Plenty of viewing, party options still available for Thunder Over Louisville


If you’re thinking it’s too late to get in on some of the best Thunder Over Louisville viewing party options, think again.

A lot of Louisville’s favorite attractions have prime spots available, with plenty going on around the air show and fireworks. Whether you’re looking for live music or things to keep the kids occupied, there are a ton of Thunder options.

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The Wonderful World of Thunder is sure to be a hit with America’s favorite pastime. Thunder at Slugger begins at 2 p.m. with the Louisville Bats taking on Atlanta’s Gwinett Stripers. With wristbands to come and go as you please, some right field bleacher seats are still available for $30 dollars, as are $20 dollar standing room only tickets. For $5 more, you can get on the field for a concert before the fireworks.

The Kentucky Science Center’s ThunderBlast offers great outdoor Thunder views under cover starting at 2 p.m. with access to the Science Center all day and to Louisville Slugger Museum until 5 p.m., along with all day outdoor games, a bounce house and food vendors.

“There’s lots for the family and kids to do, we’ve got mazes, woodworking, puppets,” Janet Brown, the Science Center Project Manager, said. “You’ll get a bracelet and you’ll be able to do this entire area.”

And there’s no need to wait in traffic after the fireworks show because at 10:15 p.m., you can watch the Panda’s 3-D movie.

ThunderBlast is $25 for kids and $40 for adults who are members, $10 more for non-members. Buy tickets online until noon Saturday or all day until 2 p.m. at the door.


The KFC Yum! Center sold out its indoor viewing party Friday morning, but for the first time, the arena is offering Funder — a free party starting at 3 p.m. with DJs and family games in its River Road garage.

“There’s going to be a putt-putt course, ski ball, darts, cornhole, different things and everything is free,” spokeswoman Sandra Moran said.

Some Louisville distilleries, as well as hotels and restaurants on both sides of the river, still have openings, including 8UP in Louisville and one of the best viewing spots in southern Indiana — Buckhead Mountain Grill.

Buckhead owner Wes Johnson said there are still tickets you can buy online. He said it’s always one of their busiest days of the year.

Cox’s Hot Chicken in Jeffersonville has live music inside and a beer garden outside with Goodwood Brewing. Tickets are available online here.

For $5 dollars, Parlour Pizza in Jeffersonville gives you a $5 drink coupon. And Bridge and Barrel inside the Sheraton has some tickets still available.

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