Louisville: Five Things to Do
While Louisville is probably best known for the Kentucky Derby, rest assured that you can find something fun to do any time of the year. From quirky shops to historical sites, Louisville has a little something for everyone.
This four-block stretch on Main Street boasts eight other museum attractions all an easy walk from 21c. Start at Glassworks, which features glass studios and galleries, and then head over to the Frazier History Museum for interactive exhibits and costumed interpreters. Next up is the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory where you can get a personalized baseball bat, and then stop by the Kentucky Science Center. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft celebrates traditional and functional art, while the Muhammad Ali Center honors the life of the boxing legend. The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts hosts shows and houses 20th century pieces, and KentuckyShow! is a breathtaking multimedia production about the state.
Cavern Don’t be fooled by the slightly cheesy name of this attraction. This man-made cavern is part of 17 miles of corridors beneath the city. Hop on one of the SUV-pulled trams for your tour—no walking here. And with unique attractions like worm tasting and the world’s only underground zip line, this cavern is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
If you’re a fan of the Short North Arts District and Gallery Hops here in Columbus, you’ll love this eclectic collection of shops, restaurants and art galleries. NuLu is short for “new Louisville,” which is fitting because this area east of downtown is “really booming right now,” Dallas says. And once a month, you can get a free ride between destinations during the First Friday Trolley Hop. (Traveler Tip: You may also enjoy a trip up Bardstown Road—a well-known street filled with interesting shops, restaurants and bars.)
Belle of Louisville
The oldest operating Mississippi-style steamboat is preparing to celebrate her 100th birthday in 2014. In the meantime, you can take a lunch or dinner tour down the Ohio River or enjoy one of the many themed cruises, like the Moonlight Comedy Cruise.
Trail No trip to Kentucky is complete without a sampling of the state’s famous spirit. Grab a “passport” from any of the 20 Urban Bourbon Trail establishments to get started. Read about proper bourbon tasting and Louisville’s bourbon heritage, then get to tasting. Try one of the seven itineraries listed inside, or explore on your own with the included map.
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