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Two Day Cultural Experience

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Day One


GATSBY'S ON FOURTH–Gatsby’s on Fourth--named after the F. Scott Fitzgerald book, The Great Gatsby which highlighted the Seelbach Hotel-- is a great breakfast stop to start your day. After breakfast, be sure to explore the hotel a little and see one of the remaining Rathskellar’s in the country and check out where Al Capone played cards in The Oakroom—including the door that lead to his secret escape tunnel.

BOURBON CITY CRUISERS-There’s no rush in a tuk tuk. Each eco-friendly, three-wheeled Bourbon City Cruiser takes you and five of your friends on a leisurely ride to taste and see the best destinations in the Bourbon City.


PROOF ON MAIN AT 21C HOTEL–Lauded as one of Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants,” Proof on Main is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. With a commitment to local farming, we deliver plates infused with local flavor. The bar is a local hot spot and features 50+ Kentucky Bourbons.

21C MUSEUM HOTEL'S ART GALLERY-Featuring contemporary art exhibitions, 21c Museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the best works of art of living artists from all over the world.

KMAC-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.

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & FACTORY-You cannot 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 used by baseball’s superstars, and experience what it is like to face a 90-mile-per-hour fastball. You even get to take a mini Slugger bat home with you!

FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM-Explore over 1,000 years of history throughout the Frazier History Museum with interactive exhibits, hands-on learning opportunities, 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.

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.

GLASSWORKS–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.

E & S GALLERY-Established over 25 years ago, E & S Gallery is an award-winning 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.


MAYAN CAFE–The Mayan Cafe serves authentic Mayan cuisine prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. Chef Bruce Ucan, is a Mayan Indian from Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, so the food is rooted in the rich culinary traditions of southern Mexico.

Day Two


WAGNER'S PHARMACY–The history of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs is written on the walls of Wagner’s Pharmacy. Opened in 1922 and featured in everything from the Los Angeles Time to Southern Living to the movie “Secretariat,” Wagner’s is a must before heading over to explore Churchill Downs and the 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.

–The Hite Art Institute is dedicated to providing a dynamic exhibition program for both the University of Louisville students and the Louisville community. Exhibitions include artwork from the Hite Art collections, local and regional artists, and students in the Hite Art Institute program.

–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.


AMICI'S CAFE-An Italian café in the heart of Old Louisville, enjoy lunch either outside on Amici’s courtyard or inside where you feel transported to the Italian countryside.

-Situated in Old Louisville, this ceramics studio is a shared working space that features an assortment of handcrafted ceramics from studio artists and Louisville potters.

-Historic Old Louisville features the largest contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States. This 60-minute guided tour will take you through the history of Old Louisville from the 1870s to present, talk about the architecture of the homes, and more!

–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.

DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE*–Derby Dinner Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country. For over 35 years, Derby Dinner Playhouse has produced Broadway musicals and light comedies.

Fall Event to Check-out:

JACK O'LANTERN SPECTACULAR (Oct. 1-Nov. 1)–See over 5,000+ pumpkins along a 1/3 of a mile walking trail through one of Louisville’s parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Once the sun goes down, the trail illuminates each night lights, music and more, transporting guests to a magical place with themed vignettes along the walking trail.

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