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Best of Louisville Guide

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Each year, horse enthusiasts hoof it to Louisville and Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby. In addition to equestrian endeavours and bluegrass roots, Louisville boasts a range of exciting attractions the whole family can enjoy. Stroll through Central Park, in the historic district, to people-watch and get a real feel for the city. Visit other nearby parks for hiking, biking and fossil-hunting. Baseball fans will love the Louisville Slugger Museum, a celebration of the sport's legends. The museum is easy to spot, just look for the enormous bat that leans against the building.

All things to do » Things to do

Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Mega Cavern
Owner description: While visiting Louisville, Kentucky, you won't want to miss MEGA ZIPS; "The World's ONLY FULLY Underground Zip Lines & Adventure Tour" featuring 6 Ziplines and 2 challenge bridges... more Owner description: While visiting Louisville, Kentucky, you won't want to miss MEGA ZIPS; "The World's ONLY FULLY Underground Zip Lines & Adventure Tour" featuring 6 Ziplines and 2 challenge bridges up to 2 hours of adrenaline or MEGA QUEST the ONLY FULLY underground ropes challenge course in the world! Mega QUEST is one of only twenty courses of its kind in the USA. Aerial challenge and ropes courses are the hottest new extreme sport in Europe where thousands of courses are located. For those wanting a lesser thrill, be sure to check out the MEGA TRAM a Historic Tour: Ride and never walk through a part of 17 miles of underground passageways beneath the city of Louisville. Learn about the geology, history, mining techniques, recycling, and green business technology. See where 50,000 people would have been invited to stay during the Cold War Era. The historic tram tour operates mid-January through October. If you are visiting us during the holiday season, be sure to check out Lights Under Louisville: The World's Only FULLY Underground Holiday Light Show. Drive through 1.2 miles of underground passageways beneath the city of Louisville, Kentucky as you see and hear the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Offered seasonally mid-November through December. The cavern is transformed into an underground holiday light show with more than 750 lit characters. less
Attraction type: Caverns & Caves
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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)
Owner description: The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is a historic, Victorian mansion located in the heart of Old Louisville on St. James Court. It is one of the finest examples of Richardsonian... more Owner description: The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is a historic, Victorian mansion located in the heart of Old Louisville on St. James Court. It is one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and was the masterpiece of famed local architect Arthur Loomis of Clarke & Loomis. Surrounded by a beautiful courtyard neighborhood at the center of the largest collection of Victorian Homes in the US, "Conrad's Castle" featured all the latest innovations of its day, including interior plumbing and electric lighting. Known for its beautiful woodwork and parquet floors, this massive Bedford limestone home, covered with gargoyles, beautiful archways, and elaborate stone designs, incorporated 7 types of hardwoods and magnificent stained glass windows in the interior design, making it one of the most stunning homes in Old Louisville. The Museum has been lovingly restored to the Edwardian Age, housing a massive collection of period items including many original pieces, and stands as a testament to the abundant lifestyle of the owners, two of Louisville's most prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs, Theophile Conrad and William E. Caldwell. Step back in time as you learn more about the era, the neighborhood, and the families who lived here. **The House offers tours Wednesday through Friday and on Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm and on Saturdays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. For security reasons we do not offer self-guided tours, we only offer guided tours at the stated times. Tour availability is on a first come, first serve basis, we do not take reservations for groups of less than 10 people. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the door 30 minutes prior to each tour. Advanced reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.Ticket costs are Adults-$10 Seniors-$6 Students-$4 Children under the age of 5 are free. ***On the 3rd Thursday of every month the museum also offers extended tour times at 5pm & 7pm for our 3rd Thursday Twilight Tours. Our tours last between 60-90 minutes as our trained tour guides take guests back in time through this informative tour of the home's 3 floors set up with original family pieces circa 1908. Donations are greatly appreciated as this is a 501(c)3 non-profit. More information on the museum and our special events can be found by visiting our website. Thank you for your interest in the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum! less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Speciality Museums
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Cave Hill Cemetery
Cave Hill Cemetery
Attraction type: Cemeteries
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The Big Four Bridge
The Big Four Bridge
Attraction type: Bridges
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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Owner description: Batter up! It takes a special place to craft the #1 Bat in Major League Baseball. At Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through... more Owner description: Batter up! It takes a special place to craft the #1 Bat in Major League Baseball. At Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the actual factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. The award-winning factory tour is a highlight of the visit here, but there's plenty more to enjoy along with it. Admire the World's Biggest Bat - stretching 120 feet into the sky. Hold bats actually used by baseball superstars like Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench, Cal Ripken Jr. And Derek Jeter. Face down a 90-mph fastball hurled by a major league pitcher. Count the homerun notches Babe Ruth carved into his Louisville Slugger bat for every home run he hit with it. Step into the batting cages and take some swings with a replica model of your hero's bat. Guests even get a free miniature souvenir bat at the end of the factory tour. You can even create a bat with your own name on it, just like the pros. They make great gifts for all kinds of special occasions, from newborn babies, to groomsmen gifts, to team trophies and more. The museum store is also loaded with lots of sporty merchandise for every budget. Be sure to swing by! Please visit our official website for up-to-date hours and admission prices. less
Attraction type: Factory Tours; Speciality Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Mayan Cafe
Mayan Cafe
Ranked #1 of 1,560 Restaurants in Louisville
Price: USD 15 - 30
Cuisines: Latin, South American
Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Business, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
The Comfy Cow
The Comfy Cow
Ranked #2 of 1,560 Restaurants in Louisville
Cuisines: Dessert, Ice Cream
Dining options: Dessert, After-hours
Havana Rumba
Havana Rumba
Ranked #3 of 1,560 Restaurants in Louisville
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Havana Rumba LLC
Havana Rumba LLC
Ranked #4 of 1,560 Restaurants in Louisville
Price: USD 10 - 15
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Mussel & Burger Bar
Mussel & Burger Bar
Ranked #5 of 1,560 Restaurants in Louisville
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
USD 75 - 135
Ranked #5 of 16 Louisville B&B and Inns
Value Place Louisville, Kentucky (South)
Value Place Louisville, Kentucky (South)
USD 42 - 239
Ranked #11 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
Red Roof Inn - Louisville SE - Fairgrounds
2.0 of 5
Red Roof Inn - Louisville SE - Fairgrounds
USD 69 - 108
Ranked #13 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Homewood Suites Louisville East
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites Louisville East
USD 114 - 238
Ranked #1 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
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Louisville Marriott East
3.5 of 5
Louisville Marriott East
USD 145 - 1,040
Ranked #2 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
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Embassy Suites Hotel Louisville
3.5 of 5
Embassy Suites Hotel Louisville
USD 155 - 287
Ranked #3 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

21c Museum Hotel Louisville
4.5 of 5
21c Museum Hotel Louisville
USD 244 - 387
Ranked #4 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
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The Brown Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Brown Hotel
USD 226 - 372
Ranked #5 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
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Louisville Marriott Downtown
4.0 of 5
Louisville Marriott Downtown
USD 206 - 391
Ranked #15 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
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