I have been researching trips forever, or at least long before the internet was a thing. My research tools included AAA Tour Books and brochures I ordered by mail. Mail! Books in hand, I would read to the kids in the car as we approached an attraction, to optimize the tourist experience. In 1995, the internet was coming into popular use. It was slow and cumbersome, and I still remember the sound of the dial-up modem as it tried to establish a connection. I may have used the internet to make the plans for this trip, and to determine that the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs was a stop we wanted to make.
The kids loved the museum. They always love museums, but they found this one to be fun, interesting, educational and interactive. There was a scale to weigh in, just like the jockeys.
The museum admission included a track tour, and the tours left the museum every half hour. Each time they called for the next tour, I encouraged our little group to move to the tour line. They were not interested in leaving the fun of the museum, and we probably spent three hours exploring every single exhibit before they were finally ready to see the track. There were video monitors where we could choose a year and watch the Derby from that year. I think we watched all of them at least once, and watched our favorites multiple times. It was fun. We always bet on the winner. :)
Our trip to the museum inspired Jonathan to make his own model of the twin spires for his 3rd grade state project. It included a drawing of the track, photos from our trip, and information from brochures we picked up while we were there. He did such a nice job, that I
encouraged him to insisted that he write a letter to the Derby Museum, thanking them for our great experience, and including the photo below of him with his project.
Just for fun, in case you are in the mood to watch a horse race now, here's a clip of one of the greatest, Secretariat. After winning the 1973 Derby, he went on to win the Preakness, and was in a position to win the Triple Crown if he could hold on for the win at Belmont Park. And hold on he did!
Linking up with Jessica at The Mom Creative for #TBTStories.