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Facts and History of Louisville Kentucky

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Take a good look at Louisville, where you’ll learn a little history at every turn.



  • Take a cruise through history in Louisville, the river city! Your voyage begins on the Falls of the Ohio, where you can discover the world of 386 million years ago in the exposed fossil beds. Visit the Interpretative Center to learn about the geography and prehistoric people who once lived here.


  • Lunch is waiting at Rocky’s Italian Grill. Along with lunch, you're treated to a lovely view of Louisville’s skyline.
  • After lunch, it’s off to the Frazier History Museum. The collections take you on an unforgettable journey through more than 1000 years of rich history.
  • Take in the multi-Sensory experience of the KentuckyShow! that tells a beautiful story about the rich history of Kentucky. This show offers a Kentucky 101 for people that are visiting for the first time. For those that have been to Kentucky before, this show offers itself as a reminder of why the city and state are so special. The imagery is beautiful and sounds are comforting. The KentuckyShow! is narrated by Ashley Judd, a Kentucky Native and shown at the Kentucky Science Center daily at 1pm.


  • Spend your evening aboard the Belle of Louisville, the oldest working steamboat of her kind. Dinner cruises feature savory Southern cooking, and you’ll be charmed by the glittering riverside skyline and the Belle’s whimsical calliope music.



  • America’s favorite pastime wouldn’t be the same without a beloved Louisville tradition, Louisville Slugger baseball bats! In the Slugger Museum & Factory, explore over a century of baseball history and watch as Sluggers are made—and receive a free mini-bat!


  • Have lunch on nearby Main Street at Bristol Bar & Grill (another stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail) for dishes highlighting local farmers and favorites.
  • Take your choice of tours to see the Historic Old Louisville neighborhood, the largest contiguous collection of Victorian homes in America. The Mansions and Milestones Tour will take you back to the glamorous fin-de-siècle, or for something spooky, try the Ghosts of Old Louisville Tour. Self guided walking tours are always available.


  • Following a full day of sightseeing, enjoy a relaxing dinner at a favorite local establishment, Jack Fry’s, an upscale American bistro, featuring live jazz and a convivial atmosphere.


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