk Falls Brandenburg is in Meade County and is about an hour, maximum, from ...
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Land between the Lakes vacation itinerary

Land Between the Lakes Vacation Itinerary

Land Between the Lakes is an excellent vacation spot for Louisville families with lake and land fun for everyone If ...
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Farm Tour near Louisville with animal encounters

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Drive-thru Dinosaur event in Cincinnati

Jurassic Quest at Coney Island Amusement Park August 21 - August 30, 2020 Over 70 dinosaurs true-to-detail (and size) will ...
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Day trip to Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort

Tips for visiting Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, a unique Kentucky space for families Day trips are so important in ...
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Apple Picking & Apple Orchards near Louisville

Apple Picking & Apple Orchards near Louisville

Apple Picking near Louisville! Here are a few places you can go to pick-your-own apples. Apple picking is so much ...
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Tips for visiting Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge

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sunflower picking

Sunflower Picking at Huber’s

Huber's Orchard and Winery is now offering sunflower picking. Take photos, pick flowers, enjoy the sunshine. U-pick sunflowers are available, ...
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Unique Vacation Spots in Kentucky

Unique Vacation Spots in Kentucky

Kentucky has some really cool places to stay if you are looking for an unusual spot to do something different! ...
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Swimming lakes around Louisville

Lakes are great and there are lots of them within a two hour drive of Louisville. We have compiled a ...
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Piomingo family camp

YMCA Camp Piomingo Family Camp

Did you kids miss camp this summer? YMCA Camp Piomingo is hosting Family Camp weekend Spend a weekend at camp ...
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Cabin rentals near Louisville

Cabin Rentals near Louisville

Are you looking for the perfect family cabin to rent within 3 hours of Louisville? Choose from many cabin rentals ...
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kayak rentals

Kayak, Canoe, Boat Rentals near Louisville

Looking for a fun day on the water? There are many places around Louisville that rent kayaks, canoes, boats, or ...
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Salato Wildlife Education Center

Salato Wildlife Education Center

Salato Wildlife Education Center offers animal encounters in the heart of Kentucky. Some of this information may be different for ...
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trail rides

Horseback Riding and Trail Rides near Louisville

Are you looking for horseback riding in Louisville? Here are some options for trail rides. Saddle up! Kentucky is one ...
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summer day trips from Louisville

Drive-Thru Safari near Louisville at Wilstem

New Drive-Thru Safari near Louisville at Wilstem will open June 14, 2020 Have a unique day at Wilstem on their ...
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Covered Wagon Overnight Getaway

Take a step back in time and stay at overnight in a covered wagon This unique family getaway is nearby ...
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waterfalls around Louisville

Waterfalls near Louisville

Waterfalls are all over the Louisville area. Hike trails to find beautiful waterfalls for exploring and playing with your kids ...
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Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

With spring just around the corner, we took a drive about a 40 minute drive southwest of Louisville to hike ...
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Top 10 Day Trips from Louisville, KY

Top 10 Day Trips from Louisville, KY

Looking for a good day trip from Louisville. Have a free day to spend with the family? Why not take ...
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Review of Falls of the Ohio State Park - a day trip

Review of Falls of the Ohio State Park – a day trip

A group of friends and I took our families to Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville. We explored ...
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Deam Lake (IN) State Recreational Area

Deam Lake (IN) State Recreational Area

Beach is open for 2020. No boat rentals during the week. Concession stand is only open Friday - Sunday. Bathrooms/showers ...
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90 Days of Louisville Summer

90 Days of Louisville Summer

It is the perfect time to go exploring and try new summer activities. Louisville and the surrounding area had lots ...
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Review of Bryant's Blueberries

Review of Bryant’s Blueberries

Blueberry picking near Louisville! Love blueberry picking? If you love blueberries, then a trip to Bryant Blueberries in New Salisbury, ...
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Learning Fun

 

What? Learning in the summer? YES! Learning can totally take different forms in the summer so why not give it a try. The library and the cultural pass are great resources and here are some more. 
 
Look for learning fun around you. On the day trips or the outdoor fun ideas we posted, there are plenty of learning opportunities. Kids need to be exposed to nature and make connections between their world and everyone’s world. Get kids outside and in different environments in order to all them opportunities to wonder about anything!
 
summer reading

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs around Louisville Help your kids prevent the dreaded "summer slide" by participating in over a dozen free ...
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coloring pages

Kentucky Coloring Pages

Get out your crayons, markers, colored pencils, or whatever your chosen medium is, print out some of our Kentucky coloring ...
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LFPL digital resources

Using E-Services Louisville Free Public Library Card & Curbside Service

Access free resources online through Louisville Free Public Library with your library card! The COVID-19 pandemic has kept the Louisville ...
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Louisville Cultural Pass

Louisville Cultural Pass

The Cultural Pass for Louisville families is here! Get your pass online, it's free. Louisville families can enjoy learning fun ...
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josephine scultpure park

Day trip to Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort

Tips for visiting Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, a unique Kentucky space for families Day trips are so important in ...
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farm tour near Louisville

Farm Tour near Louisville with animal encounters

Black Horse Manor offers custom farm tours for families Alpacas, horses, donkeys, and other farm animals will greet you on ...
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Best bubble recipe

Best bubbles: A recipe for unbreakable bubbles

Bubbles are fun for the little ones but can be so much fun for older kids and parents when made ...
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Summer Camps

Summer Camps

The best summer camps in Louisville. Louisville has amazing opportunities for kids from sleep-away to day camps. There are many ...
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learning at home

School’s Out Learning Fun at Home

There are many resources available to keep kids learning at home. We have made a manageable list of ideas to ...
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Salato Wildlife Education Center

Salato Wildlife Education Center

Salato Wildlife Education Center offers animal encounters in the heart of Kentucky. Some of this information may be different for ...
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Louisville zoo discounts

Discount Admission to the Louisville Zoo

Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth at the Louisville Zoo Louisville Zoo discounts are available throughout ...
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Active Fun
 
Active kids are happy kids, get them tired! But, with 2020 being so different and pools being an uncertainty, same with the spraygrounds and playgrounds, how do we keep our kids active?
 
This is for the parents too. The pandemic has thrown us all curve balls and I know some parents have had a hard time with fitness routines. If you build movement into your family fun, you are building a healthy family! You are also modeling for your kids that moving their bodies can be satisfying, see what you body can do. 
 
Buttermilk Falls Kentucky

Buttermilk Falls – Day Trip to Brandenburg Kentucky

Day Trip to Brandenburg, KY and Buttermilk Falls Brandenburg is in Meade County and is about an hour, maximum, from ...
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Week in Preview

Week in Preview

Welcome to the Week in Preview where we highlight weekday family fun opportunities. Here are my picks for weekday family ...
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bike paths

Family Bike Paths in Louisville

Louisville has some great family bike paths to explore, from paved to dirt. We have even added a few places ...
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Swimming holes

Swimming Holes Around Kentucky

It's summer and it's HOT! Good thing Kentucky is known for some amazing watering holes that are guaranteed to cool ...
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Apple Picking & Apple Orchards near Louisville

Apple Picking & Apple Orchards near Louisville

Apple Picking near Louisville! Here are a few places you can go to pick-your-own apples. Apple picking is so much ...
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Public Swimming Pools Directory - Louisville, KY and beyond

Public Swimming Pools Directory – Louisville, KY and beyond

Pools around Louisville Pools around Louisville - Summer fun is swimming and if you want to beat the heat, these ...
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Tips for visiting Red River Gorge

Tips for visiting Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge

Families are visiting Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge now more than ever. Many families are visiting areas of Kentucky ...
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feed animals blackacre nature preserve

Feed Animals and Go Hiking at Blackacre Conservancy

Blackacre is open for hiking and to feed animals in Louisville. Their historic homestead is free to visit! Blackacre State ...
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Swimming lakes around Louisville

Lakes are great and there are lots of them within a two hour drive of Louisville. We have compiled a ...
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fishing in louisville

Where to go fishing in Louisville with kids

Fishing with kids can be a lot of fun and certainly provide memories for a lifetime. Louisville and some surrounding ...
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waterfalls around Louisville

Waterfalls near Louisville

Waterfalls are all over the Louisville area. Hike trails to find beautiful waterfalls for exploring and playing with your kids ...
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trail rides

Horseback Riding and Trail Rides near Louisville

Are you looking for horseback riding in Louisville? Here are some options for trail rides. Saddle up! Kentucky is one ...
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90 Days of Louisville Summer

90 Days of Louisville Summer

It is the perfect time to go exploring and try new summer activities. Louisville and the surrounding area had lots ...
Read More
hiking trials louisville

Family Friendly Hiking Trails around Louisville

Find family friendly hiking trails around look Louisville to get exercise together and enjoy nature. We have so many wonderful ...
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Charlestown State Park and the Historical Rose Island Amusement Park

Charlestown State Park and the Historical Rose Island Amusement Park

Family hikes at Charlestown State Park to Historical Rose Island Amusement Park I grew up a river rat in a ...
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Salato Wildlife Education Center

Salato Wildlife Education Center

Salato Wildlife Education Center offers animal encounters in the heart of Kentucky. Some of this information may be different for ...
Read More
Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

With spring just around the corner, we took a drive about a 40 minute drive southwest of Louisville to hike ...
Read More
Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park

This post about Clifty Falls State Park is a few years old. Some of the information may have changed. And, ...
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Review of Bryant's Blueberries

Review of Bryant’s Blueberries

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Fun at Home
 
Just want to spend the days at home? There are experiments, art, and retail deals for bringing fun into your home while supporting local businesses. You can totally have summer fun at home!
 
Home doesn’t have to be all bad. All summer, if we have an active week, I build in an at-home day so the kids can have a day to relax, get into games, watch a movie, and help me cook. 
 
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Kentucky Coloring Pages

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Louisville Cultural Pass

Louisville Cultural Pass

The Cultural Pass for Louisville families is here! Get your pass online, it's free. Louisville families can enjoy learning fun ...
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Best bubble recipe

Best bubbles: A recipe for unbreakable bubbles

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learning at home

School’s Out Learning Fun at Home

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Easy Bread Recipes

Easy Bread Recipes

Easy Bread recipes using very few ingredients Do you need more bread but can't find any in the stores or ...
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Favorite Crock Pot Recipes

Favorite Crock Pot Recipes

Tami ~ Chicken with Cranberries We love this one in the fall! Nicolle ~ Chicken Tortilla Soup (I usually use ...
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How to make sidewalk chalk paint

We have tried sidewalk chalk paint recipes before but this one actually worked? Let us tell you how to make ...
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Where to get Cookie Kits

Where to get Cookie Kits

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Louisville Area Retail Deals

Louisville Area Retail Deals

During these times Louisville is sticking together and showing support. Below is the list of Retail businesses that are shifting ...
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Slow Cooked Apple Butter (Crock Pot recipe)

Slow Cooked Apple Butter (Crock Pot recipe)

You can get the greatest smell going in your house and really feel that fall spirit coming out! How about ...
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