Recent studies have shown that people are happiest when they spend money on experiences, not on material things. Experiences are unique in that they create memories that you can carry an entire lifetime, unlike that handbag that you may only carry for half a year. Below are some ideas to give the gift of experience and create memories with loved ones without breaking the bank, which makes us all happy.
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
The Evan Williams Experience, located downtown on Main Street, is the first official stop in Louisville on the prestigious Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The beautiful sets and attention to detail makes this an immersive experience, really transporting guests to the golden age of distilling (1783 to be exact). With the adult admission of $12 for a one-hour tour and tasting, you will not only leave feeling smarter but happier as well!
MORE INFO: evanwilliams.com
Locust Grove, on Blankenbaker Lane, was built circa 1792 by William and Lucy Clark Croghan, the latter’s brother being General George Rogers Clark. This beautiful home had many important visitors in its day, such as Presidents James Monroe, Andrew Jackson and explorers Lewis and Clark. The cost is $9 for adults, but they have many free days throughout the year and large book sales, which are open to the public.
MORE INFO: locustgrove.org
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, located 20 minutes south of Louisville, gives visitors an escape from the city life into the natural beauty of Kentucky’s diverse terrain. Beautiful at any time of year, you can hike trails of varying length and survey the land from 75 feet above on the Canopy Tree Walk. Admission is free Monday-Friday, with a $5 per car fee on weekends and holidays.
MORE INFO: bernheim.org
WFPK Winter Wednesday
WFPK Winter Wednesday is the sister series to Waterfront Wednesday, except it takes place in the warmth of the Clifton Center. Internationally renowned bands are brought to Louisville for free, only asking for a donation of a canned good or other non-perishable item for Dare to Care. Upcoming events are December 9, January 13 and February 10 – but get there early, these concerts hit capacity fast.
MORE INFO: wfpk.org/winter-wednesday
The Library (Really)!
The Louisville Free Public Library offers many educational and fun programs for children throughout the year. Partnering with Kentucky Shakespeare, they are presenting an amazing two-person, one-hour performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” One of the Bard’s most beloved works and a great introduction to the world of Shakespeare, this event is free and family-friendly, recommended for ages 6 and up and runs through December 17 at various libraries.
MORE INFO: lfpl.org
STORY BY RICHIE GOFF