Activities in Louisville

$13 for $25 Worth of Paint-Your-Own Pottery at Paint Spot 

Paint Spot

East Louisville

$25 $13

Selections from more than 500 figurines, plates, mugs, and piggy banks splashed with vibrant, nontoxic paints

Two, Four, or Six Admissions to Mega Quest at Louisville Mega Cavern (Up to 53% Off)

Louisville Mega Cavern

Poplar Level

$78 $45

Traverse an obstacle challenge course of hanging ropes and bridges in this underground cavern.

Midwest Clean Comedy All-Stars at The Bard's Town Theater on September 26–November 22 (Up to 44% Off)

Midwest Clean Comedy All-Stars

The Bard's Town Theater

$14.18 $8

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Laugh along to standup comics without the worries of crassness in sets suitable for all ages

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist – Renegades of Rhythm Tour at Mercury Ballroom on September 22 (Up to 50% Off)

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist - Renegades of Rhythm Tour

Mercury Ballroom

$30.25 $15

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DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist collaborate using Afrika Bambaataa’s original record collection to celebrate his & Zulu Nation's 40th anniversary

$99 for 20-Minute Biplane Tour of Louisville from Classic Biplane Tours ($185 Value)

Classic Biplane Tours

Bowman

$185 $99

Certified pilots helm fire-engine-red biplanes to circle downtown Louisville, Churchill Downs, and Ohio River

Nick Swardson: Taste It Tour at The Louisville Palace on September 25 at 8 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

Nick Swardson: Taste It Tour

Louisville Palace

$47 $20

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Comedian best known for Benchwarmers and Reno 911! tours and preps for a new Comedy Central special

Derby City Comedy Festival, September 17–20 (Up to 75% Off)

Derby City Comedy Festival

Multiple Locations

$40 $10

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Festival welcomes local and nationally touring comedians for four days of laughs

Three Rounds of Mini Golf for Two or Four at Putt-Putt Fun Center (Up to 47% Off)

Putt-Putt Fun Center

East Louisville

$18 $10

Three 18-hole miniature-golf courses showcase distinct obstacles, including waterfalls and animal-themed scenery.

Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two, Four, Six, or Ten at Iceland Sports Complex (50% Off)

Iceland Sports Complex

Lyndon

$16 $9

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Two full-size rinks welcome guests during open-skate hours throughout the week

Two Races for One or Two people at Bluegrass Indoor Karting (Up to 46% Off)

Bluegrass Indoor Karting

East Louisville

$36 $20

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Gas-powered karts reach speeds of up to 40 mph along a 1,000-ft. track during electronically timed laps; karts for kids and adults

Abbey Road On The River at The Galt House Hotel and Belvedere Festival Park, October 24–26 (Up to 43% Off)

Abbey Road On The River

Belvedere Festival Park

$64.44 $40

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Beatles tribute acts, original Wings members, and touring rockers celebrate Sir Paul McCartney's impending first trip to Louisville

Pumpkin-Patch and Corn-Maze Visit for 4 or Up to 10 at Deere Farms (Up to 48% Off)

Deere Farms

Deere Farms

$32 $18

Visitors pick pumpkins and follow maps through more than 5 miles of professionally designed mazes

Louisville Cardinals Hockey Game for Two or Four at Iceland Sports Complex (Up to 50% Off)

University of Louisville Cardinals Hockey

Iceland Sports Complex

$14 $7

The Louisville Cardinals take on opponents at the Iceland Sports Complex throughout the 2014-15 season

Two or Four 30-MInute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Showtime Saddlebreds and Academy (Up to 51% Off)

Showtime Saddlebreds and Academy

East Louisville

$70 $35

30-minute private lessons acclimate newcomers to the world of horseback riding

10 or 20 Drop-In CrossFit Classes or Beginner's CrossFit Ramp On Course at TriQFit (Up to 73% Off)

TriQFit

Louisville

$100 $29

Get in shape in fun, challenging CrossFit classes with high-intensity routines of exercises to foster endurance, stamina, and strength

One Month of Boot-Camp Classes with Optional Personal Training at BareFit Personal Training (Up to 66% Off)

BareFit Personal Training

Louisville

$85 $29

Boot-camp classes take place five times every day; most workout equipment made from recycled, reclaimed materials

10 Beginner Taekwondo Classes or One Month of Unlimited Taekwondo Classes at Hwang's Martial Arts (Up to 79% Off)

Hwang's Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$190 $39

Helmed by an Olympic medalist in Judo, an experienced group of instructors & staff lead classes for students of all experience levels & ages

5 or 10 Weight-Loss Boot-Camp Classes at Victory Fit Camp (66% Off)

Victory Fit Camp

Elite Fitness

$80 $27

Two-hour boot camps take place indoors or on outdoor obstacle courses; workouts influenced by the training techniques of the US Marine Corps

Gym Memberships with Fitness Classes at Snap Fitness (Up to 75% Off). Two Options Available.

Snap Fitness 24/7

Louisville

$135 $39

Memberships grant visitors 24/7 access to the gym's equipment and amenities; video-led group fitness classes include kickboxing and cycling

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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

In 1909, a group of local art enthusiasts banded together to foster a community appreciation for art and further the practice of creating art. More than three decades later, they moved from their home at the old Water Tower, and now fill their new space with workshops, classes, and exhibits. Louisville Visual Art Association remains dedicated to promoting local artists, artistic styles, and contemporary culture.

A team of instructors instills painting and sculpting skills in children of all ages with the Children's Fine Art Classes program, which lets kids hone their understanding of color and technique during nearly 40 classes and camps. They also teach adult art classes, and help economically and socially disadvantaged students exhibit their artwork through Open Doors. Six to eight annual exhibitions often showcase work from these programs, but may also display fabric and knit pieces from local artists, or house events such as custom plates, cups, and utensils fashioned by 16 national ceramics artists to recreate Salvador Dali’s themed dinner parties. Each year, staff also fill two galleries with up to 800 works from its children’s programs, and celebrate local restaurants and music at the annual Bacon Ball.

609 W. Main St.\
Louisville,
KY
US

Nearly three decade ago, New Orleans transplant Sharon Potter became so enamored with her new hometown of Kentucky that she raised 1.2 million dollars to assemble and present her own 4,000-image slideshow, KentuckyShow!, which celebrated the state’s unique beauty, culture, and history. In 2003 Potter was approached by the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau about the possibility of updating the visual spectacle and rose to the challenge with the help of seasoned producer Donna Lawrence and graphic designer Julius Friedman. The updated 32-minute documentary now amazes audiences with new high-definition images of the Bluegrass State, as well as narration by Hollywood starlet Ashley Judd and director’s commentary by Kentucky’s state bird, the northern cardinal.

Today, local and out-of-state visitors—enjoying jaw-dropping views of Kentucky’s gorgeous landscape and meeting some of the commonwealth’s most memorable characters from past and present—come to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts to feast their eyes on KentuckyShow!. Renée S. Gordon of the Philadelphia Sun referred to the majestic video tour as “an outstanding overview of the state’s multicultural history.”

501 W Main St
Louisville,
KY
US

Professional football player Corey Taylor always knew he was born to fling the pigskin, but it wasn’t until a serious knee injury that he discovered his true passion was coaching. It was during this time off the field when Corey began working as a performance coach at the Institute for Sports and Medicine, developing an appreciation and talent for the work while earning his credentials. Even after returning to football, Corey continued to work as a trainer at sports-performance facilities around the US for years.

Today, Corey teams up with a staff of fellow fitness aficionados to conduct a variety of sports-training and fitness programs at his facility. The coaches have trained athletes from all walks of life and disciplines—from youngsters to professional-football players to champion MMA fighters. Amidst the advanced training equipment of local fitness facilities, the trainers lead challenging workouts designed to enhance speed and agility, build strength, and prevent injuries. They also strive to impart mental techniques for performing under pressure, whether on the field, in the ring, or at a karaoke bar alongside professional Freddy Mercury impersonators.

1800 Elite Dr.
Louisville,
KY
US

At Bravo Dance Studio, owners Alex and Svetlana Ioukhnel understand that where learning to dance is concerned there is no single formula. That's why they've gathered a troupe of professional instructors to teach students of all levels and ages a variety of movement disciplines. A Latin-dance instructor teaches the latest moves seen at clubs, from Cuban-style salsa to bachata. The studio?s wedding-dance coordinator helps engaged couples create a memorable dance for their wedding reception. And, beginner students can start the adventure by learning basic steps that lay the groundwork for more advanced moves. Classes are held in the Bravo?s two sparkling ballrooms, outfitted with LED lights that dress the floating hardwood floors in red, blue, and green hues. The voices of Frank Sinatra, Duffy, and Barney the Dinosaur burst through the speakers during any given class, offering a variety of tunes to dance to. To keep toes twinkling, Friday nights feature social dance parties, where guests can practice their skills.

2138 Old Shepherdsville Rd
Louisville,
KY
US

Amid the hustle and bustle of the city, Louisville Nature Center offers a tranquil escape from urban sprawl. At its 41-acre Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, more than 2 miles of hiking trails wind past a verdant forest populated by 180 species of tree, shrub, and wildflower. The latter blooms in a native pond and garden, and dragonflies and 30 butterfly species in other gardens pay homage to Lord of the Flies by trying to collectively lift a conch. More creatures soar skyward inside one of Louisville's only bird blinds, where visitors can watch 150 species of resident and migratory birds fluttering about.

After exploring on their own, guests can relax on one the picnic tables or beneath the covered gazebo before joining in on special events such as owl hikes. Youngsters, meanwhile, can discover more nature factoids at summer camps, educational programs, or birthday parties, which include guided hikes and live animal presentations.

3745 Illinois Ave
Louisville,
KY
US