From horse racing to baseball bats, Louisville is known for a lot of things. As the largest city in the state, Louisville is home to Kentucky’s most important sports, historical, cultural, and artistic attractions. For ways to spend the day with friends, grandkids, or on your own in Louisville, check out this short guide.
The largest and oldest art museum in the state of Kentucky is located in Louisville. Situated adjacent to the University of Louisville, the Speed Art Museum has more than 12,000 pieces of art in its permanent collections and also hosts traveling exhibitions. You might also consider visiting the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Nestled in Louisville’s Museum Row in the West Main District of downtown, this nonprofit has the mission of promoting and supporting excellence in applied arts, design, and craft.
Also on Museum Row is the Frazier History Museum. This is an armament museum that features the only collection of Royal Armouries artifacts outside of the United Kingdom. There are three floors of exhibits in the museum, an education center, and a tournament ring, which showcases daily performances. Other museums include the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Muhammad Ali Center.
There are 122 city parks in Louisville that cover over 13,000 acres. One of the favorite points of interest is the Louisville Zoo, which exhibits more than 1,700 animals in mixed animal and naturalistic settings representing both biomes and geographical areas on 134 acres. The zoo is open every day of the year except for major holidays and offers a discount for seniors and children. If you just want to go for a stroll along the Ohio River, Waterfront Park is the place to go. This park hosts several free concerts and other events throughout the year.
Louisville is one of the largest cities in the United States that does not have a major professional sports franchise. However, the locals do not seem to mind. Every year, the world’s eyes turn to the city for the Kentucky Derby, one of the most popular horse racing events on the planet. College sports are also a major attraction with the many successful University of Louisville Cardinals athletic teams.
The Kentucky Derby is just one event of many over the course of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival, which features fireworks, balloon races, steamboat races, parades, and much more. Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center is home to the official state fair of Kentucky. More than 600,000 people eat a smorgasbord of food, ride adrenaline-pumping coasters, and visit the outdoor and indoor exhibits over the course of eleven days.
The hustle and bustle of the city can tire some of us out. Louisville can help you take a load off as well. In the St. Matthews neighborhood, you can get your hair done at Joseph’s Salon and Spa. Pamper yourself. You deserve it.
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