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Louisville Sports

Take a good look at Louisville for many legendary sporting attractions and events to compliment your trip, or as an entire itinerary.



  • Understanding Louisville’s rich sports history begins with a walk with "The Greatest" at the Muhammad Ali Center. You can learn about Ali’s boxing career and humanitarian efforts, and even try shadow boxing the Champ!
  • Just a few blocks away are the Louisville Slugger Museum & Bat Factory, home of the world’s largest baseball bat. Explore baseball history in the museum, and in the factory you’ll see how Sluggers are made— receive a free mini-bat at the end of the tour!


  • To keep the sports theme going, slide over to 4th Street Live for lunch at the Sports and Social Club or get the "Knockout Burger" or "Louisville Sliders" at SET further down on 4th Street. 
  • Louisville loves it's college sports and you are sure to find a game featuring the University of Louisville Cardinals; it might be baseball, soccer, football or basketball depending on the season.


  • In the summer, head over to Slugger Field to take in a Louisville Bats baseball game or Louisville's professional soccer team, Louisville FC. If you're into ballpark food, don't miss the fried bologna sandwich. Or check out the craft beer scene at neighboring Against the Grain Brewery. Be sure to get your picture beside the statue of Pee Wee Reece in front of the ‘warehouse turned baseball stadium’. The Bats are the AAA farm team for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • In the fall and/or winter, check availibility to watch the Univeristy of Louisville play basketball at the highly-recognized KFC Yum Center.


  • For over 140 years, Louisville’s Churchill Downs has been home to the greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby. At the Downs you’ll find the Kentucky Derby Museum, which chronicles the colorful history of the race.
  • Then, head across the river to the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, where gaming fun awaits you. Play poker, craps, blackjack, the slots—or even a round of golf at the Horseshoe’s Chariot Run course.

The Pride of Louisville

  • Look up as you drive around the city for a larger than life picture of Louisville’s famous citizens. You might see Muhammad Ali, Mary T. Meagher, Paul Hornung or Pat Day gracing the side of a building because they're "Hometown Heroes"