Three Day Arts & Culture Experience
Nestled among Museum Row in Downtown, Atlantic No. 5 is a great place to grab a light breakfast and cup of coffee to start your day. Atlantic No. 5 is a Main Street eatery offering a selection of homemade sandwiches, biscuits, salads, desserts, and grab-to-go meals.
Visit two glass working art galleries under the same roof. Visit Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery to watch the artist transform glass into one-of-a-kind glass sculptures. Then head over to the Mark Payton Glass Center and see incredible glass art made from either glass fusing or flame working; you can even take a self-guided tour through the Mark Payton Glass Center.
In partnership with the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, the Frazier Museum is home to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center & Spirit of Kentucky exhibit. Located on the first floor of the museum, the Welcome Center is the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Spirit of Kentucky, located on the third floor, provides an educational primer on the history of the Kentucky Bourbon industry showcasing Bourbon in a much broader light, spotlighting this product as the icon that it is, and sharing the people, places & events that have made Bourbon the Spirit of Kentucky. While you’re there, enjoy the 32-minute breathtaking movie narrated by Ashley Judd that stars the people, places, culture, and music of the beautiful and fascinating state of Kentucky.
You can’t miss the 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger bat welcoming you to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. See how the famous bats are made, hold bats actually used by baseball’s superstars, experience what it’s like to face a 90-mile-per-hour fastball, or take a sing with historic replica bats in the batting cages. You even get to take a mini Slugger bat home with you!
On-site at the Speed Art Museum, come experience the open, airy atmosphere of Wiltshire at the Speed for lunch. Enjoy a range of selections from salads to sandwiches to desserts.
Explore the Speed’s collections, spanning more than 6,000 years of human creativity, culture, and experiences that inspire curiosity, build visual literacy, and teach about the world around us. After a recent expansion project, the Speed Museum has something for everyone—modern art, classical pieces, regional history, and hands-on learning for the younger crowd in the Art Sparks area.
Experience the greatest 2 minutes in racing at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Be a part of the thrills and traditions of the race as you watch the “Greatest Race” in a 360-degree theatre. Step into the announcer’s booth and call the play-by-play for the race, or try on the jockey silks and climb aboard a race horse to see who in the family has first place bragging rights. Tour the historic Churchill Downs to learn the history of the track and see up close the famous track itself.
MARKETPLACE ON THEATRE SQUARE*
This spacious, modern restaurant and bar is located in the old Kentucky Theatre building along historic 4th Street. Known for its French and Mediterranean-inspired southern cuisine, this upscale restaurant has a charming hidden patio tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Louisville. With an extensive bourbon list fit for the Urban Bourbon Trail—Marketplace is a bourbon connoisseur’s dream.Learn More
After Dinner Entertainment
As the official ballet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Louisville Ballet, which was founded in 1952, has over 70 world premiere ballets to its credit and a repertoire of over 150 works by choreographers such as Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Lucas Jervies, Adam Hougland and Val Caniparoli.Learn More
Jump start the day at Noosh Nosh with your choices of breakfast offerings from omelets and eggs to French toast and crepes. If you stop by for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, be sure to check out their Bloody Mary Bar to create your own masterpiece!
Nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, you’ll step inside the WaterWorks Museum to see the history of Louisville’s water come to live! Located inside the original Pumping Station No. 1, the WaterWorks Museum highlights the company’s archive of historic photographs, films, and memorabilia, some of which dates back to the 1860s. Discover the Louisville Water Company’s contributions to safe drinking water through its innovations in science and engineering.
Originally the Fischer Meat Packing Company, the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center has been renovated into a spacious location for over 200 artist studios, specialty stores, galleries, rehearsal spaces for theatres, and an antique mall with over 100 dealers.
This 1792 Georgian mansion tells the story of its builders, William and Lucy Clark Croghan, and the story of American beginnings. The Croghan’s, along with Lucy’s brother, General George Rogers Clark, welcomed a generation of American luminaries to their home. Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson, John James Audubon, and Lewis and Clark—among others—all passed through Locust Grove. Now a National Historic Landmark, Locust Grove is a unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftsmanship, and history.
Cruise along the Ohio River aboard the oldest operating river steamboat in the country and enjoy a Kentucky-inspired lunch buffet. The paddlewheel-driven Belle of Louisville was built 1914, and is the only river steamboat to reach 100 years old. Take a tour and see her massive steam-powered engines that date to the mid-1890s. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a wonderful meal, live music, see life along the river banks and cruise beneath some bridges.
Stroll through the award-winning, multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Louisville native son, Muhammad Ali. Learn the story behind Ali’s incredible life and the core principles that fueled his journey become the “Greatest of All Time.” You can even step into the boxing ring and take on the Champ, see a replica of the infamous red bike that started his boxing career, and get an up-close look at the Olympic torch he used to light the cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Located along Louisville’s Museum Row, KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft) is a non-profit art museum dedicated to promoting art and craft excellence in Kentucky.
21c Museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the very best works from living artists from all over the world. Be sure stop by the elevator bay to have the falling letters spell out something on your head, arms, or legs. Before you leave, check out the one-of-a-kind bathrooms that have been featured in Southern Living for their videos of eyes and one-way mirrors!
On your way to dinner, be sure to stop in the NULU district on east Market to check out PYRO Gallery. Part of the original core of NULU’s galleries, PYRO’s roots run deep in the neighborhood. Opened 10 years ago in a former fire house, PYRO now occupies an urban space along Market Street and showcases personal selections of the member artists, so the exhibitions are often experimental, fresh, and surprising.
PHO BA LUU*
Showcasing recipes that reflect her childhood in Saigon, Chef Jessica Mach, created a menu that represents the fundamentals of everyday Vietnamese comfort food, and captured the essence of her mother cooking that she enjoyed growing up.Learn More
After Dinner Entertainment
Moritz von Bomhard founded the Kentucky Opera in 1952, making it the twelfth oldest opera companies in the U.S. The Kentucky Opera is accompanied by the Louisville Orchestra, and has a rich heritage of producing courageous productions, including world premiere works.Learn More
Serving a unique menu of hearty breakfasts, the Café offers ample portions of fresh, home-cooked foods with a southern accent served with love in an artistically eclectic setting.
Louisville Stoneware has been dedicated to the tradition and careful craftsmanship of transforming clay into enduring, functional art forms for the home, kitchen, and garden since 1815. During your tour, you’ll follow the steps of more than 20 skilled artisans who take the clay from raw form to completed piece, and along the way you’ll be able to touch the pieces in their various states.
Built in 1848, this 296-acre cemetery is the final resting places for many of Louisville famous citizens from Bourbon Barons to J. Graham Brown (the inventor of the Hot Brown) to Colonel Sanders to Muhammad Ali. Cave Hill Cemetery is also an outdoor museum with many hundreds of exquisite works of monumental art marking the gravesite of Louisville citizens; one of the finest arboretums in the United States with over 500 varieties of trees and shrubs; and home to a large selection of waterfowl who live along one of the five lakes within the grounds.
Based in Butchertown, Copper & Kings is making dynamic American-style brandy. While touring this modern facility, guests will learn about the brandy distilling process that includes a tour of the 75% underground, naturally climate controlled brandy cellar where the barrels are sonically aged through music.
Located in front of Copper & Kings, Butchertown Market is home to an impressive list of shops. Peruse the home goods, jewelry, and clothing at Work the Metal; purchase some handmade soaps, lotions, and bath oils at Moss Hill Bath & Body Collection (be sure to take a whiff of the Mint Julep and Bourbon scented lotions); or grab some gourmet confections at Cellar Door for an afternoon snack like one of the many flavors of bourbon balls or a sea-salt caramel.
Before leaving Butchertown, enjoy lunch at Butchertown Grocery that uses the best ingredients, and where every dish is inspired by the heritage and hard work that the Butchertown community was built on in the 1900s.
Built in 1895, this Richardsonian Romanesque mansion and crown jewel of St. James Court, exemplifies the finest in Victorian-era wood, stone craftsmanship and featured the latest innovations of its day like interior plumbing and electric lights. Throughout the house are period time pieces, including many that are original to the home.
An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- located in Historic Old Louisville offering more than 75 Bourbons with exceptional service, playfully mismatched chine and an air of class, the restaurant transports you back to another time.Learn More
After Dinner Entertainment
Founded in 1949 and is the oldest, free Shakespeare festival in the United States, Kentucky Shakespeare provides performances and educational programs throughout the community from their annual Shakespeare in Central Park to their touring productions in parks throughout LouisvilleLearn More
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