Visiting Louisville soon and wondering where to go? Luckily our town is abundant with interesting museums, historical buildings, and other unique sights to see. Check out this list below of the most amazing places to visit in Louisville.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Louisville Palace
Built in 1928, the Louisville Palace is a popular location for events such as movie showing and concerts. The Palace is an amazing place to visit just to see the elegant decor and details of the interior, such as the carved heads on the ceiling.
The Louisville Palace is located at 625 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202.
2. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
The Louisville Slugger Museum showcases the history of American baseball and the part that Louisville played in it, and also provides a tour of the factory itself. Some of the incredible things to see in this museum are the world's largest baseball bat, which holds the Guinness World Records for largest baseball bat at 120 feet tall and 68,000 pounds,
the signature wall, a giant wooden wall in the foyer displaying signatures of every Louisville Slugger contract player, the museum gallery, factory, and more.
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is located at 800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202.
3. The Louisville Zoo
At 134 acres, The Louisville Zoo is amazing, especially considering the size of our city. Some of the fun attractions here include a butterfly exhibit, camel and pony rides, giraffe feeding, a train ride, a sprayground, and more. The Louisville Zoo has six animal exhibits: The Islands, Africa, Glacier Run, Australia, South America and HerpAquarium.
The Louisville Zoo is located at 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213.
4. The Kentucky Derby Museum
Learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby and the many winning horses here. You can read about the Kentucky Derby's beginnings, admire the vibrant jockey silks displayed, and stand next to replicas of horses to get a more personal experience with the Derby.
The Kentucky Derby Museum is located at Churchill Downs, 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208.
5. The Belle of Louisville
Take a cruise on the Belle of Louisville and watch the city as you float away. Built in 1914, the Belle of Louisville is recognized as the oldest river steamboat in operation, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
The Belle of Louisville is located at 401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202.
6. The Muhammad Ali Center
The Muhammad Ali Center is a non-profit museum and cultural center in Louisville, Kentucky. Dedicated to Louisville native Muhammad Ali, a boxer peace activist, it is located in the city's West Main District.
The Muhammad Ali Center is located at 144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202.
7. Waverly Hills Sanatorium
It opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital to accommodate only 40 to 50 tuberculosis patients but was renovated in the early 1900s when Jefferson County was ravaged by an outbreak of tuberculosis. The hospital closed in 1961, due to the antibiotic drug streptomycin that cured most. Today, Waverly Hills is featured on many television programs as it is reportedly haunted by the many people who died here. You can take a historical tour of the building, which even walks you down the body chute tunnel.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium is located at 4400 Paralee Ln, Louisville, KY 40272.
8. The Kentucky Science Center
The Kentucky Science Center offers interactive science exhibits. It's a fun place for the entire family.
The Kentucky Science Center is located at 727 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202.
9. The Thomas Edison House
Thomas Edison House is a historic house located in the Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. Edison most likely lived here for a part of the time he lived in Louisville from 1866 to 1867. The museum costs $5.00 to see.
The Thomas Edison House is located at 729 E Washington St, Louisville, KY 40202.
10. The Big Four Walking Bridge
The Walking Bridge is a beautiful place to get exercise and view the river. Walking across the bridge at night is the best, as it lights up with changing colors.
The Big Four bridge is located at 1101 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202.
11. Mega Cavern
The Mega Cavern is a former limestone mine. It is used for business, storage, recycling, and tourism, with offerings including tram-guided tours, zipline tours, a ropes course, a mountain bike park, and an annual holiday lights display called Lights Under Louisville.
The Mega Cavern is located at 1841 Taylor Ave, Louisville, KY 40213.
12. The Conrad/Caldwell House Museum
If you want to check out Victorian buildings in Old Louisville, check out this house. The inside is decorated as the old houses would have looked like, so you can imagine living in these houses during those times.
The Conrad Caldwell house is located at 1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208.
13. The Brown Hotel
Step into the historical and elegant lobby of the Brown Hotel, which was built in 1926. Eat an original Hot Brown at the English Grill. This hotel is beautiful and surely won't disappoint.
The Brown Hotel is located at 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202.
Have you been to any of these places, and which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.