A few weeks ago, we drove down to Louisville for a short weekend. In one day, we visited the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory (800 West Main St., 877-775-8443), enjoyed a scenic riverboat cruise and lunch aboard the cozy Spirit of Jefferson (401 West River Road, 502-574-2992) and strolled through a whimsical “Dragons” exhibit and military history displays at the Frazier International History Museum (829 West Main St., 502-753-5663).
We also spent several hours exploring the Falls of the Ohio State Park (201 West Riverside Drive, Clarksville, Ind., 812-280-9970) across the river in Southeastern Indiana. For centuries, the only natural obstruction to traffic along the Ohio River was a series of falls along a bend in the river where Louisville was eventually established. When a dam was created almost a century ago to make the area more easily navigable, a wealth of Devonian-era fossils was revealed on the dry riverbed. Visitors today can walk on the flats and easily spot hundreds of fossils (dating back over 350-million years!) embedded in the exposed rock.