Leaning like an all-American obelisk on its building, the Louisville Slugger Museum's signature giant-size baseball bat is recognized as the biggest piece of ash that will never see any action on the diamond. Inside the facility, visitors are treated to a baseball experience that details the history of this iconic Major League Baseball fixture since 1884. The best part is the 30-minute tour of the factory floor, where you'll see real Sluggers being crafted out of raw timber. When you enter, sign up for the chance to obtain your own signature bat, it will be ready by the time you leave.
Explore Louisville Mega Cavern in a historic tram where you ride through 17 miles (27 km) of dark passageways beneath the city of Louisville. Learn about geology, history, mining techniques, recycling and green business technology as well as witness where 50,000 people would have sheltered during the Cold War Era. You can also go on 'Mega Zips', an adventure tour that features five underground zip-lines, three challenge bridges and over two hours of adrenaline. Another great tour only offered from November through December is 'Lights Under Louisville'. This underground holiday light show is perfect for the season, where guests drive through an underground passageway festooned with holiday lights.
Zanzabar is a local institution. Since its opening in 1938 it has changed templates many times, but it has always remained a local watering hole. The recent incarnation has it all, from old-school arcade games and pinball tournament nights to local farm-to-table food and live music, things have surely changed since those prewar days. The food and drinks are outstanding, but a lot of people come just to revert back to their childhood with games like Paperboy, Asteroids, Frogger and Donkey Kong. When you add the live music, this version of Zanzabar appears as if it is the best one in the last 80 years.
This eerie, old sanatorium was originally constructed in 1910 to hold tuberculosis patients and their contagion before the advent of modern antibiotics. It ceased to function as a health center in 1962 and since then many consider this former sanatorium to be haunted. It has constantly been portrayed in popular culture as such and today the new owners conduct ghost tours of the property. The tours vary from an ephemeral two-hour excursion through the rooms to a more comprehensive 8 hour 'paranormal investigation' on the whole property.
Located at the University of Louisville, the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium provides an exciting look at the heavens. The 160-seat theater gives audiences a 360-degree view of a realistic night sky from their tilted seats. With special holiday events, daily shows, enlightening lectures, and group discounts, the planetarium is a stellar way to begin or further a lifelong interest in the universe beyond this planet.
For a moment when you're walking along Louisville's West Main Street, don't be surprised if you're struck by a sudden Liliputian feeling. It is most probably courtesy of the over-sized baseball bat leaning out from near a building. Touted as the world's largest baseball bat, this carbon steel marvel is 120 foot (36.57 meters) tall and marks the site of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. What's more, it is the exact replica of the legendary American baseball player Babe Ruth's Louisville Slugger bat. While you can view the giant bat for free, a visit to the associated museum requires a small fee.