We’re often called “Derby City”, so what is there to do in Louisville when the Kentucky Derby is over? Now that Calvin Borrell and the great Kentucky-bred horse, Super Saver, are preparing for the Preakness, is the excitement over in Louisville? Not by a longshot! We suggest starting at the Kentucky Derby Museum where you can see almost all the Derby races ever run – with a much better view than if you were sitting on the finish line, otherwise known as the exclusive “Millionaire’s Row” (www.derbymuseum.org).
And … Louisville is not just about horse racing. For the connoisseur of local spirits, “The Urban Bourbon Trail” starts right here. In 1870, Evan Williams started the trade by selling his whiskey here in Louisville. The industry continued to grow and by the 1920’s, one section of Main Street was known as “Whiskey Row”, with over 50 active distilleries. A day on the “trail” will allow you to visit fine restaurants and bourbon bars. Why not spend one of your days in Louisville following in the footsteps of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the infamous Al Capone (www.justaddbourbon.com/planavisit/urbantrail.aspx)?
The Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum, located on West Main Street delights young and old, men and women alike. You can see where and how the famous bats are made and you can even take one home a for a lasting souvenir (www.sluggermuseum.org). Before leaving the West Main Street district, check out its collection of cast iron facades – the largest anywhere outside of New York’s SoHo district. Also on Main Street are the Louisville Science Center (www.louisvillescience.org), The Frazier International History Museum (www.fraziermuseum.org) and The Muhammad Ali Center (www.alicenter.org).
Louisville was once nicknamed “The City of Beautiful Homes” and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore one or more of the wonderful historic houses in the city. There is no better way to truly experience and understand Louisville’s remarkable heritage. A good place to start discovering these architectural gems is online. Check out both www.OldLouisville.org and www.LouisvilleHistoricTours.com for more information.
There are so many opportunities to learn about Louisville and to create a deeper understanding of our culture. In fact, building lasting memories of our beautiful city can really rustle up a real appetite. Not a problem! Louisville has over 900 unique restaurants with something to satisfy everyone. You can check out a few of our gastronomical delights by visiting www.LouisvilleOriginals.com or www.FoodBoyz.com.
Frankly, there are so many great dining choices it can be a daunting task trying to figure out which restaurant to choose. For informed restaurant recommendations based on your individual preferences, we suggest you stay at any one of the greater Louisville (and Southern Indiana) bed and breakfasts.
Innkeepers provide the best concierge services by giving you a single point of contact with a vested interest in helping you make the most out of your visit. You can easily find one to suit your taste at www.LouisvilleBedandBreakfast.org. These remarkable bed and breakfasts will not only lead you to wonderful dining experiences, they will provide comfort and joy throughout your stay. Louisville does have some fine hotels, but after experiencing any one of these B&B’s, you may never want to stay in a hotel again!