What to do in Louisville, KY

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Louisville Attractions

Louisville might not be the capital of KY, but it will still knock your socks off when it comes to finding things to see and do. You might start your trip off with a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. You can buy your own baseball bat engraved with your name, or you can just take the time to learn more about how the company makes bats.

This is one of the top Louisville tours because it actually lets you tour the museum and watch bats come off the line.

Things to do in Louisville include the Kentucky Derby Museum. Even if you can't make it to Derby City when the Derby runs, you can still explore the history of the famous horse race at this museum. Louisville goes by the nickname of Falls City, and at Falls City Beer, you can sample some of the best beer brewed by local companies. Don't forget the Louisville Zoo either, which is home to animals, attractions, and activities the whole family will love.

Depending on when you visit, you might enjoy a few Louisville excursions. Check out Churchill Downs for horse racing, or head over to Louisville Slugger Field for a baseball game. Some great tourist attractions in Louisville are often the same places where residents go. In Old Louisville, you'll find some of the best local restaurants and shops. You'll also find dozens of spots right by the river where you can grab a bite to eat and watch the world go by.

If you don't mind taking a short ride, grab a map and take a driver into Indiana. The Colgate Clock is a must see. Built in the 1920s, this large clock sits on a former prison, and it frequently makes the list of endangered landmarks in the state. You can also enjoy other endangered spots in town and the historic bridge leading into Indiana. The top Louisville activities include a few places in nearby Indiana. You can find attractions ranging from horse races to historic museums, and no matter what you do, you'll have a hard time leaving Louisville behind.

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What to do in Louisville

Free Things to Do in Louisville

A trip to Louisville need not cost a fortune. You can leave your wallet at home if you go to:

21c Museum Hotel - Chat to the friendly staff or curator and discover more about the interesting collections exhibited at this museum.

Louisville Champions Park - Let your hair down and add a bit of excitement to your trip here.

University of Louisville - Architecture enthusiast or not, there's a good chance you'll be impressed by this landmark's modern-day design.

Broadway Theatre - If you're curious about bygone times, this is one stop you ought not to miss.

Shelby Park - Rub shoulders with the local residents and discover the hidden character and vibrancy of this fascinating place.

Kentucky International Convention Center - Speak to a few locals and find out why many travelers swing by this place.

Baxter Park - Revitalize your mind and soul by spending some time in nature.


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Frequently asked questions

What is Louisville famous for?
No vacation in Louisville is complete without seeing Churchill Downs and Muhammad Ali Center.
What should I not miss in Louisville?
You’ll want to put these attractions high on your must-see list to make the most of your visit:

  • Kentucky Exposition Center
  • University of Louisville
  • KFC Yum Center
  • Louisville Slugger Museum

Are there cheap things to do in Louisville?
What can you do in Louisville for free?
Your time in Louisville won’t cost a fortune with free attractions like these on offer:

  • University of Louisville
  • Fourth Street Live!
  • Kentucky International Convention Center
  • Louisville Waterfront Park

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