Louisville has an extensive parks and recreation department. Visits to the local park or playground with your kids are perfect free activities. There are 124 parks to choose from, but which are the best? I have visited many of the parks with my family and recommend the following five parks.
This park is very large and easy to get to from I-64. It is most popular for its cross country trail, walking path and numerous tennis courts. It also has baseball and soccer fields as well as basketball courts and a golf course. The playground is great for kids of various ages with many swings and two climbing structures.
Cherokee Park is just south of I-64 and very easy to access. The scenic loop is over 2 miles long and is very popular for hikers and bikers. The park has multiple playgrounds, including a sprayground close to one of the playgrounds, and picnic shelters. For the dog lover, there is an off-lease dog park. There are multiple areas for typical sporting events but in addition, you will find a fishing lake and an archery range.
Waterfront Park is the location for many special events in Louisville but has much to offer on a daily basis. There are two large playgrounds. One has a nice sandbox and toddler area and the other has a fantastic sprayground. The sprayground is more than just a simple water spout, it’s a miniature water park! All along the park there are walking and biking trails and swinging benches for your enjoyment. There are multiple restroom locations and places to picnic or grill. On the western end of the park, there is a wonderful fountain that feeds into a large man-made stream that heads to the river. It is a beautiful place to sit and reflect. Eventually, there will be a pedestrian bridge linking Louisville with Jeffersonville, IN.
E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park
Tom Sawyer park is home to one of the few public access pools. During the summer months, you can go there and swim for a modest price. They also offer water aerobics for only $3 per class. There are multiple picnic shelters and an incredible number of sports fields. There is a playground near one of the shelters and sand volleyball court. This playground also has a sand play area under a shady tree. This park is a common place for runners and walkers to meet for exercise because of it’s fitness trail. Across from the main entrance is another part of park that has an additional playground, community garden and large dog park.
If you are looking for a smaller park, Brown Park is where to go. Hidden next to the hospitals just south of Shelbyville Road in St. Mattews, Brown Park has a small playground and picnic shelter. It also has a maze of walking trails that are partially covered by big trees. The main attraction for kids is to hang out by the bridge and feed bread to the many ducks that swim in the stream.
Every park in Louisville has something special to offer. Visit all of the parks and find the one that your family enjoys the most!