The six best things to do in Louisville, Kentucky
Traveling to Louisville is a worthwhile check off the ol’ travel bucket list.
Walk in a famous fighter’s footsteps
Catch some authentic racing, Kentucky style
Drink rich spirits straight from the barrel
Lousiville, Kentucky is famous for a few things: Kentucky Fried Chicken, The Kentucky Derby, and it’s the home place of the late, great, Muhammad Ali. As the biggest city in Kentucky, there are plenty of things to do when planning a vacation to The Bluegrass State.
There are plenty of things to do in Louisville but a few experiences stand out among the crowd of classic favorites.
Angel’s Envy Distillery
This traditional distillery hand-crafts bourbon, rye, and whiskey. Every batch of their spirits is personally sampled throughout the finishing process so that they know they’ve got it right, every single time. They offer a one-hour, guided tour, walking guests through the entire distillery process. To top it off, every tour ends with a tasting of Angel’s Envy. They also offer a bottle-your-own class and cocktail classes for a truly unique distillery experience.
Muhammad Ali Center
This specialty museum follows the life and achievements of the great Muhammad Ali. From interactive exhibits to intense multimedia presentations, guests can learn all there is to know about how Ali was able to both float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. Using Ali’s core principles of confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality, the Muhammad Ali Center provides an experience for fans and non-fans alike.
The Kentucky Derby
If dates are timed right, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is the most well-known attraction in Louisville. Coming from a long line of traditions, the derby is both a sporting event and a celebration of southern culture. Dating all the way back to 1875, the horse race derby has given visitors more than just races. With high-brow cuisine and plenty of mint julep’s to go around, the Kentucky Derby provides a truly American experience in the heart of Louisville.
Louisville Mega Caverns
For a more adventurous approach to Louisville, travelers can head over to the Louisville Mega Caverns. This man-made attraction offers plenty of fun for the whole family in a unique and exhilarating space. Learn all about mining and geology on their Mega Tram tour and follow it up with two hours of zip-lining adventure all underground. Around the Christmas holiday, enjoy a self-drive tour through the Lights Under Louisvilleattraction, the only underground light show in the world.
Drive under the world and into a real-life winter wonderland, filled with cascading lights and festive set-ups. The caverns offer various departure times 7 days a week, with express showings available on the weekend.
Louisville Slugger and Museum Factory
Pick up the perfect baseball bat to improve your batting average after touring the historical Louisville Slugger and Museum Factory. Thousands of baseball players have all hit their home-runs with a Louisville Slugger bat, making this one-stop-shop for all things baseball a must-see for fans of America’s favorite pastime. Tour the factory floor, step into the Bat Vault, or hit up the batting cages with a replica bat of great’s such as Babe Ruth or Jackie Robinson, among other hard-hitters.
Finish off the trip at the Museum Store, where visitors can make their own personalized bats and pick up collectible mementos from their trip to this bat factory experience.
For the nature lover, Cherokee Park is the place to visit while in Louisville. The open meadows and tree-lined scenic loop through the park were designed to escape city life without having to actually leave the city. The hike through is paved through the Beargrass Creek Valley for both novices and experienced outdoor adventurers.
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