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Fun Places to Take Your Baby in Louisville, Kentucky

by Sarah Bourque, studioD

Louisville, Kentucky, is home to the 6,000-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest and is situated alongside the Ohio River. Louisville's claims to fame include hosting the Kentucky Derby, producing athletes Muhammad Ali and Pee Wee Reese, and creating the Louisville Slugger baseball bat. With all of the history and scenery of Louisville comes a variety of activities that your baby will love. From parks to the zoo, Louisville has something for every little one.

Indoor Fun

All About Kids Fun Zone has set play times for ages 5 and younger, so you won't have to worry about the more rambunctious older crowd. You and your baby can explore the fun zone with inflatables, ball pits, slides and tunnels and check out the gym with trampolines, foam pits and tumbling space. The facility also has a pool and cafe. KaZoing Party and Play welcomes babies that have started walking. KaZoing features a giant inflatable room and a more little-person friendly Tot Lot Play room with parachute play, life-size dollhouses and a train table.

Visit the Animals

The Louisville Zoo is a filled with animals your baby will recognize and enjoy. You can show him his familiar favorites such as tigers, bears and primates, plus introduce him to some new species such as the tapir, babirusa and Gila monster. Churchill Downs is mostly known for the Kentucky Derby, but also offers fun times for babies. Family Fun Days occur most Sundays, and give little ones a chance to visit with horses, play games and create crafts. The Kentucky Derby Museum is adjacent to Churchill Downs, where you can show your baby exhibits on horse breeding, famous Derby moments and jockey stories.


Louisville has a park system with lots of features and structures to get your baby out and active. Elliott Square has a sprayground, playground and picnic areas. The Jefferson Memorial Forest is the place to break in your baby hiking pack while exploring miles of trails. If you think baby is ready, camping is available. Central Park has a huge arbor to explore, plus a playground and sprayground. Camp Taylor Memorial Park has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a playground.

Educational Activities

Louisville has baby-friendly museums that your kiddo will enjoy. The Kentucky Science Center has several activities that teach science, plus a play area with water tables, a spaceship and a construction zone. Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is a must-see for your future ballplayer. You can partake in guided factory tours and watch the bats get made. You can also explore several baseball exhibits.

About the Author

Sarah Bourque has been a freelance writer since 2006 and is based in the Pacific Northwest. She writes and edits for the local publisher, Pacific Crest Imprint and has written for several online content sites. Her work recently appeared in "The Goldendale Tourism and Economic Development Magazine" and "Sail the Gorge!" magazine. She attended Portland Community College where she studied psychology.

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