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Set near the falls of the Ohio River, Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, offers a charming welcome to visitors to the Bluegrass State. Whether your interests run toward world-class horse racing, inspiring artistic endeavors or thrilling Bourbon discoveries, you can find it in Louisville.
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While horse racing and equine training, in general, play an important role daily, you can’t help but notice the heightened enthusiasm in May. Come to Churchill Downs early for the festival, or come for the Kentucky Derby itself. You are in for an experience you will never forget!
Bourbon aficionados will want to savor every sip along Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail. One “can’t miss” tour is to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. It lives in “Whiskey Row” and produces one of the best-selling Kentucky Bourbons in the world. Just be sure to make a tasting reservation.
The city is home to iconic museums like the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Baseball fans will love seeing Babe Ruth’s bat and the behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the famous bats are made. It’s also home to the Muhammad Ali Center, which honors this legendary boxer and activist.
Kids will love visiting the Louisville Zoo, and the entire family can enjoy productions at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. There are flea markets, farmers’ markets and antique shops just waiting for you.
Outdoors enthusiasts will want to hike the trails at Jefferson Memorial or find adventure on the Mega Cavern & Mega Zips All Underground Ziplines Adventure Tour. Golf lovers have numerous options, including the championship-level greens at The Charlie Vettiner Golf Course or the Cherokee Golf Course.
There are also towns just outside of Louisville that feature “can’t miss” attractions. Frankfort, the State capital, is an exciting trip no matter when you travel. You can visit the State Capitol Building, the Supreme Court Chambers and the Governor’s Mansion, among many other attractions. And if you are a basketball fan, a trip to see the Louisville Cardinals basketball team is always a memorable experience.
Shepherdsville is also a popular destination that is just south of Louisville. People are often drawn here for conferences at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, but it can also be a fun family destination filled with go-karts, arcade play and mini-golf when you stop over at Kart Kountry.
Make your plans to visit Louisville today!