The temperatures are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, and that means the winter season is nearly upon us. To keep you from getting the cold weather blues, we identified five indoor experiences in Louisville that will get you out of the house without freezing half to death. You might even find some holiday gift ideas along the way.
So, this one is technically inside, though you might still need an extra layer or two. It is a cave, after all, and the average temp year-round is about 58 degrees. The Louisville Mega Caverns was once a massive limestone quarry, and is now the largest building in the state of Kentucky. How can a cave be a building, you ask? Private investors acquired the cavern in 1989 with plans to turn a portion of the expansive space into office and storage areas. Construction is ongoing but growth is not an issue, with more than 4,000,000 square feet of space available. Guests can take the tram tour or zipline (!) through part of the 17 mile cavern. It’s also a good one to visit during the holidays, thanks to Lights Under Louisville - the World’s Only All Underground Holiday Light Show.
We’ve mentioned this reportedly haunted building before as a great photo opp spot, but it’s certainly worthy of a tour inside, too. Most of the Halloween-themed events and paranormal investigations and tours have wrapped up at this point in the year, but that doesn’t mean all hope it lost. This spooky former tuberculosis hospital in Pleasure Ridge Park offers some holiday events, too. Sounds a little counter-intuitive, right? Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, guests can stop out and experience the Waverly Hills Christmas Laser Light Show every Friday and Saturday evening. Check the website for more details and information.
A staple on Barret Ave since 2000, The Nitty Gritty is a fun and vibrant costume rental and vintage clothing store. Featuring two floors of unique clothing and costume treasures, the shop has a little something of everything (for everyone). Whether you’re looking to rent a show-stopping outfit for the Derby or simply want that elusive pair of original bell bottoms, Nitty Gritty is a great place to start. They even have a stockpile of ugly Christmas sweaters, too. Spend the afternoon wandering the floors and see what you come away with - you might be surprised.
Joe Ley Antiques
While you’re in treasure-finding mode, pop over to Joe Ley Antiques in the NuLu district of Louisville. This former 1890 schoolhouse is now home to two acres of incredible treasures, antiques and specialty merchandise. As a well-known establishment for more than 51 years, Joe Ley Antiques offers a constantly changing inventory, including toys, large signs, carousel animals and more. Truthfully, once you’re inside, you’ll be blown away by the sheer volume of stuff. They also buy and sell daily, so you never know what you might find within its walls. Trust us, it’s worth the visit.
If you’re looking for a hands-on experience, look no further. Flame Run glassblowing offers a one-of-a-kind interactive, artistic experience that brings you up-close to 2000 degree hot glass. Blow your own glass (with the help of a seasoned pro, of course) and create your own piece of glass art. With everything from ornaments and vases to bourbon and wine glasses, Flame Run can help you create it all. Plus, the process is relatively quick - it only takes about 15-45 minutes, depending on what you choose to create. The studio is open Monday-Saturday, so pick a date and schedule a visit.
While that’s it for this list, it’s nowhere close to everything available to you in Louisville this winter. Why stay cooped up in your home when you can get out and experience more of the city? You’ll likely find even more things to do than you even knew existed. And when you do, send the ideas our way by tagging @lifestylecommunities on Instagram or Facebook. We’re always ready to try something new.