Things to do in Louisville….
I felt like writing something light hearted today, so here it is!
My daughter and I took a recent trip to Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a short drive from where we live and a nice little getaway for a weekend.
I love to travel so I thought why not make a list of things to do and places to see and share it with you.
1. Straddle the state line on Big Four bridge….one foot in Kentucky and one foot in Indiana.
2. Shop at the Outlet Shoppes of The Bluegrass in Simpsonville, 15 miles east of Louisville. It’s a covered, outdoor mall with a variety of stores. Something for everyone.
3. Louisville Slugger Museum. Lots of baseball history, a tour, and goodies at the end.
4. Henry’s Ark. A privately owned wildlife sanctuary. Get up close and personal with exotic animals. Free, donations accepted.
5. Visit the Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park and sit in giant Abe’s lap for a photo. Playgrounds, walking paths, restaurants, and picnic areas located here, too.
6. If you go in October, be sure and see the Jack o Lantern festival in Iroquois Park. It’s a must see! 5,000 hand carved, illuminated pumpkins on a 1,500 foot trail presented in themed scenes with music.
7. Jack Fry’s. An authentic, Louisville dining experience.
8. Cherokee Park. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the man who created Central Park.
9. Muhammad Ali Center. Take a turn sparing in the virtual boxing ring with Ali’s shadow.
10. Proof On Main. They use ingredients from their own farm. Along with the tab, you’ll get complimentary cotton candy.
11. Churchill Downs and The Kentucky Derby Museum. You’re in Louisville after all…you have to!
12. Old Seelbach Bar in the Seelbach Hotel. Where Al Capone gambled and F. Scott Fitzgerald found his inspiration for The Great Gatsby.
13. Belle of Louisville. Take a sightseeing tour on this 1914 steamboat and enjoy lunch or dinner on the cruise.
14. Louisville Mega Cavern. The ONLY underground place to zip line.
15. Squire Boone Caverns. 25 miles from Louisville. Guided cave tours and an 1800’s village.
There are also several wineries worth visiting in the area that have fresh baked good and home grown fruits and vegetables. Fall is an especially good time to visit the wineries.
I visited Huber Winery. They had live music, homemade ice cream and cobbler, and made to order pizzas in the restaurant…many food choices. I really liked the fruit and cheese plate. Baked Brie and juicy peaches. Yum!!
If shopping is your thing, St. Matthews Mall is the place to go and Oxmoor Mall is down the road. Shop till ya drop!
There are tons of choices for dining as well. The Melting Pot and Buca di Beppo are two of my faves.
Lexington is about an hour away. Venture on that way and you’ll be in the heart of horse country in The Bluegrass State.
Famous folks that have called Louisville home include Jennifer Lawrence, Mohammed Ali, Ned Beatty, Thomas Edison, Tom Cruise, Sean Young, Darrell Griffith, and Chris Hardwick to name a few.
If you ever have the opportunity to go, I hope you have a great time and discover your own favorite places.