Photo from Louisville Slugger Facebook page.
Call me un-American, but I’m really not a huge fan of baseball. So when I recently decided to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, Kentucky, I brought my two nephews who are baseball fanatics. Having them there really enhanced the experience, but I realized that even if you can’t name a single current MLB player (like me), you will still enjoy this factory tour and museum.
When you arrive at the museum, the first thing you see is a 120’ tall baseball bat. The Big Bat, billed as the largest bat in the world, is a replica of the Louisville Slugger Babe Ruth used. Besides being an impressive sight, it sets the backdrop for some pretty cool photos!
You definitely should do the factory tour. We watched the workers making bats right before our eyes, which the boys really thought was cool, especially to think that the bat they were watching could end up in the hands of their favorite player. At the end of the tour they give you a free mini bat to take home, a really great souvenir. You can also purchase a personalized bat, a nice customized memento of your visit.
After the tour we explored the museum and had a great time. We saw some fascinating memorabilia, life-sized statues of legends like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Derek Jeter, and a short but interesting film called, “The Heart of the Game”.
One of my favorite events was a demonstration that showed you what it would be like to stare down a 90 mph fastball. Very exciting…and a bit scary!
There’s also a signature wall, an area for kids, complete with impressive Lego structures of various ballparks, and a batting cage where you get to swing replicas of the actual bats made for some of the stars. I swung Ty Cobb’s bat…I should say attempted to! I believe it was one of the heaviest bats they made!
Outside the museum is the Louisville Slugger Walk of Fame, which runs a mile from the Big Bat on West Main Street to Louisville Slugger Field on East Main Street. Players inducted are enshrined with a bronze cast of the bat they used, and a bronze home plate with highlights of their career.
Actually, I take back what I said earlier: please don’t call me un-American. Because even if I’m not a baseball nut, I really enjoyed learning more about America’s favorite pastime and I really gained a new appreciation for the game. I highly recommend a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory! It’s a real home run!
Note: On Main Street, nine other attractions are in walking distance and well worth checking out. You can get more information at: Museum Row on Main.
For more ideas on what to do in and around Louisville, KY, visit Escape to the Southeast!