Louisville, Kentucky, sometimes referred to as the northernmost Southern City, offers a wide variety of attractions for tourists of all ages and interests. Below are 9 must-see places for any visitor of Louisville.
1. Churchill Downs. If you visit Louisville during the racing season, then experiencing a horse race at the famous Churchill Downs is a must. The spring meet is from late April to early July and the fall meet is from late October through November. If you visit in early May, then you will have the opportunity to see the well-known Kentucky Derby.
2. Kentucky Derby Museum. If you are unable to attend a race or wish to learn about the history of Churchill Downs, then visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum is your best stop. Everyone admitted can go on the 30-minute historic walking tour of Churchill Downs. Other tours are available if reserved prior to the visit.
3. Louisville Slugger Museum. Learn about the history of the famous bat of Major League Baseball and create your own personalized bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum. By reserving for a group of 20, you can even customize your tour to focus around your favorite baseball team.
4. Mammoth Cave. If you wish to get out of the city for a while, then travel south of Louisville and you can visit the longest cave system in the entire world. Many hiking tours are available that you can choose varying upon the time length and level of difficulty you wish.
5. Sweet Surrender Dessert Cake. A winner of eight Best of Louisville Awards and six LEO Reader’s Choice Awards, Sweet Surrender dessert cafe is worth the stop to try their delectable treats. With a variety of menu options, you are bound to find something to satisfy your taste buds.
6. Louisville Science Center/IMAX. The science center and IMAX theatre offers a variety of fascinating exhibits and movies beneficial to the whole family. Learn more about the human body, science, engineering, and ecology through their exhibits.
7. Louisville Zoo. From pandas to alligators the Louisville Zoo offers a wide variety of animals. The zoo also has exhibits on islands, glacier run, glacial forest, lorikeet landing, and tiger tundra. Visitors can also participate in their zip line and climbing wall.
8. Muhammad Ali Center. Experience the journey through the heart of a champion with the Muhammad Ali Center. Learn about his history and life through multimedia presentations, interactive computer kiosks, theater films, and art.
9. The Kentucky Center of Performing Arts. Declared the Kentucky’s best venue for music, theater, and dance four times by “Kentucky Monthly” magazine, this center offers a variety of talented shows year-round.