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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.

Free Things to Do in Louisville

Touring on a limited budget in Louisville? Spend time, not money, on terrific experiences.

21c Museum Hotel - Young or not so young, this gallery will rouse your imagination and capture your attention.

Louisville Champions Park - Make this place your first choice for a little fun during your time away.

University of Louisville - Architecture enthusiasts will no doubt enjoy marveling at the modern design of this local landmark.

Broadway Theatre - Pay a visit to this historic landmark and experience a part of the area's cultural heritage.

Shelby Park - Stroll the sidewalks and immerse yourself in the vibe of this buzzing location.

Kentucky International Convention Center - Organize a visit and learn about the significance of this place to the locals.

Baxter Park - No matter if you know your bamboo from begonias, you're certain to find beauty in this attractive display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Louisville

Downtown Louisville

The cultural heart of the city beats with baseball, boxing and music, with sporting fields, live bands and a center for Muhammad Ali, the city’s most famous son. 

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Old Louisville

Old Louisville is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Conrad Caldwell House and Asia Institute Crane House while you're in town.

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West Main Historic District

West Main Historic District is beloved for its fantastic nightlife. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Louisville Slugger Museum and Fourth Street Live!.

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Highlands

Highlands might not have many top sights, but KFC Yum Center and Fourth Street Live! are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Cherokee Triangle

When in Cherokee Triangle, you can plan a visit to Cherokee Park and Louisville Slugger Field, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

East Market District

While there might not be top attractions in East Market District, you can explore the larger area and discover places like KFC Yum Center and Louisville Waterfront Park.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Louisville on a rainy day?

A Guided Urban Beer Tour with a German Snack is an excellent indoor activity to sign up for if the weather isn't behaving.

What is Louisville famous for?

Churchill Downs and Muhammad Ali Center should be at the top of your bucket list in Louisville.

What should I not miss in Louisville?

Don't return home without crossing off the following list of fantastic sights:

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

Are there cheap things to do in Louisville?

If you're eager to make your travel funds last a while, book a Guided Urban Beer Tour with a German Snack.

What can you do in Louisville for free?

You'll barely have time to pull your wallet out of your backpack with so many free things to do:

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