We love to go places as a family and we love to go places where we can learn. Recently we headed south for a trip to the Louisville Slugger Museum! I have heard wonderful things about their factory tour and they say it is a big family hit! I couldn’t agree more! We had such a nice time!
FamilyFun magazine has tabbed Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory as one of the Best Factory Tours for Kids in the November 2014 issue!
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, one of the city’s most popular attractions, is also housed at the corporate headquarters. The first thing you see is the building and it is just beautiful! The location is well-marked by the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat that casually leans against the side of the building. Guests are invited to learn about the Official Bat of Major League Baseball–Louisville Slugger. Today, over 4-million people have enjoyed the museum and factory tour experience at this location.
Can you believe the size of this bat? It is 6 stories tall! It is just amazing to see up close and you can’t miss the museum as you are driving down the road, that is for sure!
When you enter you get a factory tour where you get to see first hand how the bats are made! We learned so much about exactly how the bats are made and how important they are to the players, many Major Leaguers even have their bats customized. You can’t take pictures in the working area but they allow many opportunities when you come out of the factory part. All guests receive a free souvenir mini-bat at the end of each tour.
You can also see their original and inspiring 13-minute film, “The Heart of the Game.” Enjoy insights and anecdotes on hitting that you’ll only learn here from some of the great players of all-time, including Tony Gwynn, Jim Thome, and Derek Jeter.
My kids enjoying a rest with their new bats, they really enjoyed the tour! Smaller children may have a harder time, especially during the tour time which can seem long to a child dying to run free!
Baseball bats even on the ceiling!! This was so awesome to see!
On our visit, the special feature was from Topps! Baseball meets Batman in the latest special exhibition at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The attraction has teamed up with Topps, the legendary card maker, to create the first-ever retrospective of Topps trading cards. This show runs through October 4th. Topps changed the face of trading cards forever in 1952 with the release of their now iconic baseball card set that year. The most coveted card from that set features Mickey Mantle, and one of those Mantle cards is on display with the exhibit. The exhibit joins an already impressive line-up at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
My husband and I really loved going back to retro times! We saw so many things that reminded us of our childhood!
Along with iconic baseball cards, Topps has also produced collectible cards for other sports and pop culture giants such as Star Wars, the Beatles, and Pokémon.
Props, costumes, and artifacts from movies, television, music, comics, and cartoons are displayed alongside their Topps cards, including these pieces:
– Luke Skywalker’s Light Saber
– Indiana Jones’ Whip
– Adam West’s Batman Costume
– Christopher Reeve’s Superman Costume
– Nichelle Nichols’ Lt. Uhura Costume
– Elvis Presley’s Scarf
– Ringo Starr’s 1964 Drumsticks
– Jobu Statue from Major League
If you are in the Kentucky area soon, this is a must-see for your family!
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is located at 800 West Main Street in Louisville and is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (60+), $7 children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under.
For more information, log on to sluggermuseum.com or call 502-588-7228.
I was given tickets for my family to attend the museum, all opinions are 100 percent mine!