Louisville February 22, 2017
These 11 Places In Louisville Are AMAZING And The Best Part Is They Don’t Cost Anything
There’s tons to do in Louisville, but sometimes your budget just doesn’t allow for extra activities. Luckily, we have plenty of options to get out and explore the city that don’t cost a dime! These eleven spots in Louisville offer some great experiences that prove that you don’t need to break the bank to have fun!
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. 21c Museum
21c is an awesome little boutique hotel and gallery in downtown Louisville with some seriously cool contemporary art to show off! Unlike most galleries, this one is free to visit and open 24/7, so if you are looking for a unique activity that you can enjoy anytime you like, 21c should certainly suit your needs. The permanent collection is pretty awesome, but the museum also rotates new exhibits into the mix all the time, so there is always something new to see here!
21c Museum is located at 700 W Main St, Louisville, KY. Check out the
for more details on current exhibits!
2. Old Louisville
This amazing historical district is home to tons of unique, beautiful old brick homes that are a true treat to the eyes! The neighborhood includes 48 blocks of downtown Louisville and is the largest historical district in the nation filled almost entirely with buildings featuring Victorian-era architecture. The homes here were built between 1850 - 1920 and showcase stunning design details and stained glass windows that just aren't found in modern structures. The neighborhood is an excellent place to spend a day wandering the streets and taking a look back into the old days of Louisville.
Check out the
for more information about the history of this lovely neighborhood, including
of some of the most amazing destinations to check out!
3. Frederick Law Olmsted Parks
Frederick Law Olmsted is considered one of the most influential landscape architects in the world and has designed some of the most famous natural spaces in the nation, including Central Park in New York City and the U.S. Capitol grounds; however, Louisville is home to one of only four completed park systems in Olmsted's impressive portfolio. Cherokee Park, Seneca Park, Iroquois Park, Shawnee Park, and Algonquin Park are some of the largest and most popular, but the system includes 18 beautiful parks and six parkways. Every single one should be visited at least once in your life!
of the stunning parks to visit in the city created by
The Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
4. Shakespeare In The Park
If you are out and about and looking for some free fun to be had in the springtime, head over to one of Louisville's parks and catch an incredible theatrical performance at Shakespeare in the Parks! This year's production is 'Julius Caesar' and can be seen in April and May at several different outdoor venues around town.
Check out the
website for more details on individual dates and locations!
5. Tim Faulkner Gallery
Louisville is home to some amazing artists! The Tim Faulkner Gallery is housed in a 26,000 square foot renovated warehouse and features multimedia, modern, and performance art that will open your mind and show you the world from a whole new point of view. The unique venue puts on tons of free events of all kinds and is open Tuesday - Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Check out the
Tim Faulkner Gallery website
for a calendar of upcoming events and details about the amazing rotating exhibits featured here.
Tim Faulkner Gallery is located at 1512 Portland Ave, Louisville, KY
6. Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park is one of the coolest spots in Louisville! With 85 acres and plenty of unique fountains and features to explore, Waterfront Park is the perfect place to get outside, appreciate beautiful views of the Ohio River, and take a leisurely stroll through the city. The park also hosts many of special events throughout the year!
Louisville Waterfront Park is located at 401 River Rd, Louisville, KY.
7. Fourth Street Live
Even if you aren't headed to one of the restaurants and businesses at Fourth Street Live, this 350,000-square-foot complex is a great place to go for people watching! The area also hosts a ton of special events throughout the year, including concerts by famous musicians, 5K and Ironman races, parades, and holiday celebrations, many of which are free to attend.
Fourth Street Live is located downtown on 4th Street, between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard.
8. Fossil Beds at the Falls of the Ohio
The Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area straddles the river between Kentucky and Indiana and is home to some incredible fossil beds where you can take a peek back into the prehistoric era and imagine some of the amazing creatures that once inhabited the area. While visitors are prohibited from removing fossils and bones from this protected area, it's fun to spend an afternoon poking around by the water and uncovering clues as to what life was like millions of years ago. The best time to visit is between August and October, when the water level of the Ohio River is at its lowest.
9. Louisville Nature Center & Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve
It's hard to believe that this incredible natural forest area is right here in the city! With over two miles of hiking trails through beautiful wooded areas and wildflower gardens, the Louisville Nature Center & Beargrass Nature Preserve offer abundant opportunities to catch a glimpse of wildlife, including over 30 different butterfly species and hundreds of birds and waterfowl. Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring this amazing greenspace... without leaving the city!
Louisville Nature Center is located at 3745 Illinois Ave, Louisville, KY.
10. Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest
This lovely natural area is located less than 30 minutes outside of the city, so it's perfect for a mini-getaway. There are 14,000 acres and over 35 miles of trails to hike, bike, and explore, and the 6,000-square-foot arboretum features more than 8,000 different species of trees! The arboretum and research forest are open to visitors for free on weekdays, but even the $5 per vehicle charge on the weekends is a pretty sweet deal for the opportunity to immerse yourself in this beautiful natural area!
Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest is located at 2075 Clermont Rd, Clermont, KY.
11. Cave Hill Cemetery
Raise a drumstick for one of Kentucky's most iconic businessmen! Cave Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, as well as many other iconic figures, including boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The grounds and arboretum here are absolutely stunning and visitors are welcome to come explore the area's natural beauty and pay respect to those who have passed.
Cave Hill Cemetery is located at 701 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY.Louisville
There’s no doubt that Louisville is full of awesome free activities, and these spots are just a handful of highlights among hundreds of options. There’s no excuse not to get out and explore the city when there are so many budget-friendly places to go and things to see!