You all know that I love to promote my state and its many sights and sounds. Since the Kentucky Derby is right around the corner I thought that you all might like to know about more things one can do when visiting Louisville.
Louisville, an old river city, and perhaps maybe best known for hosting the Kentucky Derby, has been the largest city in the state since 1830, and as such, has a rich history that has been delighting tourists since before the horse races.
If you are thinking about getting tickets for the upcoming Derby, be sure to leave some time to experience these other fun things to do in Louisville, Kentucky!
- Steam Boat Tours – Relive a beautiful piece of Louisville history by gently floating down the Ohio River in one of two historic steamboats, the “Belle of Louisville” or the “Spirit of Jefferson”. You have not truly visited Louisville until you have boarded a steamboat, whether you attend corporate events, weddings or take a city break!
- Louisville Mega Cavern – Seventeen miles of underground caverns with something for everyone! Thrill-seekers will enjoy “Mega Zips” (underground zip line rides) and the underground obstacle course known as the “Mega Quest”, while other exhibits offer lessons in geology and recycling.
- Jack Fry’s – Want to eat a piece of local history? Jack Fry’s has been around since 1933, and they continue to win awards to this day (like “Best Special Occasion Restaurant” in 2016). They have the best steaks around, and excellent vegetarian meals, too (a rarity in the Deep South)!
- Proof on Main – This American steakhouse combines succulent fillets with stunning ambiance. Decorative sculptures and clean architectural lines work together to create a unique dining space like you’ve never seen before. Available for gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
- Waterfront Park Play Areas – This fun and safe playground is broken up into three age-divided areas for your young ones to enjoy. Your kids will also love splashing the day away at the “waterplay” section (open May through October, just in time for the Derby).
- The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory – First established in 1884, the “Louisville Slugger” has earned its place as one of the finest bats in baseball history, and now you and your family can exactly see how they’re made (and also see a 120-foot tall replica of Babe Ruth’s bat)!
- The Muhammad Ali Center – This historic museum commemorates the life of boxing’s “greatest of all time”. Exciting exhibits depict Muhammad Ali’s struggles and triumphs while also promoting relief programs for children and adults in communities throughout the nation.
- The Louisville Riverwalk – This nature trail extends over eight miles of lush native Kentucky scenery for you to enjoy. Biking, skating, and even skiing (during seasonal months) are all encouraged – and if you are a fisherman, you’d better pack your rod, too!
- The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs — While the Derby itself is the ultimate attraction, the experience is not complete without a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum, where you can learn about the history and traditions of this extraordinary event.
- The Louisville Zoo – Horses aren’t the only animals to be found in Louisville! While you’re there, be sure to say “hi” to King Louie, the zoo’s only albino alligator (but don’t wave too close)!
- Old Louisville Historic District – This historic preservation district is a true urban jewel with 45 square blocks presenting a rich array of architectural styles from the 19 th century. It is open for visitors May through October, so be sure to schedule a tour for when you’re in town for The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.
- The Louisville Cardinals — The University of Louisville is home to numerous athletic teams playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. If you visit Louisville, visit the KFC Yum! Center to see the Cards basketball team, or catch a baseball game at the Jim Patterson Stadium.
- Oxmoor Center — As you can see, there is no shortage of fun things to do in Louisville. Before you head home, make a stop at the Oxmoor Center shopping mall on your way to the airport. You’ll find pretty much everything from shoes and apparel to specialty stores and entertainment venues. To top off your trip, have a relaxing meal at one of their full-service restaurants, offering all kinds of Southern specialties.
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Hubby and I lived in Louisville during our grad school days. There are activities, dining opportunities, and historical sites for everyone to enjoy any time of the year.
Until the next time...