Farm Tour near Louisville with animal encounters Thursday, Aug 6 2020 

Black Horse Manor offers custom farm tours for families Alpacas, horses, donkeys, and other farm animals will greet you on this farm tour near Louisville.  On the edge of Shelby County and available for a farm tour near Louisville, you will find Black Horse Manor. Luckily, someone visit it recently and reached out to us to make the connection. We [...]

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Day trip to Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort Thursday, Jul 30 2020 

Tips for visiting Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, a unique Kentucky space for families Day trips are so important in 2020 so families can find new ways to be together and have fun. During this unique time, we are seeking outdoor fun options to present to Louisville families. Check this one out! Josephine Sculpture Park is in Frankfort and open [...]

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Tips for visiting Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge Monday, Jul 27 2020 

Families are visiting Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge now more than ever.  Many families are visiting areas of Kentucky for summer vacation instead of traveling around the country due to the pandemic. Take some time to prepare for your trip and it will be more fun since you won’t be spending time while you are there trying to figure [...]

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Public Art & Murals in Louisville Monday, Mar 30 2020 

Louisville is abundant with art you can see from your car or on your walk. Murals and sculptures are all over the city.  Spring is a fantastic time to explore Louisville. But, during this global pandemic, there are many limitations. Luckily, so much of the public art and murals are visible by car.  Here are some ideas to safely get [...]

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Spring Break Light Show Friday, Mar 27 2020 

A safe way to get out of the house is to stay in the car! This spring break light show provides entertainment safely.    So many people have been asking for ways to get out of the house and just LOOK at something. Take the kids for a drive and see what they can see. Now is your chance! Blue’s [...]

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Where to go fishing in Louisville with kids Friday, Mar 27 2020 

Fishing with kids can be a lot of fun and certainly provide memories for a lifetime. Louisville and some surrounding counties offer some great places for fishing.    Fishing is a fun outdoor family activity. Hikes and parks are a ton of fun with your family to connect with nature and each other. If you are looking for an activity [...]

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Spring Break Staycation 2020 Thursday, Mar 26 2020 

This will be one Spring Break that we will all remember and we are here to help you make the most out of the situation at hand. While it might not be the vacation that was planned, it can still be a fun-filled  Staycation.  Being stuck at home can be hard. Being stuck at home during spring break can be [...]

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15 Spring Break Destinations within 3 Hours of Louisville Monday, Feb 24 2020 

Spring Break options close to Louisville   We found things to do and places to go within a short drive of Louisville. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or a multi-day getaway, we’ve got you covered!   Are you looking for spring break options close to Louisville? You don’t have to travel 10+ hours to a beach to have a [...]

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Staying in Louisville for break? Don’t miss out on these local events Friday, Feb 21 2020 

By Christian Grace–

Spring break is rapidly approaching for University of Louisville students, and there are a lot of things to look forward to throughout the week.

For those who find parties and colorful displays interesting, the Louisville Zoo’s lights festival will be at the top of the list.

The “Wild Lights Asian Lantern Festival at the Louisville Zoo” is an eyeful. The event is the largest lantern display in the region and showcases complex and culturally significant designs throughout the zoo.

Ticket prices for non-member adults are $18.50 if purchased before arrival or $20.50 at the gate. Card-carrying members will only pay $15.50 if tickets are bought in advance and $18.50 at the gate. The festival opens March 5 and ends on April 25 and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For those considering something more artistic or verbal performances, look no further than the KMAC Poetry SLAM. This local event showcases the creative talent of those who express themselves through words.

KMAC is free for attendees, the only cost being $7 to perform. The KMAC museum in downtown Louisville is housing the event, which is hosted by Lance G. Newman II.

It starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. March 10. They also host these events every second Tuesday of each month if it becomes something more than a spring break fling.

It’s the luck of the Irish in Louisville this year with a day full of parades and drinks starting March 14. Over 150 attendees flood the street each year to commemorate St. Patrick’s day.

The parade is the largest in Kentucky and can be enjoyed with shenanigans and malarkey. The Hibernian’s Society wants everyone to come down to the corner of Baxter and Bardstown to celebrate the Irish-American way.

Whether you’re from the Emerald Island, have Irish heritage or only have the Irish spirit in your heart–there’s plenty of luck to be found at the parade.

Graphic by Shayla Kerr// The Louisville Cardinal

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Keep the environment in mind when traveling this spring break Thursday, Feb 20 2020 

By Catherine Brown —

With spring break around the corner, it’s fun to imagine sitting on a beach chair in the Bahamas or traveling to sunny Orlando to visit the major theme park attractions when stuck in school.

Tourism is an industry that can be beneficial to many countries or territories, and spring break brings a large rush of tourists to these countries.

Because of the high demand for goods and services in these areas, they can charge hundreds of dollars for underwater exploration experiences, sell overpriced sun lotion and even load hotel prices with “hidden fees.” 

While it may be frustrating taking out entire savings just for a week spent on the beach, the tourism industry causes environmental experts even more frustration.

“The most pressing environmental impacts of tourism are the carbon emissions and land use impacts of driving and/or flying to get to natural areas,” said Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability at the University of Louisville.

He said that flying is one of the most environmentally destructive things you can do.

Island tourism suffers problems of its own. According to Sustaining Tourism, popular island tourist destinations suffer from water shortages or unclean water, high crowding, lack of recycling and climate change resulting in rising sea levels, among other problems.

If these islands were to continue being overrun by tourism, the native population could lose a significant amount of their clean, natural resources. 

Unsanitary water would be both undrinkable and unliveable for human and marine life. Plastics used in food and drink or hygienic amenities would be improperly disposed of and cause water pollution.

According to the Climate Reality Project, “The Pacific region is seeing seas rise much faster than the global average.”

In 2019, President of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine said that by the year 2030, the Marshall Islands will be completely underwater. 

The Marshall Islands has a population of more than 53,000, more than two times as many people as Jeffersontown or Frankfort, Ky.

Marshall Islands officials are doing everything they can to try to prevent a catastrophe that could lead to lost resources, homes and lives.

In order to help the planet, travelers should be aware of measures they can take to prevent leaving a harmful impact on the environment when traveling.

“Consider a bike tour to your destination, or a canoe, kayak, or sailboat trip, or at least carpool to your destination, or take the bus or train,” Mog said. Traveling can be affordable and environmentally friendly by avoiding harmful methods of travel like flying.

When traveling domestically or abroad, be aware that the land you’re on belongs to the local population. 

If traveling abroad, such as to an island nation or smaller island states, read Sustainable Tourism’s Travel Tips, which include not littering, taking shorter showers, not purchasing or eating endangered species, using public transportation and even specific tips for select destinations. 

Wherever students go on spring break this semester, it is important to travel eco-friendly and respectfully.

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