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Louisville Zoo Halloween Party

halloween in Louisville KY

Looking for a fun place to take the kids trick-or-treating in Louisville? Check out ‘The World’s Largest Halloween Party’ at the Louisville Zoo! The Louisville Zoo’s Halloween party is a great time for children eleven years old and under. As of right now, the remainder of the dates to trick-or-treat at the Louisville Zoo are October 27th-October 30th. There will not be a Halloween party on Monday, October 31st.  Guests can enter the party starting at 5:00 p.m. Doors will close to enter the party at 8:30 p.m.

Parking will cost $5 a car for the Halloween party. Non-zoo members that are 3+ years old admission price is $9. Zoo member’s admission price is $4.50. Infants can enter this event for free. To order your tickets, visit the Louisville Zoo website.

Parents are encouraged to bring a trick-or-treating bag for their child. If you forget your bag, there are bags available in the gift store for $2.

There will be several rides and attractions set up for children to enjoy at the Halloween Party. Some of the attractions include a Sleepy Hollow tour, train rides, carousel, hand print animal artist, and face painting. Each of the named attractions and rides cost between $2-$15. There are several free themed areas throughout the zoo such as a Dinoland, Wonderland, Toyland, a hay maze, and much more. Of course, some of the animals will be viewable as well throughout the trick-or-treating path.

There will be several trick-or-treating events for children going on this weekend in Louisville. To find out more, check out our fun fall activities in Louisville KY blog.

Homes for Sale Near the louisville zoo

Highlands KY Homes for Sale

The Louisville Zoo is located on Trevilian Way in the Highlands. There are several neighborhoods located around the Louisville Zoo including Oak Hill, Aberdeen, and Tecomah.

Oak Hill is located in the 40213 zip code and is made up of mainly all brick ranches, tri-levels, and quad-levels. Oak Hills homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Home range from $170,000 to $250,000 in Oak Hill. 

Aberdeen is a neighborhood that faces Joe Creason Park. Some of the styles you can find are cape cod, cottage style, traditional two-story, New Orleans style, English Tudor, and colonial style. Home prices range from $180,000 to $860,000! Aberdeen is located in the 40205 zip code.

Tecomah neighborhood is similarly looking to Aberdeen. Like Aberdeen, Tecomah has a variety home styles throughout the neighborhood. Prices in Tecomah range from $170,000 to $490,000. Tecomah is close to Lakeside Swim Club, Douglass Loop, and shopping on Bardstown Rd.

We hope you enjoyed our blog about the Louisville Zoo Halloween party. If you have any questions about Highlands homes for sale, please feel free to contact the Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866. You can also leave a comment below if you would like. 


Color Vibe 5K in Louisville KY

Color Vibe 5k in Louisville

Looking for something fun to do this upcoming Saturday, October 29th? Come out to Waterfront Park for the Color Vibe 5k to have the most fun you’ve ever had while exercising. If you are unfamiliar with Color Vibe, it is a totally fun race that includes music, costumes, and of course, a lot of color powder. While runners are moving through the course, designated color throwers throw colored powder at the runners. The colored powder just adds a little extra excitement to the race and looks fun in pictures. 

Participants are encouraged to dress in white so that they can see the full effect of the color powder. Many participants wear costumes as well. There are no rules when it comes to the attire; dress comfortably and wear something you don’t mind getting color powder on. This race isn’t timed and is non-competitive. The race is just for people to have a great time.

The race will start at 9 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday. Waterfront Park is located at 401 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202. The ticket cost is between $27-$30 unless you are 12 or under in which you could enter for free. The event is highly recommended for all ages!

This event is non-refundable; however, you can transfer your ticket to another person if you do so at least one week ahead of time. Each participant will receive a goodie bag filled with fun stuff.

Restaurants Near River Road

Want to grab a bite to eat after Color Vibe? There are several restaurants near River Rd. worth trying. Joe’s Crab Shack, River Road BBQ, Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, and Wild Eggs are all within proximity to Waterfront Park.

Joe’s Crab is a casual seafood restaurant located on the river. River Road BBQ is another casual restaurant that includes BBQ style food with individual meal price ranges from $5.00-$11.25. Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse is a BBQ restaurant and brewery that is located within Louisville Slugger Museum. Wild Eggs is a trendy breakfast restaurant that serves all the morning classics. Each of these restaurants will be open at the time that the race ends.

Have you ever been to the Color Vibe 5k? If so, feel free to leave your comments below telling us about your experience. The Hollinden Team would love to hear about it! 


Fun Fall Activities in Louisville KY

Trick-or-Treating in LouisvilleLiving in Louisville, we are so fortunate to be able to experience the beauty of all four seasons. Fall has always been my favorite season. The colorful fall leaves on the ground and the smell of the crisp air makes being outdoors during this time of year so pleasant.

Luckily, Louisville always offers great fall activities that allow us to enjoy the beauty of Louisville during autumn. If you are looking for fun outings for the rest of the month, you are in luck! I have compiled a list of all of the fun activities in Louisville up until October 31st.

Fun Fall Activities in Louisville

Free Fall events in Louisville:

Jack O’ Lantern Stroll- Louisville Slugger Field will be hosting a family-friendly Halloween party on October 28th from 6-9 p.m. Come out to enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts, great food, and over 1,500 carved pumpkins.

Halloween in Brown Park- Another family-friendly event! On October 29th, enjoy trick-or-treating (candy provided by local businesses), hay rides, bounce house, and many other fun games and activities for the kids. Trick-or-treating will take place between 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. but other activities will continue throughout the rest of the day. Brown Park is located by Baptist Hospital East in St Matthews.

Pumpkinfest- On October 29th, Pumpkinfest will be taking over Jeffersontown’s Farmer’s Market Pavilion. This is a great free family-friendly Halloween event. Trick-or-treating will go on between 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided as well.

Halloween Comic Fest- Attention comic book lovers! This is an event you’ll want to attend. On October 29th, all comic book stores in the city will be showcasing their Halloween-inspired comic books as well as Halloween comic book merchandise.

Halloween Family Fun Fest- Come out on October 29th to EXPO FIVE to celebrate Halloween Family Fun Fest hosted by Derby Park Flea Market and 7th Street Haunt. Halloween Family Fun Fest will include the following events: a costume contest, car show, and tricking or treating for the children. This event will last from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (trick-or-treating from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.).

Nightmare in NULU- From 12- 5 p.m. on October 29th, NULU will host a Halloween get together. There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, and pumpkin painting. After 5 p.m., there will be drink specials and a passport party.

Norton Commons Fall Festival- This event will take place in the Norton Commons neighborhood on October 29th from 2-5 p.m. Children can trick or treat between 2-4 p.m. There will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Fun Fall Activities in Louisville

Fall Events with admission fees in Louisville: 

Twilight Tram- On October 29th, you can tour the beautiful Cave Hill Cemetery. The tour guide will discuss such things as famous monuments in the cemetery and the history of Louisville. Cave Hill Cemetery includes the gravesites of some of the most noteworthy people to live in Louisville such as Meriwether Louis Clark Jr. and Pete Browning. The cost of the tour is $35 per person. For more information, call 502.451.5630.

Oktoberfest Cruise- The Belle of Louisville offers a family-friendly three-hour long cruise. With great food and live music, your family is sure to have a great time. You can purchase tickets that include your meal or purchase a ticket for just sight-seeing. Currently, October 22nd is the last date available to take the cruise. Ticket prices start at $30.

Monster Mash- Have a great time while giving back to a local non-profit organization. The Arrow Fund rescues animals that have been abused or neglected. All proceeds from this event will go to The Arrow Fund. This event will be hosted at Fourth Street Live and will include a costume party, live music, and a silent auction. There will be several drink specials as well. Admission is $20. This event takes place on Friday 10/21.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon- The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon is the most fun you’ve ever had while exercising! This 13.1-mile marathon moves from Scenic Loop then Cherokee Park and concludes on Main Street. On the way, you’ll enjoy music and live entertainment. Participants will receive bourbon themed gifts for participating. Celebrate the race afterward at the Belvedere. Prices start at $60. This event takes place on October 22nd.

Boo Dell- Yew Dell is a beautiful botanical garden found in Crestwood. On October 29th, Yew Dell turns into Boo Dell to celebrate Halloween with the kids. Enjoy trick-or-treating from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and other fun activities such as hayrides and scavenger hunts. You can also bring a Jack-O-Lantern decorated like your favorite storybook character for the Lantern Look-a-like contest. Admission is $5 per car or $1 per walk-in visitor.

We hope that you enjoy this list of fun fall activities in Louisville. Feel free to leave comments regarding these events. Stay tuned for more blogs about events in Louisville. 


Kentucky State Fair Information

Kentucky State Fair Information

It’s almost that time of year again! Every August, Kentuckians look forward to the Kentucky State Fair. The Kentucky State Fair will take place August 18th-August 28th at the Kentucky Fairgrounds. Admission at the gate for adults, seniors and children are $10. Children under five years old can enter for free. If you want to save a little bit of money on admission, you can purchase your tickets online in advance for $6. You can purchase your tickets on Ticketmaster until midnight on August 16th or at Kroger through August 17th at 10 p.m. Parking will cost $8 per car and $20 for buses. You can also purchase parking in advance for $5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center or at Kroger. For passes on the rollercoasters, you can purchase an all-day pass for $25 for adults and $12 for children. Passes can be purchased in advance for $20 online through August 19th.  Gates will open at 7 a.m. and exhibits open at 9 a.m. Most of the rides and tents will close down by midnight Sunday-Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Many rides and tents could close down early on Sunday.

The following concerts and shows will take place on the main stage this year: Reba McEntire, Jeff Dunham, and Chris Young & Brett Eldredge. Tickets to main stage concerts usually range between $40 to $60 which includes gate admission. There are also a number of free concerts to go to this year, including seven tents that will have bands playing music.  

It would not be the Kentucky State Fair without the horse shows. There will be several horse shows including 4-H Horse Show, Quarter Horse Show, and Miniature Horse Show. There will also be a livestock show. During the show, some of the exhibitors will be selling their champion livestock. In addition, there will be agriculture products for sale such as tobacco, honey, fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc. There will also be a contest to judge the largest pumpkin and watermelon.

There are also many free shows to choose from this year. Some of the types of shows are the fair are magic shows, animal shows, and dance shows. Some of the free shows include Discovery Farm, Paw Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour, Lady Houdini, Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, and The Magic of David Garrard. 

Do you have a talent that you would like to showcase? The performing art showcase allows people around the Bluegrass State to present their various talents. Singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, and storytellers are some of the many types of talented individuals that sign up for this show. If you have a product or service you have created and want to demonstrate it to the public, you may want to consider signing up for the product showcase. There are also several cooking contests that you can sign up for as well. You can even register to be a judge!

Stay tuned for more Louisville KY Happenings presented by the Hollinden Team. For more information on Louisville and surrounding counties, call us at 502-429-3866.


The Parklands of Floyds Fork Kayaking

kayaking at the parklands at floyds fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork

If you are looking for a fun summer activity in Louisville, head to The Parklands of Floyds Fork to canoe or kayak! There are several places to put in your kayak or canoe at Floyds Fork such as North Beckley Paddling Access, Creekside Paddling Access, Fisherville Paddling Access, Cane Run Paddling Access, Seaton Valley Paddling Access, Broad Run Valley, and Cliffside Paddling Access. For more information on the paddling accesses, visit the Parklands of Floyds Fork website.  Floyds Fork is a great place for beginner kayakers and canoers to enjoy a relaxing day on the water and gorgeous views of nature. The Parklands of Floyds Fork is also a very family friendly place. 

On Floyds Fork, you are able to choose the distance of your trip. The length of trips ranges from two miles to 19.7 miles. Blue Moon Canoe and Kayak of Kentucky has partnered with The Parklands to provide canoe and kayak rentals on Saturdays and Sundays April through October. Blue Moon Canoe and Kayak also provides a shuttle for $7 a person. From what I have been told by the staff of Blue Moon Canoe and Kayak, you must reserve your spot on the shuttle prior to kayaking or canoeing on Floyds Fork. If you did not want to pay for a shuttle and are going with a group of people, you could park one car where you put in your canoe or kayak and another where you will be getting out. 

According to the Parklands of Floyds Fork website, it is not as fun to canoe or kayak if the water levels are under 35 CFS. Cfs stands for cubic feet per second and is how the water is measured. The reason why is the water levels are too low at this level and you will find that you will have to drag your canoe or kayak quite a bit. Floyds Fork is not a dam released water trail. The water levels are dependent upon rain. If it hasn’t rained much in a while, it is safe to assume that the water levels are very low. In my experience, I believe that canoeing or kayaking on Floyds Fork is most enjoyable at 100 CFS or over. The first time I visited Floyds Fork, the water levels were at 103 CFS. At this water level, there were only a few areas of very low water that we had to drag our kayak. Another time I visited Floyds Fork, the water levels were at about 400 CFS. I only had to drag my kayak once or twice. The water moved at a very swift speed and there were a few very small class one rapids. At 400 CFS, not too much paddling was required. At 100 CFS, I had to paddle a little bit more to get the kayak moving. On this particular occasion, I kayaked from North Beckley to Fisherville and was on the water for approximately three hours. Of course, the length of your trip kayaking or canoeing on Floyds Fork will depend on water levels.  

Please note that I am not an expert kayaker and you should always be cautious when kayaking. I included the CFS during my visits just to give you a general idea. One thing to remember is that the water trail is not maintained by The Parklands. This means you are kayaking or canoeing at your own risk. You should always be sure to look out for fallen trees and debris. When you kayak or canoe on Floyds Fork, you should always be aware of your surroundings. According to The Parklands website, any CFS over 500 CFS is only advised for very experienced paddlers. Anything over 2,000 CFS can be dangerous and the water trail could be closed off until water levels lower. It is highly recommended to check the current CFS prior to planning a trip to The Parklands at Floyds Fork.  You can check the current CFS on the USGS Current Conditions website.

homes near Floyds fork

There are a few neighborhoods and streets in Kentucky have property on Floyds Fork. In Oldham County, some homes in Watch Hill have homes on Floyds Fork. In Shepherdsville, Hebron Estates and Settlers Gap have some homes on Floyds Fork. In Pewee Valley, there are some homes on Floyds Fork along Ash Avenue. There are some homes along Floyds Fork in Jefferson County on Old Taylorsville Road and South Pope Lick Road. We would love to assist you in purchasing a home near Floyds Fork. Please call the Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866 for more information on purchasing a home near Floyds Fork. 


Canoe and Paddling. (n.d.). Retrieved June 10, 2016, from http://www.theparklands.org/Things-To-Do/Canoeing-&-Paddling 

Red Day for Keller Williams

Keller Williams Real Estate agents believe in giving back to their community and dedicate a day each May. The ongoing project is the West End Boys School for Keller Williams Louisville East.

West End Boys School was founded in 2005 by Robert and Debbie Blair. It is a free, private, middle school for at-risk young men. The boys eat their meals and sleep here making it a true boarding school. The proof in what they do is their graduating young men.

Barb LaMaster is a KW real estate agent in our office and has coordinated “Red Day” for years. Barb also puts together a Christmas meal for the boys and Barb’s fellow Keller Williams agents.

Lunch Red Day Louisville with Hollinden Team

Our function started with a meal with the students and faculty. Of course, the teachers were honored by starting first and the KW agents finished up. One of our goals was to get to know each young man a little better and they were scattered about with one or two fine gentleman per table. And, the word, “gentleman” would be an understatement. When they were introduced to us, they met with a firm handshake and looked us in the eye. Their table manners were impeccable. At our table, the conversation covered a lot of topics, but the highlight was Nelson Mandela and Apartheid. I asked them if they understood what Apartheid meant and further discussion ensued.  I was very impressed.

The West End School always has projects for volunteers and we had more jobs to do than time allowed.  Three classrooms are being added this fall as part of their expansion. We cleaned and painted the ceiling grid in 3 rooms and the hallway.  We also knocked down a temporary wall that was part of their current lunchroom. For those wanting fresh air, the courtyard had weeds that needed to be eliminated and mulch applied. As the old saying goes, “Many hands make light work”. This summer, the boys have a required reading list and our KW office donated books for the boys to enjoy.

If you want to know more about the West End School in Louisville, or see what The Hollinden Team is up to, we would be happy to share our experiences.

Or, if you want to know about the Louisville Real Estate Market, call Tim Hollinden at 502-429-3866.


The Hollinden Team attends the Louisville Home, Garden, and Remodel show

The Hollinden Team attended the Louisville Home, Garden, and Remodeling Show this weekend.  This is an event that has been going on for the last 60 years and is held indoors at the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center.  The show is produced by the Louisville Home Builders Association and is a showcase for home improvement possibilities.

It seemed there was a large emphasis on outdoor living this year.  There were landscaping displays and covers for your existing deck or patio.  Then, we found over the top displays of what your back yard outdoor living space could become.  Most all of these displays had a fire feature from a regular wood-burning fire pit to one using the convenience of gas.  We both agreed that the burning fire in the middle of the water feature would be spectacular at night.

We found 3 suppliers that dealt in spray on foam insulation.  We learned about the difference in open-cell and closed-cell foam insulation.  Just as important as insulation would be your HVAC system.  We were surprised at the number of companies offering geothermal options.

As real estate agents, we are always urging our clients to be sure and get their biggest bank for the buck.  A bathroom re-model is usually on top of the list.  The bathroom remodel people were well represented and ranged from refinishing your existing tub to a complete demo and makeover.

Also high on the list that helps in resale value of your home is a modern kitchen.  There were vendors exhibiting products to make your existing cabinet space more user-friendly and there were cabinet makers with exquisite cabinetry for your dream kitchen.

No home show would be complete without the full complement of flooring products.  We were expecting to see lots of wood floors and we did.  We were not expecting to see granite floors that were made from scrap pieces of granite countertops.  This recycling effort was definitely thinking out of the box and was quite attractive.

Feel free to comment on what you thought were the highlights of the Louisville Home show, or contact The Hollinden Team and how some of these remodel ideas may add value to your home.


Keller Williams at the Louisville KY Derby Bed Races

The three local Keller Williams Real Estate offices combined forces for the annual Kentucky Derby Bed Race on May 2nd.  This was the first time that Keller Williams has competed even though the race has been conducted here in Louisville, KY since 1990.  This is the first time that the races were held at the KFC Yum! Center.

These races are termed a “zany affair” and they certainly fit the description.   We started in the “Dormitory” under the Second Street Bridge.  At that point, we were able to see our competition up close and enjoy the camaraderie.  The competitiveness here is good natured to say the least.  The Keller Williams bed had its safety inspection about 4:30.   I wonder if this was analogous to a “Home Inspection in Louisville”?  The Keller Williams Home bed passed the inspection with no repairs needed.

The weather was tough with rain and temps in the mid-50s. At 5:00 we started the procession through the Yum! Center garage and staged just outside the court. At 6:15, we made one pass around the race course as the crowd admired our handiwork and the announcer described our bed. Our Keller Williams bed had a foam house complete with a red roof.

The theme this year was about Super Heroes and the SuperFest. The Keller Williams team wore red t-shirts emblazoned with “SUPER REALTORS” and a KW in the center where an “S” would be for Superman. We all wore capes as well.  (For all of those not in the know, Red and Black are Keller Williams colors.)

We had a great first lap being the first to pass through the “cross”, but things did not go as well in the second lap.  Unfortunately, we did get first place in the contest, but we had a lot of fun. We were the only Louisville Real Estate firm in attendance and invite the other REALTORS for next year’s event. We are looking forward to next year and WINNING!

The Hollinden Team were pleased to be a part of this community event taking lots of pictures and letting the community know more about Keller Williams Real Estate Offices. 


Ohio River Flood Stage in Louisville KY

Louisville KY is now at its third flood stage of the spring season; with this being the most severe.  At this point, the Ohio River has appeared to crest at 8 feet above flood stage after being forecast at 10 feet.  It has been a major deal to those with homes under water along the Ohio River; a minor inconvenience to most of us that have had to deal with road closings.  There have been several events that have been canceled or postponed.  The Hollinden Team planned on attending Waterfront Wednesday, sponsored by WFPK and the location was changed twice.  The last time, it was sent indoors to Headliners and renamed, “Hell or High Water”.  The great Kentucky Derby Steamboat Race has been postponed until late June.  Surely the Ohio River will subside by then and the river becomes more navigable.  The weather man tells us that it is bound to dry out for the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” also known as the Kentucky Derby.

I have relocation clients from out of town in Louisville this week trying to find a home to purchase.  I reassure them that this is not a regular weather pattern for us.  For all of the homeowners under water in a literal sense, we hope the river recedes quickly.