The weather in Louisville can be very changeable, especially in the spring and fall. Average daily high temperature in May for instance is 75 degrees; however, it is not uncommon to have days that only reach the fifties. In the fall you can experience everything from beautiful blue skies with sunshine and warm temperatures to sleet and snow. Be prepared for any type of weather during these seasons. There are some beautiful lakes within easy driving distance to Louisville. Some of them (Dale Hollow Lake for instance) have shale beaches that are lovely and flat to walk on, but have sharp rocks. 'Water socks' are ideal footgear for a day at the lake.
Buck's is absolutely one of...
Buck's is absolutely one of the best and my favorite. It is now open for lunch.
Atmosphere, music, service, setting, history Bar, price, and gemutlichkeit ! Lunch: Stir Fry
Dinner: Soft shell crabs and Henvy V
Well, depends on which one you go to! The one on Dixie is older and more 'nostalgic.' It appears to be one of the more original ones, and the inside is older, but clean and nice nonetheless. The other one is newer and more modern, and I'm not really a big fan of that when it comes to A&W.
Anywho, whatever one you go to, just make sure you get a big, frosty mug of A&W. Somehow it just tastes different on draft! Mmmm... it really is delicious. Coney Dog and root beer
Visit the Colonel
Much to my surprise, as I was researching things to do in Louisville I discovered that Colonel Sanders of KFC fame was indeed a real man. And as happens with real men, eventually the Colonel passed away (1980). He's now buried in the Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. Visiting his site is, however, only a Trivial Pursuit type bonus to everything else there is to see. There are a number of other notable individuals resting here, as well as some awe-inspiring monuments to those who have passed. One can wander about alone, which is what I did, though it is rather difficult to find particular plots in this manner. The other option is to take one of the guided tours that happen at various times throughout the year. The website has the most up to date information.
As I had arrived on a late Sunday afternoon, this was one of the few destinations that was still open and was a nice way to pass the time
Churchill Downs and the...
Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby (and Festival)
The Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday in May, and it is a wonderful event around here. Go to Churchill Downs and spend a little bit of money ($35 or so) to get into the infield and enjoy yourself... depending on what part of the infield you go to, it could be family-like with people sitting in lawn-chairs watching the races or the other extreme (and other corner) of drunkenness and girls flashing everyone (much like New Orleans)... 3rd turn is where this is in force). OR, spend a LOT more money and get into the grandstands or a box seat so you can really concentrate on watching the race, but be sure that you have an incredible spring hat (ladies) or a nice sports coat (men). Ah, and then for you celebrities out there, there's always Millionaire's Row, where the, well, celebrities go. It's a big air-conditioned hall higher up. Regardless, enjoy yourself, bet on some of the horses, drink a Mint Julep (and then stop because they're not very good), and watch the 'Greatest Two Minutes in Sports!'
Ok, so, if you can't make it to the Derby, maybe come in for the 2 weeks prior to it for all sorts of festivities (fireworks, bed races, steamboat races, baloon races, marathons, etc.). There's TONS going on every day, so just plan ahead.
Alright, barring either of the two aforementioned events, at least drive around and take a look at Churchill Downs, with its famous steeples. There's even a museum if you're interested, that'll tell you all about the Derby and the Downs itself.