We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

What are some offbeat things to do in Louisville?

Which Louisville hotels are on sale?
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
See hotels
Southern Indiana
Level Contributor
2 posts
9 reviews
Save Topic
What are some offbeat things to do in Louisville?

My husband, our nephew and I are planning a quick weekend trip to Louisville in March. We have been to all the museums and normal touristy things. What are some offbeat things to do and see in Louisville? What about good places to shop that aren't malls? I personally hate malls but love mom and pop shops. Any advice you have would be great.

Southern Indiana
Level Contributor
2 posts
9 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: What are some offbeat things to do in Louisville?

I forgot to mention that we are in our early 20s and our nephew is 14.

Louisville, Kentucky
Destination Expert
for Louisville
Level Contributor
1,935 posts
284 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: What are some offbeat things to do in Louisville?

Bardstown Road. 2 miles of shops, restaurants, geeks and freaks. The most ecletic place in KY, hands down.

Tennessee
Level Contributor
132 posts
1 review
Save Reply
3. Re: What are some offbeat things to do in Louisville?

You may want to visit Goss Avenue Antiques. It's located in an old Victorian-era factory---the architecture is pretty neat, and there is a restaurant inside called Michele's. Here's the link:

http://www.gossantiques.com

Also, Cave Hill Cemetery is lovely to drive through---any season of the year has it's attractions, but springtime is especially nice with the plants, trees and flowers coming back to life. Here's the link:

http://www.cavehillcemetery.com

The early morning Backside Tour at Churchill Downs is very interesting. If this appeals to you, try to book the 7:00 a.m. tour to see the horses out for their morning workout. Afterwards, have a great home-made breakfast across the street at Wagner's Pharmacy. Here are the links

:http://www.derbymuseum.org/tours.html

http://wagnerspharmacy.com

Enjoy your trip to Louisville!

Tennessee
Level Contributor
132 posts
1 review
Save Reply
4. Re: What are some offbeat things to do in Louisville?

www.derbymuseum.org/tours.html

Louisville
Level Contributor
962 posts
1 review
Save Reply
5. Re: What are some offbeat things to do in Louisville?

The previous suggestions are excellent. Definitely walk Bardstown Road. If you want a starting point, park around Bardstown Rd. & Bonnycastle and walk North.

.....oh, and the nephew might enjoy a trip to Ear-X-tacy music store first (drive there). It's a bit further South on Bardstown....near where Dundee Ave intersects. Make sure to visit the "Why Louisville" store on your stroll.

http://www.earx-tacy.com/

http://www.whylouisville.com/

You can also rent bikes near the corner of Bardstown Rd. & Cherokee Parkway. This slideshow shows the storefronts along Bardstown Road. I took the photos a couple of years ago, so a couple of places have changed.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26291421@N05/sets/72157606615270622/show/

Cave Hill is awesome and VAST. Colonel Sanders is buried there. There are duck ponds (take treats). Be advised that you can't ride bicycles through there for some reason. (I've been stopped at the gate. And they close fairly early - sometime around 5pm-ish)

If you end up around Lynn's Paradise Cafe, there are some great vintage shops right around it.

"Nitty Gritty" and "The Deal" are two of them. Lynn's also has an interesting gift shop in front.

http://www.nittygrittyvintage.com/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-deal-louisville

Joe Ley Antiques and the "NuLu" art district would be another good destination. NuLu is a concentration of galleries and shops by local artists.

Joe Ley is a huge antique store. Floors and floors. You can literally spend hours in there. Toast on Market is in the area if you're there around breakfast/lunch time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Market_District_(Louisville)

http://www.joeley.com/

http://www.toastonmarket.com/

Vernon Lanes Bowling Alley is fun & vintage (not made to look vintage - but really vintage). There are only about 7 lanes or so. There's also a club downstairs for live music.

http://www.vernonclub.com/

Unique Thrift Store is probably Louisville's largest and most well-known thrift store. It's in the West end near the 22nd St. exit off I-64.

yelp.com/biz/unique-thrift-store-louisville

Wagner's Pharmacy (diner) is across the street from Churchill Downs. A unique place to eat lunch and a Louisville institution.

http://wagnerspharmacy.com/

You could also spend a nice afternoon at Henry's Ark (sort of a non-commercial zoo). Then have lunch outside on the deck at Captain's Quarters or Cunningham's on the River. The drive down River Road is really nice.

louisville.com/content/go-wild-henrys-ark-pr…

www.cqriverside.com/gallery_directory.htm

There's also the old Waverly Hills Sanatorium on the south end of Louisville. Spooky & very haunted. It's been featured on lots of ghost-related shows. I think they give tours. http://www.therealwaverlyhills.com/

Okay. I'm done. The above list ought to keep you busy for a weekend.

6. Re: What are some offbeat things to do in Louisville?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12:16 am, March 05, 2012