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Old 08-24-2003, 01:51 PM
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LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM (at Hillerich & Bradsby)

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
What's Cool: Virtual ball park and virtual ball catch allow visitors to "catch" 90 mile-per-hour balls
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The Louisville Slugger Museum gives the phrase "Play Ball!" a new meaning with a 21-ton, stone sculpture of a glove standing in one hall of the museum. This factory tour (conducted on Main Street) comes close to epitomizing the American dream, as Louisville creates bats not only for the little leaguers itching to take the tour but for the pros as well. The tour shows the process in which bats are made (95% by a machine that takes all of 40 seconds!). It's also a museum filled with baseball memorabilia, including the Sluggers of baseball greats like Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. All visitors leave with a mini-version of the original Slugger bat made on location.

Where: 800 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 588-7228



BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM FACTORY

Location: Waterbury, Vermont
What's Cool: Portion of entry fee donated to local Vermont non-profit organizations
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Ben & Jerry's interesting marketing techniques and quality ice cream make this tour a hit with adults and kids alike. The tour begins in the "cow over the moon" theater with a movie that explains the history of the company. Noted for its community involvement, the company offers a solid example to kids of the many different forms concern for the community can take. On production days, the tour continues through the production room where visitors see exactly what is needed to make "Vermont's Finest." The tour would not be complete without a free sample of the flavor of the day and a trip to the Scoop Shop to get your fill of ice cream, buy socially responsible gifts, and maybe even find a favorite discontinued flavor (like Sweet Potato Pie or Rainforest Crunch).
Web Site: Louisville Slugger Museum
Rates: Tour costs are $5, adults; $4.50, seniors; $3 kids; free for children under 5; Reservations are necessary for groups of 15 or more
Hours: Tours are given Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Where: Route 100, Waterbury, VT 05676
Phone: (802) 882-1260
Web Site: www.benandjerrys.com
Rates: Tour costs are $2, adults; $1.75, seniors; free for children; Reservations are suggested for groups (up to 40 people), but no reservations for July, August or holiday weekends
Hours: Tours are given daily, but call for seasonal hours
Note: No ice cream production on Sundays, holidays, or company celebration days; a video is substituted for actual production (of course, there are still free samples)
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