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Located near Barren River Lake in south central Kentucky, the facility is run by a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center, Inc. The campus was built for the primary purpose of hosting mini-vacation style retreats for families who have one or more children with a physical or developmental disability.
Did you ever wonder where Santa Claus spends his summers?
… in Santa Claus, Indiana, of course!
- We’re centrally located in the heartland (three hours from Indianapolis, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Nashville);
- We’re family-oriented, with historic sites, a theme and water park, museums, caving and canoeing nearby;
- “Family values” that extend to the pocketbook;
- Relaxed, Mayberry-esque locale, which appeals to nearly everyone.
- Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are a theme park and water park here in town. We started out as Santa Claus Land back in 1946, and are still owned and operated by the Koch family, who got it all started seven decades ago. In addition to top-ranked roller coasters and one of the world’s largest water parks, we do crazy things like not charge for parking. Oh, and soft drinks and sunscreen are always free. Always.
Sun – Fri | 10am – 8pm
Sat | 10am – 10pm
In the late 1700s, Revolutionary War veterans and other colonizers began to settle in the area that would eventually become known as Jeffersontown. At that point in time, life was still harrowing with the constant threat of Indian attacks, but the pioneer spirit persevered and more settlers arrived to populate the lovely, arable lands just south of the Ohio River and east of the port that would become the City of Louisville.
In 1794, Abraham Bruner purchased 122 acres on a forested ridge near Chenoweth Run Creek with the intent of establishing a town at the intersection of two roads commonly traveled by the new settlers. Business owners quickly obtained plots from Bruner and set up shop along Main and Market streets, which would later become known as Watterson Trail and Taylorsville Road.
The square became a hub of activity, complete with hotels, blacksmiths, potters, and every other pioneer activity imaginable. In fact, the area became something of a “county seat” – a place where people from miles around could come to conduct business and purchase goods, rather than make the long and arduous journey to Louisville by horse and cart.
Residents dubbed their new settlement “Brunerstown,” to show pride in Abraham Bruner and their primarily Germanic heritage. On May 3, 1797, however, the city was officially incorporated and named after the current vice-president, Thomas Jefferson. Even though the Jefferson County Court recognized the new city as the “Town of Jefferson,” or “Jeffersontown,” its inhabitants continued to refer to it as Brunerstown throughout the next century.
The Kentucky Railway Museum owes its beginning to a small number of rail enthusiasts who formed a local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 1948. In the early 1950’s, the Chapter asked the Louisville and Nashville Railroad for the donation of a steam locomotive to form the nucleus of a railway museum.
Science Matters! Science Literacy empowers society. Scientifically literate individuals are those best suited to excel in the 21st Century. Everyone is curious, and that innate curiosity can flourish when liberated. At Kentucky Science Center, science matters because we make it personal, fun, participatory and relevant. We are ambassadors of scientific values.
What to Expect
- Quiet down space if needed
- General inclusion in all of programs and exhibit spaces
- Social Stories (Available upon request)
No Limits Family Camps
No Limits Family Camps offer interactive and hands-on exploration for families who have children with special needs. No matter what the special need, there are no limitations when you are doing science! Each No Limits Family Camp includes a take home element and a supplemental activity card for continued learning. Each program includes general admission and a t-shirt for each child. No Limits Family Camp is offered once per month.
Although Kentucky Science Center camps are not specifically designed to accommodate children with special needs, we make every reasonable effort to serve campers who require special attention or consideration. If you are interested in enrolling a child with special needs, please contact the Camp Manager to set up a meeting to evaluate our program’s suitability for your child. We also welcome camper aides, but require all aides who attend camp to complete a background check before camp begins.
Art is the Big Idea,
Craft is the Process
The museum connects people to art and creative practice. Visit the Museum and make a donation but…
YOUR Admission to KMAC has been underwritten by Delta Dental OF KENTUCKY.
Mon | Closed
Tue – Sat | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun | 10am – 5pm
KMAC departments offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment in exchange for a substantive contribution from talented and interested individuals.
KMAC depends on dedicated volunteers to help with various projects that range from greeting visitors, giving tours, preparing for events, administration help, to working in the Museum Shop.
Docents are knowledgeable, enthusiastic people who act as liaisons between the Museum and the general public.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is all about celebrating the extraordinary role of Louisville Slugger in baseball’s past, present and future. We’re here to delight our guests and create joyful, lifetime memories.
Baseball connects generations, we see it here every day. Since the sport is such a big part of American history and culture, even visitors who don’t consider themselves big fans find something here that resonates with them. Maybe it’s the fun stories and fascinating machinery in the factory, or the hands on exhibits, or one of our special exhibitions that broaden the interpretation of baseball.
AS ANYONE WHO COMES HERE SOON DISCOVERS, LOUISVILLE IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUELY AUTHENTIC DESTINATIONS ON THE PLANET. WELCOME TO BOURBON CITY
Yes, Bourbon is a spirit that comes in a glass, but it’s also a spirit that defines our culture and compassion, our arts and parks, our creative energy. It’s this same spirit that continued and created Louisville itself – a city that combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, quirkiness with friendliness in a way that’s completely unique to our region.
What to Expect
- Dining Suggestions
Colonel Sanders Exhibit
Learn the story of Kentucky’s most famous icon – Colonel Harland Sanders (founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken) – at this mini-attraction.
Transit Authority of River City (TARC) “Day Tripper” Pass
Transit Authority of River City (TARC) “Day Tripper” Passes available. The “Day Tripper” pass allows unlimited trips during any one-day period on the city’s bus system, TARC. You can also catch a ride on the free ZeroBus, which has a North-to-South route along Fourth Street and a East-to-West route from Market to Main streets.
The Republic Bank First Friday Hop event is every First Friday and includes Downtown art galleries, retailers, and restaurants that will be open all day and extended hours in some locations with specials/discounts and refreshments. This family-friendly and open-to-the-public event takes place all day long all over Downtown Louisville from West main to NuLu and as far South at Broadway.
What to Expect
Julio Cesar’s “Divine Shadows” at Revelry Boutique Gallery
Revelry Gallery welcomes Julio Cesar back for his fourth solo show “Divine Shadows” on April 7th, 7-10pm. “Divine Shadows” marks Julio’s 25th exhibit and fourth exhibit in Louisville. In this new collection, Julio aims to reveal different stories through each piece as a narrative, visual letter. He brings his focus onto a spiritual plane, bringing into play interpretations from ancestral spirits and the forces of nature. He describes the collection as “a fresh and private book, which will finally be the history of my painted life.”
April 6th Republic Bank First Friday Hop
Join us for the Republic Bank First Friday Hop this Friday for a city wide art event! Over 50 art gallery openings, and events in Downtown Louisville. Print a map and take a self guided tour, or join one of our meet up groups and check out all the art and entertainment.
The Frazier History Museum is where the world meets Kentucky. It is a home for everything that people in Kentucky are most proud of, bringing history to life for visitors through exhibits, artifacts and live performances every day. The Frazier is proud to present multiple live performances every day by our talented staff of costumed actors known as “teaching artists”. The experience brings visitors face to face with some of the people and events that changed the world!
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts brings the finest in music, dance, theater and more to Kentucky! We are the home for Louisville’s nationally-renowned arts scene, to the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Stage One Family Theatre and PNC Bank Broadway in Louisville, as well as a host of community theaters and our own Kentucky Center Presents performances. The three theaters of the Center, along with our sister facility the elegant W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre, are Kentucky’s showcases for the performing arts. From Broadway to ballet, from blues to bluegrass, from Big Bands to Beethoven, our stages overflow with magnificent entertainment almost every night of the year.
The Muhammad Ali Center is a great place for life-long learning, and the hope is that each opportunity to participate in the programming at the Center is a step toward developing a greater sense of self, a greater sense of others, and a greater sense of purpose.
A visit to the Center is not just an experience, but a journey into the heart of a champion.
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