Love baseball? Why not take a trip to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Kentucky. Its got history, hands-on fun, and an exclusive behind the scenes tour that is both interesting and educational! Read on to see the 7 reasons we keep coming back time and time again.
We Love Louisville, Kentucky
We’ve had a huge crush on Louisville, Kentucky for quite some time. Whenever it’s a question of where we’d like to road trip to next, Louisville always seems to pop back up. Even though we’ve made the trip to Kentucky several times, there’s something about the area that keeps us coming back for more. Louisville has excitement, entertainment, and we think all around nice folks living there.
So, today we wanted to share with you just one of the reasons we love Kentucky and that is because it’s the home of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. If you’ve never stopped by the Louisville Slugger Museum, you’re really missing out. This gem, found right in the middle of the downtown area, houses some pretty impressive baseball memorabilia.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a huge baseball fanatic, the Louisville Slugger Museum still seems to be a great family friendly place to stop with plenty of things to see and do. So what do we love about the Louisville Slugger Museum? Here, we’ll tell you.
7 Reasons to Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum
1 . The Baseball Factory Tour.
It’s not every day you can see how a genuine Louisville Slugger baseball bat is made. By joining in on this exclusive tour, you’ll get to go behind closed doors and onto the factory floor. Here we saw the process a baseball bat goes through to be made, start to finish. Unfortunately, no cameras are allowed on the tour – so no spilling any industry secrets, mmkay?
2. A Free Mini Bat.
Once the tour is over, those partaking in it are given a free mini bat as a way to remember their adventure. Such a fun keepsake! If you don’t go on the tour but still really want a mini bat, they are available for purchase in the gift shop.
3. A Chance to Experience Baseball History.
The Louisville Slugger Museum has quite a few cool baseball artifacts such as signatures from many of the recognizable industry names and used celebrity bats. Wanna hold one? You can! Read on below.
4. Hands-on Fun for Kids.
There is quite a bit of hands-on fun to be at the Louisville Slugger Museum and it’s not JUST for the kids. I saw several people of all ages stepping up to put their hands on one of the bats from their favorite players. Beyond that, there are opportunities to pitch a ball, wander a mock locker room and sit in the photo opp dugout spot.
5. There’s Always More to See.
Like I said before, we’ve visited the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory a couple of times and on each visit, they’ve got something new. Part of the museum tour includes a traveling exhibit spot which changes from time to time. On this visit, we were excited to find the Big League, Little Build exhibit which housed many baseball LEGO creations, plus a few spots for kids to free build a creation of their own.
6. Learn More About the Game.
I didn’t realize it going in but exploring the Louisville Slugger Museum is actually quite educational. For instance, did you know that the average fast pitch goes 90 mph? That’s nuts!
What about these interesting facts:
- 1.8 million wooden bats leave the Louisville Slugger Factory each year, including mini bats.
- Each day the Louisville Slugger factory turns 2,000-5,000 wooden bats
*Stats provided by Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
7. Shop Genuine Louisville Slugger Merchandise.
After spending the day wandering the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, it’s hard not to want to take a piece of it home with you. If you agree, lucky for you the museum and factory have their own store with shirts, baseball bats, and other fun memorabilia.
I decided to pick up a few gifts for the holidays and then hurried the kids out the door before they continued to ask me for anything else.
Love baseball? Tell me about your visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum or why you’d like to go.
Join us on our tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory by watching this video we made!