Louisville might attract the most visitors for the Kentucky Derby each year, but there’s no reason to make that event the only time to visit this one-of-a-kind city. No matter your age or interest, you will find something to do in Louisville. For the sports fanatics, learning the makings of the Louisville Slugger or exploring the childhood of Muhammad Ali are ideal activities. The picturesque views of the Ohio River visible throughout the city make exploring the nooks and crannies of Old Louisville and downtown a visually appealing activity. The adults can raise a glass at six of the world’s most celebrated whiskey bars in town or take a short drive to Bourbon Country for a taste at one of the area’s famous distilleries. With so many activities for all personalities, a trip to Louisville is easily personalized for a solo trip, a family outing or a girls’ weekend.
Actors Theatre www.actorstheatre.org
316 West Main Street
Louisville’s only Tony Award-winning theatre is the ideal place to experience the power of live theater while in the city. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a variety of great entertainment from dramas to comedies to musicals.
Buffalo Trace Distillery www.buffalotrace.com
1001 Wilkinson Boulevard
Take a tour of the working distillery and discover why Buffalo Trace has won more awards than any other distillery in the world. Enjoy a taste of history, heritage and the finest Kentucky Bourbon.
Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tours start on the hour.
Churchill Downs www.churchilldowns.com
700 Central Avenue
This famous race track is home to the annual Kentucky Derby, but the horses are running at various times of the year. Place your bets and experience the thrill of live racing. Private luxury suites with in-suite bar and dining available.
Classic BiPlane Tours www.classicbiplanetours.com
8300 Running Springs Drive
Discover Louisville from the air in an open cockpit WACO airplane. The flight takes you along the Ohio River on a 20-mile trip.
Open daily. Reservations are appreciated. Most flights occur after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Cost: $145 for two passengers.
Downtown Ghost Tours www.louisvilleghostwalks.com
4201 South 2nd Street
Explore the spook-tacular history of Louisville on a walking tour of downtown.
Every Friday night from May to October, 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10 per person.
Frazier International History Museum www.fraziermuseum.org
829 West Main Street
This museum brings 1,000 years of history to life through live interpretations by costumed interpreters, multimedia presentations, educational programs and hands-on learning. It’s a one-of-a-kind of museum thanks in part to its partnership with the British Royal Armouries.
Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Admission: $9 adults, $8 military, $7 seniors (60+), $6 children less than 14 years and students with college I.D., free for children 5 years and younger. Audio tours available for $3 additional charge to admission
Jim Beam’s American Outpost 526 Happy Hollow Road
Bourbon enthusiasts unite! Tour the plant grounds, a working rackhouse and cooperage. Jim Beam products and merchandise available for purchase in the T. Jeremiah Beam House.
Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Admission: free
Kentucky Derby Museum www.derbymuseum.org
704 Central Avenue
Take the Barn and Backside Van Tour of the race track and the Behind-the-Scenes walking tour of the race grounds. Learn the history of the derby and the big hat fashion tradition.
Open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (museum); tours run every 90 minutes between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Open Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (museum); tours run 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors (55+), $8 students (13-18 years), $5 children (5-12 years), free for children 5 years and younger
Louisville Ballet www.louisvilleballet.org
315 East Main Street
Kentucky’s best in classical and contemporary dance year-round.
Ticket prices vary depending on the performance. Visit the Web site for more information.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory www.sluggermuseum.org
800 West Main Street
Take a tour of the bat factory to see the world’s biggest bat (the sports equipment, not the animal, of course!). A visit to the museum presents visitors with an inside look at how baseball has changed since 1884 when Louisville Slugger was formed and one-of-a-kind sports artifacts like a prehistoric baseball glove and Babe Ruth’s notch-covered bat.
Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. Noon-6 p.m. (no bat production on Sundays) Tours end one hour prior to closing time. Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors (60+), $5 children (6-12 years), free for children 5 years and younger
International Bluegrass Music Museum (Owensboro, KY) www.bluegrass-museum.org
207 E Second St
Owensboro, KY 42303
Located less than an hour from Evansville in Owensboro, KY, the International Bluegrass Music Museum collects, preserves and shares the heritage of the unique art form that is bluegrass music. Now offering guided tours for groups and music demonstrations.
Hours: Tue-Sat 10a-5p; Sun 1p-4p; closed Mondays and major holidays.