I think I've said this somewhere else, but one thing not to miss are the horse farms and the like. For example, on US 42, driving along away from the city, out past and in Oldham County, there are some nice farms. It's a good drive. Off of 42, before you get to the Gene Snyder and Prospect, there is a light at the intersection of 42 and Wolf Pen Branch. For a good road ride, follow these directions. Take a right (in your car) onto Wolf Pen Branch. Follow it down the hill. Take a left at the stop sign. Go straight under the Gene Snyder bridge and keep going. Follow the road. At a certain point, it will dead end at another road. Turn towards the bridges (I think to the right) and park. Get out your bike. Ride away from the bridges, back towards the road you just turned off of, passing it and climbing a hill. Keep riding. The road will turn right and go up a hill. Low gear. At the top of the hill you shohuld pass some farms (one on either side of the road) and then come to another road. Turn left and follow the road down a nice long winding hill, then back up the other side. Keep going until you come to the next cross street. Here is where I ususally turn around, but you can go either direction. If you have biked the whole way (no car to worry about) turn right to get back to 42. If you go back the way you came, you'll have one heck of a hill to climb.... which is fun. Anyway, it's a good ride, out in the country with less traffic than in the city. And you may even get to see HORSIES!!!!!! Ahem.... anyway, it's a good ride. It's also a good drive with a girlfriend or boyfriend, especially at night. Just keep the speed low.
For a decent 'mountain bike' trail, take the Gene Snyder to the Crestwood exit (US 22) and head away from the city for around four miles until you come to a sign on the left side of the road-at the bottom of a hill- Briar Hills. Turn left and follow the road to the parking lot, which will soon become visible. Park there and start your ride. Trails start from multiple points.
Briar Hill Park
52 Acres located on East Orchard
2 Picnic shelters with restrooms
2 Sand volleyball courts
2 Grass volleyball courts
1 Basketball court
Louisville has a few historical graveyards. Right off US-42, between Herr and Hubbards Lanes is located a beatifully done graveyard named after Zachary Taylor. It is a war-related graveyard, dating back I think to the Civil War. Open to the public.
Another big one is Cave Hill Cemetary, located on Poplar Level Road, between Saint X High School and Eastern Parkway.
I don't know why anyone would want to visit these places, but I figured you might know someone in the armed forces who could have been buried here. Who knows. More as it comes in.
If you want to buy fireworks: firecrackers, mortars, the cool little tank things, just head across the bridge to Indiana. There are plenty of stores there that sell them, and many have either huge signs, or billboards to show you where to go.
The Conrad-Caldwell House museum is so pretty. My daughter's Girl Scout Troop had a tea party there. They have tours available and also host weddings etc. It's located in 'Old Louisville' where some of the most beautiful old mansions are located (St. James Square)
Definite MUST SEE part of town. Central Park located very close. The museum has a website too.
http://conradcaldwell.org. I noticed they had pictures of the rooms on their website.
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.
Golfing... there are quite a few public golf courses around, and most of the larger parks have one. Also there is Sleepy Hollow outside the city, and a recent PGA Championship was played at the famous Valhalla Golf Club (which is very prestigious, and I'm not sure if you can play without being a member... and if you can, it's not going to be less than $100 a game... maybe more). Bellarmine College has a nice little par-3 course that's pretty cheap. And lastly, you can check out Quail Chase, which is another supposedly nice course.
Riverwalk recreational path... this is a paved path that goes from the downtown Waterfront Park to a park in the west-end of Louisville. It follows the river the entire way and even brings you past the McAlpine Locks and past most of the bridges. I just went for a bike ride on it today and it was quite enjoyable. Roundtrip on Riverwalk itself is probably around 12 miles or so. Also, if you don't mind biking a bit on River Road, you can start a bit farther north/east at Cox's Park, where there's about 2 miles-worth of paved path.
By the way, I have to give credit to Bill Alden for the picture.
Go to Long Run Park, in the eastern part of Jefferson County. It's not a really large park, but there's a nice lake in the middle of it, a road around that, and then some tall grass and trees farther out from the road. Anyway, it's not very crowded, and it could be a good place to go for a run or a short bike ride.
I remember coming here a lot as a child, either grilling some hot dogs and roasting some marshmallos, learning to fish, or playing at the playground. And in the fall, near Halloween, there used to be a big 'scary story' festival. Everyone would sit on the hill and listen to a storyteller on the microphone in front. And then there'd be some hot cider sold in the back, and it was a lot of fun. So, if we still have that going on here, and you're in town with little ones in October, definitely something to think about. I remember camping out here once for a bik Boy Scout thing. Lots of fun.
Also, there's a nice golf course adjacent to the park (or maybe part of the park). Anyway, enjoy the place. It's out on US 60 (Shelbyville Road) just before you get to Shelby County. You'll see a sign for it just after Eastwood.
For a small 'mountain-bike' ride, check out Briar Hills, just inside the Oldham County line. Go out on KY 22, and look for Briar Hills Estates on your left. Then follow that road straight to the park.
Downtown can be fun at times to just walk around. There's the Cathedral of the Assumption, which was redone recently. There's the waterfront, which can be seen from the Belvidere ('park' that sits above I-64) or from the Great Lawn and associated park a little east. Main Street has some historic buildings.
Louisville also makes its home to several well-known companies. UPS has a huge hub here at the airport. Papa John's was started here and has their WHQ here too. In fact, John Schnader lives here. Yum!, Inc., the parent company for Taco Bell/Pizza Hut/KFC is located right here as well, not to mention the WHQ for KFC themselves. Those are the ones that are coming to mind now.
Bardstown Road... I almost forgot this place. It's Louisville's road for restaurants, bistros, bars, shops, and basic overall 'eclectic-ness.' You find a good mix of people here, so maybe spend some time people watching!! The segment that is probably of interest to most people is between Taylorsville Road and downtown. Most parking is parallel around here, and the street is sort of narrow. Also gets very busy in rush hour.
Museums and Theatre.... we actually have both here! :) The Louisville Science Center downtown is great for kids and is decently sized. The Speed Art Museum can be fun for a couple hours, with a couple paintings by Picasso and such. Downtown we have the Kentucky Center for the Arts, where most big-name performances pass through. There's also more local theatre with Actor's Theatre of Louisville and The Palace (this one gets big ones too).
Visitors to Louisville should definitely go to Bardstown Road, the 'Haight Ashbury' of Louisville. You'll find an eclectic mix of interesting little bistros and coffee shops, used book and antique shops, as well as art galleries and wonderful restaurants there.