Three Day Cultural Experience
ATLANTIC NO. 5*–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.
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.
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.
WILTSHIRE AT THE SPEED MUSEUM*–Experience the open, airy atmosphere of Wiltshire at the Speed for lunch with a range of selections from salads to sandwiches to desserts to enjoy.
SPEED ART MUSEUM–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.
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.
HISTORIC OLD LOUISVILLE WALKING TOURS-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!
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.
BAR VETTI*–Located on 4th Street, Bar Vetti has a range of Italian-flavored fares from small bites to pizzas and pastas. Be sure to check out some of their amazing desserts before you leave!
CON HUEVOS (Frankfort Avenue)*–Begin your day at the only “Mexican brunch oriented” restaurant in the region that features fresh, made from scratch food.
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 ranging from Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson to John James Audubon, to Lewis and Clark.
MELLWOOD ART & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER/MELLWOOD ANTIQUES–Originally a 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.
BELLE OF LOUISVILLE*–Cruise along the Ohio River aboard the oldest operating river steamboat in the country and enjoy a Kentucky-inspired buffet. The paddlewheel-driven Belle of Louisville was built 1914 and is the only river steamboat to reach 100 years old.
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.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.
PYRO GALLERY–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, the gallery now occupies an urban space along Market Street and highlights personal selections of the member artists, so the exhibitions are often experimental, fresh and surprising.
DECCA*-Decca is excited to feature local artists and musicians alongside inspired food and drinks in a warm atmosphere. Decca’s commitment to locally farmed ingredients is evident in the kitchen, and throughout the bar.
HIGHLAND MORNING (Highlands)*-Serving breakfast 364 day a year, Highland Morning is where breakfast is done right with large portions to help fuel your day.
STONEWARE ART FACTORY-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 the tour, you’ll follow the steps of more than 20 skilled artisans who take the clay from raw form to completed piece. (currently no tours, but the showroom is open)
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 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
REVELRY BOUTIQUE GALLERY–Revelry Boutique Gallery loves Louisville’s local art community and strives to promote local talent in Louisville and the surrounding areas. From handmade jewelry to art and home décor... it’s the perfect place to find a special gift for someone.
HARVEST*-Harvest is a lively venue with farm-to-table Southern fare that celebrates the bounty from local farms. Throughout the restaurants are photos of the many local farmers who provide food for the restaurant.
HADLEY POTTERY-Since 1940, Hadley Pottery has been a part of Butchertown creating warm and whimsical pottery pieces that have attracted multitudes of fans over the last 70 years from across the nation and the world.
THOMAS EDISON HOUSE-Just after the Civil War, 19-year-old Thomas Edison spent a year and a half working in Louisville, and returned 16-years later with one of his inventions, the incandescent light bulb, as part of the largest installation to date in Louisville during the 1883 Southern Exposition—a smaller version of the World’s Fair.
COPPER & KINGS AMERICAN BRANDY DISTILLERY–Based in Butchertown making American-style brandy. Tour this modern distillery where they will show you how they sonically age the brandy with music each day. Enjoy your brandy tasting at the end of the tour or head up to ON3 to enjoy a cocktail that includes views of downtown Louisville.
BUTCHERTOWN GROCERY*-Butchertown Grocery offers everyday food you’ll want to eat every day. Chef Bobby Benjamin carefully crafts each dish with the best produce from around the region.
LOLA-Butchertown Grocery’s intimate upstairs lounge. Offering bold cocktails and eclectic entertainment alongside Bobby Benjamin’s award-winning menu, Lola is a come-as-you-are space to celebrate the timeless tradition of good times spent with good people.
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.