Right on the border with Indiana, Louisville is one of Kentucky's biggest and most beautiful cities. Boasting a rich history of music, sport, art, and business, the city is a popular tourist spot and is actually one of the most exciting places in all of America to go ziplining. Why? Well, Louisville is the proud home of the world's only fully-underground zip line tour. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Overview

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The Mega Zips zip lines in Louisville's Mega Cavern are legendary among outdoor enthusiasts and zip line lovers, and there's also the Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures just a little way out of the city for people preferring to do their ziplining above ground in the open air. Either way, there's some great zip line opportunities in Louisville and the surrounding area, so let's take a look in closer detail.

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2.Mega Cavern Mega Zips

Mega Cavern Mega Zips
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Zip line tours in the Mega Cavern are like nothing else you’ve ever experienced or will ever experience again! For the uninitiated, the Mega Cavern is a gigantic underground structure located centrally in the city of Louisville. The cave measures up at an astonishing 4,000,000 square feet in total and has been used for various purposes over the years. Now, it’s home to the Mega Zips zip line tour.

Experienced, friendly tour guides lead the way as you and your friends or family set off for up to two and a half hours of zip line action. As previously mentioned, this is the only underground zip line tour on the planet, so it’s a completely unique experience, providing incredible views and experiences that no guest will ever forget.

The tour features six thrilling zip lines overall, as well as two challenge bridges and a few stops along the way as the guides take the time to answer any questions you might have and share fascinating information about the cave and its history. Colored lights illuminate your journey along the way and the various unique rock formations and tunnels of the cave provide a mesmerizing setting for your ziplining fun.

The minimum age requirement for all riders is 7, and there are weight limits to bear in mind as well, with all guests needing to weigh a minimum of 55 pounds and a maximum of 285 pounds. Each and every zip line rider will be weighed before taking the tour to ensure that they meet the requirements. Any riders under the age of 15 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, but riders aged between 16 and 17 can enjoy the zip lines by themselves. As usual with any zip line tour or experience close-toed shoes and comfortable clothes are recommended.

1841 Taylor Ave, Louisville, KY 40213 (877 614-6342)

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3.Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures

Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures
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Over the border into Indiana, the Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures are just a short drive outside of Louisville and offer a completely different but equally exciting zip line experience to the Mega Cavern’s Mega Zips.

There are two fun zip line options with this company. The Treetop Canopy Tour is a super canopy zip line course featuring a total of six zip lines, as well as a swinging suspension bridge to make your adventure even more exciting. Visitors will be able to enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding caverns, forests, and valleys and maybe even catch a glimpse of some local wildlife. The Long Course Canopy Tour is for more advanced zipliners looking for bigger thrills and challenges. This second course features eight zip lines and two bridges overall.

The first tour lasts around one and a half hours and is suitable for ages 7 and up while the second lasts for three hours and is recommended for participants of at least 13. The minimum weight limit for the first course is 65 pounds, while participants of the second course must weigh at least 110 pounds. The maximum weight limit for male participants is 270 pounds, while women cannot weigh any heavier than 250 pounds to take part.

As with any zip line tour or experience, guests will be required to sign a waiver before taking part and legal guardians or parents will need to sign waivers for younger guests. All participants are encouraged to dress adequately, with close-toed shoes a must. Shorts and skirts are not recommended and long hair will need to be tied up for safety reasons.

100 Squire Boone Rd Mauckport, IN 47142 (812 732-1200)

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More Ideas: Louisville Zoological Gardens

The Louisville Zoological Gardens is Kentucky’s state zoo and dedicated to educating the community about the conservation of fauna and flora, as well as providing outstanding care for animals. The zoo aims to do this by being a leader in the field of conservation education and standing by their mission of “bettering the bond between people and the planet.”

Established in 1969, the Louisville Zoo is currently home to 1,500 animals living in natural zoogeographical areas on 134 acres of well-maintained land. These areas represent all spheres of nature from oceans to the African plains and include exhibits such as the Australian Outback, Islands, Gorilla Forest, Glacier Run, New World Exhibits (North, Central, and South America), Africa, Islands, and the HerpAquarium. The Islands, Gorilla Forest, and Glacier Run exhibits have won awards for their excellence and innovation.

Every habitat at the Louisville Zoo aims to enhance the well-being of the animals and enrich the quality of their lives by providing stimulating environments for all the animals. Visitors can engage and meet the with the animals on a daily basis, learn more about the animal ambassadors, and find out how to support conservation programs at regular training sessions.

The Louisville Zoo has four distinctive zones within the zoo, namely Australia, Africa, Islands, and Glacier Run. Other special exhibits include the Gorilla Forest, New World Exhibits (North, Central and South America), and the HerpAquarium.

Glacier Run is a 4.3-acre outdoor display built to reflect an old gold-mining town bordered by a glacier. This exhibit is home to grizzly bears, seals, polar bears, and sea lions, as well as a family-friendly splash park for the young ones. Glacier Run also features a 200-seat outdoor auditorium where visitors can watch animal training demonstrations and elevated viewing areas.

The Islands exhibit is a unique display that rotates a variety of animals in one exhibition, allowing the animals, which are all endangered or threatened species, to explore different habitats throughout the day, as they would in the wild. Islands features three outdoor exhibit areas and one indoor Pavilion area, and the animals include siamang, orangutan, the Malayan tapir, babirusa, and the Sumatran tiger. The indoor Pavilion houses an array of rare birds, including the Madagascar fody, the Mariana fruit dove, and the rockhopper penguin. Other unusual species in the building include Cuban crocodiles, Komodo dragons, and the Rodrigues fruit bat.

The Australian Outback features the Wallaroo Walkabout, an immersive exhibit where visitors can get up close to the red-necked wallaby and wallaroo, and several well-known birds, such as the emu, kookaburra, tawny frogmouth, and blue-faced honeyeater. The exhibit is also home to the Lorikeet Landing which is filled with brightly colored lorikeets, which visitors can hand feed.

The Gorilla Forest is an award-winning exhibit that houses 11 western lowland gorillas, two pygmy hippopotami, and five patas monkeys with several outdoor vantage points from which to watch the gorillas relaxing and playing in their natural habitat.

The Herpaquarium is home more than 100 species of reptiles, amphibians, and amazing fish from around the world, including a rare six-foot long albino American alligator named King Louie and a family of critically endangered Panamanian golden frogs.

The Louisville Zoo works in conjunction with several conservation projects and programs, as well as offer a range of educational programs and workshops for learners. The Zoo is particularly committed to working with endangered species with programs like the AZA’s Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs and is just one of a handful of institutions worldwide to house a captive breeding population of North America’s most endangered mammal, the black-footed ferret.

The Zoo has a hands-on education department staffed by professional educators who present interactive experiences for all ages. The Louisville Zoo serves as a living classroom, aiming to inspire students and young learners to gain a sense of responsibility toward all animal and plant life on the planet.

Educational programs include field trips, public programs such as classes, summer camps, night safaris and scout programs. The Zoo also offers Toyota’s ‘Backyard Action Hero Guide’ which awards children who take action to protect the animals and plants in his/her own backyard.

The Louisville Zoo is located at 1100 Trevilian Way in Louisville and is open daily, year-round. There are a variety of activities at the Zoo to enhance the experience, such as animal demonstrations, daily training sessions, zoo keeper talks, and other educational activities. The Zoo also features multiple playgrounds, a variety of rides and attractions, including the Conservation Carousel and ZooTram Shuttle, trains to shuttle visitors around the Zoo, bird shows, camel rides, adventure ropes courses, the BOMA African Petting Zoo, and several gift shops.

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1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213, Phone: 502-459-2181

More Ideas: The Henry Clay Estate in Lexington, Kentucky

Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate is a National Historic Landmark in Lexington. The estate, operated by the Henry Clay Foundation, offers 1-hour tours of the home and gardens. Self-guided tours of the gardens only are free to the public.

History

Henry Clay (1777–1852) was an orator, statesman, and plantation owner who was influential in politics in the early part of the 19th century. A founder and leader of the Whig Party, Clay represented Kentucky both as a senator and in the House of Representatives, and enjoyed a long political career that began in 1803 and continued until just before his death in 1852. He served as Speaker of the House (1811) and Secretary of State (1824–1828) under President John Quincy Adams. Clay himself ran for president five times in the mid-1800s, but was consistently unsuccessful. Known as “the great compromiser” for his hand in brokering many of the significant treaties of the time, he had a full and influential political career.

Henry Clay died of tuberculosis in 1852 and left the estate to his wife, who then sold it to her oldest son, James Clay. James Clay rebuilt the original Federal-style mansion (which had been badly damaged in an earthquake) in 1854 to pay tribute to his father. He made certain to save as much as he could from the original house, and stayed true to the original floor plan, but updated the home to include details borrowed from the Italianate, Greek Revival, and Victorian architectural styles that were popular at the time. The project was completed in 1857. The home was sold to the University of Kentucky in 1866 and was occupied by the university’s regent until 1882. In 1883, Anne Clay McDowell, Clay’s granddaughter, purchased the estate from the university and it was her oldest daughter, Nannette McDowell Bullock, (Clays’ great-granddaughter), who founded the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation. The foundation purchased and restored the home after Nanette’s death in 1948, opening it as a museum in 1950.

The mission of the memorial foundation is to “promote the legacy of Henry Clay, to share his continued relevance locally and nationally as a great statesman, and to preserve his beloved ‘Ashland’ as a testament to his love of Kentucky and country.”

Originally 600 acres, the estate harvested hemp as the primary cash crop, along with merino sheep and other livestock. Today’s gardens consist of 17 acres from the original estate. It was Henry Clay himself who named the estate “Ashland” after the plentiful ash trees on the original property.

Permanent Collections

The Henry Clay Estate offers guided tours to visitors every hour on the hour. It is suggested that guests arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start of each tour. Informative guides take groups through both the home and the gardens. Each tour lasts approximately 1 hour.

The Mansion Tour includes the 18-room mansion as well as the permanent Henry Clay exhibit room and a brief video about the life and history of Henry Clay. The mansion is home to one of the United States’ most extensive historical home collections, and includes furnishings, silver, fine art, books, and textiles. In the permanent exhibit room, one can browse through collections of Clay’s personal belongings, political writings, journals, farming records of the plantation, and rotating exhibits of featured items.

Self-guided tours of the grounds, including a Civil War Monument, are free to the public. On the grounds of the estate one will find the keeper’s cottage, a smokehouse, carriage house, and ice-house cellar system used for dairy storage. The original privy and slaves’ quarters have recently been excavated and are demarcated with signage as the museum works to restore them. In the spring/summer months one can enjoy the flowers of the gardens and a new outdoor café, which serves sandwiches, snacks, and cold drinks.

Ongoing Programs & Education

Educational programs are available for group tours. These include specially themed guided tours of the mansion and the gardens. Tour themes can be adjusted to suit the group’s needs and might include a focus on the artifacts of the home, Clay’s compromising skills, or the trees of the gardens. Classroom activities, assignments, and suggested reading to enhance your visit may be found on the foundation’s website at

Special holiday tours are offered November through December. The estate decorates around a different holiday theme each year. There is also a holiday market on the grounds at this time of year, which is free to the public. The museum is closed in January and open for groups only in February.

Guided tours for groups of 10 or more must be scheduled in advance.

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120 Sycamore Road Lexington, KY 40502, Phone: 859-266-8581

More Ideas: DuPont Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast

Standing on Fourth Street in the heart of historical ‘Old Louisville,’ the beautifully preserved DuPont Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast is a magnificent mansion that exudes a timeless grace and charm. Once the home of wealthy industrialists, DuPont Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast is now one of the finest inns in Kentucky and within walking distance of some of the city’s top attractions. Located in the nation’s second-largest National Historic Preservation District, the guest house offers luxurious accommodations, first-class facilities and amenities, gourmet cuisine, and unrivaled hospitality and service.

DuPont Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast features seven beautifully appointed and tastefully decorated guest rooms and suites with contemporary, country-style décor and plush furnishings, spacious sitting areas with ornate fireplaces and comfortable chairs, whirlpool tubs for two and private bathrooms. King or queen-size beds have comfy pillow-top mattresses and luxury linens, and private bathrooms feature shower and bath combinations, thick towels, and organic bath products, while expansive windows boast stunning views. Modern amenities in every room include flat-screen TVs with cable channels, central climate control with heating and cooling, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

The Alfred I. DuPont Suite is a luxurious second-floor suite that features a king-size bed with luxury linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a double whirlpool tub for two and separate shower, thick towels and organic bath products. A generous sitting area has lavish furnishings, a beautiful fireplace, a flat screen TV with cable and lovely views of Fourth Street and Central Park from expansive front windows.

The Thomas Edison Suite is a second-floor room with a queen-size bed in luxury linens, a generous sitting area with an ornate fireplace, and a flat-screen TV with cable, and an en-suite bathroom with a double whirlpool tub for two and separate shower, thick towels and organic bath products.

The J.P. Morgan Suite is a luxurious second-floor room with big bay windows that overlook the gardens. The suite features a queen-size bed with luxury linens, a generous sitting area with an ornate fireplace, and a flat-screen TV with cable, and an en-suite bathroom with a double whirlpool tub for two and separate shower, thick towels and organic bath products.

The Hattie Bishop Speed Room is a unique corner room on the second floor decorated in rich, warm tones and features a queen-size canopied bed in luxury linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a double whirlpool tub for two and separate shower, thick towels and organic bath products. A spacious sitting area has comfortable furnishings, flat screen cable TV, and beautiful views of Historic Louisville’s Fourth Street.

The Andrew Carnegie Suite is a magnificent penthouse on the third floor of the mansion that features a king-size bed with luxury linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a whirlpool tub for two and a walk-in shower, fresh towels and organic bath products. A generous sitting area has plush furnishings, a carved wood mantel fireplace, a flat screen TV with cable and lovely views of the mansion and grounds.

Named after the Chief Executive during the DuPont Era, the Grover Cleveland Room is located on the third floor and features a king-size bed with luxury linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a whirlpool tub for two and separate walk-in shower, thick towels and organic bath products. An ample sitting room has two fireplaces, beautiful furnishings, a flat-screen cable TV with satellite channels and gorgeous views.

Located on the third floor of the mansion, the Louisa May Alcott room is named after the renowned Victorian author and features charming décor, a queen-size bed with luxury linens, and a generous sitting area with an ornate fireplace, and a flat-screen TV with cable. An en-suite bathroom has a double whirlpool tub for two and separate shower, thick towels and organic bath products.

A full gourmet breakfast is served every morning and includes gourmet coffee and teas, orange or cranberry juice, a variety of sweet and savory offerings, homemade granola and fresh fruit, as well as breakfast casseroles, quiches, and traditional breakfast fare.

The DuPont Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast offers a wealth of amenities and guest services to enhance every guest’s stay, including a hearty breakfast every morning, freshly baked desserts each afternoon, and complimentary beverages, candy, and snacks available throughout the day. Other services include free off-street parking, central heat, and air conditioning.

The DuPont Mansion presents a beautiful location for weddings, receptions, and other special celebrations, as well a wide variety of wedding packages from which to choose. From intimate elopements to formal indoor or outdoor ceremonies, this elegant Victorian Mansion provides a gorgeous backdrop for all types of occasions.

1317 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40208, Phone: 502-638-0045

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