Ryan Hoke’s FAVE 3 free & cheap things to do

By: Ryan Hoke, WAVE 3 News Meteorologist

I love this town. Louisville's parks, quirky culture and food scenes are about as good as it gets, and you don't have to go far to find something to do. Growing up here makes it easy for me to recommend things to do and see when you don't have plans for the weekend, especially when you don't want to spend much (or any) money!

Check out my FAVE 3 top free and cheap things to in the city:

Bardstown Road in the Highlands

Anyone who has lived here long enough knows that Bardstown Road in the Highlands is one of the cultural centers of the city. It’s long been a hangout spot for many. In fact, when I was in high school at Manual, one of the things that many students liked to do was go out and walk around Bardstown Road in the afternoons when the weather was nice. From locally-owned eateries to eclectic music, antique, and consignment shops, it’s not just for teenagers or hipsters. Bardstown Road in the Highlands is a fun, diverse place to spend the afternoon, even if you’re just window shopping and walking around to see what’s new.

Big Four Bridge

I never had the Big Four Bridge to walk across while growing up here in Louisville. I wish I did. How awesome is it that two communities are now connected more culturally and economically because of a pedestrian bridge! Spending the day walking around Waterfront Park then crossing the bridge to Jeffersonville makes for a wonderful afternoon. Not only will you get some serious steps in, but you’ll likely have earned enough fitness points for the day to get some ice cream or an iced coffee when you get over there. For those living in Southern Indiana, the Big Four offers a great gateway to the entirety of Waterfront Park in Louisville. What a win-win for this community and a great way to spend your Saturday!

Turkey Run Park at The Parklands of Floyds Park

This is the newest addition to my list of favorite free & cheap things to do in town. Turkey Run Park is one of the newest parks in the Parklands of Floyds Fork, but it’s easily my favorite. Only a few miles down the road in Southeast Jefferson County is where I spent 12 years of my childhood, but I never knew that the land in the Turkey Run Park area was so geographically diverse and beautiful. Rolling hills, creeks, and incredible vistas await those that go there. My first comment to a friend when venturing there for the first time was, “are we in Alaska?” It truly feels like you’re nestled in a Denali National Park valley when you’re there thanks to the steep hills near the main entrance off of Seatonville Road. I recommend venturing up the silo, which looks like a large farm silo, to see the best view of this incredible landscape. You’ll easily want to spend most of your day there thanks to all the trails and special activity sections of the park!

You won't regret heading to any of these places on a "no plans" Saturday. And the best part? You'll get your exercise too! Be sure to follow me on social media to see more of my adventures around Louisville:
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