Way back in July we visited Louisville for the first time.
We left with a list of options, but knew we wanted to start our trip at Churchill Downs. We arrived in time for the first tour (and thank goodness we did because it was HOT).
We enjoyed the tour despite the heat and learned quite a few fun facts about the space and the horses. Aside from the history of the races, I enjoyed seeing the twin spires up close, sitting in the stands, seeing the Infield and new big screen, and learning that Secretariat's heart weighed a whopping 22 pounds - a normal horse heart weighs 8 pounds. Did you know that people attend car shows to bury their booze in the Infield since the Derby does not allow outside alcohol?
The tour wasn't all that interesting to Sophia, but there was enough inside the museum to keep her attention. She raced horses with Dave, tried on race silks, rode a few horses, and shopped in the gift shop.
After the museum we headed to lunch at a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Across the street was a mural of Hunter S. Thompson. Dave is a huge fan, so it was fortunate for us to come across it.
We headed to the mega cavern, but had a wait until our tour so we headed to the waterfront for a quick exploration. Sophia picked the playground over the water park, but fortunately there were misting fans to help keep us cool. Did I mention how hot and humid the day was?
After running around and getting sweaty we headed underground to the mega cavern. It is a unique space for sure. I would love to head back when the girls are older so they can do the ropes course and zip line tour. The tour we took was interesting, but a little too long for what it was. At least it let us cool off a bit.
We ended our time in Louisville with dinner at another hole-in-the-wall restaurant before taking the drive back home. There is a lot more Louisville that I would like to explore so I am hoping to make a return trip in the near future.