Louisville Travel Guide

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Louisville Highlights

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    Joseph69 says…

     Beautiful city and inexpensive 

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     Gets freakin' COLD in the winter!! 

  • In a nutshell
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     A mix of midwestern America work ethic and southern charm. 

Louisville Things to Do

  • Belle of Louisville

    Originally built to haul coal, named the Idlewild, the Belle of Louisville offers narrated excursions on the Ohio RIver, providing plenty of the history and geography of the city. This is an authentic steamboat, built in 1914, and is a National Historic Landmark. Operated by the city since 1962, she races the Delta Queen from Cincinnati each year...

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  • Frazier International Museum

    This recently remodelled museum has become Louisville's premier attraction. It displays the history of arms and warfare in the US and UK. Especially good is the display of UK arms. The museum also has many live period demonstrations.

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  • Falls of the Ohio

    This area of rapids on the Ohio river is what gave rise to Louisville. The early occupation of the town was a partage for the river. Today a system of locks bypassses the falls

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Louisville Hotels

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Louisville Restaurants

  • 21C's Restaurant

    Proof gets rave reviews. It's a good restaurant. Great booze selection, excellent service, interesting menu.When I went there, however, I felt that the menu at the time was trying to hard to sound good. It was a, "Hey, let's make people think this dish is great by adding bacon," a problem that seems to plague restaurants. Maybe I should clarify:...

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  • A bar... in a garage

    The first time I had pizza at the Garage Bar, everything had a burned flavor to it. The crust was a bit black, but it seemed that the pizza wasn't burned, but had been flavored by something else that had burned. The calzone was excellent, though. Since then, I've been back and have been very happy with the pizzas.

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  • Chef Edward Lee

    I've seen countless reviews of how great Chef Lee is. I know he's great and wonderful.You know what I learned after visiting Milkwood? I didn't need to go back. The food was definitely above par, but it was also not amazing. I have nothing against Chef Lee. I expected the best from him, and maybe because my expectations were so high, it was hard to...

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Louisville Nightlife

  • Entertainment in Downtown Louisville

    I hesitated whether to put this tip here or on the Tourist Trap page, but since I was only here for about 2 hours having dinner at one of the restaurants, I didn't want to really give it a bad rap in that short amount of time. So I'll review it here with a picture and if you want to see more, I took a short little video to give you more of a...

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  • All the World's a Stage...

    Beautiful venue - hosts the PNC Broadway Across America series, as well as other theatrical, orchestral and dance performances.Also home to the KentuckyShow!, which is shown on the hour. Sunday Best to Formal, depending on event. C'mon folks - don't wear your jeans to the theatre!

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  • How much fun can you fit into one...

    Fourth Street Live! is a cool one-block dining, entertainment, and shopping mecca!Restaurant and entertainment venues include Hard Rock Cafe, Lucky Strike Lanes, Red Star Tavern, The Improv Comedy Club, TGIFriday’s, The Pub, Sully’s, and J. Gumbo’s. Bars and nightclubs include; Tengo Sed Cantina, Angel’s RockBar, Hotel, Saddle Ridge, and Sully’s....

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Louisville Transportation

  • Louisville Regional Airport (SDF)

    If you are heading to Louisville, your closest airport is Louisville Regional Airport (SDF) It is located about ten miles south of downtown, and about 5 miles from Churchill Downs. The Airport is also known as Standiford Field, named after the Dr. that owned most of the land that the airport sits on.Louisville is serviced by most of the major air...

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  • plan ahead

    We had a problem getting to the waterfront park area from the interstate because we missed our exit and drove halfway across Louisville to find a place to turn around. Then when we left we drove around a while looking for signs back to the interstate. there are a lot of one way streets and it seems we drove in circles to find an entrance ramp. We...

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  • You Must have a car

    Louisville is very large area wise you must have a car to get around as the public transportation is only limited to Taxi's and buses, Downtown is OK but who wants to walk and always watch over thier back, RENT A CAR

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Louisville Shopping

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    Rhett Miller In Store

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    Ear X-tacy is a Louisville tradition. They are huge supporters of independent music. They offer great in store performances, and have gained recognition and praise from many musicians (Toad the Wet Sprocket even used some Ear X-tacy memorabilia in one of their videos).
    This past year, I got to see my favorite musician, Rhett Miller, play an instore performance before he went to open for Tori Amos at a local venue. It was wonderful! Thanks Ear X-tacy!
    They have a huge selection - be it bluegrass, techno, rock, jazz, etc. They also have an impressive section dedicated to local music.

    What to buy: Imports, local music cd's.

    What to pay: $15 or so per CD

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Louisville Local Customs

  • 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...

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  • Woodford Reserve

    One thing you have to know about Kentuckians, they love their whiskey. In fact, it is so famous here that they actually make a type of whiskey found nowhere else, Bourbon. Similar to Champagne producing the only sparkling wine in France, Bourbon is unique to the Bluegrass state. Within the Bourbon family, there are certainly different grades, but...

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  • Louisville Free Library

    After I tried to access some newspaper obituaries in Frankfort, only to be told that they didn't have that particular microfiche, we went to the Louisville Library. They did have a lot of the fiche, and I could make copies. Bob even found a book on Carl Brenner with a list of his paintings (unfortunately no pictures)I could have stayed longer, but...

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Louisville Warnings and Dangers

  • Moslty safe and nice people

    Louisville is a medium-size city of about a million people if you include the whole county. Like any decent size city there is going to be bad neighborhoods and good neighborhoods. I lived there for 20 years and generlaly felt safe most places. I read a couple of reviews regarding the west end and yes, during the day the west end is not too bad....

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  • Speed Art Museum

    The Speed Art Museum on the University of Louisville's campus is the oldest and largest art museum in Kentucky. I was interested in the collection because it includes paintings by Kentucky artists and my husband owns such a painting.HOWEVER, there is apparently NO CATALOG of the art in the museum. This is an EXTREMELY serious flaw. I asked the girl...

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  • depends where you are

    Like any other large city, the amount of risk or safety you have depends where you are in the city. Some cities publish a crime map; I could not locate one for Louisville.I was able to find some crime statistics for Louisville based on zipcodes.It showed that a few places around the outer parts of the city were less of a risk than an average large...

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Louisville Tourist Traps

  • KentuckyShow! is Interesting, but is it...

    According to the website "The KentuckyShow! is the only production of its kind in the nation. This thirty minute presentation is an exciting, multimedia portrait of the entire state of Kentucky that celebrates the uncommon story of the Commonwealth. It is a “first-see” for visitors and a “must-see” for all Kentuckians."I found the history...

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  • Parking in People's Front Yards...

    Churchill Downs makes Louisville a very popular place once in while, and when it comes to Kentucky Derby, all the stops are pulled out. Since parking can be a tad atrocious, many of the local residents will allow you to park at their house for a fee. Be careful however because some charge extremely high rates. On a day where free parking was...

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  • If you, or your kids, feel the...

    If you, or your kids, feel the need to go to an amusement park, Louisville has a decent park, known as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Admission is over $30, I'm sure, but during the summer months you can bring specially-marked Pepsi Products and get $5-$10 off admission. To get to Kentucky Kingdom, take the Watterson West to Preston Highway, get off...

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Louisville What to Pack

  • May Weather Report

    The weather in May was absolutely lovely one day, then pouring rain the next. Many people recommend the layering method, however I normally dress for warm weather and just bring a rain jacket if there is a good chance. If you are heading to the race track, make sure you bring the attire appropriate for where you are sitting. If you are in the...

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  • Be Prepared for the Unexpected

    The Ohio Valley is unpredictable! They say "If you don't like the weather, just wait an hour". Ok maybe it isn't that extreme... But expect hot and humid weather in the summer and colder temps in winter. You never know when it might rain.

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  • Packing List

    louisville tends to be somewhat casual in dress unless you are here for business. Summers are warm to very hot and last from the first of May until about end of September..Winters are cool to cold with moderate snow (about four or five snowfalls a year)..Spring and fall are very mild and comfortable with nights becoming cool and days somewhat...

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Louisville Off The Beaten Path

  • Pay Your Respects to Col. Sanders

    Col. Harland Sanders, famous fried chicken magnate (well, mascot, anyway) is buried at the Cave Hill Cemetery, beside his beloved wife, Claudia. My brother said he expected the headstone to resemble a bucket of KFC, but instead it is a bust of the good Colonel.Cave Hill National Cemetery - Don't enter the cemetery by the Baxter Ave entrance - that...

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  • Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

    Clifty Falls State Park in Indiana offers excellent hiking and several beautiful falls. Go in spring when the weather is nice and water is high.

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  • Saint X-Trinity High School Football...

    One of the biggest rivalries in the area, next to U of L and UK basketball, the St. X/Trinity game is attended by many locals, even those who never attended either school. Played in late September at Papa John's Stadium, it's always a great game and a good time. Both are excellent schools academically, and they often rule the field regardless of...

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Louisville Sports & Outdoors

  • Triple A Baseball with the Louisville...

    In 2010 I did a lot of company business travel in the United States for my former employer Pepsi. One of the advantages of traveling with Pepsi is that in a lot of cities they provide the beverages for sale and if they do they usually have really good tickets and in some cases a box to entertain clients in. So in 2010 when I knew I was going to...

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  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

    this is just less than five miles north of Church Hill Downs GET 10% OFF IN THE GIFT SHOP!Click link to receive a coupon worth 10% off in the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Gift Shop.Admission$9 Adults (13-59)$8 Seniors (60+)$4 Kids (6-12)Kids 5 and younger are free Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. Call...

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  • Louisville Bats

    If you're visiting Louisville during baseball season and have 1/2 a day to kill, go and see professional baseball players use the bats that made Louisville famous. The Louisville Bats, the city's minor league team, play in beautiful and easily accessible Slugger Stadium. Tickets are cheap, the food is your typical stadium food, and there isn't a...

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Louisville Favorites

  • The Greatest Race

    We went in and saw the movie which is a 360 degrees around you. You are supposed to stand in the middle and the movie surrounds you - different pictures come on at different places in the circular screen. I was able to get some pictures of the presentation. The first photo shows the theatre from above. Photos three, four and five are very wide...

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  • Non-Race Days and Churchill Downs

    We went to Churchill Downs and went into the museum as there is no racing there at the moment. There were a lot of very interesting exhibits. The fourth picture shows some artwork done by children, and apparently there are rotating art exhibits by children because there was one when we were there, and there's one there called Horsing Around with...

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  • DOWN TOWN

    Stroll around in down town Louisville and shop till you drop in the cosey stores and many restaurants.

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