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    The holidays are finally upon us. And with the stuffed turkey, the gift-wrapping and the snowy weather comes the highly anticipated wave of family members flying in to visit from all over the world. But after everyone arrives and unpacks and you catch up on everything you’ve missed over the last year, what’s on the agenda?

    Louisville is full of one of a kind places and unique experiences, making it the perfect city to explore with your family over the holidays. So before you create your itinerary, take a look at these destination suggestions. And don't forget to leave your own suggestions in the comments!


    For the kids or the kid at heart: 

    The Kentucky Science Center
    727 W. Main Street, 502-561-6100

    Image: Kentucky Science Center

    This place isn’t just for elementary school field trips anymore. With a variety of interesting activities, like its current “Science in Play” exhibit and an Imax theater, children of all ages will find a full day of fun they can’t experience anywhere else. The Kentucky Science Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and will reopen on Friday, November 27. To plan a trip, visit the Kentucky Science Center’s website.

    Story Time at Carmichael’s Kids
    1313 Bardstown Road, 502-709-4900

    Bring the youngest members of your family to Carmichael’s Kids to be captivated by the magic of children’s literature. Storytime is free to attend and takes place every Thursday at 11am and every Friday at noon. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch. Carmichael’s Kids will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. For more information, visit the local bookstore’s website.


    For your nephew who just turned 21:

    425 W. Chestnut Street, 502-822-6382

    Image: Meta

    With one of Louisville’s most impressive selections of wine, this is the perfect destination for the low-key bar-hopper. Located downtown, Meta allows its guests to see the busiest part of the city while providing a cozy and quiet escape. A live DJ is featured every Friday night from 9pm – 3am. For more information, visit Meta’s website.

    Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill
    942 Baxter Avenue, 502-409-9422

    Show off your dance moves and share a drink with your relatives at this Highlands treasure. Every Wednesday night, Baxter’s showcases live karaoke and well cocktails for just $1. This just might be the perfect setting for your family’s next funny story. For more information, visit Baxter’s website.


    For your eccentric Aunt Tonya (we all have one):

    The Laughing Derby
    1250 Bardstown Road, 502-459-0022

    It’s no joke that comedy brings the whole family together. And what better place to find yourself in hysterics with your relatives that Louisville’s Laughing Derby! Showcasing some of the country’s most well-known comedians, this comedy club is an exciting place to visit all year long. Check out which comedians will be there Thanksgiving week on The Laughing Derby’s website.

    Casablanca Hookah Lounge
    2210 Frankfort Avenue, 502-365-2100

    Image: Casablanca Hookah Lounge

    Hookah certainly taken Louisville by storm in recent years, but those visiting from out of town may be unfamiliar with the unique activity. Introduce your family to this Middle Eastern trend with a welcoming environment and delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Go on Saturday for a belly dancing experience! For more information, visit Casablanca’s Facebook page.


    For your “beer expert” Grandpa:

    Holy Grale
    1034 Bardstown Road, 502-459-9939

    Image: Rickshaw Magazine

    Everyone has that one relative who thinks they know everything about something. And if that something is beer, show them up at Holy Grale. Located in an old historic church, this Highlands restaurant has over 90 beers available in a one of a kind atmosphere. For the complete beer menu and hours, visit Holy Grale’s website.

    Against the Grain
    401 E. Main Street, 502-515-0174

    This downtown brewery has an impressive collection of over one hundred beers. And though not all are available at all times, its beer menu features a rotating selection of its most popular and seasonal brews, all of which pair perfectly with the restaurant’s hearty lunch and dinner entrees. For the complete menu and hours, visit Against the Grain’s website.

    Photo courtesy of Shutterstock/AndreiTudoran.

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