Winter Activities for the Whole Family In Louisville

Looking for some winter fun? There are plenty of places to go and things to do in Kentucky during the winter months. If you are coming up short of ideas, or are simply looking for a few new ways to get out of the house, here are a handful of ideas to get you started. Don’t worry, while the temperatures may be dropping outside, there is still much fun to be had! Who knows, winter might even become your favorite season.

Of course, there are plenty of things to do in and around Louisville throughout the year. Check out this list of 20 Things to Do in Kentucky for more ideas. 

Oh, and we can't forget holiday fun and things to do on New Year's Day. Phew, too much to do. You'll need a few days at home after conquering these lists.

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Hike In a Kentucky Park

Cumberland Falls

Don Sniegowski (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) / Flickr

With the right outerwear, winter can be a great time to spend time outside. Stay local or make a trip to one of Kentucky's famous parks, such as Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Corbin, KY, and get a breath of fresh air. Cumberland is worth the trip because, not only is it beautiful, but when the weather cooperates and the sky is clear, visitors can sometimes see a spray Moonbow, a lunar rainbow. It is one of only a few places in the world this can be seen.

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Take a Weekend Off

Nashville skyline at sunset

Malcolm MacGregor

Feeling stir crazy? Need a change of scenery? Plan a weekend getaway. Here is a list of lovely spots to visit, all within 300 miles and five hours of driving time from Louisville. Take your pick from Indiana, Kentucky, or Tennessee. Each state offers up great destinations for a short weekend away from home.

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Learn About Corvettes

Inside the National Corvette Museum

 John F. Martin

Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the National Corvette Museum is filled with classic cars, history, and even a cafe when you get hungry for lunch. Entertaining and educational for all ages, the attraction is open throughout the year to educate the public about Corvettes. It is less than one hour north of Nashville, TN and less than two hours south of Louisville, KY. Which means, conveniently for car lovers, the Museum is a quick and easy stopover when traveling by automobile.

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Go to the Movies

There are plenty of movie houses in Louisville, choose from family favorites to art house films. If you choose to make a day of it, stop by the Baxter Avenue Theatre in The Highlands. From there, there are plenty of things to do. People watch, buy some Louisville gifts, or dine at a restaurant, all on Bardstown Road. There is even a library steps away from the movie theater.

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Try Ice Skating

Head indoors and enjoy a winter activity...the best of both worlds! Open year-round, Iceland Sports Complex has public skating, lessons (both for ice skating and figure skating), hockey, and broomball. What’s broomball? It’s similar to hockey with a bit of soccer strategy added to the game. There are other rinks as well, such is Alpine Ice Arena. Alpine has been in business for decades and has open skate hours every day of the week. Enjoy a few hours at the rink with the family or, if you need a place to plan a party, consider hosting your event at the rink and planning your birthday party with an ice theme.

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Admire Museum Collections

Inside the Kentucky Derby Museum

 Kentucky Derby Museum

Louisville museums cover a wide range of interests. There is the Kentucky Derby Museum for racing buffs, the Louisville Slugger Museum for sports fans, Speed Art Museum for art lovers, and, of course, an educational and entertaining experience of our hometown hero at the Muhammed Ali Center. All of these (and more) and informative and enjoyable by people of all ages. So, take your pick and admire the exhibits that embody local, national, and international history.

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Explore Underground

 Louisville Mega Cavern

Did you know Kentucky is home to an extensive system of caves? It's easy to admire the beauty of Kentucky and forget to explore underground. But once you know what you're missing, you will be hooked. The caves of Kentucky are educational for kids and interesting for all ages. And if you choose to stay in Louisville limits, know there is a manmade cave under the Louisville Zoo that is open for tours, zip lining, and more.

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Enjoy the Lights

Light Up Louisville

Light Up Louisville 

Since the sun is setting earlier, there is more time to take in the holiday light displays around town. Choose from the downtown display at Jefferson Square Park or take in town charm at Light Up Corydon in Historic Corydon Square. Some events even highlight activities for kids. It is true you will have to get this activity in on the early side of winter, most light displays come down when the calendar turns. 

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Visit Water Parks in Indiana and Kentucky

Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park

 Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park

Are you California dreamin'? Wishing for beach weather? Well, unless you are willing to travel, you will have to wait for the beach, but you can visit a local water park. Sometimes a day of swimsuits—paired with water slides, inner tubes, a lazy river, and waterfalls—is enough to carry you until the summer months return.

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Go Sledding and Play with Snow

Crimthann Fid-Nemed (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) / Flickr

While there typically is not a lot of snow in Louisville, every now and again it accumulates! And when it does, families will be at the park with sleds. A favorite is Cherokee Park, with a large slope to sled and local coffee shops nearby. After all, chances are you will want to warm up with a hot cocoa after an hour in the snow.

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Dive Into the Ohio River

 Special Olympics Kentucky

Is jumping into the freezing water of the Ohio River on your bucket list? If so, mark your calendar, support the Special Olympics, and get freezin’ for a reason! The organization actually has two options, participants can jump off the docks into the Ohio River or into a pool set up in the Brown-Forman amphitheater in Waterfront Park.  There are prizes for fundraising and costumes. Money raised goes to a great cause and it’s a fun community builder.

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Invite Friends Over for a Game Night

Invite over friends and family for a fun night of Apples to Apples or Scrabble. Got little ones? Then keep game early and go for something more mellow, like Candyland or Go Fish. If you have ever hosted a game night before, don't worry, it's easy. Invite a few people over, provide some beverages and snacks, and get gaming. You can even encourage your friends to bring their games along. That way, there is a new experience for everyone, even you!

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Roll Away Your Worries on Roller Skates

Roller skating in Louisville is a classic way to spend an afternoon. There are a few rinks in town, take your pick. If you haven't been on the rink for a while, remember there are lockers, snack bars, and arcades there too. So you'll want to bring a bit of extra money for a snack and a video game (if that sounds interesting to you).

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