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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 endeavors 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 finding. 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 humongous 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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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: Specialty Museums; Museums
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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! less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Factory Tours
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The Big Four Bridge
The Big Four Bridge
Attraction type: Bridges
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Cave Hill Cemetery
Cave Hill Cemetery
Attraction type: Cemeteries
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Havana Rumba
Havana Rumba
Ranked #1 of 1,509 restaurants in Louisville
Cuisines: Cuban
Jack Fry's
Jack Fry's
Ranked #2 of 1,509 restaurants in Louisville
Price: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Mayan Cafe
Mayan Cafe
Ranked #3 of 1,509 restaurants in Louisville
Price: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Latin, South American
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Nord's Bakery
Nord's Bakery
Ranked #4 of 1,509 restaurants in Louisville
Cuisines: Bakery
Havana Rumba LLC
Havana Rumba LLC
Ranked #5 of 1,509 restaurants in Louisville
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
$75 - $135
Ranked #4 of 17 Louisville B&B and Inns
Red Roof Inn - Louisville SE - Fairgrounds
2.0 of 5
Red Roof Inn - Louisville SE - Fairgrounds
$66 - $101
Ranked #11 of 95 hotels in Louisville
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Microtel Inn by Wyndham Louisville East
2.0 of 5
Microtel Inn by Wyndham Louisville East
$57 - $122
Ranked #26 of 95 hotels in Louisville
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Homewood Suites Louisville East
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites Louisville East
$113 - $229
Ranked #1 of 95 hotels in Louisville
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Embassy Suites Hotel Louisville
3.5 of 5
Embassy Suites Hotel Louisville
$148 - $285
Ranked #2 of 95 hotels in Louisville
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Louisville Marriott East
3.5 of 5
Louisville Marriott East
$157 - $331
Ranked #3 of 95 hotels in Louisville
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

21c Museum Hotel Louisville
4.5 of 5
21c Museum Hotel Louisville
$226 - $352
Ranked #4 of 95 hotels in Louisville
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The Brown Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Brown Hotel
$193 - $365
Ranked #5 of 95 hotels in Louisville
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Louisville Marriott Downtown
4.0 of 5
Louisville Marriott Downtown
$169 - $376
Ranked #14 of 95 hotels in Louisville
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