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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Louisville

4.6
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Delve into the world of America’s favorite pastime at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Home to the famous Louisville Slugger bat, the museum features a combination of hands-on, interactive exhibits dedicated to the history and legacy of American baseball. Practice your swing in the batting cages with one of your favorite bats, or join a factory tour to witness the fabrication of the Louisville Slugger. Don’t miss a picture with the 36.5 m (120 ft) tall bat, said to be the largest in the world, that adorns the museum’s front entrance. Pick up a replica of your favorite baseball player’s bat at the museum gift shop. Add Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to your Louisville travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Louisville tour planner.
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  • We are a family that likes baseball, but after the tour and museum visit, we all Love the Louisville Slugger. Included in the price of admission, is a mini baseball bat souvenir. That was a hit with m...  more »
  • Impressive entrance. Factory tour interesting. Got a little souvenir bat. Good memorabilia for baseball fans. Youth baseball players will love this place! Personalize a bat while you're there. Ate a h...  more »
  • You are treated to an excellent baseball video that is well edited. You can hold the bats that Ruth, Berra, Mantle and etal used in their careers. Derek Jeter used the same bat throughout his career. ...  more »
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  • Don't even like baseball. But I loved the museum. It was so much fun to see the creativity and Artistry behind bat making into see a glimpse into the history of not only our city but the sport of basketball. Even though the museum is small, there are some fun things to do. There are batting cages in the back and a virtual reality pitcher mound. Definitely check it out the wait until you get that cultural pass in the summer.
  • Really awesome museum in Louisville! And great value. For the entry fee you get to see how the bats are made, you get a souvenir mini bat, and get to see some cool exhibits. My favorite part was the area where you could hold game used bats from famous players. I got to hold a Mickey Mantle game used bat! If you have any interest in baseball and are in Louisville you have to check this out. It's very well done.
  • You can't go to Louisville without getting a slugger! In fact, there's a giant wooden bat outside the entrance that's bigger than the museum itself! You can't miss it! This was a great, interactive museum. The tour was nice, except tough to hear in some areas, but we learned how the bats were handmade, the types of wood used, and even got to see them being made. I was amazed at how precise they are. Then at the end of the tour you get a complimentary, authentic mini bat! The best part of the experience is a personalized, original Louisville Slugger that you can purchase in the gift shop. Whether you're a baseball fan or not, you will appreciate this museum!
  • This is a great experience for the whole family. Interactive displays with hands-on centers for kids to adults make this extra engaging. The tour of the factory is a good length so even a non-baseball fan won't get information overload. I highly recommend for a way to kill a couple hours and take in some Louisville history.
  • Fun place to go, even if you aren't a huge baseball fan. The tour walks you through the entire warehouse, with a live demonstration on how they used to hand make every bat, along with machines from 1980's (still running) and their newest machines. With the price of the tour everyone gets mini bat. The tour takes a 1/2 hour and if they are busy it leaves every 10 minutes. The tour has been updated since I was last on it in 2012. If you want to personalize a bat from the gift shop, I recommend ordering it before you go on the tour, it takes about 15 minutes. The larger bats don't fit into a checked size luggage and they won't let you carry a large bat on the plane. They have a lot of baseball memorabilia in the exhibits, including Babe Ruth's bat. So fun and worth returning every few years to see the updates.

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Old Town has a number of atmospheric hotels close to the city’s main attractions, while hotels in the Highlands neighborhood offer proximity to the city’s most unusual bars, restaurants, and stores. Louisville’s collection of bed and breakfasts, generally farther from town, are a great way to experience some warm Kentucky hospitality. To save some money and enjoy the city’s scenic surroundings on a vacation in Louisville, consider one of Louisville’s campgrounds. The Jefferson Memorial Forest is just 24 km (15 mi) south of downtown.
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