The aptly-named Mega Cavern is an old limestone mine in Louisville, Kentucky. It stretches out underneath the city, even under the Interstate 264 and the Louisville Zoo, and is technically classed as the biggest building in the entire state of Kentucky. A hugely popular tourist spot, visitors can enjoy tram rides, mountain biking, ropes course, and zip lines. Due to the fact that all of these activities take place underground, they’re unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced, with the zip line course proving particularly popular. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Overview

Overview
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The cave measures up at an astonishing 4,000,000 square feet in total and Mega Cavern zip lines offer some truly unparalleled views. While the vast majority of zip line courses are located above ground, offering scenic views of forests, lakes, mountains, and oceans, this zip line experience is thoroughly unique. Located 100% below the Earth's surface, the Mega Cavern zip lines provide guests with a fascinating new way to experience this incredible structure.

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2.Mega Cavern Mega Zips

Mega Cavern Mega Zips
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Led by trained, experienced tour guides, zip line tours in the Mega Cavern last for up to two and a half hours in total and feature six thrilling zip lines overall. One of the best things about taking a zip line tour in the Mega Cavern is that it's such a unique, visually impressive structure. Differently colored lights illuminate the various underground passages, providing a truly special backdrop to your zip line flights, and the friendly guides provide truly fascinating information about the cavern.

The Mega Cavern has a very interesting history, having being used as a limestone mine back in the 20th century and then transformed into a storage facility and business park over the course of the 1990s. The zip line tour guides know every little nook and cranny of the Mega Cavern and can tell you the full story of this magnificent structure.

As well as six zip lines, the Mega Cavern Mega Zips tour also includes two challenge bridges to walk across and a dual zip line to race alongside friends or family members. There's nothing quite like this zip line course and it's actually the only zip line tour in the world to be located entirely underground, as well as being the top rated attraction in all of Louisville according to online tourist hub Trip Advisor.

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

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3.Mega Cavern Zip Lines Rules and Requirements

Mega Cavern Zip Lines Rules and Requirements
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Riders of the Mega Zips zip lines can enjoy all the excitement of being up to 165 feet underground while zipping up to 70 feet above the floor of the cavern itself. It’s a special experience, but there are some important rules and regulations to bear in mind before booking a trip and setting out when the big day finally comes.

The minimum age requirement for all riders is 7 years old. This is for safety reasons, as the harnesses used are designed to support people of certain heights and weights. Speaking of weights, all guests also need to weigh a minimum of 55 pounds and a maximum of 285 pounds. All guests will be weighed before taking the tour to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible. 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.

All participants will also need to sign a waiver before taking part and riders aged under 18 will need this form to be signed by a parent. The zip line tours are fully safe but do require a certain level of physical fitness and dexterity in order to get around and manipulate the braking system, so guests with mobility issues or heart conditions cannot take the tours.

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4.Attire

Attire
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When it comes time to choose your outfit for the Mega Zips zip line tours, it's vital to avoid wearing any loose-fitting items or footwear. Comfortable, close-toed shoes are a must and it's important to remember that the tour takes place in a cave environment with hard surfaces and quite a chilly atmosphere, so remember to wrap up with a jacket or sweater, even in summer.

People with long hair will be asked to tie it up and women should avoid wearing skirts. You'll also need to consider leaving valuables at home or at least bringing along a secure bag to keep them safe on your person at all times.

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More Ideas: Brown Hotel

Set in the heart of downtown Louisville and exuding a history and heritage as rich as the town itself, The Brown Hotel is a Louisville legend and iconic landmark. Boasting a Georgian-Revival elegance and timeless Southern charm that has been loved by generations of guests for decades, the signature hotel at the corners of Fourth and Broadway features stunning architecture, luxurious accommodations, world-class amenities, facilities and guest service, and gracious southern hospitality.

The Brown Hotel features 293 tastefully appointed and stylishly decorated guest rooms with contemporary décor, classic furnishings, luxurious fabrics, and luxury finishes with an Old World ambiance. Guest rooms range from Club Luxury and Club Deluxe Rooms to Luxury Suites, the opulent Muhammad Ali and Club Lounge Suites and feature gorgeous mahogany pillow-top beds with Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters and signature Brown Hotel throws. En-suite bathrooms have polished marble floors, walk-in showers, soaking tubs, thick towels and branded Brown toiletries and spacious sitting areas have executive work desks, upholstered furnishings, classic and eclectic of artworks on the walls.

In-room amenities include flat-screen televisions with premium channels and On-Demand movies, complimentary wireless Internet access, multi-line speakerphone telephones with voice mail services, guest room refrigerators, 24-hour room service and in-room dining, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, hair dryers and complimentary USA Today.

Club Luxury and Club Deluxe guest rooms are 500 square feet in size and feature comfortable sitting areas decorated with plush upholstered sofas and coffee tables, one king-size bed or two double beds dressed in luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and hand-woven throws. En-suite bathrooms have polished marble floors, walk-in showers, soaking tubs, thick towels and branded Brown toiletries. Luxury and Deluxe guest rooms feature the same amenities and spacious sitting areas with comfortable furnishings and various artworks.

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Overlooking 4th Street and Theatre Square, spacious Luxury Suites are 1,000 square feet in size and are ideal for entertaining small groups of friends or celebrating special occasions. Suites feature beautifully decorated living rooms with comfy sofas, wet bars, and dining tables for six guests, along with king-size beds dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters, and hand-woven throws. An en-suite bathroom has polished marble floors, walk-in showers, soaking tubs, thick towels and branded Brown toiletries.

Opulent and oversized and decorated in vibrant shades of gold and black, the Muhammad Ali Suite is a huge suite decorated with signed Ali memorabilia, photographs, and boxing gloves. The luxurious suite features hardwood floors, a dining room with crystal chandelier, and a separate living room with wet bar, as well as a mahogany four-poster king-size beds dressed in luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters, and hand-woven throws. An en-suite bathroom has polished marble floors, walk-in shower, marble whirlpool tub, thick towels and branded Brown toiletries.

Opulent and oversized, it is decorated in shades of gold and features a separate living room with wet bar, dining room with hardwood floors, and a guest toilet. The bedroom has a mahogany four-poster king bed dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and hand-woven throws and a master bathroom with a marble whirlpool tub, walk-in shower, thick towels and branded Brown toiletries.

Located on a key only access floor, the Club Lounge takes luxury to new levels and provides a spacious private retreat where guests can gather and socialize in an ambiance of refined elegance. The Club Lounge offers a private space for guests to enjoy a delicious continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres and drinks, with a dedicated concierge to assist with travel arrangements and dinner reservations.

The Brown Hotel offers a variety of exceptional dining experiences from fine dining in the English Grill and the head-turning glamor of the Lobby Bar to the light and airy elegance of J. Graham’s Café. The Brown’s signature dining room, the English Grill serves contemporary American cuisine with a southern twist in the elegant atmosphere akin to that of a private club.

The casual J. Graham’s Café has a light-filled atmosphere and serves an occasional á la carte and buffet menu for lunch with a variety of salads, antipasto, homemade soup, fresh-baked bread, hot entrées and decadent desserts. The Café also serves an extravagant Sunday Brunch of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, and much more. Exuding an Old World ambiance and a contemporary classic style, the Lobby Bar is a glamorous, gilded space that offers an extensive menu of hand-crafted cocktails, bourbon flights, and delicious gourmet pub fare.

The Brown Hotel offers an array of signature amenities and guest services to enhance every stay, including complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, a 24-hour airport shuttle, and transportation to downtown businesses and attractions, free access to the fitness center, and the use of the nearby athletic club with an indoor swimming pool. The hotel also features a 24-hour business center, 24-hour in-room dining, concierge services, laundry and dry cleaning services, valet and self-parking (additional costs), postal and package services, and luggage storage. Other services include an overnight shoe shine (upon request), two restaurants, an elegant Lobby Bar, and 19 meeting spaces for events and functions, and a gift shop that sells sundries, unique gifts, and artwork by local artisans.

The Brown Hotel offers 17 beautifully furnished, flexible, and functional event spaces for a variety of events and functions from weddings, receptions, and other celebrations, to corporate meetings and activities. The Brown Hotel can accommodate groups of six up to 600 in a variety of meeting rooms, lounges, elegant boardrooms, and the magnificent Crystal Ballroom.

The Brown Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of many of Louisville’s top attractions and destinations, including the Brown Theatre, the Palace Theatre, and the Kentucky International Convention Center.

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335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202, Phone: 502-209-7346

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More Ideas: Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville is located within the famous Churchill Downs and is dedicated to celebrating the heritage of the historic racetrack and the tradition, hospitality, and pride of the world-renowned Kentucky Derby. One of the top attractions in Kentucky, the Museum aims to engage, educate and inspire the community and visitors about the exciting sport of thoroughbred horseracing.

Churchill Downs is a world-renowned Thoroughbred racetrack in south Louisville that is most famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby. Officially opened in 1875, Churchill Down began its tradition and reputation as being the “Home of the Kentucky Derby,” one of the longest continually running sporting events in America. Churchill Downs is also famous for hosting the prestigious Breeder’s Cup - no less than eight times - and is scheduled to host this event once again in 2018.

Opened in April 1985, the Kentucky Derby Museum features a variety exhibits, display, and themed presentations, designed to engage, educate and inspire curiosity set on two levels. The Museum also features a documentary film titled “The Greatest Race” with 360-degree immersive sound and visuals, which explores the history of Churchill Downs and the sport of thoroughbred horseracing, as well as the famous Kentucky Derby race.

Visitors to the Kentucky Derby Museum can experience the Museum via guided tours, including Around the Track Golf Cart Tours, Barn and Backside Van Tours, Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tours, Historic Walking Tours, Twilight Tours, Horses & Haunts Tours, Derby Week Tours, and a Champions Tour with Mint Julep Tours.

The Around the Track Golf Cart Tour is the most exclusive tour on offer and consists of four hours of exploring the history, legacy, and pageantry of the Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby, watching a morning workout session, visiting the famous infield tunnels, and lunch at a local restaurant.

The Barn and Backside Van Tours offer the opportunity for visitors to see thoroughbred horses in their working environment - taking a bath and training for the next race. Visitors also get the chance to see the 1,400 stalls in which the horses live.

The Behind the Scenes Walking Tour is a guided walking tour that offers an insider’s view to some of the track’s most select areas, including Millionaires Row, the private members-only Turf Club, and the private Matt Winn Dining Room. Picturesque views on this tour include the legendary Twin Spires, the race track, and the fourth-floor balcony.

The Historic Walking Tour is a 30-minute guided walking tour of the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack where visitors can learn more about the rich history of this location, past Derby winners, and pet the resident miniature thoroughbred horse.

The Twilight Tour affords visitors the opportunity to see the beauty of the race track under the glow of night lights from the famous Twin Spires. The tour takes visitors through the paddocks, courtyards, grandstand, Millionaire's Row, the elegant dining rooms and ends on the balcony next to the iconic Twin Spires with beautiful views over the track.

The Horses & Haunts Tour is a 1.5-hour guided walking tour that explores the darker side of the track with stories of legends and lore and other haunted tales.

A Champions Tour with Mint Julep Tours includes exploring the Kentucky Derby Museum’s two floors of interactive exhibits, a documentary film titled “The Greatest Race,” and a walking tour of the track. The tour then moves to the Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, which houses the iconic stallion stables stallion barns, which are home to the champions of the track.

Education

In addition to a range of informative exhibits and displays, the Museum also offers free educational programs and workshops to public and parochial schools in the states of Kentucky and Indiana that focus on the economics, history and significance of the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is located at 700 Central Avenue in Louisville and is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Kentucky Derby Museum has an onsite café called the Derby Café which serves a variety of healthy snacks, light meals, and beverages throughout the day, as well as The Finish Line Gift Shop, which sells a range of Derby-based memorabilia, clothing, fun items, and gifts. The Museum is also home to a resident miniature thoroughbred that visitors can pet.

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704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY, 40208, Phone: 502-637-1111

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More Ideas: Breckinridge Inn

Breckinridge Inn is a family and pet-friendly hotel in Louisville, Kentucky that offers comfortable accommodations, upscale facilities, and warm and welcoming hospitality. Situated in proximity to some of Louisville’s most famous attractions like Churchill Downs, home of the world-renowned Kentucky Derby, Breckinridge Inn offers 123 tastefully appointed guest rooms and an onsite recreation club with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness and exercise classes, and spa services. A delicious continental breakfast buffet is served every morning, and light meals, drinks, and live music can be enjoyed at the Jerry Green & Friends nightclub.

Breckinridge Inn features 123 tastefully appointed guest rooms with classic southern décor and contemporary furnishings. All room feature one king or two double beds with pillow-top mattresses, deluxe linens, and hypoallergenic pillow, and en-suite bathrooms with shower-and-bath combinations, single vanities, fresh towels and quality toiletries. Modern amenities in every room include coffee makers, irons/ironing boards, hair dryers and complimentary wireless Internet.

A complimentary continental breakfast buffet is offered every morning and features hot beverages such as coffee, milk, hot tea, and hot chocolate, accompanied by freshly baked muffins, pastries, and bagels, fruit juice, hot and cold cereal, hard boiled eggs and biscuits and gravy. Jerry Green & Friends is an onsite nightclub and bar that serves light meals and drinks, as well as offers, live music, and entertainment throughout the week.

Breckinridge Inn offers an array of comforts and conveniences to enhance every stay, including complimentary transportation to and from the airport, a delicious continental breakfast buffet every morning, and laundry and dry cleaning services. A fully equipped business center offers printing, copying, scanning and fax services and there is complimentary wireless Internet around the property. Club Breckenridge is accessible to all guests and features an outdoor swimming pool with large sun decks, chaises, and umbrellas surrounded by a landscaped courtyard and an indoor heated swimming pool with lanes for swimming. There is also a whirlpool, lighted tennis court, a fully equipped fitness room overlooking the indoor pool with a variety of aerobic and strength training equipment, sauna, steam room, and showers and locker facilities for men and women.

Breckinridge Inn boasts seven meeting rooms with flexible and versatile seating arrangements and varying capacities, complete with audiovisual equipment, staging equipment and a range of services such as catering and event planning and management by prior arrangement. Venues include the Breckinridge Ballroom, Louisville Room & Patio which can cater for up to 250 guests in a banquet style, the Breckinridge Ballroom (120 classroom/250 theater/200 banquet), Breckinridge A and B meeting rooms (60 classroom/120 theater/80 banquet), and the Patio (40 classroom/60 theater/50 banquets). Other rooms include the Louisville Board Room (40 classroom/60 theater/50 banquet), the Kentucky Room (45 classroom/70 theater/45 banquet), and the Lexington Conference Room (25 classroom/35 theater/30 banquet).

Breckinridge Inn is conveniently situated within proximity to several Louisville landmarks such as the Louisville Zoo, Slugger Field, and Churchill Downs, home of the world-renowned Kentucky Derby. Two Louisville's finest shopping malls are located within a few minutes of the hotel, as well as the Atlantis Water Park, which is just 15 minutes away.

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2800 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40220, Phone: 502-456-5050

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