Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Louisville Slugger Museum - Hit with the Kids

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory (Source: Website)
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is all about celebrating the extraordinary role of the Louisville Slugger bat in baseball’s past, present and future. The company has crafted bats in this factory "with the same pride that started in 1884." 

"We’re here to delight our guests and create joyful, lifetime memories," say representatives. "Baseball connects generations, we see it here every day. Since the sport is such a big part of American history and culture, even visitors who don’t consider themselves big fans find something here that resonates with them."

Hammerin’ Hank Aaron.
Guests of all ages enjoy seeing bats being made on every tour, every day.  There are hands-on exhibits for the kids, fun stories from history, and fascinating machinery.

Visitors learn about how the bats made here have been important in the long history of baseball. Hank Aaron (pictured at left) holds the bat that he used to hit his 700th home run.

Guided factory tours depart every 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the season. The last factory tour of the day leaves 30 minutes before closing. Factory tours last approximately 30 minutes.

Allow 2 hours to enjoy the entire museum and factory experience. Everyone receives a miniature souvenir bat at the end of the tour. Personalized bats can be ordered when you arrive for pick-up after your tour, or they can be shipped.

If you go

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
800 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(877) 775-8443

Mon. – Sat.: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Sun.: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

Adults: $15 - Seniors (60+): $14
Kids (6-12): $8 - Kids 5 & Under: Free
Admission includes FREE Souvenir Mini Bat after the factory tour -- A $7 Value.

Located on the corner of 8th and Main in downtown Louisville, there is a convenient parking garage behind the building. Some street parking is available for bigger rigs. Just look for The Big Bat.

-- Julianne G. Crane
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Friday, August 3, 2018

"House on the Rock" astounding, fun Wisconsin family attraction

House on Deer Shelter Rock (
If you are touring the Midwest and are looking for an astounding and unique destination with something for everyone in the family, head to the House on the Rock.

Long a regional tourist attraction in southwest Wisconsin, this "eccentric architectural and entertainment attraction" is a sprawling complex of unique structures, rooms, streets, and gardens designed by  Alex Jordan, Jr. (1914-1989).

Alex Jordan, Jr.
The "House" itself is atop Deer Shelter Rock, a column of rock approximately 60-feet tall, 70-feet by 200-feet on the top, which stands in a forest. Additions were made to the original structure over the course of several decades beginning in the 1940s.

Jordan, an imaginative architect, said about his complex: "One thing just sort of led to another."  And staying true to his feeling that "more is not enough," he continued adding "room after room filled with some of the world's more unique, eclectic and whimsical collections," according the brochure.

Views of the Infinity Room of 'House on the Rock'
One of the most intriguing spaces is "The Infinity Room."  It juts out 218-feet from the house, without supports underneath. The room is said to have more than 3,000 windows" and is considered to have one of the best views in the world.

House on the Rock has three Sections ... way more than any one can see in a single RV Short Stop.
Section 1 - Includes the Asian Garden, the Alex Jordan Center and Sculpture Pavilion, the Gate House and the Original House and the Infinity Room.

Section 2 – Includes the Mill House, Streets of Yesterday, Heritage of the Sea, Tribute to Nostalgia, Music of Yesterday, Spirit of Aviation and the Carousel.

Section 3 – Includes the Carousel, the Organ Room, the Doll House Room, the Circus Room, the Galleries, the Doll Carousel Room and the Japanese Garden.

Carousel at House on the Rock.  (
During the Regular Season (March 15-Nov. 11) all three self-guided sections are open.

"The Dark Side," a decidedly different experience at The House on the Rock, the spooky night time  Halloween event runs Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.

During Christmas at the House on the Rock (Nov. 16-Jan. 1) St. Nick takes up residence in a big way. More than 6,000 collectibles of Old St. Nick deck the halls and adorn the walls throughout The House.

Open year round. Double check website for special events during the year. Prices vary for the special events.  For information on RV Parks near this incredible attraction, click here.

If you go:

The House on the Rock
5754 State Road 23
Spring Green, WI 53533

During the regular season, the Ultimate Experience is a self-guided tour of all three sections of The House.
Adult (age 18 and over) $29.95
Senior (age 65 and over) $26.95
Children (age 4-17) $15.95
Children (3 and under) FREE

Ticket sales and admittance end one hour before closing time.
Directions use MapQuest

-- Julianne G. Crane
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