The many great attractions in and around Louisville makes this a fantastic area to visit. From the world famous Churchill Downs to the local flea market you will always find something to do.
America's most historic thoroughbred racetrack was established in 1874 and is the oldest continuously operated racetrack in the US. The first Kentucky Derby was held in May 1875. The track is a one-mile oval and the facility covers 166 acres. The grandstand, with its twin Edwardian spires, was built in 1895 and is a National Historic Landmark. The spring meet runs from late Apr. until early July. The Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday in May. The fall meet runs from late Oct. through late Nov. Racing Wed-Sun.
Experience the excitement of the Kentucky Derby every day at the newly renovated Kentucky Derby Museum, the world's largest museum of its kind. Enjoy hands-on computerized exhibits, 360-degree multi-media show and a resident retired racehorse. Tour Behind the Scenes of Churchill Downs to see the Jockeys' Quarters, Millionaires' Row and the Press Box or take the Barn and Backside Tours. 704 Central Ave. 502 637 1111
Home to the manufacturer of the most famous baseball bat in the world, the Slugger Museum offers tours every 20 minutes and awards a miniature souvenir bat to everyone who takes the tour. Visit the place that has supplied bats for the great American pastime for over 100 years - the home of the official bat of Major League Baseball. Factory tours run from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Admission is charged. Wheelchair accessible. This attractions is located in downtown Louisville. Call (877) 7-SLUGGER for more information.
See more than 1,700 exotic animals in naturalistic habitats on 134 rolling acres filled with amazing botanicals. Spend time watching western lowland gorillas forage at Gorilla Forest and get up close and personal with tigers during daily training demonstrations. Visit parrots at Lorikeet Landing.
New in Spring 2011 is Glacier Run Bear Habitat. Dont miss the playgrounds, splash park, petting zoo and gift shop, indoor and outdoor restaurants. Open daily year round. off I 264. 502 459 2181
The Patton Museum was created to preserve historical material relating to Cavalry and Armor. See a wide array of weapons and armor, including tanks, and an exhibit on George S. Patton, Jr. The museum is open year-round on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Holiday and weekends: May through September, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; October through April, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. The museum is open to the public, offers free admission and self-guided tours are available. The museum is located at Fort Knox, 20 miles south of Louisville.