Monday, July 20, 2015

11 Places to Experience With Your Girlfriends

If you and your girlfriends are looking to give back to the community, experience something new or just enjoy a night out together, we have an array of things Louisville offers for you and your gals to do. Try visiting one of these places to volunteer or test your biking skills while sipping on spirits.

Work together with friends solving clues and puzzles during an experience at Breakout Louisville (East End, 502.822.4596, Step into a live movie/video game for an hour to unlock clues, codes, safes, and locks in an escape room. Choose between The Kidnapping or The Museum Heist game and get the thrill of adventure-genre movies and games without real-life consequences like kidnapping. Groups are gathered into teams of seven or less and friendships are tested.

Volunteer to help the poor at St.Vincent de Paul (Downtown, 502.583.8158, Offer up a set of hands to serve a free lunch and dinner at the Open Hand Kitchen open every day of the year on S. Jackson St. Gather up a few girlfriends and turn a Saturday of shopping into a day of giving back.

Tune up your green thumb volunteering for the Food Literacy Project (Hikes Point, 502.491.0072, Fill out an application to work in the garden every second Saturday of the month through November. You and your gals will help prepare beds, plant, mulch, weed, and the whole shabang.


Gather your favorite gals to attend one of Cook with Mary’s (502.429.5070, cooking classes and demonstrations. If you have something specific in mind, suggest it to her for your class. Customers also can hire Mary to raid their kitchens and evaluate current food and cooking habits. 

Grab 15 of your best friends and hop on The Thirsty Pedaler (Downtown, 502.354.8822,, a mobile drinking station around Louisville. Choose two or three of your group’s favorite bars to hit up and pedal while cocktails are flowing the rest of the two-hour tour. Create a custom music playlist to play on the bicycle to make the journey more memorable customized. 

Take a look inside homes around Louisville you might pass daily on a Louisville Historic Homes Tour (Information center located in Central Park, 502.635.5244, Daily walking tours start at 11am, 1pm, and 7:30pm or set up a private tour for smaller groups. Peruse the Old Louisville neighborhood and step back in time through Victorian Gothic and Italianate homes to learn about a significant piece of Louisville history.


Spend an evening feasting on chocolate and wine aboard the City Taste Tour bus (Downtown, 502.457.8686, Treat yourself to samples of local chocolate wonders from Cellar Door Chocolates followed by a stop at the Old 502 Winery downtown. Cleanse your palette with a mix of the two themed treats with Old 502’s Chocolate Decadence dessert wine. Top off the night at Ghyslain on Market Street to indulge in artisan-crafted chocolate desserts. Customers are invited to bring their own music playlists, alcohol, and sweet tooth, of course. 

Get a two-hour, all-access $15 jumping pass to Sky Zone (Jeffersontown, 502.909.3500, in Jeffersontown available every Friday night. Sometimes, girl time involves taking the kids along, and that means doing something everyone will enjoy. Book a spot online and challenge your friends and children to a game of ultimate dodgeball or jump from trampoline to trampoline in the open jump room. 
Grab your adrenaline-seeking friends and test out the world’s only fully underground zip line course at Louisville Mega Cavern (South End, 502.855.6342, A cavern under the city? It might sound crazy, but the zip courses include a dual racing zip and two challenge bridges testing your skill, balance, and possibly your friendship. 

Dress up and hit one of the summer galas to party for a good cause. Consider attending the 4th Annual PINK PROM on October 2, at The Gillespie ( to raise money to fight breast cancer; or Tuxes and Tails on August 15 at the Galt House (, 502.636.3491) for the Kentucky Humane Society. 

Purchase a season ticket package with a friend for Actors Theatre of Louisville (Downtown, 502.584.1205, Available in three package options, theatre tickets guarantee an event for you and a friend to meet every few months. Maybe grab a drink at the Jeff Ruby’s bar beforehand.

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