About 240,000 people call Louisville in Northern Kentucky home.
The city is situated some 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the state capital of Kentucky, Frankfort and about 70 miles (113 kilometers) from Lexington.
Louisville is a gold mine of historic, social and cultural gems; you’ll find plenty to explore within the rooms of its four wonderfully curated museums. Louisville Slugger Museum and Kentucky Derby Museum are just two of this destination’s most popular museum experiences. The American Printing House for the Blind and the Louisville Glassworks are other museums worth adding to your itinerary.
If you’re holidaying in the area, tour its fascinating heritage sites for a glimpse into the area's colourful past. Belle of Louisville and Thomas Edison House are two of the area’s more famous historic sites. Two other sites popular with photographers are Conrad Caldwell House and Farmington Historic Home.
Louisville is renowned as a great place to shop so be sure to get your fix of retail therapy while you are here. Snap up a bargain, indulge in quality fashion pieces or just enjoy window shopping. At Jefferson Mall and Mall St. Matthews you’ll find a huge selection of fashion and lunch treats. If you don’t find what you need, there is more at Fourth Street Live and The Summit Louisville.
To see the wilderness for which Louisville is known, head out to its many famous protected reserves. Two of the most significant of these in the local area are Jefferson Memorial Forest and E P Tom Sawyer State Park. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and Falls of the Ohio Wildlife Conservation Area are some of the other attractive places to explore.
On a fine day, pack a picnic and see one or two of the leafy public parks and gardens of Louisville. Two of the favorite local parks and gardens are Iroquois Park and the Louisville Waterfront Park. You may also want to take the kids to Cherokee Park and the lovely Skyview Park.
Louisville is a dream destination for lovers of art so while you are here, don’t miss the Speed Art Museum and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. These are two exhibit spaces where you can spend a few hours of cultural exploration. Wander through the exhibits and enjoy the quiet or find a guide and learn about the art displays.