What are the five best things to do with kids in Louisville?

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Louisville is not a city where parents traveling with their children have to work hard to keep the family entertained, as most of the major attractions that adults would visit anyway cater to kids. Much of the city’s dining scene also slants in favor of the little ones. Here is Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ list of the five best things to do with kids in Louisville
1.Hands-on discovery. The Louisville Science Center is a modern interactive museum aimed at kids of all ages, with over 150 learning stations, and a dedicated KidZone for the youngest visitors. All of these exhibits are slanted toward hands-on activity.
2. Play ball. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is the best facility devoted to our national pastime this side of Cooperstown, and kids love seeing the bats made, and especially the 120-foot high replica of Babe Ruth’s bat outside the front door (which makes for the perfect photo op).
3. Derby days. While adults will thoroughly enjoy the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, the exhibits are carefully planned to be suitable for and enjoyable to the younger crowd. It’s not just artifacts, but rather a learning experience in what it takes to make a champion thoroughbred, from breeding to the big race.
4. Rolling on the river. A National Landmark, the Belle of Louisville is the oldest river-going steamboat in operation in this country, and daily plies the waters of the Ohio River on lunch and dinner cruises.
5. The Olmsted Park System. While his Central Park in New York City and Emerald Necklace around Boston are more famous, many critics consider Louisville’s network of three major – and fifteen minor – tree-lined parks to be the crowning achievement of the Father of Landscape Architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted.

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