Southern Indiana is just a mile north of Louisville
Southern Indiana, just a mile north of Louisville, is a quick hop over the bridge from downtown and has charming riverfront communities with revitalized, walkable downtowns, historical attractions and up-and-coming restaurants.
In New Albany, you’ll find great coffee shops, stylish boutiques (like Dress & Dwell), and a beloved local brewery (The New Albanian Brewing Co.). The dining scene is also top notch. Head to Pints & Union for creative small plates and cocktailst or Dragon King’s Daughter for an Asian-fusion experience. Craft beer fans, stop by local brewers New Albanian’s Public House and Pizzeria, where you can choose from a selection of its brews and those from around the world, and Floyd County Brewing, serving over 50 craft beers. For art and history lovers, there’s Carnegie Center For Art & History. Or, take a tour of historic Culbertson Mansion, which tells the story of an influential dry goods merchant, one of Indiana’s richest men. Have a family-friendly good time at River Run New Albany Family Waterpark.
A short one-mile stroll or bike ride across the Big Four Bridge will land you in Jeffersonville and at the Big Four Station, featuring green space, fountains, a pavilion and a playground. Grab a bite at Portage House, kick back with a locally-crafted beer at Red Yeti, or head down to Schimpff’s – one of the oldest, continuously operated, family-owned candy businesses in the U.S. Take a step back in time to the Great Steamboat era with a tour of the Howard Steamboat Museum, a treasure trove of photographs, paintings, half-hull models and other artifacts.
Clarksville is home to the Falls of the Ohio State Park, where the 390-million-year-old exposed fossil beds steal the show (the Falls was the site where famous explorers Lewis & Clark met up for their expedition). The Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center recently underwent a $6 million renovation and features new exhibits with state-of-the-art audio, video and interactive elements. Also, the George Rogers Clark home site is located at the lower end of the Falls of The Ohio. Known for almost 200 years as “Clark’s Point,” it’s situated in a sharp curve enabling a spectacular view of the Falls and the river. Be entertained at Derby Dinner Playhouse, one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country.
Historic Corydon & Harrison County
Located just 30 minutes west of Louisville is Historic Corydon and Harrison County. Here you will find one of a kind experiences in Indiana’s Underground at Squire Boone Caverns and Indiana Caverns. Aboveground, spend the afternoon browsing downtown looking for that special antique or treasure or see a firsthand demonstration of off-hand glass making at Zimmerman Art Glass. Savor a sweet treat at Butt Drugs Old Fashioned Soda Fountain or Emery’s Ice Cream. Also, while downtown, visit the Corydon Capital State Historic Site to learn about Indiana’s First State Capitol. For music lovers, visit one of 5 wineries (Turtle Run Winery, Scout Mountain Winery, Quibble Hill Winery, Best Vineyards Winery or Indian Creek Winery) for great wines and seasonal music or visit Corydon Live for a family friendly country music show.
Other Must-See Spots
Just 20 minutes west of Louisville is Horseshoe Southern Indiana – a riverboat casino that hosts concerts and has 8 restaurants, the Envy nightclub, Chariot Run Golf Course and 502 hotel rooms. Enjoy country-style dinners, children’s play areas, a farmers market and a gift shop at Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant in Starlight. Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyard is a farm-based winery and distillery open year-round. The U-Pick operation has something for every season.