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Louisville is a destination ever-growing in popularity, with everything from world-class museums to beautiful, outdoor parks and recreation spots to explore. To say that Louisville is not just about the Kentucky Derby or college basketball is an understatement!

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

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Wild Eggs

Restaurants

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Speciality Museums

Frazier History Museum

Speciality Museums

Kentucky Science Center

Science Museums

The Old Spaghetti Factory

Restaurants

Day 2

Frontier Diner

Restaurants

Iroquois Park

Parks

Kentucky Derby Museum

Speciality Museums

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Mysterious Sites

Mike Linnig's

Restaurants

Day 3

21c Museum Hotel

Speciality Museums, Art Galleries, Art Museums

Cave Hill Cemetery

Cemeteries

Louisville Mega Cavern

Caverns & Caves, Historic Sites

Louisville Zoo

Zoos

W W Cousins Restaurant

Restaurants

Angela A's City Tips

  • Louisville has many eclectic neighborhoods, each one possessing its own unique personality. Be sure to leave time to explore them all!
  • If visiting during the Kentucky Derby, note that some attractions and restaurants may be closed.
  • If you plan to visit more of Louisville than just downtown, a rental car would be the best method of transportation, although another good option is the city bus (TARC.)
    Day 1
  • Wild Eggs
    Restaurants (American)
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    Angela A Says:

    Wild Eggs is an exciting breakfast concept that serves only breakfast, brunch, and lunch, in several locations in the Louisville area. All outlets serve delicious fresh-squeezed orange juice, muffins, crepes, and you guessed it... a variety of egg specials.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The cinnamon rolls are homemade, baked in a cast iron skillet.
    • Try one of the multiple variations of Eggs Benedict!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 1,351 restaurants in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict 18/11/2018
    • Never Impressed 15/11/2018
    • 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 must see for anyone interested in the unique attractions that Louisville has to offer! You can take a tour of the bat factory, have your very own bat personalized, and view all sorts of interactive exhibits.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to pose out front with the world's largest bat, weighing in at 68,000 pounds.
    • Check out the Grand Slam Gallery, where you can hold the original bats used in some of the most famous sporting events.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 160 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Louisville Slugger 19/11/2018
    • Looking at History through a bat 19/11/2018
    • 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:
  • Frazier History Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Frazier History Museum is an excellent way to spend an afternoon, surrounded by exhibits that open the doors to the past in an unbelievably realistic manner. The Frazier Museum utilizes interactive exhibits in a way that captivates anyone who visits!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the toy soldiers, located in various areas of the museum.
    • Daily interpretations offer guests a theater-style museum experience, featuring talented actors and demonstrations.
    • The Frazier is located in downtown Louisville's Museum Row.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 160 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worthwhile Museum to See 17/11/2018
    • Educational and Interesting 13/11/2018
    • 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:
  • Kentucky Science Center
    Science Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Kentucky Science Center is part of downtown Louisville's Museum Row, and is packed with hands-on exhibits that are both educational and awe-inspiring! There is even a four story theater here! While perhaps not as large as other museums of its kind, it does offer some really unique exhibits.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The museum has "late hours" on Fridays and Saturdays.
    • Be sure not to miss the World We Create, an exhibit based on physical science exploration.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 160 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:
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Angela A Says:

    The Old Spaghetti Factory is one of downtown Louisville's favorite eateries! If you are looking for reasonably priced, delicious Italian fare in a unique setting, then you have come to the right place. Be prepared however, the secret's definitely out, and it can get quite crowded!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask to dine in the trolley car.
    • All entrees are served as a complete meal, with bread, soup or salad, and ice cream.
    • Try the Chicken Parmigiana!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 1,351 restaurants in Louisville
    • Lunch with the kiddos 27/10/2018
    • It was so so 22/10/2018
    • 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:
  • Day 2
  • Frontier Diner
    Restaurants (American, Diner, Cafe)
    Angela A Says:

    Frontier Diner is located in Louisville's south-end, and serves what must surely be the best breakfast in the city! Locals flock to this Dixie Highway eatery for the atmosphere and the delicious food offerings.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sit at the counter for a reminiscent diner experience!
    • Be sure to have the homemade biscuits and gravy!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #361 of 1,351 restaurants in Louisville
    • Best Discovery! 25/07/2018
    • Good food and GREAT people! 22/06/2018
    • Frontier Diner
    Address:
    7299 Dixie Hwy
    Louisville, KY 40258-3755
    Phone:
    +1 502-742-2478
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    08:00 - 20:00
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 14:00
    Other:
  • Iroquois Park
    Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Iroquois Park is located in south Louisville, offering all manner of fun activities that could easily fill up a entire day! Play disc golf, walk the many trails and paved paths, enjoy a picnic, try out the water park and splash area, or have a game of tennis or basketball. The choice is yours.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to walk to the top of the lookout to see beautiful views of Louisville, even as far as downtown!
    • Visit Sister Bean's across the street for coffee and amazing ice cream!
    • Check out their concert calendar, and be sure to check out the Jack-o-lantern display if you are visiting during Halloween.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 160 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Jacl O'Lantern Spectacular 07/11/2018
    • Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular 29/10/2018
    • Iroquois Park
    Address:
    5216 New Cut Rd
    Louisville, KY 40214-3567
    Other:
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Kentucky Derby Museum is just about as quintessential Louisville as you can get! Packed with plenty of exhibits that will intrigue the entire family, this is a must visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Admission includes a race simulator, a tour of Churchill Downs, and a high definition movie.
    • The museum is closed on both Oaks and Derby Days.
    • Try a bite of lunch at the Derby Cafe.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 160 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bucket List Hidden 16/11/2018
    • Do not miss this museum! 14/11/2018
    • Kentucky Derby Museum
    Address:
    704 Central Ave
    Louisville, KY 40208-1212
    Phone:
    +1 502-637-1111
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Thu
    08:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium
    Mysterious Sites
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    Angela A Says:

    Waverly Hills was in operation as a sanatorium in the early 1900s. It is located in southwest Louisville, and is often cited as one of the scariest places on earth! Included in several television specials, it is wonderful place to visit, whether for the history or the haunts!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Guests may only visit Waverly Hills via a scheduled tour, so be sure to visit their comprehensive website for more details! (Do not attempt to "just drop by," as Waverly is heavily guarded, and no one will be admitted unless on a tour.)
    • If you happen to be lucky enough to visit during the Halloween season, be sure to visit their "haunted house" style attraction.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 160 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mini Tour & Haunted House 06/11/2018
    • VIP haunted house 28/10/2018
    • Waverly Hills Sanatorium
    Address:
    4400 Paralee Dr
    Louisville, KY 40272-2692
    Phone:
    +1 502-933-2142
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Mike Linnig's
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood)
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    Angela A Says:

    Mike Linnig's is one of Louisville's favorite family-owned restaurants. Located right on the Ohio River in southwest Louisville, their famous fish sandwich keeps guests, locals, and visitors alike, coming back for more!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The portions are very large, so those with a smaller appetite may even wish to share a meal.
    • Be sure to dine outside, either in a gazebo, a "screened-in cabin", or at a picnic table.
    • There is a children's playground, and the River Walk is just at the top of the bank.
    • Definitely try the onion rings!
    • This is a great place for drinks on the weekends!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 1,351 restaurants in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great fish 06/11/2018
    • Huge Portions 24/10/2018
    • 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:
  • Day 3
  • 21c Museum Hotel
    Speciality Museums, Art Galleries, Art Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The 21c Museum Hotel is housed within this contemporary masterpiece, right in the heart of downtown Louisville. Admission is always free, and the works on display are nothing short of inspiring.

    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
    • The museum's galleries are open 24/7, with visual presentations open from 7am to 1am.
    • New exhibits rotate in on a regular basis, so be sure to visit each time you are in Louisville!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 160 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quirky, great museum and nice hotel 12/11/2018
    • awesome 06/11/2018
    • 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:
  • Cave Hill Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    Angela A Says:

    Cave Hill Cemetery is a Victorian cemetery located in Louisville's eclectic Highlands. It sits on 296 acres, and its beautiful structures, winding paths, and ponds are worthy of exploring.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You may explore on your own, or guided walking tours are offered on some weekends.
    • Be sure to find the grave site of Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
    • Be sure to wander on down Bardstown Road to see some of the wonderful, eccentric shops and eateries.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 160 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful large and winding cemetery with two notable residents 16/11/2018
    • Amazing history! 13/11/2018
    • Cave Hill Cemetery
    Address:
    701 Baxter Ave
    Louisville, KY 40204-1775
    Phone:
    +1 502-451-5630
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 16:45
    Other:
  • Louisville Mega Cavern
    Caverns & Caves, Historic Sites
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    Angela A Says:

    The Louisville Mega Cavern is an absolute must when visiting the Derby City! This cavern runs beneath the city for 17 miles, and a guided tram tour explores only a portion of this magnificent wonder. This is sure to be one of the most unique experiences that you will have in Louisville!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Zip lines and ropes courses are also offered here.
    • If you are visiting during Christmas, be sure to check out their underground lights display.
    • The tram tour touches on the cavern's intended part in the Cold War. Listen to every word! It's utterly fascinating!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 160 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience 20/11/2018
    • AWESOME! 20/11/2018
    • Louisville Mega Cavern
    Address:
    1841 Taylor Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40213-1565
    Phone:
    +1 502-855-6342
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    08:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    08:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Louisville Zoo
    Zoos
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    Angela A Says:

    The Louisville Zoo is situated on 134 acres, and offers interactive opportunities with many of its residents, as well as animal shows, special events, and movie nights during the summer! Check out the special Twilight Hours!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Kids love the carousel, train, and rope course! While they incur an additional cost, there are discount packages available.
    • If you visit over lunch, there are plenty of restaurants and tasty snack stands available onsite.
    • Included in zoo admission is the splash park, a children's area including geysers, slides, and other wet fun!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 160 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice little zoo 19/11/2018
    • I like the Louisville Zoo. 18/11/2018
    • Louisville Zoo
    Address:
    1100 Trevilian Way
    Louisville, KY 40213-1559
    Phone:
    +1 502-459-2181
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • W W Cousins Restaurant
    Restaurants (American)
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    Angela A Says:

    W W Cousins have two locations in Louisville, and anyone who has ever had the luxury of dining at one, will proudly agree that they serve the best burgers in the city. With over 40 toppings on their bar, they offer a multitude of ways to dress their tasty burgers, chicken, and fish dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You must try one of the iced, smiley face cookies from their in-house bakery!
    • They also always offer two types of homemade soup. The Country Bean is delicious!
    • They offer dine in or carry out.
    • Children dine in free on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #157 of 1,351 restaurants in Louisville
    • Consistently Good Food and Good Service 31/10/2018
    • Basic but Good for the money 27/09/2018
    • W W Cousins Restaurant
    Address:
    900 Dupont Rd
    Louisville, KY 40207-4602
    Phone:
    +1 502-897-9684
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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