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Old 09-29-2020, 04:49 PM
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Impromptu trip scheduled a few weeks ago prior to...well, you know...to get together with my BIL/SIL and their kid. We'll be dragging along our two crumb snatchers as well. Now I know areas of downtown are...ill advised (and perhaps blocked off), but those in the know, what would you suggest? We'll be taking the kids to some sort of jack-o-lantern thing at Iroquois Park and mostly (ie, completely) avoiding downtown at night...but would like to check out some restaurants/perhaps a distillery during the day. We will have 3 kids ages 1-3 with us at all times. That said, thoughts on the following?

- something about a cavern?
- zoo
- Louisville Slugger museum
- Highlands district?
- Market district
- Bardstown worth the drive?

Thanks in advance.
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Carry.
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My first consideration as well.
Old 09-29-2020, 05:01 PM
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I lived in Etown for my first job out of college. Yes, a trip to mammoth cave is worth it especially if you have kids. Alot of nice restaurants on Bardstown Road but I forget half of them by now. Bardstown itself has probably changed alot since I moved there but I remember a nice restaurant there. Churchill Downs is also worth a visit.
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Thanks, I've heard the Bardstown Road (I'm assuming Higlands district) area is nice.

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I know this isn't helpful but there was a skyline chili we used to go to on Bardstown Road after the bars closed that was great. As far as Bardstown, I just don't remember much there except for the bourbon houses and the one historic restaurant. That was in the early 90's. As I said earlier, Mammoth Cave would be a hit with the kids I would think.
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10-4, appreciate it. We have a visit to Mammoth Cave planned.

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Although it has quieted down stay AWAY from downtown. I live 8 miles away on the Indiana side and will now not even consider going downtown for anything in Louisville.
Be sure to carry.
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Nice area, good luck
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Went to Mammoth this summer. Cool AF. The history of it is crazy, both geologically and the modern history.
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Get a Hot Brown sandwich at the Brown Hotel for a late lunch/early dinner, they're legendary

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Holy crap that hotel and sandwich look awesome!
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The hotel and sandwich ARE awesome, even better than the photos!
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Hide out in the tavern troll bar under the bridge....
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Well we arrove last night and have an AirBnB out by UofL.

Believe we are planning on the zoo today, and perhaps a distillery or 3.

Wish us luck.
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Old 10-02-2020, 07:23 AM
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Definitely hit up Bardstown. I was born in Louisville, even though I'm a Florida cracker now. Don't forget it's pronounced "lul-vul"...NOT like "St. Louis"-ville. If you say it wrong, they'll know "you ain't from around here".

While you're in Bardstown, there's breweries and My Old Kentucky Home (Stephen Foster). Not sure what's open and what's not, however. Mammoth Cave is about an hour and a half south of you, ftr.
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If you're doing the bourbon trail, do yourself a HUGE favor. Go to Lexington first. Go to JUSTIN'S HOUSE OF BOURBON!!!

Enjoy, you're welcome
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On the way to the caves, you’ll be going right past Ft Knox.

Seeing the Federal Gold Depository is kind of neat, and the Patton armor museum has a huge collection of tanks & armored vehicles and is worth a visit.

(and ZERO concerns for civil unrest there!)

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