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One Day in Louisville

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Louisville is a city that is just full of exciting things to do! While it would definitely be difficult to pack it all into one day, the downtown area is compact, with many attractions and restaurants within walking distance, making it quick and easy to explore!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Wild Eggs

Restaurants

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Speciality Museums

Kentucky Science Center

Science Museums

Frazier History Museum

Speciality Museums

The Old Spaghetti Factory

Restaurants

Louisville Waterfront Park

Parks

The Big Four Bridge

Bridges

21c Museum Hotel

Speciality Museums, Art Galleries, Art Museums

Louisville Free Public Library

Libraries

Mike Linnig's

Restaurants

Fourth Street Live!

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Mysterious Sites

Angela A's City Tips

  • Check some of the museum websites for late night opening hours, and special events.
  • There is plenty of paid parking available in garages that will enable you to visit several attractions without moving your car. There are also plenty of street parking meters.
  • Downtown Louisville can mostly be explored on foot, however, there are also trolleys and buses available.
  • Wild Eggs
    Restaurants (American)
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    Angela A Says:

    Wild Eggs serves up some of the best breakfast, brunch, and lunch in all of Louisville. Boasting a menu full of favorites like crepes, omelets, muffins, waffles, and a giant variety of egg dishes, there's no better start to the day (and you must eat here at least twice while in town!)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to try a cinnamon roll. They are made in-house, baked in a cast iron skillet.
    • The orange juice is fresh-squeezed.
    • The Creole Omelet is amazing!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 1,341 restaurants in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious and creative menu 20/10/2018
    • Such a great place for brunch 19/10/2018
    • Wild Eggs
    Address:
    121 S Floyd St
    Located In Central Business District.
    Louisville, KY 40202-1205
    Phone:
    +1 502-690-5925
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    06:30 - 14:30
    Sat - Sun
    07:00 - 15:00
    Other:
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is a one-of-a-kind experience that is completely unique to Louisville. Tour the factory, check out the exhibits, and pose with the world's largest bat!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Have your own personalized bat made while you're here!
    • The world-record-breaking bat weighs 68,000 pounds, and is 120-feet long.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 159 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fun time! 22/10/2018
    • Baseball fans-this does not disappoint! 22/10/2018
    • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
    Address:
    800 W Main St
    Louisville, KY 40202-2620
    Phone:
    +1 877-775-8443
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Kentucky Science Center
    Science Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Kentucky Science Center offers all manner of hands-on exploration that is fun for any age! Conduct experiments, build machines, and race friends or family members across its variety of interactive exhibits and games. What it lacks in size, it surely makes up for in entertainment!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a four story movie theater that shows educational films, as well as special series.
    • The museum is located on Museum Row in downtown Louisville.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 159 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great thing to do with young kids! 15/10/2018
    • Lots of exhibits for kids to enjoy! 12/09/2018
    • Kentucky Science Center
    Address:
    727 W Main St
    Louisville, KY 40202-2681
    Phone:
    +1 800-591-2203
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    09:30 - 17:00
    Fri - Sat
    09:30 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Frazier History Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Frazier History Museum houses an absolutely fascinating collection of exhibits, artifacts, and galleries. It is easy to step back in time here as you listen to personal accounts, engage in interactive exhibits, and view the massive collection of armory.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Daily interpretations are offered, where visitors can watch performances and demonstrations by talented actors. Check the website for a daily schedule.
    • The Frazier is located on Museum Row.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 159 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Wonderful Historic Tribute to Kentucky 21/10/2018
    • Bourbon, Lewis and Clark, and Miniatures 20/10/2018
    • Frazier History Museum
    Address:
    829 W Main St
    Louisville, KY 40202-2619
    Phone:
    +1 502-753-5663
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Angela A Says:

    The Old Spaghetti Factory offers a very unique dining atmosphere, and when paired with reasonably priced Italian fare, makes for a great lunch choice. Also, all entrees come with bread, soup or salad, and ice cream — meaning you're sure to leave both full and content.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • They can get very crowded on the weekends, but the bar upstairs makes a great place to wait for a table.
    • Try the Chicken Masala.
    • Ask to dine in the trolley car!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 1,341 restaurants in Louisville
    • Excellent food and service! 17/10/2018
    • Food good as always, service was only fair 10/10/2018
    • The Old Spaghetti Factory
    Address:
    235 W Market St
    Louisville, KY 40202-1369
    Phone:
    +1 502-581-1070
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Thu
    17:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 - 14:00
    Fri
    17:00 - 23:00
    Sat
    11:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Louisville Waterfront Park
    Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Louisville's Waterfront Park is a fantastic place to experience when visiting Louisville. Right on the banks of the Ohio River, enjoy the cool river breeze as you explore the multitude of paved pathways, watch the kids try out the playground, or take in one of many events held regularly on the waterfront.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • When visiting in July, see if your dates coincide with Forecastle, a premier music festival.
    • During the Derby festivities, Thunder Over Louisville is held here, a gigantic fireworks display to kick off the Derby Festival!
    • Rent a fringed surrey, or play in the splash park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 159 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Sunset 18/10/2018
    • What a gem 14/10/2018
    • Louisville Waterfront Park
    Address:
    231 E Witherspoon St
    Louisville, KY 40202-1397
    Phone:
    1001-40202-502-938-7433
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • The Big Four Bridge
    Bridges
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    Angela A Says:

    The Big Four Bridge is located in downtown Louisville, and connects Louisville's waterfront to Jeffersonville, Indiana. Locals and visitors alike love to amble over this pedestrian bridge to say they've done it!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The bridge spans over 2,500 feet.
    • Cyclists are welcome.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 159 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Neat 19/10/2018
    • Great Walk with Visiting Family 15/10/2018
    • The Big Four Bridge
    Address:
    River Drive
    Louisville, KY
    Phone:
    +1 502-419-7815
    Other:
  • 21c Museum Hotel
    Speciality Museums, Art Galleries, Art Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The 21c Museum is housed within this creative hotel, conveniently located in downtown Louisville. Rotating exhibits showcase contemporary art here in a very thought-provoking setting, and while the space is small, it's still a definite must-see.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Admission is free.
    • The galleries are open 24/7, with video presentations open from 7am to 1am.
    • Guided tours are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 159 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bourbon and Art 20/10/2018
    • Weird show, great venue. 14/10/2018
    • 21c Museum Hotel
    Address:
    700 W Main St
    Louisville, KY 40202-2634
    Phone:
    +1 844-577-5542
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Louisville Free Public Library
    Libraries
    Angela A Says:

    The Louisville Free Public Library is located close to dozens of other downtown attractions, hotels, and restaurants, making it a convenient place to pop into for a minute or two. While the building itself is beautiful and worth a visit alone, interesting special exhibits are also held here on a regular basis, and there are free PC terminals should you need to check your emails.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The library is open daily, with late hours Monday through Thursday.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 159 things to do in Louisville
    • My neighborhood library 29/05/2018
    • Lots of books but meh atmosphere. 16/03/2018
    • Louisville Free Public Library
    Address:
    301 York St
    Louisville, KY 40203-2257
    Other:
  • Mike Linnig's
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood)
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    Angela A Says:

    Mike Linnig's is a family-owned, seafood restaurant that is surely one of Louisville's favorites! Locals flock here on the weekends, in particular for the fantastic drinks and entertainment, and anytime for the legendary fish sandwich.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Portions are quite large, so small eaters may wish to share.
    • There is a playground for children.
    • Mike Linnig's is located right on the banks of the Ohio River.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 1,341 restaurants in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good fish, huge portions 10/10/2018
    • Retired Firefighter get together 02/10/2018
    • Mike Linnig's
    Address:
    9308 Cane Run Rd
    Louisville, KY 40258-1854
    Phone:
    +1 502-937-9888
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$20
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    11:00 - 21:00
    Thu - Fri
    11:00 - 22:00
    Sat
    12:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Fourth Street Live!
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    Fourth Street Live! is Louisville's main entertainment complex, and it is conveniently located right in bustling downtown. With shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, this open-air district offers plenty of forms of entertainment to suit all tastes. Browse the various options available before settling on somewhere.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to visit Howl at the Moon, a fun piano bar!
    • Arrive hungry, because the restaurant options range from a food court to the Hard Rock Cafe to the Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge!
    • Check the individual venue's age restrictions.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 159 things to do in Louisville
    • Amazing street! 22/10/2018
    • Great little Street! 18/10/2018
    • Fourth Street Live!
    Address:
    400 S 4th St
    Louisville, KY 40202-3418
    Phone:
    +1 502-584-7170
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium
    Mysterious Sites
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    Angela A Says:

    Waverly Hills is a former sanatorium that closed its doors in the 1960s, and was everything from a children's hospital to a tuberculosis treatment center during its operation. An after-dark tour or an overnight visit of this supposedly haunted spot is one of the most unique experiences you can have in Louisville — though you might want to leave scaredy-cats at the hotel!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Guests may only visit Waverly Hills via a guided tour, an overnight visit, or for a special event. No self explorations are allowed!
    • Waverly Hills has been featured on various television networks as one of the scariest places on earth!
    • Waverly Hills hosts a terrifying Halloween attraction during October.
    • Located in southwest Louisville, you can see the building from various places along Dixie Highway.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 159 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • overnight tour 16/10/2018
    • Love this zoo! 09/10/2018
    • Waverly Hills Sanatorium
    Address:
    4400 Paralee Dr
    Louisville, KY 40272-2692
    Phone:
    +1 502-933-2142
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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