Three Day Suggested Experience
*These itineraries were specifically built to feature and include Black Cultural exhibits & experiences, Black Owned businesses and the recommendations from our Quintessential Black Experience in Louisville blog.
Boujie Biscuit-Scratch-made comfort food on a square, buttermilk, biscuit that celebrates culture through food.
Stoneware & Co. Art Factory-Louisville Stoneware & Co. 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.
Cave Hill Cemetery Self-Guided Tour–Built in 1848, this 296-acre cemetery is the final resting places for many of Louisville famous citizens from Colonel Sanders to Louisville’s native son-- 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 and an arboretum with over 500 varieties of trees and shrubs.
Historic Locust Grove-This 1790s mansion tells the story of America’s beginnings. Now a National Historic Landmark, Locust Grove is a unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftsmanship, and history that has welcomed of American luminaries. Locust Grove is also committed to telling the stories and interpreting the lives of the enslaved men, women, and children who lived and worked at Locust Grove. Locust Grove was the home and workplace of dozens of enslaved African Americans during the Croghans’ residency from 1790 to 1849.
Ziba’s Bistro at Logan Street Market- Experience internationally inspired dishes with the flavors of West Africa fused with French, Italian, and American cuisine.
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience-Situated on Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row” featuring an artisanal distillery, tours, and tastings. Celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams-- Kentucky’s first distiller, this immersive experience brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit.
Muhammad Ali Center–Stroll through the award-winning, multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Louisville native son, Muhammad Ali. Learn about Ali’s incredible life that fueled his journey become the “Greatest of All Time.” Step into the boxing ring and take on the Champ, discover the story behind his infamous red bike that started his boxing career, and see the Olympic torch he used to light the cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The Muhammad Ali Center has been a part of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail since early 2020.
Four Pegs-Housed in a building that has been home to restaurants, watering holes, and mercantile establishments for nearly 150 years, Four Pegs, owned by executive chef and pitmaster Chef Chris Williams, is one of Louisville’s premier gastropubs that specializes in smoked foods and inventive dishes sure to please everyone.
Louisville Cream-Started in the winter of 2014, Louisville Cream is a small batch ice cream company located in the NULU neighborhood, where each batch – from the staple favorites to the seasonal flavors—are special.
SuperChefs-Imaginative breakfasts & Southern style fare served all-day in lively superhero themed spot that is the brainchild of celebrity chef Darnell Ferguson. Serving urban eclectic American dishes with a twist, you are sure to find something to love at Superhero Chefs!
Kentucky Derby Museum-Experience the greatest 2 minutes in racing as you watch the “Greatest Race” in a 360-degree theatre. Tour the historic Churchill Downs to learn the history of the track to see the famous track up close. While exploring the museum, be sure to stop by the African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing exhibit to learn about the integral role African Americans have played in Thoroughbred racing in America from the very first Kentucky Derby race.
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum–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.
Big Momma’s Soul Food Kitchen-Big Momma’s may be the most hospitable place in the West End to get genuine soul food. A different main course is featured daily, all home-cooked food, including such goodies as baked chicken, smothered pork chops, meat loaf, catfish … and fried chicken every day.
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage-Located at 18th & Muhammad Ali Boulevard, the Heritage Center overlooks the area that once was Old Walnut Street—an area that holds special significance for Kentuckiana’s African American community. At the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, African American history has the platform to share its monumental achievements with the community in which they took place.
Muhammad Ali’s Childhood Home-After breakfast take a drive past Muhammad Ali’s childhood home on Grand Avenue. You cannot miss the pink home (his mom’s favorite color) where the Clay family lived from 1947 to 1961. The home was restored several years ago to the original look and feel of the house when Ali lived there. (Note: the home is currently closed but visitors are welcome to drive past, read the historical marker out front, and take photos of the outside of the home.)
Lucretia’s Kitchen-Finish up the day with dinner at a local favorite that showcases homemade southern, soul food from fried chicken to meatloaf to desserts.
Taste Fine Wines & Bourbons- At Taste in NULU, the focus is fine wines from smaller vineyards in Europe, the Americas, South Africa, and New Zealand, among others. On the bourbon side, Taste looks for Kentucky distillers who produce in smaller batches, controlling quality and creating bourbons with smooth, rich flavors.
Sweet Peaches-In the heart of West Louisville, is the only deli/bakery in the area where visitors will start the day with a homemade breakfast ranging from baked goods to breakfast sandwiches.
Bulleit Experience at Stitzel-Weller-One of the true cathedrals of the American whiskey industry. Originally opened the day of the 1935 Kentucky Derby, Stitzel-Weller is now home to Bulleit, Blade & Bow, IW Harper, and Orphan Barrel.
Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing-For more than 200 years, the Farnsley-Moremen House has been the centerpiece of a 300-acre historic farm atop a gentle rise overlooking the Ohio River. More than 25 years of archaeology digs and research has uncovered new information about the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the farm, and their paths to freedom, that visitors can learn about on dedicated tours and archaeological experiences.
Seafood Lady-Featured on the Food Network & Thrillist, the Seafood Lady has been feeding legends, celebs, and the hardworking folks of Louisville since 2015.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory-You cannot miss the 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger bat welcoming you to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Stand with Jackie Robinson. Admire Hank Aaron’s heroics. Hold Derek Jeter’s bat. Every day at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory we celebrate the extraordinary impact Black baseball players have on the game and society. Join us as we cover the bases, from before the Negro Leagues to today’s superstars. At the end of your visit, you will even get to take a mini Slugger bat home with you.
E & S African American Art Gallery-Established over 25 years ago, E & S Gallery is one of the oldest, largest, and award-winning African American art gallery, known for providing exquisite and collectible artwork. In 2015, E & S was named “Best Gallery in Kentucky” and one of the “Top 25 Galleries in the U.S” by American Art Awards.
Frazier History Museum-Explore over 1,000 years of history throughout the Frazier History Museum with interactive exhibits and seeing history come to life through costumed actors who bring visitors face-to-face with some of the events and people who changed the world, including The Smiths who share the stories of live West of Ninth Street in Louisville. Using photographs and personal narratives to share the stories of residents of the nine neighborhoods that make up West Louisville.
Roots 101-Explore this brand-new museum adjacent to Louisville’s Main Street and Whiskey Row that is dedicated to telling the story of the African American journey from Africa and all ports in between. Other highlights include learning about Black local musicians’ influence on genres from old time Jugband to gospel and R & B. “Check-in” to a model hotel room that would have been featured in the famous “Green Book”.
Palm Room Lounge-Soulful music and sharp-dressed socialites fill the halls of Louisville’s landmark lounge. An institution that has been serving the city’s West End with a variety of blues, soul, R&B and great food for decades.