Love live music, theater, and entertainment? Get away to Downtown Louisville!

Boxing and baseball are what downtown Louisville is all about. One of the city’s most famous sons is Muhammad Ali, a Louisville native. Tour a museum dedicated to the boxing star, visit art galleries and boutiques and catch a game of baseball at the Louisville Slugger Field, all in a 1-square mile (2.6-square kilometer) area.

Start your visit with a walk along West Main Street, one of Louisville’s first roads. During the early 1900s it was known as “Whiskey Row” for the number of distilleries that operated along its length. Today, its nickname is “Museum Row” after the collection of museums located within a few blocks of each other. They cover art, science, history, baseball and boxing.

Explore the Muhammad Ali Center, an interactive museum that traces the boxer’s life and focuses on his humanitarian ideals. Tour the factory and see how the Official Baseball Bat of Major League Baseball is made at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. View works of art and catch a dance, music or comedy show at the Kentucky Center. This major arts hub houses permanent exhibitions of local and internationally renowned artists and has three theaters.

There are more live performances over at 4th Street Live!, an entertainment, retail and dining complex. This is downtown Louisville’s party district. Some of the bars and clubs host live bands and there are free open-air concerts on the outdoor stage.

Explore downtown’s 85-acre (34-hectare) Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River. Cruise the river on the Belle of Louisville, a paddlewheel-driven steamboat that was built in 1914.

Downtown Louisville is an easy district to get around on foot. The streets are laid out in a grid pattern and the main attractions are well signposted. The Louisville Downtown Management District (LDMD) Ambassadors, clad in bright yellow shirts provide visitors with maps and directions. They also offer vehicle assistance to drivers, such as repairing flat tires and dealing with dead batteries. The downtown area has more than two dozen information kiosks dotted around the streets.

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Live Music, Entertainment and Museums

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Top Hotels in Downtown Louisville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY
$149/night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.1/5Very Good! (5,287 reviews)

Located in West Main Historic District, this spa hotel is steps from Actors Theatre of Louisville and Riverfront Plaza Belvedere. KFC Yum Center and Kentucky ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,287 reviews)

"Loved the fish bar. Clean room. Close to arena for a concert"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
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Omni Louisville Hotel
4.5 out of 5
400 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY
$195/night
Oct 4 - Oct 5
4.5/5Wonderful! (787 reviews)

Located in West Main Historic District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fourth Street Live!, KFC Yum Center, and Kentucky International Convention ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (787 reviews)

"Great hotel. Good location. Rooms and corridors could be a bit cleaner"…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

Omni Louisville Hotel
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Hyatt Regency Louisville
4 out of 5
320 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY
$161/night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.3/5Excellent! (1,755 reviews)

Located in West Main Historic District, this hotel is steps from Kentucky International Convention Center and Fourth Street Live!. KFC Yum Center and Riverfront ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,755 reviews)

"Very clean, seemed to be remodeled, nice friendly staff and comfortable beds"…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Hyatt Regency Louisville
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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Louisville Downtown
3 out of 5
132 E Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY
$104/night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.3/5Excellent! (1,087 reviews)

Located in West Main Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kentucky International Convention Center, KFC Yum Center, and Fourth Street ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,087 reviews)

"Everything and everyone was great, very friendly and helpful, free water, free breakfast, nice clean rooms and bathrooms, received maid service and clean towels every day"…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Louisville Downtown
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Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown
3.5 out of 5
501 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY
$157/night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,309 reviews)

Located in West Main Historic District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fourth Street Live! and Kentucky International Convention Center. KFC Yum Center ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,309 reviews)

"Very clean and convenient to everything! Loved the amenities offered"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown
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Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown
2.5 out of 5
101 E Jefferson St, Louisville, KY
$112/night
Oct 4 - Oct 5
4.2/5Excellent! (1,188 reviews)

Located in West Main Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kentucky International Convention Center, KFC Yum Center, and Fourth Street ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,188 reviews)

"Conveniently located, good breakfast, clean, nicely updated. Only negative is having to pay an extra fee to park."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown

Popular things to do in Downtown Louisville

Muhammad Ali Center
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Muhammad Ali Center

One of the world’s greatest boxers continues providing inspiration beyond the world of sport. Understand this superstar by visiting this center honoring him.

Louisville Slugger Museum
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Louisville Slugger Museum

Baseball is part of the American fabric. See where one important tool for this sport is produced in the factory that makes ball games possible.

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
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Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Enjoy a pleasant night at the opera or attend a concert, live dance or stage production at this glass-fronted venue in downtown Louisville. 

Belle of Louisville
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Belle of Louisville

For a nostalgic trip, cruise down a mighty river on this authentic steamboat that has carried tourists, tradesmen and cattle for over a century. 

Louisville Science Center
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Louisville Science Center

Science is all around us, inescapable. Understand important elements of our world with a visit to this science center for all ages.

Frazier International History Museum
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Frazier International History Museum

Get to know Louisville with a visit to this esteemed museum. It’s a great spot for social interaction as well.

Top activities in Downtown Louisville

Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Louisville with Priority Seating
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Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Louisville with Priority Seating

$34

Dine like a rock star among pop, soul, and rock 'n' roll memorabilia like costumes and instruments from your favorite musicians at the Hard Rock Cafe. Skip the lines with priority seating and enjoy a classic meal and a dessert.

James Bomb Escape Room Mission
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James Bomb Escape Room Mission

$25

You and your team will be locked in a spy mission escape room at Escape LOU. This experience is for a maximum of 10 people. The duration of this experience is 60 minutes but allow for 90-minutes for the entire experience.

Dr. K’s Lethal Injection Escape Room Mission
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Dr. K’s Lethal Injection Escape Room Mission

$25

You and your team will be locked in a spy mission escape room at Escape LOU. This experience is for a maximum of 10 people. The duration of this experience is 60 minutes but allow for 90-minutes for the entire experience.

Mr. Dupree Escape Room Mission
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Mr. Dupree Escape Room Mission

$25

You and your team will be locked in a spy mission escape room at Escape LOU. This experience is for a maximum of 10 people. The duration of this experience is 60 minutes but allow for 90-minutes for the entire experience.

Self-Guided Louisville Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided Louisville Scavenger Hunt

$11

This adventure will take you through the heart of Chicago and let you see how it has changed over time, while also having fun. This hunt has been evolving over time to be as entertaining as possible, while showing you as much as possible.

Operation City Quest of Louisville, KY
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Operation City Quest of Louisville, KY

$10

Using an app on your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 120 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Downtown Louisville

Louisville two ways
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Louisville two ways

Exploring his and her top places to see, eat & stay

Other neighborhoods in Louisville

Old Louisville
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Old Louisville

Universities, Basketball, Sports

Old Louisville is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Conrad Caldwell House and Asia Institute Crane House while in the area.

South Louisville
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South Louisville

If you're spending some time in South Louisville, Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum are top sights worth seeing.

West Main Historic District
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West Main Historic District

Live Music, Rivers, Theaters

A noteworthy feature of West Main Historic District is its fantastic nightlife. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Louisville Slugger Museum and Muhammad Ali Center.

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