The YES List – Best Summer Ever #ReDiscoverLou

I love a good list. The only thing I love a good list is checking off things on that list one by one. Summertime is as good a time as any for a bucket list. The pace of summer is a little slower. The days are longer, daring you to try to make the most of them. And the weather is just beckoning for you to branch out and explore, to try things you’ve been putting off, to go outside and to get outside of your regular schedule just a little bit. This summer I want to make the most of Louisville, so I’m challenging myself with a bucket list. Here’s my list! What’s on yours?

1 Canoe or Kayak on the Ohio River

The Louisville Kayak Company does guided tours on some of the different bodies of water around the city. The tour on the Ohio says it is for “experienced paddlers only.” Here’s hoping my canoeing merit badge will count for something!

129 E. River Rd.

2 Forecastle Festival

Last year I had my first Forecastle experience and it was everything I hoped for and more. Singing every word along with Jimmy Eat World, watching Chris Thile do a surprise unplugged encore on the side of the stage and crooning along with Chris Stapleton - it was the festival of my dreams. Seeing Arcade Fire close the weekend was transcendent. This year’s lineup is looking just as stellar.

401 River Rd.

3 Speed Art Museum

I haven’t been to the Speed since high school and that was well before the new renovations. I’m excited to see the new changes (including Speed Cinema) and maybe take a walk around campus.

Bonus...the main galleries are FREE on Sunday!

2035 S. 3rd St.

4 Bernheim Forest Giants

I’ve only seen them in pictures but they sure are a sight to see. I can’t wait to see them for myself!

2075 Clermont Rd.

5 Louisville Glassworks

I’ve put this on every list of places to visit for friends coming to town but the only time I’ve ever been was to attend a lecture on sustainable development. Time to see what it’s all about for myself! Flame Run and the Payton Glass Activity Center inside the Glassworks building offers tours, demonstrations, classes and more surrounding professional glass art!

815 W. Market St.

6 Concert at Louisville Amphitheater

Despite Billy Reed’s high-horsed opinion of the South End, I know as a South End kid that there are many gems and things to love about this part of Louisville, not the least of which is the new Iroquois Amphitheater. It’s time to take in a show at this beautiful venue.

1080 Amphitheater Rd.

7 Kentucky State Fair

Of course, no Louisville summer is complete without a visit to the State Fair! It signals the end of summer and celebrates all that is Kentucky. You’ll find me at the photography exhibit or sampling some fine ice cream.

937 Phillips Ln.