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10 Things You Must Do in Louisville This Summer

Asmita Karanje


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If you are looking forward to a wonderful weekend in a beautiful city with world-class horse racing events and an exciting cruise in the Ohio River, visit Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville. This is not-to-be-missed tourist sites both for their natural sceneries and other man-made attractions. To get started, here are a few things you can look forward to doing in Louisville, Kentucky.

Witness the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

Louisville prides itself on its world-famous Kentucky Derby. Its thoroughbred horses racing through the 146-acre, seven-furlong course racetrack of Churchill Downs is truly a spectacle. Churchill Downs has been home to the Kentucky Derby for about 150 years, making it one of the most popular races internationally. In case you happen to visit on Derby Day, expect to see over 165,000 screaming fans occupy the stadium and cheer for their favored filly. You will surely get the best view of the horses regardless of your position in the arena because Churchill Downs features the largest 4K video screen in the world.

Stimulate Your Brains with The Biggest Science Museum in Kentucky

Situated in Louisville’s Museum Row, The Kentucky Science Center is the largest hands-on science museum in Kentucky.

This natural history museum has been standing since 1871 and has been evolving ever since. The science museum is has a four-story digital theater and a new exhibit known as Science in Play.

It is immensely popular with children because they can learn and play at the same time. Kids can do many creative activities such as building a roller coaster and learning motor climbing skills.

Enjoy Sailing in The Ohio River

Why not get on the water in style with Ohio River’s sailing activities. The Belle of Louisville will give you a trip along the river. It is the world’s oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat which will surely give you a vintage travel vibe.

Moreover, it is entirely paddle-driven and can be used on nearly every inland waterway that is traversable. There are different kinds of tours you can join. Its highlight annual event is the Valentine Cruise.

Attend A Louisville Bats Game

One of the most exciting pitches in minor league baseball is the Louisville Bats home games at Louisville Slugger Field. This stadium got its name after the Slugger Baseball bat that originated from Louisville. The design of the field is also a must-see with its retro-classic design.

You can arrange a tour in the stadium as long as there is no home game happening.

Unwind at Louisville Waterfront Park

For green space lovers, the grand Louisville Waterfront Park is a place where you can relax. It is an urban park located along the banks of the Ohio River that is a well-known hang-out place for locals. You can also get an amazing view of the river, ride a bike, have picnics, or attend concerts.

Meet and Greet the Louisville Zoo Animals

This 169-acre zoo is home to over 1,700 animals since 1969. It has six geographical areas such as the Australian Outback, the Asian Plains, African Veldt, The Islands, and the North and South American Panorama that serve to the various habitat options of the animals. There is also a cool splash park for everyone to enjoy.

Walk in the Historic Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky

More popularly known as “The Avenue”, this destination is charming historic neighborhoods, unique and locally owned boutiques and vintage stores, trendy art studios, galleries, and bustling cafés and restaurants. The most popular attractions of the area include the historic Peterson-Dumesnil House, the Louisville Water Company, and the American Printing House for the Blind. It also hosts annual affairs such as the Old-Fashioned 4th of July Art and Music Festival.

The Big Four Bridge, Louisville, Kentucky

This enormous “Bridge That Goes Nowhere” is a former railroad truss bridge that covers the Ohio River, joining Louisville with Jeffersonville in Indiana. This more than a century bridge is now a pedestrian and bicycle bridge making it a safe and scenic way to travel between the two connecting cities.

Urban green spaces featuring lawns, fountains, pavilions, and children’s playgrounds can also be found within the bridge.

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

If you happen to pass by the St. James-Belgravia Historic District in Old Louisville, try to visit the 1893 Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Aside from its historical value, the architecture of the “Conrad’s Castle” is also admirable with its Bedford limestone construction material patterned to a Richardsonian-Romanesque style building.

The exterior of the museum is designed with angular towers and turrets plus numerous decorations like carved animals, gargoyles, and other objects. The interior is elegantly designed with its high ceilings, stained-glass windows, carved fireplaces, and parquet floors.

Go for An Underground Adventure Louisville Mega Cavern

The Mega Cavern is a vast underground site where tourists of all ages can discover the history, geology, mining, and building technology of Louisville. It is also the only underground zip line course in the world.

This MegaZip Tour traversing the 17-mile underground corridor is led by professionally trained guides.

Kentucky is not only known for its fried chicken. It also has its Louisville which is a hub rich with culture, history, and adventure. If you happen to go South, why not explore this magnificent city?

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