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Best things to do in Louisville

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“ 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY, 40208 Phone: 502.636.4400 HOURS Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST DIRECTIONS An American Icon Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby" and the longest continually running sporting event in America. The World's Most Legendary Racetrack® Known as the home of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs Racetrack conducts Thoroughbred horse racing in Louisville, Kentucky during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. The racetrack occupies 147 acres, featuring a one-mile dirt, oval racetrack and a seven furlong turf race course. The backside barns located behind the racetrack house more than 5,000 horses each year. Thoroughbred racing, the Kentucky Derby, and the Kentucky Oaks have run continuously at Churchill Downs Racetrack since 1875. **While visiting Churchill Downs, The Kentucky Derby Museum is a must see. 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208 Phone: (502) 637-1111 HOURS Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST DIRECTIONS”
189 locals recommend
“Beautiful park with good running, walking and biking paths. Also has a golf course, playgrounds and splash pad. ”
170 locals recommend
“If you are into baseball, you might enjoy a trip to downtown Louisville to the Slugger Museum and Factory. Approximately 23 miles from our home.”
124 locals recommend
“ 2035 South Third Street Louisville, Kentucky 40208 phone: (502) 634-2700 HOURS Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm Friday: 10 am – 8 pm Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm Closed Monday & Tuesday MISSION: The Speed Art Museum invites everyone to celebrate art, forever. Whether you’re an art aficionado or don’t know a Dali from a Degas, you can find fresh inspiration and meaning at the Speed Art Museum. With modern architecture, expanded programming, interactive exhibits and inviting outdoor spaces, the Speed offers countless opportunities for everyone to create their own connections and experience art at their own speed. At the Speed, we’re working to make the Museum a safe and welcoming place for everyone in our community. Household Favorite: There's always something new at the Speed Museum. The museum includes art installations, Speed Cinema (documentaries, full feature & short films), intimate concerts, performance art and classes. Hide”
102 locals recommend
Food Court
“ Fourth Street Live! is Louisville's premier dining and entertainment destination, located in the heart of downtown Louisville”
95 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. The Center's museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey.”
87 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“NULU bar and restaurant with unique outdoor space. Ping pong tables, cars, and great people watching from picnic tables. ”
83 locals recommend
“Local favorite spot can be hour wait or more, try to get there close to 5 when they open if you don't want to wait.”
75 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
“Whiskey by the drink and very cool atmosphere. Very neat location in the city, right in the Clifton Neighborhood. This is an old Firehouse that was renovated into a cool restaurant space.”
88 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Also, Keep in mind on Bardstown Rd there are lots of Local Shops, thrift stores, and antique shops to visit if you are interested. ”
30 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Amazing steakhouse on Bardstown road. Approx. 15 min drive or Uber from Fleur on Lee. Reservations highly recommended. It’s one of the most popular places in town. Live music.

79 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“They don't make their own beer, but have some really great imported beer and it's an old church that is a really great space.”
94 locals recommend
“Home to some of the best contemporary art in town, and in Museum row. They even have a Kehinde Wiley. And when your tired from all the culture you've absorbed you can get a drink and eat at Proof, the onsite bar+restaurant.”
74 locals recommend
“Nulu is the hottest neighborhood in Louisville. Very trendy and yet casual and full of friendly people. Shopping, eating, drinking and live music scene one block over from Garden House.”
61 locals recommend
College Basketball Court
“If you’re in town for a basketball game, college graduation, or concert, you’ll most likely end up at the Yum! Center. ”
43 locals recommend
“ The most amazing donuts and pastries in Louisville. Very Affordable. Super friendly! open 6:00 am - 5:00 pm (Tues - Fri) open 6:00 am - 2:00 pm (Sat- Mon)”
59 locals recommend