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What to see in Louisville

Louisville Attractions


While Louisville is best known for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, visitors will find all manner of attractions in this pretty southern city.

Louisville has a long history, and it shows in the architectural gems around the city: it is home to the third largest National Preservation District, and the largest Victorian district in the United States. Scenic areas worth exploring include St James Court and Belgravia Court, Main and Market Streets, the Cherokee Triangle neighbourhood, and Butchertown.

Downtown Louisville has a number of attractions within walking distance, including the art galleries of Market Street and the Speed Art Museum, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Kentucky Science Center, Frazier Historical Arms Museum, Keentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentucky Derby Museum, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Many of these are located in a cluster on Main Street.

Louisville hosts a number of great events throughout the year, including the famous Kentucky Derby Festival, which includes air shows, balloon and steamboat races, marathons, parades, and of course the iconic horse race. The St James Court Art show is a fun local event as well, held in a genteel neighbourhood of stately Victorian homes.


Belle of Louisville

The Belle of Louisville is America's oldest still-serving sternwheeler riverboat, plying the Ohio River from Louisville's…

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Cathedral of the Assumption

The Cathedral of the Assumption is the fourth oldest public building in Louisville as well as the third oldest Catholic…

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Churchill Downs

The home of the most famous horse race in America, Churchill downs is full of tradition and amazing stories. It opened…

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Fort Knox

This US Army fort, located an hour south of Louisville, is world-famous as the home of America's largest stockpile of…

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Frankfort

The capital city of Kentucky, history-rich Frankfort is situated about 50 miles (80km) east of Louisville, about 50 minutes…

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Kentucky Derby Museum

Even those who are not horse-racing fans can experience the thrill of the sport at the museum and through tours offered…

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Kentucky Science Center

The Kentucky Science Center in historic West Main Street, founded in 1871 as a natural history collection, has experienced…

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Louisville Glassworks

America's first complete centre dedicated to the art of glass, from architectural glassworks to the finest glass jewellery…

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Mammoth Cave

The Mammoth Cave National Park near Edmonson in south-central Kentucky boasts the longest cave in the world, with 350…

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Muhammad Ali Center

Fans of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali can see and experience all aspects of the life of the man dubbed 'The Greatest'…

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Thomas Edison's House

Thomas Edison, inventor of the incandescent electric light bulb, lived in the house on East Washington Street in 1866…

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Woodford Reserve Distillery

Besides horses, Kentucky is famous for its Bourbon whiskey. Numerous distilleries are open to the public, but one of…

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