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Attractions in Louisville, Kentucky
Churchill Downs - Horse racing in Kentucky is rich in history, dating back to 1789 when the first race course was laid out in Lexington. However, it was almost 100 years later, in 1875, that Churchill Downs officially opened and began its tradition as Home of the Kentucky Derby.
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum - A magnificent Richardsonian Mansion on St. James Court. The finest in the city. Also known as Conrad's Castle, this is one of the most stunning of Old Louisville's houses. Walk around it and enjoy its gargoyles, swags, massive arches and fleur-de-lis.
Fourth Street Live - Fourth Street Live! is Louisville’s premier dining, entertainment and retail destination located on Fourth Street in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, KY. Just a short walk from downtown hotels, waterfront park, Main Street, Slugger Field, and other major attractions.
Frazier International History Museum - Come face to face with some of the people and stories that changed the world forever! The Frazier International History Museum brings history to life everyday through live interpretations by costumed interpreters, multimedia presentations, educational programming and hands-on learning. Covering 1,000 years of history!
Kart Kountry - Kart Kountry features the longest Go-Kart track in the World at over 1.5 miles. Fun for the whole family. Celebrating thirty years of fun and entertainment, you won't want to miss out on this family event!
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage - The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage enhances the public's knowledge about the history, heritage and cultural contributions of African-Americans in Kentucky. Visitors of all ages, incomes and ethnic backgrounds are invited to explore and celebrate the opulent tapestry of African American life and culture.
Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs - The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs, is a very visible part of our community as one of Louisville’s premiere attractions. Graciously welcoming guests each year and giving them a first hand look at the event for which Louisville, Kentucky is known worldwide.
Locust Grove - Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark on 55 acres of the original 694 acre farm established by William and Lucy Clark Croghan in 1790. Stop and take a deep breath of the beautiful flowers that await you at Locust Groves.
Louisiville Slugger Museum and Factory - It takes a special place to craft the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. Since 1884, Louisville Slugger has put prime lumber in the hands of the greatest players of the game. A visit to the museum shows you how the sport has changed a bit between then and now, but the crack of the bat remains one of the sporting world's most thrilling moments.
Kentucky Science Center - The Science Center is the largest hands-on science center in Kentucky, with about 150 interactive exhibits and activity stations, a four-story IMAX Theatre, teaching laboratories, educational programs, and distance learning capabilities.
Louisville Zoo - Come and meet the animals! The Seals and Sea Lions are back in an amazing cool new habitat. Lions and Tigers are awaiting your visit. Bears are even there too! This zoo exhibits over 1,300 animals in naturalistic and mixed animal settings representing both geographical areas and biomes or habitats.
Muhammad Ali Center - An educational and cultural center heralds the life and ideals of world-famous boxer Muhammad Ali, a Louisville native. The center, located in the West Main Street museum district, has interactive exhibits, galleries and public educational programs.
The Speed Art Museum - Home to permanent collection of more than 12,000 pieces, the Speed Art Museum has artwork on display that spans 6,000 years. As the leading visual arts venue in the state of Kentucky, the Speed offers a wide variety of experiences ranging from galleries of great art, exciting special exhibitions, engagement with living artists, activities for children and families, and more.
The Waterfront Park - A playground for people of all ages. From the Great Lawn to the Brown-Forman Ampitheater, Waterfront Park is truly the emerald heart of this city by the river. Waterfront Park hosts more than 120 events every year, everything from concerts, festivals and our own Independence Festival, to charity walks, volleyball tournaments, weddings, and corporate picnics.
United States Marine Hospital - In 1837, Congress authorized the construction of the U.S. Marine Hospital in Louisville for the benefit of sick seamen, boatmen, and other navigators on the western rivers and lakes. The Marine Hospital Service was the genesis of America’s modern health care system and is responsible for major improvements in research, hygiene and science-based medical treatment.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium - Being that Waverly Hills is one of the most haunted places in the world, many people from all over the country want to come and see for themselves if there are ghosts at Waverly. What better way to search for paranormal activity than to stay overnight. Waverly offers half night as well as full overnight paranormal investigations/ghost hunts.