Louisville Beyond the Bourbon and Fast Horses

Louisville’s top attractions from A to Z

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The Bluegrass State is famous for fast women and beautiful horses… well that’s the way it comes out after a few too many of our famous bourbons. But theres so much more. Here’s a quick guide to Louisville’s top attractions.

Louisville: Museums and History

Downtown Main Street is nicknamed Museum Row, because, you guessed it, it has a fantastic selection of museums. Each could take a few hours or a full day. One of Louisville’s biggest attractions, Louisville Slugger Museum is a perfect place to start. Not only can you learn about the bat-makers’ influence on the game, but you can watch them make bats in the factory.

Across the street, the Frazier History Museum has an amazing collection capturing different eras from our past. Head east on Main Street to the Louisville Science Center, the perfect place for kids to work off some steam. Or treat yourself to a movie at their Omnimax theatre. Check out the 32-minute Kentucky Show!, a fabulous introduction to the Bluegrass State.

Also on Museum Row, the Muhammad Ali Center pays perfect tribute to Louisville’s native son. Head to the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft for a wealth of items produced by Kentuckians.

Head south of the downtown to the neighborhood of Old Louisville, with an amazing collection of Victorian homes. Cruise in the comfort of your own car or on a tour from the visitor’s center.

Louisville: Horses and History

No trip to Kentucky is complete without a visit to Churchill Downs Race Course. Although the Derby is just one day a year, the track has live racing meets several times a year and simulcasting year round. Adjacent is the Kentucky Derby Museum. While the race lasts a mere two minutes, you could spend several hours learning about it.

Although you might be ready to head outside, think about heading underground. The Louisville Mega Cavern is a whopper of a cave; it even offers zip-lining. After coming back into the light of the real world, stroll the Louisville Waterfront Park, at the historic Cave Hill Cemetery or the Louisville Zoo. The city also has an amazing park system, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, creator of New York’s Central Park. A good place to start is Cherokee Park.

Of course Kentucky is known for its own firewater. We call it bourbon. If you’re partial, we always recommend a stop or two along the Trail.

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