Sightseeing in Clarksville


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It's one of Louisville Zoo's signature exhibits: inside the award-winning Glacier Run, guests venture into an imaginary gold-mining town on the edge of the wilderness. There, through gigantic windows, they can watch polar and grizzly bears dive through water, climb rugged cliffs, and dig through pits for tasty treats. But Glacier Run is just the beginning at the zoo, which sprawls across 134 acres and is home to more than 1,500 animals. The zoo first opened in 1969, and it has since become one of the region's most popular attractions. Aside from connecting with the animals, families can enjoy playgrounds, adventure ropes courses, and rides, including an antique carousel and two colorful trains. Several times per day, guests can also attend animal-training sessions, where they meet zookeepers and learn more about the animals.
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville,
KY
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There’s a fee to tour the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, but it doesn’t cost a thing to stroll along its Walk of Fame, a mile-long collection of bronze home plates that celebrate greats such as Babe Ruth and Ken Griffey Jr. At the end stands the worlds' biggest baseball bat, a 120-foot, 68,000-pound scale replica of the Babe's Slugger.
800 W Main St
Louisville,
KY
US
Images, multimedia presentations, and interactive exhibits share the legacy of the great boxer and the core values that shaped his life: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, and spirituality. Visitors can train like the champ, watch his most celebrated fights, and gaze at artwork created by kids from all over the world at the Hope and Dream Wall.
144 N 6th St
Louisville,
KY
US
The first hint that 21c isn’t your typical hotel: the 37-foot, gold-painted replica of Michelangelo's David, that’s stationed outside. The first sign that’s it’s not your typical museum? How about the fact that the art gallery is open 24/7 giving the public round-the-clock access to 9,000-square-feet of rotating and permanent exhibits, including its famous red penguins.
700 W Main St
Louisville,
KY
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The largest publisher and distributer of education aids for the visually impaired, American Printing House for The Blind welcomes visitors to tour its factory and a museum that explores the evolution of those materials. Here, visitors are encouraged to use senses other than their eyes as they learn about braille and watch talking books get made.
1839 Frankfort Ave
Louisville,
KY
US
As dawn breaks over the campsite, soldiers begin stirring in their tents. Some tend to breakfasts over campfires while others see to the artillery. It's a scene straight from a Revolutionary War encampment?and that's exactly the way the reenactors intended it. Each year, roughly 275 of them flock to Locust Grove to camp out for two days, each of which ends with an artfully staged mock battle. But when visitors come to the 18th Century Market Fair, they won't just find battle awaiting them. Top-notch craftsmen and artisans also roam the grounds, hawking replicas of 18th-century military and household items. "It's all very reminiscent of the type of market days they would have had during this time period," says Locust Grove's program director, Mary Beth Williams. Cooks dish up stews, pies, and cornbread alongside wine, ales, and apple cider. Nearby, families and historical buffs alike cheer on jugglers, watch as women prepare meals in the colonial kitchen, and listen to live music. And it's not just adults and time travelers creating the historical scene. "There's a lot of re-enactors of all ages," Mary Beth says. "I think it's particularly fun for kids to see other kids running around in period costume." The fair's grounds lend to the historical accuracy. William and Lucy Clark Croghan built Locust Grove in 1790, on 55 acres of rolling land. To this day, their original Federal-style house remains, with its separate kitchen, icehouse, spring house, and barn. Over the years, Locust Grove was inhabited by Revolutionary War commander George Rogers Clark and served as a stopping point for Lewis and Clark as they walked across America as part of an early Nike ad campaign.
561 Blankenbaker Ln.
Louisville,
KY
US
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