Enjoying Louisville with Kids

A friend and I had planned this mom and kids Louisville trip for awhile. She lives in Bowling Green and we live in Clarksville, TN.

We met when our now 10-year-olds were in the same Kindergarten class. At the end of that school year we were sad to see them move but vowed to keep in touch. Now our youngest are about to start kindergarten. We have and we truly loved this 2 day adventure six of us shared.

Our view from the Science Center parking lot!

Kentucky Science Center

When we arrived we went straight to the Kentucky Science Center. We stayed for several hours – there are four floors. There was so much to see and do! We had been to the Nashville science center but were pleasantly surprised that this center had different offerings. The little kids especially loved the water area so that was saved for last. They have a Subway in the science center so we could just have lunch there.





We left some time to explore downtown Louisville for a bit. Based on some research I knew that Nulu was a fun area, particularly around E Market. We stopped at Louisville Cream for some awesome ice cream – a must. We wanted to find the shop with beautiful umbrellas overhead so we were delighted to find Red Tree. It’s a cool and eclectic furniture and gift shop. There’s a surprise around every corner and a feast for the eyes. Next to Red Tree is a little macaron shop, but our peeps were still sugared up from the ice cream, so we passed.

Pistachio honeycomb


I have read that this is the best ice cream in the city.
Red Tree

West Market

We set off on foot and headed to the Louisville Visitor Center. I really wanted a picture of the iconic neon Louisville sign but was disappointed to find it partially covered with some branding for an upcoming event. It was still neat to browse around. They have maps and all kinds of gifts and a few noteworthy Louisville exhibits including a wax Colonel Sanders.

Colonel Sanders, is the chicken real?
Madeline said she wanted to find a horse with a white diamond on its head on our trip and she found a whole table of them!


The iconic neon Louisville sign

From there we spotted multiple fountains at 400 West Market. Our kids love fountains! Fun fact: 400 West Market is the tallest building in Kentucky and cost $100 million to build. It’s the one with the dome on top.

Fountains at 400 W Market

Shortly after we headed to dinner at Mussel and Burger. It was on every top Louisville restaurants blog post that I read, voted 2018 Louisville Best Burger, has been featured on Travel Channel and Food Network, and had a 4.5 star rating on Yelp. We moms and my oldest daughter are all about some mussels and the other kiddos were great with beef so there was something for everyone. The charcuterie was to die for! My curry mussels were so amazing and so were the ones in white wine. We got the appetizer sized order and it was more than enough to fill up on.

Mussel and Burger voted best burger 2018


It was nice to be close to the water almost everywhere we went in Louisville.

Our crew was ready to go back to the hotel and swim after dinner, but I kind of regret not checking out 21c Museum and Hotel that was right across the street. Everything I read sounded like that was going to be cool to explore, so check it out if you get a chance.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

Finding a hotel that allowed six to a room and comfortably accommodated our group was a challenge. I think we were all happy with SpringHill Suites by Marriott. We had two queens and a sofa bed. The two older girls were good with the sofa bed which gave them their own area. The hotel had a pool which the kids loved and free breakfast which was delicious and had so much to offer! It was literally just a few blocks away from everything we wanted to do, except for the zoo.

What matters to kids on vacation. Truly.

Our final day we hit the Louisville Zoo so I cover that in a separate post. Too much to tell!

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