By Roya Fathalizadeh–
It’s summer 2016, and you’re stuck in Louisville. But don’t be upset, Louisville is full of hidden adventures and places that you might not have known about. So listen up and begin your journey of exploration right here.
Cards under the Stars
U of L’s free outdoor summer movie series features inflatables, games, food and of course some blockbuster hits.
The seventh session kicks off with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Other showings this summer include “Zootopia” and “Inside Out.”
The showings take place on the lawn between the Natural Science Building and Grawemeyer Hall, and the movie begins at sunset.
These movies are great for hanging out with family and friends or having a cute date. Just be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and coolers are welcome.
Louisville Bats Games
With baseball season in full swing, summer is the perfect time to head out to Louisville Slugger stadium for old fashion hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and America’s favorite pastime.
The Bats will play home games throughout the summer, and admission is as low as $10 depending on the seats. For the same price, Friday night home games always end with a fireworks show. Hint: if baseball is not your thing but fireworks are, the show can still be seen from the walking bridge.
Speed Art Museum
Kentucky’s oldest art museum has reopened after four years and $60 million dollars in renovations with a collection of art and exhibits from all around the world. On Sundays museum admission will be free.
Live music, great weather, even better food and it’s free. On select Wednesdays now through September, thousands of people gather on the Big Four Lawn to hangout with family and friends while listening to great music. Past performers include Shakey Graves and Wax Fang. Some of this year’s concerts will feature artist like Liz Vice and Louisville’s very own 1200.
“Waterfront Wednesdays is my favorite time of the year,” said Louisville native Mackenzie Brown. “I love being by the river with all my friends listening to good music.”
This upscale hotel features a high end restaurant, yet can be a part of a budget-friendly date night. The lobby of the hotel is filled with contemporary art that is open to the public. Take a quick stroll through the displays and feel as though you are in a modern museum.
Looking for a little thrill? Mega Cavern is a man-made cavern that spans 17 miles of passageways right under the city of Louisville. Take a tour of the underground caverns, which contain the world’s only fully underground zip line course.
After exploring the Mega Cavern, head to the street level above and visit over 1,500 animals and exhibits at the zoo.