Top 10 Things to Do in Louisville

Learn About the Best Attractions in Derby City

No matter if you spend a night, a weekend, a week, or longer in Louisville, you’ll find plenty of must-see attractions. Reference our list of the top 10 things to do in Louisville to plan your stay:

Churchill Downs

700 Central Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 636-4400
One of the most famous horse racing tracks in the world, Churchill Downs is home to the legendary Kentucky Derby each May and numerous other races throughout the year. The Derby is part of the famous Triple Crown, and is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

800 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 588-7228
Learn the story behind the official bat of Major League Baseball at the brand’s museum and factory. Take a group tour and see Babe Ruth’s last bat or hop into the batting cage and test out replica bats just like the ones Ted Williams, Derek Jeter and other stars have used.

Fourth Street Live

On Fourth Street between Liberty Street & Muhammad Ali Boulevard
A premier dining, entertainment and shopping district located in the heart of historic downtown , Fourth Street Live Louisville offers daytime fun and enticing nightlife. Enjoy hotspots such as Hard Rock Café, Red Star Tavern, The Improv Comedy Club, and Howl at the Moon.

Muhammad Ali Center

144 North Sixth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 992-5329
A tribute to the great Muhammad Ali, this attraction features media presentations and interactive exhibits that follow the life and mission of Ali. Focusing on Ali's core values of respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and spirituality, the Center is an educational experience for children and adults alike.

Waterfront Park

This 84-acre park abutting the Ohio River features walking paths, open lawn area, fountains, a playground and more. The park is one of the top year-round attractions in Louisville, hosting a variety of special events and festivals.

Louisville Zoo

1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, KY 40123
(502) 238-5348
Visit the more than 1,300 animals that call the Zoo home.  With animals as varied as tigers to albino alligators to gorillas to kangaroos, the six geographic settings offer experiences from around the globe. Visitors can also enjoy free admission to the Calistoga Splash Park to cool off in the hot summer sun.

Actors Theatre of Louisville

316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-1205
Enjoy incredible live performances and visit the cornerstone of the revitalization of Louisville’s Main Street. The theatre, boasting an annual attendance of 200,000-plus and presenting an acclaimed array of artistic programming, is a signature piece of Louisville’s culture.

J. B. Speed Art Museum

2035 South 3rd St
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 634-2700
Enjoy a diverse collection of art, exciting special exhibitions, engagements with living artists, hands-on children’s activities and more. Admission is free, and includes access to the museum’s exhibits of African, Ancient, Native American, American, European and Modern Art.

Kentucky Derby Museum

704 Central Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 637-7097
The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of Churchill Downs, is one of the premiere attractions in Louisville.  Welcoming more than 210,000 guests each year, the museum provides a first-hand look at the event for which the Derby City is known worldwide. The Museum also aims to provide a lasting impression of tradition, hospitality and pride to our many visitors.


Market and Clay streets
Louisville, KY 40202
NuLu is Louisville’s hottest up-and-coming district. Just a few blocks east of our hotel, NuLu (New Louisville) is best-known for its cutting-edge art galleries and antique shops, but it also has some of the city’s best and most forward-thinking dining at Mayan Café, Mozz and Toast on Market.

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