J.R. Tolkien

"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R. Tolkien

Monday, May 5, 2014

Louisville Hometown Tourist Month 5/5/2014 - 5/31/2014

So what to do to fill the void now that Derby festivities are over? There are actually lots since May is Hometown Tourist Month in Kentucky.  From May 5 – May 31, over 77 area attractions are offering deep discounts for Kentucky and Indiana residents.  Take advantage of the opportunity and get to know your hometown a little better.  

My Favorite From Last Year
Louisville Quest (5/10, 5/17, 5/24,from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.): Love the Amazing Race?  Here’s your chance to have a similar experience, in town and for FREE.  Race against the clock as you visit various attractions around downtown Louisville, perform tasks/challenges at each site and win a prize at the end.  Here is how it works: 1) pick up a game card at the Louisville Visitor Center (location); 2) Complete all the tasks listed and get them stamped 3) Return the card to the Visitors Center to win a Louisville t-shirt.  To make it more fun and challenging, split your friends into different teams and try to see who can finish it first.  This is also a kid friendly activity, though it says you have 60 minutes, the staff at the tourist office were not really keeping a strict schedule.
Guess all the locations we visited for the Louisville Quest last year!

My Memorial Day Tradition
Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle (5/26/2014): This is my absolute favorite Louisville’s activity.  Every Memorial and Labor Day 10,000+ people get together to bike on closed of streets, hike the waterfront or paddle on the Ohio River.  Start your day early, from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m, various vendors provide free health information along with free t-shirts (first 3,000), bike helmets (500 helmets), snacks and other goodies.  Bike doctors are available to service your bike, provide you with free lights and bell.  You can also participate in yoga, Zumba, and tai chi sessions.  The bike (15 miles), hike, and paddle starts at 10 a.m usually at Witherspoon and Preston (Waterfront Park).   I love the feeling of community as I ride alongside thousands of my Louisville neighbors and seeing my town on a slower pace. If you get back before 1 p.m., head straight to the marina by the Great Lawn to participate in the canoe demonstration by the guys at Jefferson Memorial Forest. It’s free and you get to canoe the Ohio River for ~20 minutes.

My To Try List this May:

Buy Local Fair, May 18, 2014; 12 noon – 6 p.m. @ Louisville Water Tower Park (River Road & Brownsboro Road)  Local vendors

Hometown Tourist Celebration Kick-Off Press Conference and Attraction Showcase
Tuesday, May 6: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Fourth Street Live! Entertainment, food, fun, giveaways and more. Nearly three dozen local attractions will be on hand passing out information and answering questions.

Will add more as I find out more information tomorrow at the Kick-Off Fair!  Let's be hometown tourist together this May.