Three Day Family Experience
Breakfast - HI-FIVE DOUGHNUTS* - Hi-Five in the NULU area is “Louisville’s first female owned and operated doughnut food truck and storefront” and was named one of the top Food Trucks in the South by Southern Living. You can create your own doughnut creation with a number of glazes and toppings to choose from. If it’s too early to be creative, you can choose from one of their many staples including the Kentucky Fried Buttermilk Chicken Doughnut, the Bourbon Caramel with Bacon, or the Sugah Doughnut.
LOUISVILLE QUEST – Part race, part scavenger hunt, part sightseeing tour—the Louisville Quest is a great way to explore downtown Louisville. Teams compete against each other to answer questions and solve puzzles to get from one location to the next in the quickest time… all for fun and exploring Louisville.
MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER – 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.
Lunch – OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY* – This family-friendly eatery features traditional Italian entrees amid a turn-of-the-century décor inside an old department store that was built in the 1880s.
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & FACTORY - Located along Louisville “Museum Row,” you can’t miss the 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger bat welcoming you to the museum and factory. See how the famous Louisville Slugger bats are made, and hold bats actually used by baseball superstars, experience what it’s like to face a 90-mile-per-hour fastball, or take a swing with historic replica bats in the batting cages.
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. While at the Frazier Museum, be sure to check out “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” showing now through September 10.
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.
Dinner - GUY FIERI’S SMOKEHOUSE* - This flagship location brings Guy Fieri’s brand new dining concept to life by showcasing his passion for BBQ. Enjoy your meal inside or you can eat outside on covered patio to take in the sights and sounds of 4th Street Live.
Breakfast - HIGHLAND MORNING* - Breakfast done right! Highland Morning is a local, upscale breakfast restaurant and one of Urban Spoon’s “Top 101 Great Breakfasts in America.”
LOUISVILLE MEGA CAVERN – A man-made, 17-mile cavern lies beneath the city of Louisville, and is home to four unique attractions. One of the largest caverns in the U.S., the Louisville Mega Cavern offers a historical tram tour of the cavern, the Mega Quest ropes course, the only underground zip line course—Mega Zips, and first of its kind Mega Underground Bikes Course with over 12 miles of interconnected trails.
LOUISVILLE ZOO – Home to more than 1,700 animals, the Louisville Zoo is dedicated to creating a bond between people, animals and the planet. See live gorillas up-close, walk below a polar bear sleeping above you, catch the wings of the world bird show, pet or feed an animal during your visit. There’s a lot to do and explore within the Louisville Zoo.
Lunch - HALL OF FAME CAFÉ* – Surround yourself with sports memorabilia featuring the University of Louisville, while enjoying casual American fare featuring offerings from hamburgers to pizza. Stroll through the Walk of Fame and see memorabilia from player, coaches and fans that have supported the University of Louisville over the years.
KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM - 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. Try on the jockey silks and climb aboard a race horse to see who in the family has wins bragging rights. Tour the historic Churchill Downs and see the famous track up-close.
CONRAD-CALDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM – Located in the heart of Old Louisville in the center of the largest collections of Victorian architecture in the U.S., the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum was the masterpiece of local architect Arthur Loomis when it was completed in 1895. Known for its beautiful woodworking, stained glass, gargoyles and massive archways, this historic home is a must see during your trip to Louisville.
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!
Dinner - TROLL PUB UNDER THE BRIDGE* - Located in historic Whiskey Row, Troll Pub was built using the original building materials. The menu consists of classic pub favorites. Look for Louie, the 8-foot-tall Troll, pointing you in the right direction.
After Dinner - BIG FOUR PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE – Originally built as a railroad bridge in 1895, the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge opened to the public in 2013 and spans the Ohio River connecting Louisville to Southern Indiana. As you stroll across the bridge, watch the boats pass beneath you, and as day turns into night, the Big Four Bridge comes alive at night with state-of-the-art lighting that bathe the ironwork in vibrant colors that highlight the strength, beauty, and history of the bridge.
Breakfast - CON HUEVOS* - Begin your day at the only “Mexican brunch oriented” restaurant in our region. Featuring fresh, made from scratch food, Con Huevos is a great place to start your day.
WATERWORKS MUSEUM AT LOUISVILLE WATER TOWER PARK - 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.
AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND – For over 155 years, the American Printing House for the Blind has been the world’s largest non-profit company that makes products for people how are blind and visually impaired. Take a tour of the factory and the museum where there are plenty of hands-on experiences as you learn about Louis Braille, Helen Keller, changes in technology and see one of pianos used by music legend, Stevie Wonder.
Lunch - THE CAFÉ* – 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.
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 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 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.
CLIMB NULU - Climb NuLu is an all-ages bouldering facility. Bouldering is climbing without ropes or harnesses over a large foam pad.
Dinner – GRIFF'S* – Louisville’s own, Dr. Dunkenstein—Darrell Griffith, opened Griff’s, a sports-themed restaurant, that reflects his favorite dishes from years of travel in the NBA, so there is something for everyone on the menu. While you’re enjoying your meal, you may get to meet the “Dr.” since he likes to stop by the restaurant to meet and chat with guests.
After Dinner - SHOP AMERICAN OUTLETS OF THE BLUEGRASS – Just a quick 10-minute drive from Louisville, check out the fashionable finds at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass like Nike, Old Navy, Kate Spade and many more. (Open until 9 pm.)
*Restaurants listed are recommended based on location in relation to the itinerary stops before and after meals and relation to theme of itinerary. For more dining ideas, search by cuisine or neighborhood. Click here.