Bucket List Activities to Do in Louisville this Summer

The sun’s out, the days are longer, it’s time to do all those Louisville things you can only do in the summer. OK, some of these require a trip past the county line, but trust us, they’re worth it. If you haven’t done at least a few of these things by the end of September, consider it a summer wasted. —Danielle Grady

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An adults-only swim at FRP LaGrange Quarry
2201 Fendley Mill Road, La Grange, Kentucky
Experience clear blue waters at this adults-only quarry just outside of Louisville. There are places to picnic, designated rocks for wannabe cliff jumpers and — new this year — a beach for those who want to relax. For safety, floatation devices are required and alcohol and drugs are banned. Book your tickets ahead of time to ensure a spot at this popular attraction.
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An adults-only swim at FRP LaGrange Quarry

2201 Fendley Mill Road, La Grange, Kentucky
Experience clear blue waters at this adults-only quarry just outside of Louisville. There are places to picnic, designated rocks for wannabe cliff jumpers and — new this year — a beach for those who want to relax. For safety, floatation devices are required and alcohol and drugs are banned. Book your tickets ahead of time to ensure a spot at this popular attraction.
Photo via facebook.com/FRPLaGrangeQuarry
Lavender picking at Lavender In Bloom
426 McClelland Circle, Georgetown, Kentucky
About an hour outside of Louisville, there’s a place where lavender fields bloom, and you can pick your own bundle. There’s also lavender oils, candles and bath salts for sale — and photography sessions ready to book. The farm opens in June for lavender picking and turns into a sunflower farm in late August. You can also visit Little Mount Lavender in nearby Simpsonville, Kentucky, which doesn’t have u-pick lavender just yet but does sell lavender pastries, cocktails and other products.
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Lavender picking at Lavender In Bloom

426 McClelland Circle, Georgetown, Kentucky
About an hour outside of Louisville, there’s a place where lavender fields bloom, and you can pick your own bundle. There’s also lavender oils, candles and bath salts for sale — and photography sessions ready to book. The farm opens in June for lavender picking and turns into a sunflower farm in late August. You can also visit Little Mount Lavender in nearby Simpsonville, Kentucky, which doesn’t have u-pick lavender just yet but does sell lavender pastries, cocktails and other products.
Photo via facebook.com/UPickLavenderGeorgetown
A day trip to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
452 E. Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, Indiana
Head to Santa Claus, Indiana, about one-and-a-half hours away from Louisville, for a delightfully kitschy theme park experience with seriously thrilling rides. Within Holiday World, you’ll find mini parks devoted to the major American holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving and, of course, Christmas. You can also visit Splashin' Safari for a world-class water park experience.
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A day trip to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

452 E. Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, Indiana
Head to Santa Claus, Indiana, about one-and-a-half hours away from Louisville, for a delightfully kitschy theme park experience with seriously thrilling rides. Within Holiday World, you’ll find mini parks devoted to the major American holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving and, of course, Christmas. You can also visit Splashin' Safari for a world-class water park experience.
Photo via santaclausind.org
A Bourbon Paddle Tour
7323 Peaks Mill Road, Frankfort, Kentucky
Only Kentucky would combine kayaking, canoeing and bourbon. Canoe Kentucky, based in Frankfort, offers this Buffalo Trace Distillery tour that starts with a paddle down the Kentucky River. A fully catered lunch is included. Prices start at $69.50 for single kayaks. 
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A Bourbon Paddle Tour

7323 Peaks Mill Road, Frankfort, Kentucky
Only Kentucky would combine kayaking, canoeing and bourbon. Canoe Kentucky, based in Frankfort, offers this Buffalo Trace Distillery tour that starts with a paddle down the Kentucky River. A fully catered lunch is included. Prices start at $69.50 for single kayaks.
Photo via facebook.com/canoeky
Staycation at Progress Park Airstream Resort
4501 Progress Blvd.
At Progress Park, Louisville residents can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life without even having to leave. Situated just 11 miles from downtown in the Buechel neighborhood, Progress Park Airstream resort has something for everyone and is the perfect spot for an all-inclusive glamping experience with its five vintage Airstream trailers, two houses and a bunkhouse. It all sits on a sprawling 12 acres with tetherball, four beaches, a playground, hiking trails, a volleyball net and canoes, kayaks and paddle boards for the two acre pond. — Kathryn Harrington
Photo by Kathryn Harrington

Staycation at Progress Park Airstream Resort

4501 Progress Blvd.
At Progress Park, Louisville residents can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life without even having to leave. Situated just 11 miles from downtown in the Buechel neighborhood, Progress Park Airstream resort has something for everyone and is the perfect spot for an all-inclusive glamping experience with its five vintage Airstream trailers, two houses and a bunkhouse. It all sits on a sprawling 12 acres with tetherball, four beaches, a playground, hiking trails, a volleyball net and canoes, kayaks and paddle boards for the two acre pond. — Kathryn Harrington
Photo by Kathryn Harrington
Louisville Bats $2 Tuesdays
401 E. Main St.
You can go to a Louisville Bats game to cheer on the team, but it’s more fun when you can enjoy cheap concessions. Hot dogs, popcorn, chips and Pepsi drinks are $2 for Tuesday home games.
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Louisville Bats $2 Tuesdays

401 E. Main St.
You can go to a Louisville Bats game to cheer on the team, but it’s more fun when you can enjoy cheap concessions. Hot dogs, popcorn, chips and Pepsi drinks are $2 for Tuesday home games.
Photo via facebook.com/louisvillebats
A day of Luxury at the Omni Louisville Rooftop Pool
400 S. Second St.
We might not be able to afford a night in one of the Omni’s luxury rooms, but we can swing a day feeling on top of the world at the Omni’s rooftop pool. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check with the Omni for prices.
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A day of Luxury at the Omni Louisville Rooftop Pool

400 S. Second St.
We might not be able to afford a night in one of the Omni’s luxury rooms, but we can swing a day feeling on top of the world at the Omni’s rooftop pool. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check with the Omni for prices.
Photo via facebook.com/OmniLouisville
Play a round of beach volleyball
J-Town Beach, 10315 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown, Kentucky
Besides being located, oh, approximately 629 miles from the ocean, J-Town Beach, based in Jeffersontown’s historic Gaslight district, is a lot like your favorite seaside vacation spot. Anchored by two sand volleyball courts, the quaint bar serves alcoholic slushies and authentic Jamaican food out the back. Most evenings are dedicated to team games, but on Saturdays the beach is available for open play.
Photo by Danielle Grady

Play a round of beach volleyball

J-Town Beach, 10315 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown, Kentucky
Besides being located, oh, approximately 629 miles from the ocean, J-Town Beach, based in Jeffersontown’s historic Gaslight district, is a lot like your favorite seaside vacation spot. Anchored by two sand volleyball courts, the quaint bar serves alcoholic slushies and authentic Jamaican food out the back. Most evenings are dedicated to team games, but on Saturdays the beach is available for open play.
Photo by Danielle Grady
 The Great Lawn at Waterfront Park 
231 East Witherspoon Street 
Whether you go for Waterfront Wednesday, Forecastle, Pride, or even just a chill picnic with friends, the Great Lawn has a lot of space and a lot of sunlight.
Photo by Nik Vechery

The Great Lawn at Waterfront Park

231 East Witherspoon Street
Whether you go for Waterfront Wednesday, Forecastle, Pride, or even just a chill picnic with friends, the Great Lawn has a lot of space and a lot of sunlight.
Photo by Nik Vechery
Yurt it up at Red River Gorge
Campton, Kentucky
In Red River Gorge, you can rough it, glamp, sleep up high in a luxury tree house — or, you can book a yurt for $150 a night. These insulated vacation homes available for booking through Red River Gorge Cabin Rentals have different rooms, furnishings, round skylights, porches with hot tubs and fire pits.
Photo via facebook.com/RedRiverGorgeCabinRentals

Yurt it up at Red River Gorge

Campton, Kentucky
In Red River Gorge, you can rough it, glamp, sleep up high in a luxury tree house — or, you can book a yurt for $150 a night. These insulated vacation homes available for booking through Red River Gorge Cabin Rentals have different rooms, furnishings, round skylights, porches with hot tubs and fire pits.
Photo via facebook.com/RedRiverGorgeCabinRentals
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