Known around the world for the Kentucky Derby, Louisville also offers a wide variety of family activities that are especially conducive to kids. In downtown Louisville alone, there are many options.

One of the most widely recognized brands on t-ball fields across the country is Louisville Slugger. The Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum is located in the heart of Downtown Louisville. It's one of the best family attractions in Louisville. Right down the street is Slugger field, where parents and kids can take in a baseball game during the summer months. Other things to do in Louisville include visiting the Louisville Science Center and Waterfront Park. The science center offers lots of family activities in which children can learn while they bond with their parents and siblings.

One of the most popular events in Louisville is the Kentucky Derby Festival. It takes place for two weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby. There are lots of events to celebrate the season. One of the most popular things to do in Louisville during the Derby Festival is to visit the Chow Wagon. This Louisville attraction brings thousands of people to the waterfront to enjoy concerts and a wide variety of food. Even if an event isn't going on, you can have family recreation time in at the Great Lawn.

Another one of the great Louisville attractions is the Louisville Zoo. Many local families purchase memberships because kids enjoy the trip so much. The zoo also hosts kid-friendly and environment-friendly events in Louisville.

Some of the best family attractions in Louisville are the city's great parks. Designed by the famous Frederick Law Olmsted, most of the parks offer many opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Kids can enjoy horseback riding, swimming, hiking and picnics at many of these parks scattered throughout the city.

Of all the Louisville attractions, perhaps the best is a ride aboard the Belle of Louisville. The classic steamboat is located in Downtown Louisville. Children and adults alike can ride up and down the mighty Ohio while listening to the ship's old-fashioned calliope play jaunty tunes.