Louisville is anentirely different type of Southern. From boundary pushing twists on Southern cuisine that have made Louisville one of the “10 Best New Food Cities” in America to the one and only Urban Bourbon Experience featuring the world’s only city-wide trail filled with award-winning micro-distilleries, exhibits and craft cocktail destinations. Then discover one-of-a-kind attractions like the legendary Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and the Muhammad Ali Center. And, that’s just your first day here.
Louisville has blossomed as a booming center for independent art, music and business. Museums, galleries and interpretive centers are well-known to Louisville. The Kentucky Science Center is Kentucky's largest hands-on science center and features interactive exhibits, IMAX films, educational programs and technology networks. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft promotes excellence in art, craft, applied arts and design. The Muhammad Ali Center features Louisville native Muhammad Ali's boxing memorabilia.
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)perpetuates the ideals of the American war for independence and the founding of our nation. The Speed Art Museum is the oldest and largest art museum in the state of Kentucky. Several local history museums can be found in the Louisville area such as The Filson Historical Society, the Portland Museum, Historic Locust Grove, and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.
The Belle of Louisville is the oldest Mississippi-style steamboat in operation in the United States. The United States Marine Hospital of Louisville, Fort Knox, U.S. Bullion Depository, the General George Patton Museum, the Farmington Historic Plantation, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, and the Little Loomhouse are also located in Louisville.
The Kentucky Center features a variety of plays and concerts. This is also the home of the Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, Bourbon Baroque, StageOne Family Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Actors Theatre of Louisville is in the city's urban cultural district and hosts the Humana Festival of New American Plays each spring. Louisville is home to a fast-growing independent theatre scene. Theatre 502, Savage Rose Classical Theatre, The Bard's Town Theatre Company, The Liminal Playhouse, Looking For Lilith, Bunbury Theatre Company, Louisville Repertory Theatre, Louisville Improvisors, Pandora Productions, Eve Theatre Company, Squallis Puppeteers and Baby Horse Theatre all curate full seasons of contemporary, classical and experimental work.
Iroquois Park is the home of the renovated Iroquois Amphitheater, which hosts a variety of musical concerts in a partially covered outdoor setting.
Louisville offers a variety of attractions to explore!