Louisville is known as being the famous host to the Kentucky Derby, with the event making the city one of the world’s hottest travel destinations over spring. But if you feel a couple of minutes of action isn’t worth all the over-the-top mad hattery, slick clothes, and mint juleps, then we’d like to show you some other interesting activities that prove there’s plenty to do in Louisville beyond watching the Run for the Roses.
Rock out at the Forecastle Festival
Music fans will love the fact that, every year, Louisville’s Waterfront Park turns into a massive festival ground over the summer. Forecastle is often regarded as one of the coolest below-the-radar live summer music events and just a peek at the lineup backs this up. The 2017 edition, which is set to run from July 14-16, will feature artists like Weezer, LCD Sound System, Sturgill Simpson, Phantogram, and Capital Cities, to name just a few.
Duck and Weave Your Way to the Muhammad Ali Center
There’s no better way to pay homage to one of the greatest ever boxers in history than by visiting this center. Muhammad Ali is undisputedly a legend whose skill, style, and swagger are often revered by other fighters and boxing fans. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, it’s a must-see in the hometown of the Champ!
Walk a Straight Line on a Whiskey Tour
The words “Kentucky” and “Bourbon” go hand in hand, and it’s a good idea to sample some excellent batches while also getting some great information on the distilling process when in Louisville. There are excellent and highly rated tours offered at the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse and through the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.
Catch a Show at the Louisville Palace
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If you want to enjoy the arts in a more intimate and charming setting, then try and catch a show at the Louisville Palace. The historic performance arts venue has had some amazingly talented and legendary acts grace its stage over the years. Featuring theater, music, comedy, and dance, the Palace often lines up a gamut of live events that are sure to have something for everyone. Make sure to check their website and book tickets in advance, as they sell out pretty fast.
Take Flight Underground at the Louisville Mega Cavern
Probably one of the most underrated Louisville attractions, the 100-acre Mega Cavern is a former 19th-century limestone quarry that’s now been converted to the world’s only underground zip line facility. With fun and knowledgeable guides and other activities like an aerial ropes course and a tram tour, Mega Cavern is also a place that kids will love.
Swing by the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Okay, so if you’re a baseball fan, then no trip to Louisville is complete without a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. This famous make of baseball bat has been patronized by legends like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter, and a visit will let you experience a factory tour and even have a few swings with replica bats once used by baseball big guns from the past.
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