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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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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: Speciality Museums
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Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky Derby Museum
Owner description: When you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! Our exhibits will take you through the journey from... more Owner description: When you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! Our exhibits will take you through the journey from the birth of the foal to the winner's circle. Find yourself in the middle of Kentucky Derby week activities and Derby traditions. Or you can take in the view of the track on Derby Day from the middle of the Infield. We are the exclusive tour provider for Churchill Downs offering tours 7 days a week. We can’t wait to say "Welcome!" Come join in the fun! less
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
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Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs
This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.
Attraction type: Horse Tracks; Historic Sites
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The Big Four Bridge
The Big Four Bridge
Attraction type: Bridges
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Wild Eggs
Wild Eggs
Ranked #1 of 1,631 Restaurants in Louisville
Cuisines: American
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Brown Hotel Lobby Bar
Brown Hotel Lobby Bar
Ranked #2 of 1,631 Restaurants in Louisville
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Drinks, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jack Fry's
Jack Fry's
Ranked #3 of 1,631 Restaurants in Louisville
Price: US$ 21 - US$ 65
Cuisines: American
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse
Ranked #4 of 1,631 Restaurants in Louisville
Price: US$ 60 - US$ 80
Cuisines: Steakhouse, American
Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Mayan Cafe
Mayan Cafe
Ranked #5 of 1,631 Restaurants in Louisville
Price: US$ 15 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Latin, Mexican, Spanish, South American
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

1840 Tucker House Bed and Breakfast
1840 Tucker House Bed and Breakfast
US$ 90 - US$ 130
Ranked #2 of 17 Louisville B&B and Inns
Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
US$ 75 - US$ 135
Ranked #5 of 17 Louisville B&B and Inns
Value Place Louisville, Kentucky (South)
2.5 of 5
Value Place Louisville, Kentucky (South)
US$ 38 - US$ 106
Ranked #10 of 94 Hotels in Louisville
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Louisville Marriott East
3.5 of 5
Louisville Marriott East
US$ 163 - US$ 313
Ranked #1 of 94 Hotels in Louisville
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Homewood Suites Louisville East
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites Louisville East
US$ 114 - US$ 262
Ranked #2 of 94 Hotels in Louisville
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Louisville
3.5 of 5
Embassy Suites by Hilton Louisville
US$ 142 - US$ 338
Ranked #3 of 94 Hotels in Louisville
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

The Brown Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Brown Hotel
US$ 201 - US$ 384
Ranked #4 of 94 Hotels in Louisville
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21c Museum Hotel Louisville
4.5 of 5
21c Museum Hotel Louisville
US$ 226 - US$ 380
Ranked #5 of 94 Hotels in Louisville
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Louisville Marriott Downtown
4.0 of 5
Louisville Marriott Downtown
US$ 189 - US$ 433
Ranked #12 of 94 Hotels in Louisville
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