What to DO in Louisville
There’s a saying in Louisville that goes something like this –the question isn’t what to do, it’s what to do next. After show hours, there are endless things to see and do. And for those who bring their spouses and families, there is a wide variety of offerings for the young and the young at heart.
Start off by seeing the place where art and history comes to life and greets you on the street. Museum Row on Mainhouses nine original attractions all within a six-block radius that is easily walked. The Muhammad Ali Centertells the story of Louisville’s own native son. America’s pastime comes alive at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. It’s all things Kentucky at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Science is fun at the Louisville Science Center. Artistic glass is to be seen to be believed at Glassworks. Daniel Boone, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, General George Custer and Geronimo have stories to tell at the Frazier International History Museum. Contemporary art is the focus at 21C Museum Hotel. See what makes Kentucky shine at the KentuckyShow!, then stick around and see a Broadway show at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Top off the day and celebrate Louisville’s bourbon heritage by raising a glass at 14 world-famous bars and restaurants along the Urban Bourbon Trail. This passport program rewards visitors who complete the trail with some special bourbon merchandise.
Exploring our endless possibilities will work up an appetite – so you’re in the right city. Louisville has steadily gained notice as one of the country’s most vital restaurant scenes. Visitors from around the world are astounded by the variety and quality of fine dining offered in the area by chefs, many who have taken regional cuisine to a nationally recognized level. The arena district in downtown Louisville is quickly becoming the place to eat, drink and be merry. Five new restaurants have opened in the past year, with several more to open soon. A stop at any of the “Louisville Originals”promises a great dining experience. This collection of over 50 locally-owned and independent restaurants showcases the vitality of Louisville dining. f you want to combine dining and entertainment, then Fourth Street Live! is the place to be. Located in the heart of downtown this is the city’s premier dining and entertainment district. On and off the beaten path, whatever your interest, there’s always something going on in Louisville.
And no visit to Louisville is complete until you have experienced the world-famous Churchill Downsand the Kentucky Derby Museum. The Kentucky Derby Museum completed a multi-million dollar renovation in 2010. The museum showcases everything Kentucky Derby - fashion, hats, traditions, celebrity appearances, and insights from the horse trainers themselves. It’s the next best thing to being at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May for the actual “run for the roses.” A great stop for family fun! The museum is also the exclusive tour provider for historic Churchill Downs offering three different tours of the track.
There’s a lot to do in Louisville…as in, whatever you want.
Let the staff at the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureauhelp you make the most of your time in Louisville. They are happy to work with you to suggest restaurants, area attractions, and other visitor information.
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801 Witherspoon St. , Louisville, KY|Downtown|Entertainment, Tours
Provide horse & carriage rides in downtown Louisville or transports out. Tours, taxis, weddings or corporate events. Can accommodate large groups. Year-round.
615 E. Market St. , Louisville, KY|Downtown|Shopping, Antiques, Shopping
420 W. Liberty St., Ste. 265 , Louisville, KY|Downtown|Entertainment, Services, Entertainment Venues/Districts, Motorcoach Friendly
Fourth Street Live! is Louisville’s premier dining, entertainment and retail destination located on Fourth Street, between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in the heart of historic downtown...
630 E. Market St. , Louisville, KY|Downtown|Shopping, Culinary Shopping, Gourmet Markets, Retail - Specialty Stores, Shopping
A tradition began 94 years ago in what is now the heart of NuLu, Muth's is a family-owned store where hand dipping & generations old recipes thrive & memories are made in the hearts of their customer...
150 S. 5th St. , Louisville, KY|Downtown|Dining, Entertainment, Urban Bourbon Trail Cuisine, Italian
VINCENZo's represents Agostino and Vincenzo's personal dreams for a place of hospitality where our friends, old and new, can come to enjoy a truly special evening. Whether you join us for a simple me...
1860 Mellwood Ave. , Louisville, KY|Downtown|Entertainment, Shopping, Galleries, Galleries, Shopping
See, Experience, and Own Art. Louisville is a hotbed of creativity -- a thriving, dynamic, urban setting, rich with fresh ideas and passionate practioners. This non-profit art advocacy group repres...
315 W. Broadway , Louisville, KY|Downtown|Entertainment, Arts - Performing
Rauch Planetarium University of Louisville - Belknap Campus, Louisville, KY|Downtown|Entertainment, Services, Attractions, Educational Tours/Museum, Motorcoach Friendly
Where else can you immerse yourself in space and then rock out to your favorite band? There is something for everyone whether you're 10 or 100. Don't miss out on this out-of-this world experience! ...
1001 E. River Road Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY|Downtown|Entertainment, Attractions, Family Fun, Outdoor Attractions, Sports Activities, Tours, Tours Convention
BIKE RENTAL COMPANY located in Louisville's beautiful Waterfront Park (near Big Four Bridge).Located within walking distance of downtown, offering unique bike rentals, including 3 & 6 passenger surre...
1310 S. 3rd St. , Louisville, KY|Downtown|Entertainment, Attractions, Historic Sites
The Filson Historical Society's mission is to collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.