Handy Guide to Louisville


 

The activities listed below are for informational purposes only, they should not be considered recommendations.

See the Downtown Louisville Walking Map and the Top Travel Tips from the Louisville Visitor Center.
Find more places to see and things to do: www.gotolouisville.com

Things to Do, Places to See

Belle of Louisville Riverboats
Step aboard the iconic Belle of Louisville and Mary M. Miller for a trip back in time. Experience spectacular views of downtown Louisville and explore the area's rich history as your group cruises the Ohio River for lunch or dinner.

Bourbon City Cruisers
Each eco-friendly, three-wheeled Bourbon City Cruiser (known as a “tuk tuk”) takes you and five of your friends on a leisurely ride to taste and see the best destinations in the Bourbon City.

Colonel Sanders’ Grave
Located in Kentucky's Cave Hill Cemetery, the grave of Colonel Harland Sanders, one of the most recognizable mascots in the entire world, honors the chicken man with a bust sculpted by his very own daughter.

Churchill Downs
In 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby." The Derby is now the longest continually running sporting event in America and is known as the most exciting two minutes in sports.

Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery
Visionary owner Brook Forrest White, Jr. has designed a unique atmosphere that seamlessly integrates the imagination and passion behind beautiful blown glass with education about the creative process. Visitors are encouraged to explore the world-renowned glassblowing studio, where from a balcony overlooking the excitement of the studio’s hot shop, viewers see resident artists transform molten glass into breathtaking masterpieces.

Kentucky Science Center
With daily programming activities for children, families, and adults, the Science Center plays an ongoing role in the region as a resource for caregivers and teachers, a gathering place for the science community, and a chosen source of entertainment for all. Boasting at one time little more than an Egyptian mummy and a 16,000 piece mineral collection, the Kentucky Science Center is now the largest hands-on science center in the state. Favorites from the collection, including the mummy, polar bears, and Gemini Trainer are still on display in the Discovery Gallery.

Logan Street Market
Local chefs, artisans, merchants, pop-up markets, festivals, cooking workshops, and home to Wild Hops microbrewery and Safai specialty coffee roasters.

Louisville Mega Cavern
This man-made cavern features zip lining tours, an underground aerial ropes challenge course, a historic tram tour, a 90-minute walking tour or a 1.5 hour guided bike tour. The cavern encompasses 17 miles of corridors beneath the city of Louisville.

Louisville Orchestra
The Louisville Orchestra offers a wide variety of concert series to the community, including classical programs featuring world-renowned guest artists, lighter classical and pops performances, concerts with engaging themes in neighborhood locations throughout the city, and education and family offerings. The LO is also the resident performing group for Louisville Ballet and Kentucky Opera. In addition, the Louisville Orchestra performs concerts and provides educational programming throughout both Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Louisville Zoo
Opened in 1969, the Louisville Zoo currently exhibits more than 1,100 animals on 130 acres of natural settings representing zoogeographical areas, specific habitat types or special education areas including: Glacier Run, Africa, Islands, New World Exhibits (North, Central and South America), Australian Outback, the HerpAquarium and the Metazoo Education Center.

Mint Julep Experiences
Mint Julep Experiences offers public bourbon distillery tours and customized tours for groups of all sizes.

Old Louisville
Louisville is the site of the nation’s largest collection of Victorian mansions in a rich array of styles nestled in Louisville’s oldest neighborhood with one of the great Olmsted Parks --Central Park. The Historic Old Louisville Neighborhood and Visitors Center located in Central Park offers self-guided walking tour booklets, guided tours, calendars for music performances, plays and festivals.

Old Louisville Ghost Tour
Impressive Victorian mansions and quirky residents have earned national attention for Old Louisville, where bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco settled in the 1800s. This narrated walk comes from books by David Dominé, who often guides groups himself. Tales involve personal experiences and neighborhood gossip.

Urban Bourbon Trail
The Urban Bourbon Trail® (UBT) is a cocktail and culinary experience highlighting Louisville’s most celebrated Bourbon bars and restaurants. If you’re more into the eating and drinking portions of your Bourbon discovery, the UBT is an ideal complement to your distillery tour lineup. Each of the nearly 50 stops along the trail has at least 60 Bourbons on its menu. (And if the establishment serves food, you’ll also find Bourbon-inspired dishes). The UBT Passport is your guide to Louisville’s most spirited bars and restaurants.

Waterfront Botanical Gardens
The Waterfront Botanical Gardens were started by Botanica, an umbrella organization for the local gardening community that was started in 1993 to help enlighten, entertain, and educate the community about the botanical world. Its mission is to cultivate urban botanical gardens that educate, inspire, and enhance appreciation of the relationship between plant life and a healthy environment.

Whitehall House and Gardens
Whitehall Mansion grounds offer a variety of expansive gardens including the Arboretum, Specimen Garden, Formal Florentine Garden and the Woodland Fern Garden. From a scenic wedding to enjoying a beautiful Kentucky day outdoors, Whitehall gardens offer a beautiful space to explore and enjoy.
 

Dining

610 Magnolia
Reservations required. The Tasting Menu focuses on seasonality and a commitment to locally sourced produce including our 610 Magnolia greenhouse, responsibly farmed animals and the historic foodways that have defined our regional cuisine. Prices and number of courses vary from week to week.

The Bard’s Town
With a Shakespeare-themed menu, The Bard’s Town offers dining, live theater, comedy, music and karaoke.

Brasserie Provence
Southern French comfort food in a brasserie-style (brewery) restaurant, bar and grill. Seafood, meats, cheeses, hors d’oeuvres, a daily chef’s creation, vegan, wines, artisan cocktails, beer, and an array of desserts and pastries.

Brendon’s Catch 23
Chef-driven upscale seafood restaurant features prime seafood, steak, shellfish, and low-country cuisine in a hip, modern and sophisticated fine dining venue.

Havana Rumba
Havana Rumba is a celebration of the culinary genius of the island of Cuba brought to life by a team of passionate people. There are four locations. Typical meals come with steamed rice, black bean soup and sweet plantains. Try the famous roasted pork dish, Lechon Asado, Cuban-style shredded beef, “Ropa Vieja, “ and “Fricase de Pollo,” chicken stew. The Cuban sandwich — a variation on a typical ham and cheese sandwich — but also with roasted pork, pickles and mustard — that’s sure to please. Save room for one of the tropical desserts and finish dinner with a “Cuban Coffee.”

Hot Brown, The Brown Hotel
In the 1920s, The Brown Hotel drew over 1,200 guests each evening for its dinner dance. By the wee hours of the morning, guests would grow weary of dancing and make their way to the restaurant for a bite to eat. Sensing their desire for something more glamorous than traditional ham and eggs, Chef Fred Schmidt set out to create something new to tempt his guests' palates. His unique dish? An open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce. The Hot Brown was born!

Jack Fry’s
Reservations recommended. American bistro fare with Southern influence: appetizers, salads, steak, seafood, pork chops, ribs, lamb, burgers, desserts. Closed on Sundays.

Le Moo
Le Moo offers an eclectic steak menu, a variety of non-beef selections, including lamb, chicken, seafood and pasta, bourbon-infused sides, gluten-free options, a kid’s menu and more.

Mayan Café
The Mayan culture, one known for rich cooking traditions, lives on through Mayan Café’s chef, Bruce Ucán, a Mayan Indian from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Here Chef Ucán fuses traditional Mayan flavors, ingredients & cooking techniques with local, sustainably-farmed ingredients.

Mark’s Feed Store
Bar-B-Q sandwiches, burgoo (hearty stew with meat, veggies and spices), wings, ribs, chicken, pork, burgers, salads. Combo meals also are available. 

Mussel & Burger Bar
Burgers, mussels, and beer are offered up with great service in a fun, family-oriented atmosphere. The menu features unique, inventive burgers along with gourmet twists on classic bar and grill fare. Absolutely everything is made in-house, with fresh, top-notch ingredients.

Porcini
Established in 1992, Porcini is an independent restaurant located in the Historic Crescent Hill neighborhood of Louisville. Specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, excellent service and an intimate Tuscan-style atmosphere as well as an extensive selection of fine wines, bourbons and signature cocktails.

Varanese
Reservations recommended. Varanese’s eclectic menu boasts an array of options from Pork & Sweet Potato Biscuits, and Fried Green Tomato Salad, to signature entrées like the Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pork Chop, and Caramelized Orange Bourbon Salmon.

Wiltshire on Market
Come experience the creative cuisine of Chef Akeem Hasegawa in an intimate restaurant environment, with a fresh take on modern farm to table fare. Menu changes biweekly and there is an expanded outdoor seating available.



Museums

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
Constructed in 1895 by Louisville architect, Arthur Loomis, this Richardsonian Romanesque castle stands as an ornament to the city of Louisville, a distinguishing marker in America’s largest concentration of Victorian homes and is a site of cultural and architectural significance in the city of Louisville.

Frazier History Museum
The permanent collection features a wide array of historically significant arms and artifacts of American, American Indian, Asian, and European origin. Arms of notable provenance include Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick,” Custer’s pistols, and Geronimo’s bow and arrows. Other rare and noteworthy objects include a surplus grave marker from the Battle of Little Bighorn, a first edition copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the arrest warrant issued for Mary Todd Lincoln.

Kentucky Derby Museum
The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the region’s premier attractions, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality, and pride of the world-renowned Kentucky Derby. Each year, the Museum welcomes over 240,000 visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. With a general admission ticket, visitors can enjoy two floors of interactive exhibits, a 30-minute guided historic walking tour at Churchill Downs Racetrack, and get their heart racing and emotions soaring watching the Museum’s signature 18-minute movie, “The Greatest Race” on a 360°, 4K high-resolution screen.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is all about celebrating the extraordinary role of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat in baseball’s past, present and future. They’ve been making baseball bats since 1884.

Muhammad Ali Center
Guided by Muhammad Ali's six core principles (confidence, conviction, dedication, respect, giving and spirituality), the Muhammad Ali Center features an interactive museum, educational programming, and special events to inspire young adults and adults to pursue greatness in their own lives, communities and countries. The Leroy Neiman Gallery, named for the renowned artist, is located on the second level of the Muhammad Ali Center.

Roots 101 African-American Museum
To promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievement, contribution, and experiences of African Americans using exhibits, programs, and activities to illustrate African-American history, culture and art.

Speed Art Museum
Whether you’re an art aficionado or don’t know a Dali from a Degas, you can find fresh inspiration and meaning at the Speed Art Museum. With modern architecture, expanded programming, interactive exhibits and inviting outdoor spaces, the Speed offers countless opportunities for everyone to create their own connections and experience art at their own speed.

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