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Touring the Madness: Louisville, Kentucky

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | March 13, 2015

Touring the Madness: Louisville, Kentucky

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Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and was a primary stop along the Ohio River because of boats originally having to traverse the Falls of the Ohio, as there were no locks. A Union stronghold during the civil war, Louisville was a major point of escape for slaves prior to the war because Indiana was a free state. The city was also a large center for factory war production during WWII. Today, Louisville still deals in the shipping and cargo trades with UPS having their Worldport global air-freight hub at Louisville International Airport and with the city being the 7th largest inland port in the country. 

Here are a few cool things to do when you are in town to watch your team win.

Louisville Mega Cavern

Take a 60-70 minute tour of the seventeen miles of underground tunnels that run underneath the city of Louisville.  History and geology are showcased on the tour where guests will learn about mining, recycling, and green building technology as well. If you have the guts, check out the Mega Zips and Mega Quest, the world’s only fully underground zip line and high ropes course. The attraction is open year round

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

Most of us owned or used one at some point in our life, so now you can see where they were made. Since 1884, Louisville Slugger has been making bats, and you can see a demonstration of bat-making every day during the tours. Everyone takes home a mini souvenir bat, but if you are looking for a full size with your name on it, they can do that, too. Don’t forget to see the "big bat" while you are there and take that selfie.

America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood Tour

Louisville in one of the most haunted cities in America and most of those spirits hang out down in the Old Louisville neighborhood. Take the nightly tour and see a haunted church, a haunted street corner, a haunted park as well as old mansions and beautiful homes filled to the brim with ghosts. Tours are 90 minutes and offered up for $20.

Holy Grale

Setup in a Unitarian church originally built in 1905, Holy Grale is a pilgrimage for craft beer geeks and foodies alike. Specializing in farm-to-table and locally sourced foods, beer is the only spirit they sell here, so remember that before you go. Not a beer person? They will help you find something to please you palate nonetheless. If you have a party of eight or more, you can reserve a seat in their choir loft where they feature an additional six special taps of beer.

The English Grille

Located at the Brown Hotel, The English Grille has been serving up fine dining fare to guests since the early 1900s. As famous if not more so is their Hot Brown, a dish invented right there in 1926. The Hot Brown is an “open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown.” And now you know what you need to order when you get there, although the pork tenderloin is my go-to.

So there ya go!  Five things to keep your mind off of the impending doom of the collapse of your bracket while you are in Louisville. Where do you like to go in Louisville?  Have you ever gone down in those caves?  Let me know in the comments below.


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