Now that I’ve covered where to sleep and eat in Louisville, Kentucky (both important things), it’s time to discuss what to do in Louisville. I had about 2 days to spend in the city, and still didn’t get to do everything I wanted.
Within a few blocks of the Embassy Suites is Museum Row, where there are several museums you can stop in and visit. I was short on time and only made it to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, as I just had to get some Little Sluggers for my kiddos. I so wished hubby was with me because the factory is quite fascinating. Some may also find interest in the Muhammad Ali museum!
For the bourbon enthusiasts, or if you are just fascinated with the history of Bourbon (it is HUGE in Louisville), there are several distilleries, such as the Evan Williams experience. I’m not a drinker but this is still quite fascinating.
One also must visit Churchill Downs! It was cool just to be in the space where the Derby is held, but if you go on one of the first two Barn & Backside tours of the day, you can catch the horses warming up. This was peaceful, and quite cool. We even spotted Keen Ice (who last beat American Pharaoh) on the tracks.
If you make it over to Harvest, one must also check out the cool thrift stores in the area. So much fun! Then I say head over to Old Louisville. The neighborhood is beautiful, the houses are so cool, and I can’t believe the homes here aren’t more expensive. I fell in love with this Victorian neighborhood, and highly recommend a stop to take it all in.
There was a unique experience I got to have, due to the time of year I was visiting. Because it was just before Halloween, I had the privilege of attending the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Boy was the line long, but oh how cool it was! With 5,000 carved jack-o-lanterns in 1/4 mile stretch, it was fun to listen to the music and just take in the talent. I’ve never experienced anything quite like this.
So, as you can see there is so much to do and see in Louisville. If you’re lucky, head over to 4th Street Live and you just might get in on some cool action. We just happened upon a small and intimate (FREE) concert with Rachel Platten. As a big fan, this was definitely a big moment for me. She is beautiful and oh so talented, and just kind of completed my trip to Lousville, Kentucky.