Hospitality Tents at Churchill Downs
One of the major things you want to do if you are looking to be a "local" is to find a hospitality tent to get invited to for Kentucky Derby. Various tents are rented out by most of the major local corporations and here is where you get your mint juleps and your race day food.
Each of the tents is equipped with televisions to know when the next race is scheduled for, and they are strategically located close to betting stations. Remember, you have to bet big to win big!
In our hospitality tent, we were served macaroni and cheese, potato salad, fresh roasted ham and turkey, as well as the infamous derby pie!
Check out Fort Knox, which is...
Check out Fort Knox, which is about an hour south of Louisville on Dixie Highway (US 31W). You'll be able to see the outside of the famous vault, from a distance of course. It hold a good chunk of the US gold (which does not back our currency anymore). The Crown Jewels were stored here temporarily during the war. Anywho, there are snipers everywhere for this place, and I've heard of the place being pretty well booby-trapped for those wishing to sneak in. Also, a at a good distance from the vault, you'll be asked to state your business, so basically, you shouldn't be there!! :) The only other thing of interest here is the Patton Museum, which has all sorts of military memorabilia.
KFC. The one and only Kentucky...
KFC. The one and only Kentucky Fried Chiken. As gross as this stuff is, and as horrible as it is for you, it began here in Louisville, and it's a local bigshot. We love KFC, even if we hate the food. Found all over the world, KFC, like McDonald's and Burger King cater to the working class, the upper class, the lower class, all classes and types of people. The food isn't good, or good for you, but we buy and we eat. Why? We are gluttons for the abdominal punishment it so readily serves up. That, and it doesn't taste that bad. ;) For info on locations world-wide, visit http://www.kfc.com/ .
Col. Sanders' Grave
Col Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken is buried at the Cave Hill National Cemetery in Louisville. To find his grave, follow the yellow painted line from the main entrance of the cemetery.
Frazier International History Museum
This was a fun place to visit. We went in for the current "Pirates!" exhibition, which was a very cool interactive exhibit. Geared toward a younger audience, we still had fun - get a treasure map as you enter and collect the stamps at various stations. Redeem the completed map in the gift shop for a free chocolate coin! Climb under the pirate ship, ring the bells, read the hidden messages on the pirate flags - it was informative, interesting and fun! Pirates! runs thru September 7, 2010.
Also in the museum are three floors worth of exhibits; armaments - suits of armour, swords, guns, bow-&-arrow; a section devoted to the American Old West (Annie Oakley, Jesse James), George Washington's rifle, and other interesting exhibits.
Admission is $9 for Adults, $7 for children. Be sure to pick up a flyer in the entrance to the museum which will save you $2 per admission!