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Things to do in Louisville

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Famous for the Kentucky Derby. Even if you cannot participate on Derby Week, you can still enjoy the sites and sounds of Kentucky's most exciting and beautiful grounds. ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Museum
“Great art down town. Check the Calendar, they have nights at the museum that usually feature live performers. ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Nord’s Bakery: voted “best donut shop” in the Louisville; it is on the corner of Atwood & Preston. Nord’s is known for their Maple Bacon donut.They open at 6:00 AM and usually have a line out the door. But the line moves very quickly! ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Museum
“Nationally recognized event venue - provides excellent recap of the history of the Kentucky Derby.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
“Zanzibar: Late night dive bar known for its live music and vintage arcade games. It is on the corner of Preston and Lynn.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Café
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“Sunergos Coffee is an award winning winning coffee shop next to Nord’s Bakery. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Park
“Central Park is in Old Louisville. Its not a large park, but has a small playground for the kids, and great tennis courts. The Shakespeare Festival is held here every summer. (see kyshakespeare.com) There are also various concerts here throughout the year. Want to make memories? Walk St James Court, eat dinner al fresco at Amicis (Ormsby st), then sit in the Park for a play or concert. They do have food/alcohol vendors too.”
  • 21 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Old Louisville, only open 3 evenings, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Need reservation. Farm to table”
  • 20 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Old Louisville is a historic district just a couple miles away. It is the third largest such district in the United States, and the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture. The neighbor hood sits on the site of the Southern Exposition (1883-87), where Thomas Edison first displayed electric lights. If you are into Victorian architecture, this neighborhood will astound you. Make sure and walk St James Court, with its historic fountain and beautiful homes. An unforgettable nite: Enjoy dinner al fresco at Amicis, walk St James Court, then see Shakespeare in the (Central) Park. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Food
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“A local tradition for over 50 years. CASH ONLY. We love orange vanilla swirl. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Playground
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“Known locally as the Mag. A true Louisville experience but don't expect fancy. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
University
“Lots of exciting sporting events throughout the year — football, basketball, baseball, soccer, etc. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Old school restaurant with a piano bar. A Louisville favorite for a fancy occasion. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This is the closest supermarket with general & organic groceries. Location: 1.2 miles Open until 11:00 pm”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This amazing spot has been serving a hearty American food across from Churchill downs since 1922. The best food in town!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“It's right up the road, always cozy and I like to walk through this beautiful neighborhood. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Zanzibar: Late night dive bar known for its live music and vintage arcade games. It is on the corner of Preston and Lynn.”
  • 48 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Old Louisville, only open 3 evenings, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Need reservation. Farm to table”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Old school restaurant with a piano bar. A Louisville favorite for a fancy occasion. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This amazing spot has been serving a hearty American food across from Churchill downs since 1922. The best food in town!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“One of my favorite places to eat in the city. It's relaxed and a fun environment. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“Great food and just a block away! Outdoor seating on during nice weather is great.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Not a shining star in the food scene, but close, locally owned and kept above average diner open and serving breakfast to dinner at all times. 24-7. Can't beat that.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cheap, greasy, good. Probably exactly what you'll need after a day at the track. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

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