Sleep Inn & Suites
130 Spring Pointe Drive
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Phone: (502) 921-1001
Fax: (502) 921-1050
Introduced in the 18th century, Jim Beam is one of the oldest and most popular brands of bourbon in the country. Trace the brand's journey, of more than 200 years and global acclaim, at this delightful facility in Clermont. Guided tours of the facility take you through a fascinating journey through Jim Beam's history, as well as the complex process of distilling their world-famous bourbon from start to end. Lasting an hour and fifteen minutes, the tour includes tastings as well as a display of exhibits from the company's history. The Beam Bar at the facility serves up a selection of spirits from the company. Check website for more.
Sample fine wines at Forest Edge Winery. This charming winery creates delicious wine, including refreshing Pino Grigio and bold tasting Cabernet Sauvignon. Make sure you check out their selection of specialty wines with options like a chocolate dessert wine and honey-infused wine.
Jim Beam is one of the most cherished American whiskeys, and thus its unique history is one worth celebrating, and the Jim Beam American Outpost is the place to do it. Your visit begins with a screening of a short film telling the Beam story. Then you tour past some historic buildings and machinery. Then you make it to the tasting room where somebody pours you a couple tastes of bourbon. Then it's over to the gift shop for a souvenir Jim Beam sweatshirt.
Visit this charming winery to sample some of their fine wines. Their spacious tasting room is open daily and both children and pet friendly.
This wooded refuge just south of downtown Louisville is located near the village of Fairdale. If you want to see the Kentucky back-country, the 20 minute trip required to get here is worth it. The area is designated as an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, the park contains streams, creeks, trails and many other topographical features that allow for tons of activities. The welcome center provides hiking maps, books, souvenirs and other information about Jefferson; don't forget to pick one up.
Frederick Law Olmstead not only designed the great New York parks, Central and Prospect, but he also created this gem in the Bluegrass State. Though its location may be outside of downtown Louisville, it's a veritable playground replete with locals taking advantage of the amenities when the weather allows. Some park features include the popular amphitheater, an archery range, basketball courts, disc golf course, fishing lake, miles of trails, horseshoes, picnic areas, playground, tennis courts, etc. Car access on the road to the top of the park is only open between the months of April to October, but bike and foot access is available throughout the year.
Fort Duffield was built in 1861 and was named in the honor of Rev. George Duffield of Detroit. Even during the Civil War this fort was mostly unused and no wars were fought here. Given its lack of use, Fort Duffield was eventually abandoned, Currently, Fort Duffield is managed and maintained by a voluntary group called 'Friends of Fort Duffield. Living History Program, Ghost Walks and similar other events are hosted here on a regular basis.
Kentucky Kingdom is a fun seasonal amusement park and water park. Get an adrenaline rush on a roller coaster ride, then jump on the swinging pirate ship, and then relax on the carousal. With tons of rides you'll find something for everyone, from little kids to adult thrill seekers. Afterwards cool off at Hurricane Bay which has water rides including a wave pool, slides, and a lazy river.
Explore Louisville Mega Cavern in a historic tram where you ride through 17 miles (27 km) of dark passageways beneath the city of Louisville. Learn about geology, history, mining techniques, recycling and green business technology as well as witness where 50,000 people would have sheltered during the Cold War Era. You can also go on 'Mega Zips', an adventure tour that features five underground zip-lines, three challenge bridges and over two hours of adrenaline. Another great tour only offered from November through December is 'Lights Under Louisville'. This underground holiday light show is perfect for the season, where guests drive through an underground passageway festooned with holiday lights.
The Louisville Zoo is quite possibly one of the most underrated zoos in the world. Though somewhat modest in size, in is nonetheless home to a bevy of beautiful beasts. Some include camels, baby elephants, tigers, rhinos and even polar bears. The zoo also features different special exhibits. 'Glacier Run' presents arctic animals while 'Gorilla Forest' and 'Lorikeet Landing' are self-explanatory. The tiger feedings are also an attraction that highlight the nature of this apex predator. Here, guests are invited to walk a few yards away from a mesh-covered opening as the animal feeds on its lunch.
Home to the famous Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs represents the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown (The Preakness and Belmont Stakes are the other two). Churchill Downs first opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby in that same year. Aside from witnessing the "Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" (that is if you can procure tickets to the race), it still a great place to visit outside of the first Saturday in May. The season runs from April to November and even if you can't make it to the Derby, you can still wear your favorite hat and order a Mint Julep.
The Kentucky Derby, held annually at the fabulous Churchill Downs, is often said to be 'The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.' The museum, which is located just outside the racecourse, elaborately presents the history of this racing tradition through more than 20,000 items that have been collected since its inception in 1875. Exhibits include trophies, sculptures, photographs and paintings along with Derby souvenirs and the private collections of former horse trainers and jockeys. Tours can be made with the museum to visit the hallowed grounds of Churchill Downs as well.