Interested in Kentucky tradition?
The Kentucky Derby Museum offers hourly 30-minute historic walking tours of the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack, “The Greatest Race,” a 360 media experience that will make your heart race and emotions soar, two floors of family-friendly interactive exhibits including a resident Thoroughbred and Miniature horse.
Looking for Adventure?
Louisville Mega Cavern: What once started out as Louisville Crushed Stone and one of the best kept secrets in the city of Louisville. It was created by a massive limestone quarry—with miners blasting out a mind-boggling amount of rock for over 42 years during the middle of the 20th century. It was acquired in 1989 by private investors who saw the potential to develop a portion of the cavern into an environmentally-conscious high security commercial storage facility. Since the early 1990’s, a massive amount of recycled concrete, brick, block, rock and dirt were (and continue to be) off-loaded at the cavern to fill in the holes and create floors and internal roads. Even though it’s underground, the Louisville MEGA Cavern is actually the largest building in the state of Kentucky—and by tonnage is the largest recycling center in the state. Experience this remarkably unique attraction by tram, bike, or zipline. Or, through the ONLY fully underground aerial ropes challenge course in the world!
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: Baseball connects generations, we see it here every day. Since the sport is such a big part of American history and culture, even visitors who don’t consider themselves big fans find something here that resonates with them. Maybe it’s the fun stories and fascinating machinery in the factory, or the hands on exhibits, or one of the special exhibitions that broaden the interpretation of baseball.
Want to Escape the City?
Cherokee Park’s main feature is the 2.4-mile Scenic Loop, with separate lanes for vehicle traffic (one-way) and recreational users. One of the original parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the park provides a pastoral setting amid rolling hills, open meadows and woodlands of the Beargrass Creek valley.
The Parklands of Floyds Fork: The Parklands is a systemic, world-class addition to Louisville’s parks system that includes four major parks linked by a park drive, a first-rate urban trail system, and a remarkable water trail, all tracing Floyds Fork, a classic Kentucky stream. This public/private project is unique in the region and unlike anything currently in development across the country—truly a city-shaping model. The master plan for The Parklands includes:100 miles of new trails for hiking and biking; 19 miles of canoe trail along Floyds Fork Creek; Children’s playgrounds, walking paths, and bark parks; Accessible fishing holes, canoe launches, recreational fields; and much more.
Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area: The state park features an architecturally intriguing Interpretive Center that reflects the layers of history at the Falls of the Ohio. And, ff you are an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy nature exploration, the Falls of the Ohio State Park is for you! “Dry snorkel” (hike) across one of the world’s most accessible Devonian-age fossil beds; bring binoculars or a spotting scope to observe many bird species that are attracted to this unique ecosystem; trek along the Ohio River Greenway atop the levee and walk or bike to the George Rogers Clark home site; Grab your fishing gear and try your luck at sauger, bass or catfish.
Looking for a Fun Night Out on the Town?
Downtown Louisville offers a wide variety of great restaurants and bars. And for a taste of Kentucky tradition, be sure to visit one of the many distilleries or walk along the historic “whiskey row.”
Copper and Kings Brandy Distillery Tour: http://www.copperandkings.com/visit/
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience: http://kybourbontrail.com/bourbon-trail-passport-start-here/evan-williams-bourbon-expereince/
Places to Eat: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/louisville