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NRAAM Info Post

OK, we’re less than a week away from everyone coming to Louisville for the NRAAM.  I hope my posts prove to be helpful.  Here’s a quick recap:

What to do in Louisville that’s not NRAAM

Restaurant reviews:

Claudia Sanders Dinner House – Fried chicken with all the fixings, just like the Colonel wanted it!

Ann Marie’s Bacon Bar – The name says it all

Buckhead Mountain Grill – Good American eats

El Caporal – Great Tex-Mex

Jasmine Szechuan – Best Chinese I’ve had east of Monterey

Rooster’s – Good food, lots of screens, cold beer

Rocky’s – Mmmm, Italian

Bourbon’s Bistro – Great food, great service, great liquor selection


For those of you traveling here next weekend, please take a moment to learn the laws about carrying a defensive firearm in both Kentucky and Indiana, especially when it comes to carrying into an establishment that serves alcohol.

Again, I hope these are useful to everyone, and I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at NRAAM.



Things to do in Louisville That Don’t Involve 70,000 People

So, you’re coming to Louisville for the NRA Annual Meeting, and you need something to do that’s not the NRAAM?

Well, here’s a short list of things to do in Louisville while you’re not walking the floor or listening to politicians try to convince you to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

  1. Louisville Zoo – OK, I’m biased on this one, because I’ve been taking kids to the zoo for almost two decades and Irish Woman does volunteer work there.  The zoo is well laid out, and includes attractions such as the Glacier Run Arctic exhibit, a very neat gorilla and Africa exhibit, and the most strategically placed splash park in North America.  A recently added bonus is the cutest baby gorilla I’ve ever seen.  Tickets are $16.25 for adults, $11.75 for children and seniors.
  2. Kentucky Kingdom – This amusement park is probably the most convenient attraction to the NRAAM, seeing as they share a parking lot.  The park includes the usual fare of roller coasters and other rides, but also has the Hurricane Bay water park.  Tickets are about $40 apiece, and you have the added bonus of looking at the underside of wide body jets and Air National Guard aircraft as they land at Louisville International.
  3. Holiday World – The alternative amusement park for Louisville, Holiday World is about an hour’s drive or so across the Ohio River in Indiana.  Many consider this a top of the line, family friendly amusement park, and admission includes access to the Splashin’ Safari water park.  Tickets for a day range from about $30 to about $40.
  4. Frazier Arms Museum – OK, you’ve walked the floor at NRAAM, but really want to see an exquisite historical firearms exhibit and enjoy living history presentations, so where do you go?  The Frazier has all that and more.  Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children.
  5. Louisville Slugger Museum – Enjoy baseball-related historical exhibits and see how the famous bats are made.  Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for kids.  Remember, though, the souvenir bats can’t be in your carry-on luggage when you fly home, no matter how small they are.
  6. Louisville Bats Baseball – The Bats will be playing the Columbus Clippers at home the same weekend as NRAAM, and Saturday night will be “Star Wars” night.  Slugger Field is an outstanding baseball venue, and tickets range anywhere from $10 to $30 apiece.
  7. The Parklands – A newly completed system of suburban/rural parks that lie along Floyd’s Fork in Jefferson County.  The park has something for just about everyone, especially families with kids.  A great place to walk, run, bike, or just play.
  8. Knob Creek Range – OK, you get to look at and handle guns at the NRAAM, but what if you want to actually shoot?  KCR is located about 20 minutes south of Louisville, and your $10 admission gets you on the range for the entire day.  Get there early on Saturday or Sunday, though, as things get busy early.
  9. Louisville Armory – Located just a few minutes away from the fairgrounds, Louisville Armory is a great place to shoot.  Prices are $25 an hour for one person, but only $35 for two people to share a lane for an hour.
  10. Bourbon Tours – If you want to know where the brownest of the brown liquors comes from, take advantage of the multiple distillery tours available within an hour or so of Louisville.  The Kentucky Bourbon Trail can direct you to some of your favorites, but we also enjoy Buffalo Trace and Maker’s Mark.

Hope y’all find this helpful.  If you have other suggestions or questions, hit the comments section.

NRAAM 2016 – Where to Stay

A friend asked me a couple of days ago where he ought to stay in Louisville for the NRA Annual Meeting, which will be happening in May 2016.  I gave him a few pointers, and thought I’d spread the word around.

Here is a list of hotels that I’ve either stayed at myself or heard about from other people. They tend to be in ‘better’ areas when it comes to crime and safety, for certain values of better.  Louisville is a medium sized city, with an overall crime problem that is probably pretty close to the national average, but there are some areas that are nicer than others, and several that are, to me, no-go unless absolutely necessary.  I suggest you look at sites such as LMPD’s Crime Maps before making a decision and reservations.

These are hotels I’d recommend, based on their location, their convenience to the Fair and Expo Center, and either my personal experiences there or those of people I know who have stayed there.  You’ll notice I tend to go for hotels that get at least a “3-star” rating.  Yes, I’m a snob when I can afford it.

Expo Center – Travel Time – 0.  Dining and non- NRA entertainment – Almost non-existent.   Not a great part of town.

  • Crowne Plaza –  Location, location, location.  You can easily walk to the NRAAM from the hotel, which will save you the drive and parking fees.   Not the newest hotel in town, and the area around it can be a bit rough.  Expect this hotel to fill up by Christmas.
  • Four Points by Sheraton – Location, location, location.  You can walk to the NRAAM from the hotel, which will save you the drive and parking fees. The area around it can be a little rough. Expect this hotel to fill up by Christmas.

Downtown – Travel Time – 10 to 20 minutes.  Dining and non-NRA entertainment – Excellent, within certain geographical boundaries.  Don’t stray too far from the hotels and the Fourth Street Live complex.  Travel in packs.

  • Seelbach – Very nice, rather expensive. Expect this hotel to fill up by Christmas.
  • Brown Hotel – Very nice, rather expensive. Expect this hotel to fill up by Christmas.
  • Galt House – Very nice, rather expensive. Expect this hotel to fill up by Christmas.
  • Hyatt Regency Louisville– Very nice, rather expensive. However, it’s a really cool building.  Expect this hotel to fill up by Christmas.
  • Sheraton Louisville Riverside – Nice Hotel, reasonable pricing.  Located across the river in Indiana, which will add complexity to driving to the Expo Center.

Jeffersontown / Hurstbourne – Travel Time – 20 to 30 minutes.  Dining and non-NRA entertainment – Lots of chain restaurants, several good local chains and restaurants. Easy access to the rest of the city.

Please keep in mind that the travel times are estimated based on personal experience during normal traffic conditions.  If you’re not driving to the Expo Center very early in the morning, you will see traffic backups on I-65 and the I-264/Watterson Expressway, especially on Friday.

I’ll put together a map showing areas that I, personally, would avoid sometime in the next few weeks.

Also, if you have knowledge of a good hotel in and around Louisville, please put a link to their website in comments and I’ll update this post.

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