Horse Racing, Urban Adventure and History Meet in Louisville

Bourbon, baseball, and horse racing are three reasons travelers visit Louisville, an underrated, southern city with many northern influences. Although many of the city's best attractions revolve around these things you'll find plenty of other fun for all ages in and around the city.

To get things started, each May the Kentucky Derby kicks off at Churchill Downs, and is one thing to check off your bucket list. The city is also known for the Louisville Cardinals, or for a more budget-friendly baseball option, check out the Louisville Bats at Slugger Field on $1 hot dog and soda night. Next take a tour on the Urban Bourbon Trail and sample a little taste of history.

When you're ready to step things up a notch, try out Louisville's hottest new attraction, the Louisville Quest, an "Amazing Race"-style scavenger hunt where teams compete and they explore the city. For more even more adventure, check out the Louisville Mega Cavern, home of the world's only underground zip line and ropes course!

Louisville is also home to a number of a historical sites, museums, and parks – including its signature Waterfront Park --- so there are even more opportunities for both indoor and outdoor exploration. This list of the 10 best attractions rounds up some of our favorites, and for even more ideas, check out our 10 best museums list.

Louisville Waterfront Park
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This sprawling, 85-acre park has some seriously spectacular views of the Louisville skyline, and something for everyone to enjoy. There are pathways along the Ohio River for walking and jogging, a facility for special events such as festivals...  Read More

Slugger Field - Louisville Bats
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This is the way a ballgame should be: laid back, affordable, and fun! With promotional days like $1 hot dogs, soda, or beer the entire family can go see a ball game without breaking the bank. Tickets hover around $12, so there's no reason not to...  Read More

This "Amazing Race" style game is part scavenger hunt, part race, and historical sightseeing tour. Choose from one of three routs and solve puzzles as you compete against other teams (ranging from two tow five people) around Louisville. The...  Read More

Muhammad Ali – the Greatest – was born in Louisville, so it's only fitting that the multicultural center and museum named after him is found in the same city. Located in downtown Louisville, the museum's three floors take you on a journey...  Read More

Created in the 19th century on the grounds of a former farm, this pastoral cemetery was designed to take advantage of the land's natural undulations and picturesque features. Today, it's a lovely, landscaped area with a serene ambiance....  Read More


Built around 1790, this Georgian mansion and National Historic Landmark set on 55 acres was the former home of Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark. Clark is also credited with the founding of Louisville. Portraits, swords, books,...  Read More

Since Evan Williams first marketed whiskey in Louisville in 1780, distilleries have made their mark on the city. If you think you're a bourbon history connoisseur, the Urban Bourbon Trail will test your drinking prowess. There are a few ways to...  Read More

Historic Crescent Hill

Louisville's most visited park offers opportunities for fishing, horseback riding, softball, tennis, basketball, bicycling,and jogging. Discover the beautiful spring wildflowers in the area of Cherokee Park obscured from the road. The park was...  Read More

Kentucky Fair And Expo Center

This is the only underground ropes course in the world, and the concept is just plain awesome. Some 17 miles of underground corridors pass beneath the city of Louisville, and the man-made Mega Cavern lets you visit some of them. The cavern...  Read More

The Kentucky Derby features top-rated, three-year-old thoroughbred racehorses competing in "the run for the roses," a race that many regard as the most exciting two minutes in sports. This event dates back to 1875, takes place on the first...  Read More


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