By Amy Lynch
Hey batter, batter … swing! As far as group destinations go, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory knocks it out of the park.
“Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is often lauded as a must-see in the city of Louisville,” said Shannon Siders, marketing and communications associate. “From the 120-foot bat that stands outside the building to the tour of the actual working factory, guests experience a true Louisville original product.”
Part of downtown Louisville’s storied Museum Row landscape that runs along West Main Street, Louisville Slugger got its start back in the early 1880s when amateur baseball player Bud Hillerich started making his own bats at his father’s humble woodworking shop. Louisville Slugger is now the official bat of Major League Baseball.
These days, the facility cranks out about 1.8 million bats a year — up to 5,000 per day during peak spring training production times.
Guided tours last around 30 minutes, giving visitors an intriguing behind-the-scenes glimpse at how these iconic baseball bats take shape, all the way from the forest to the field.
“Guests experience history in the making through our interactive exhibits and award-winning factory tour,” Siders said. “We’re great for groups of all ages and sizes, and each visitor takes away his or her very own souvenir mini-bat.”
Group tours also include a viewing of The Heart of the Game, a 13-minute short film; the chance to explore interactive permanent and seasonal displays; and opportunities to snap a selfie next to life-size sculptures of Major Leaguers like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Derek Jeter. Visitors can even step up to the plate at Bud’s Batting Cage. A “Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Oddball” temporary exhibit features bizarre baseball treasures and other unusual findings, which runs now through early January 2017.
For more information, call 877-775-8443 or visit sluggermuseum.org.