Where has the time gone? August has already arrived and there are still so many summer bucket list activities we haven’t checked off. To make the most of these final few weeks, we’ve pulled together a list of our to-do’s before the season is over. Here are our top things to do in Louisville before summer ends!
Go to a farmers’ market.
Louisville has an incredible selection of farmers’ markets all over town. A great summer activity is heading to one to shop and then staying to eat. Some of the best food in town is prepared fresh at our local farmers’ markets. Check out our “2019 Guide to Farmers’ Markets” here.
Eat at a food truck.
Louisville’s food trucks have been all the rage this summer and with good reason. They provide tasty, gourmet eats with a casual vibe all around the city. What’s not to love? We laid out the ultimate Louisville Food Truck Guide, including what to get and where to find it.
Eat at Polly’s Freeze, Dairy Kastle, or anywhere else that has outside seating.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying your favorite foods or treats like ice cream outside in the summer. Whether you take a quick venture out of the ‘Ville into Indiana to experience traditional summer eats at Polly’s Freeze or head down to Dairy Kastle for some of the best soft serve in town, there are plenty of places for outside seating in Louisville to let you soak up the summer sun or treasure the endless nights.
Go on an underground zip line.
The world’s only fully underground zip line course is housed right here in Kentucky at the Louisville Mega Cavern. Tour guides will take you into never-before-seen sections of the man-made cavern and more than 100 feet underground, with the entire adventure lasting two and a half hours.
There are six underground zip lines, including a dual racing zip and two challenge bridges that will put your skills to the test. Tickets for this unforgettable experience start at $79.99 on the weekdays and $89.99 on the weekends. Group rates for 12 or more people are available upon request. Minimum age is 7 years old.
Explore nature and sit in some really big chairs.
Have you noticed the massive Adirondack chairs at Joe Creason Park? This is a fun picture to take, especially after a day of hiking and nature. Joe Creason Park shares a space with the Louisville Nature Center, across the street from the Louisville Zoo property. This is a quiet space to explore great trails through the Bluegrass Nature Preserve and to learn more about the wildlife and natural wonders in this “urban forest.”
Canoe or kayak the water trail in the Parklands of Floyds Fork.
Get some sunshine and exercise the fun way by renting a canoe or kayak from Blue Moon Canoe and Kayak and exploring the water trail along Floyds Fork. With seven paddling access points along the 62-mile Floyds Fork, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the beauty of this river and its surrounding forestry. Call (502) 753-9942 or email [email protected] to reserve a boat.
Take a dip at the FRP LaGrange Quarry.
Cool off from that August heat in some of the cleanest water Kentucky has to offer at the FRP LaGrange Quarry in La Grange. This park, nicknamed “The Quarry,” gets its refreshing water supply from rainfall. It took 15 years to accumulate, but now it means the park features no ground runoff, keeping its water in pristine condition for folks ages 18 and older to relax in and float the day away. Only a 20-minute drive from town, this trip makes a perfect quick getaway to kiss summer goodbye with a splash! FRP LaGrange Quarry is located at 2201 Fendley Mill Road, La Grange, KY 40031. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $15 per person to float and $15 per person for certified dives.
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Tour Cave Hill Cemetery.
No, this is not morbid! Touring one of the foremost cemeteries in the nation is a wonderful way to walk back in time with local historical figures such as George Rogers Clark, Colonel Harland Sanders and Muhammad Ali. You can drive or walk through Cave Hill Cemetery, and there are guides to show you the way to the “famous” people there. The cemetery is also an arboretum and a beautiful piece of land right in the middle of the Highlands off Bardstown Road.
Take a sunset cruise on the Belle of Louisville.
Be one of the more than 7 million people who have taken a cruise on “America’s last true Mississippi River Steamboat,” and watch the sky turn pink as you make your way along the mighty Ohio River. An excursion on the Belle of Louisville guarantees a night of beautiful sights and interesting facts about the history of our city and the Ohio River. The lunch and dinner cruises also include live entertainment or DJ service, as well as a full-service bar, dance floor and observation decks.
To experience a stunning Louisville sunset, we recommend the Dinner and Sightseeing cruise, which costs $46 for adults, $45 for seniors and $29 for children. Lunch cruises are offered for $38 for adults, $37 for seniors and $26 for children. If you just want the views without all that food, the Belle also offers sightseeing tickets for $23 for adults, $22 for seniors and $13 for children.
Go to a summer concert at Foxhollow Farm.
Enjoy local food and live music at the 6th Annual Sunset Concert Series at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood. There are Friday concerts on August 23 and September 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and free for all children in advance, while tickets at the door are $16 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Children younger than 3 are always free. Be sure to bring your chairs so you can comfortably set up shop for a great view of the band at sunset.
Check out a WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday
Waterfront Wednesdays are a true Louisville gem. With a perfect venue on the Big Four Lawn, these free concerts are so noteworthy, it is hard to believe they are free. What a great way to end your night — listening to live music while relaxing in the park and gazing at the Ohio River. The remaining concerts are August 28 and September 25, so you have two more chances to go before the season ends. Gates open at 5 p.m., with music starting at 6 p.m.
Attend a seasonal event.
Grab yourself a corn dog at the Kentucky State Fair, cheers to the kids going back to school at the Old Louisville Brew Craft Beer Festival and let your inner demons out at the Louisville Zombie Walk; there are still plenty of events happening this summer in the city! Check out our events page for a full schedule of upcoming festivals and celebrations in Louisville.
Ready, set, GO! Enjoy these things to do in Lousiville before summer ends!
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