Quality Inn & Suites
2009 N. Mulberry St.
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: (270) 765-4166
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This wooded refuge just south of downtown Louisville is located near the village of Fairdale. If you want to see the Kentucky back-country, the 20 minute trip required to get here is worth it. The area is designated as an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, the park contains streams, creeks, trails and many other topographical features that allow for tons of activities. The welcome center provides hiking maps, books, souvenirs and other information about Jefferson; don't forget to pick one up.
This 9-hole municipal golf course is named after Louisville's native son and it was built the same year he won the 1964 PGA Championship. Its located in the Waverly Park section of town and it serves as a good place to teach beginners or just take the front nine for a short excursion. For a quick and fun round, this is the place to head in Louisville.
At 746 acres (302 hectares), McNeely Lake Park is one of the largest parks in Louisville. The park is dotted with picnic spots, hiking trails and large fields perfect for soccer or football. The picturesque McNeely Lake, complete with a boat ramp and pier, is great for fishing activities, so don't forget the lures and lines. One of the additional highlights at this park is the Korean War Memorial, which was dedicated in 1993.
This popular golf course near McNeely Lake Park has a four-star rating from Golf Digest and it's only fifteen minutes away from Louisville's downtown. The 27-hole professionally designed public course is perfect for all ages, where everyone puts and drives among Scotch Pines, Maple Oak and other foliage only found in Kentucky. Quail Chase also provides a putting green, driving range and pro shop. Overall, a nice way to spend the day trying to chip away at your golf handicap.
Frederick Law Olmstead not only designed the great New York parks, Central and Prospect, but he also created this gem in the Bluegrass State. Though its location may be outside of downtown Louisville, it's a veritable playground replete with locals taking advantage of the amenities when the weather allows. Some park features include the popular amphitheater, an archery range, basketball courts, disc golf course, fishing lake, miles of trails, horseshoes, picnic areas, playground, tennis courts, etc. Car access on the road to the top of the park is only open between the months of April to October, but bike and foot access is available throughout the year.
The renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (designer of New York City's Central Park) created the larger Iroquois Park in which this golf course sits. The course is a 18-hole par 71 and it has both chipping and putting greens to practice or warm-up. Iroquois is a great course for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, the pro-shop even offers lessons at reasonable rates.
Home to the famous Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs represents the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown (The Preakness and Belmont Stakes are the other two). Churchill Downs first opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby in that same year. Aside from witnessing the "Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" (that is if you can procure tickets to the race), it still a great place to visit outside of the first Saturday in May. The season runs from April to November and even if you can't make it to the Derby, you can still wear your favorite hat and order a Mint Julep.
Explore Louisville Mega Cavern in a historic tram where you ride through 17 miles (27 km) of dark passageways beneath the city of Louisville. Learn about geology, history, mining techniques, recycling and green business technology as well as witness where 50,000 people would have sheltered during the Cold War Era. You can also go on 'Mega Zips', an adventure tour that features five underground zip-lines, three challenge bridges and over two hours of adrenaline. Another great tour only offered from November through December is 'Lights Under Louisville'. This underground holiday light show is perfect for the season, where guests drive through an underground passageway festooned with holiday lights.
This 18-hole public golf course is a par 72 and it's located in the suburb of Jeffersontown, about a 30 minute ride outside of downtown Louisville. It's location inside the larger Charlie Vettiner Park only adds charm as sand bunkers are interspersed alongside beautiful greens and a creek that meanders through the fairways. It's somewhat challenging, but that depends on your skill level, and it's definitely not for beginners.
The Louisville Zoo is quite possibly one of the most underrated zoos in the world. Though somewhat modest in size, in is nonetheless home to a bevy of beautiful beasts. Some include camels, baby elephants, tigers, rhinos and even polar bears. The zoo also features different special exhibits. 'Glacier Run' presents arctic animals while 'Gorilla Forest' and 'Lorikeet Landing' are self-explanatory. The tiger feedings are also an attraction that highlight the nature of this apex predator. Here, guests are invited to walk a few yards away from a mesh-covered opening as the animal feeds on its lunch.
Cross off skydiving from your bucket list with a visit to Jumping for Fun. This state-of-the-art skydiving center is located a short distance from Louisville at a private airport. The instructors are USPA rated and offer skilled and safety-oriented training in a relaxed environment. Whether it is your first time or you're a seasoned pro, this adventure will lead you on an adrenaline-pumping tandem flight plunge, where you can scream and marvel at stunning views over Kentucky and Indiana.
The Beargrass Creek Greenway is an urban nature trail that meanders alongside Breslin Park and the Cave Hill Cemetery. The trail runs from Breslin Park for about a mile into Cherokee Park and along the way, visitors can catch a glimpse of water fowl, fish and other fauna. It's a nice excursion away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city, especially if you have a bike.