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At VisionFirst, we are proud to serve patients in the Louisville Metro area, Central Kentucky, and Southern Indiana. We have expanded our offices over the years and currently have 16 locations for people to choose from throughout the two states. Our 16th location is about to begin seeing patients within the next few days! 

Usually we eagerly bring you content about the latest in eye care, spotlights on our newest doctors, and more… but today we wanted to focus on great things happening in the communities we serve. Because the reach of our eye care is far-extending, we want to give our patients some ideas of the best summer events and fun happenings occurring in the communities near and surrounding the communities we are in!

Our team of expert eye doctors is dedicated to providing excellent eye care to the residents of these areas. We know that our patients have busy schedules and when an eye care issue arises, you need it taken care of as quickly as possible. That’s why we aim to be like a neighborhood practice. But it’s not all work and no play. There’s always room for some fun on the calendar especially in the summer! 

Louisville Metro Summer Activities

We want to recommend some of our favorite activities going on around the city during the next couple months for you to experience. Our Louisville Metro office locations include: Poplar Level RoadDixie HighwayHurstbourneMiddletownHillview, and St. Matthews. Here are our top 2 activities going on this summer around Louisville that we encourage you to attend:

Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too 2019

Brew at the Zoo & Wine too 2019  is celebrating the Louisville Zoo’s 50th anniversary on Saturday, August 24 from 5-9 p.m. Tickets for the events range from $40-$100, including a VIP ticket option. The event will have local craft breweries, restaurants, animal experiences and musical entertainment from Kudmani. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Louisville Zoo through education, conservation, preservation and cultivation projects. The address for Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too is 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213. 

This awesome place is just around the corner from our Poplar Level Road office. It’s not far from St. Matthews either.

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Almost all year long we love visiting this park. But during the summer, this landmark offers guided walks, a Forest Summer Camp, and more. It’s so important to appreciate nature. Breathing in the fresh air is good for your health too. Most of the activities you can enjoy here are free to the public, so it’s a great, cost-effective idea for the whole family this summer. The forest is only 15 minutes from our Hillview office and our Dixie Highway office.

Waterfront Wednesdays

Waterfront Wednesday is a free outdoor concert held every month from April until September at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, next to the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge. The event is always on the last Wednesday of the month, and the next two summer sessions are on July 31 and August 28. Every Waterfront Wednesday starts around 5 p.m. and lasts until 10-10:30 p.m, with live music from local artists and bands. The concert is free to the public and kids are welcome. It is the perfect outdoor summer event that is great for all ages, and who doesn’t love a free event! If you jump on any interstate or expressway in Louisville, it’s an easy shot to get to the waterfront for this awesome experience.

Central Kentucky 

Aside from our Louisville locations, we have five other offices located around the state of Kentucky, including: FrankfortShelbyvilleLeitchfieldMunfordville, and Hodgenville. Here are our top events happening near these communities that we want you to check out this summer!

2019 Downtown Frankfort Summer Concert Series 

The city of Frankfort hosts a twice-monthly free concert series, open to the public. Each event is sponsored and benefits two local non-profits. It is a great community event with food & beverages and fun for all ages! The next three shows are on: July 19 (Band: New Orleans), August 2 (Band: The Baja Yetis), and August 16 (Band: Boogie G and the Titanics).

Jammin’ at Jeptha 

Every Friday Jeptha Creed Distillery will be jammin’ with great live music, food trucks, and craft cocktails at the bar! Live music will be held in their clubhouse from 6-10 p.m. Dinner will be available from 5-9 p.m. and the bar will be open until 10 p.m. The next event will be held on July 19 at Jeptha Creed Distillery on 500 Gordon Lane in Shelbyville, KY. 

Here are a few other recommendations:

Hinton’s Orchard and Farm or pickin’ and eating in Hodgenville, KY

The Green River for water fun, fishing, or boating near Munfordville, KY

Rough River Pizza Company for good pizza as well as live music and karaoke on the weekends in Leitchfield, KY

Southern Indiana 

In addition to our Louisville and Kentucky locations, we have five other offices located around the state of Indiana including JeffersonvilleNew AlbanySalemSeymour, and Scottsburg. Here are our top 2 events happening around the state that we want you to check out this summer!

2019 Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. This 17-day event in offers great entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premier facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods. The Indiana State Fair has been an annual attraction for generations of Hoosiers since 1852; this year’s event is from August 2-18. Buy tickets and learn more here:

The Widows Walk Ice Creamery

This establishment has been a staple of the community for many years. They serve 23 flavors of hand dipped ice creams and you can even rent bicycles there to ride around their riverfront area or across the pedestrian walking bridge. This local favorite is just a few miles away from our new Jeffersonville office.

Georgetown Drive-In Theater

Our last summer event we want to share is a drive-in move theater in Georgetown, Indiana. The theater features weekly showings of two movies during the weekend nights- always showing the most popular movies out. Additionally, there is a special event occurring each weekend to provide an extra dose of fun to each movie showing. Some of the upcoming events include: The Drive-In Goes to the Dogs with the New Albany Animal Shelter and a Live magic show by Colby Clark Magic an hour before showtime. Visit their website for the full breakdown of events at the theater.

This classic experience is only about a half hour away from our Scottsburg and Salem offices. Also here are a few other favorites:

The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful place to visit in Seymour, Indiana.

The River Run Family Fun Park is perfect for the whole family during the summer in New Albany, Indiana.

There is plenty to do in these awesome communities; many activities not included in this post. Still, we hope this will serve as a guide to fun things to do for the remainder of your summer season. VisionFirst is not only dedicated to providing the best eye care possible to our patients, but enriching your experiences around the communities you work and live your lives. Our team hopes all of our patients have a safe and happy summer season!