If you can't enjoy the thundering hooves of the world's fastest thoroughbreds during race season, you can enjoy tours of Churchill Downs and the pageantry of the Kentucky Derby year-round at the Kentucky Derby Museum. But it isn't just horse racing that the city of Louisville, Kentucky, is known for. There are more than 120 Louisville attractions to enjoy year-round.
Visitors to downtown Louisville can enjoy five major family attractions within just blocks of one another. The Louisville Science Center is the largest hands-on science center in Kentucky, with 150 interactive exhibits and activity stations, teaching laboratories and a four-story IMAX Theatre. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is home to the world's largest bat and features exhibits and a factory tour. Glassworks, a space designed to house and showcase the work of 50 glass artists, and Frazier International History Museum, round out the available entertainment opportunities.
Warmer weather brings The Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson, the city's two riverboats, to the waterfront for daily excursions. Don't stop there—visit Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom for a fun-filled day. If baseball is your game, you simply can't miss a visit to Louisville Slugger Field, home of The Bats. This stadium is one of the finest minor league ballparks in the country, and The Bats have enjoyed an impressive record in their fledgling seasons. Afterwards, enjoy one of the new eateries at Fourth Street Live!, a $70 million entertainment district.
After a day of sightseeing, Louisville has more than 100 hotels and 17,000 hotel rooms to choose from. From small, quaint bed-and-breakfasts to familiar names like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and Holiday Inn to two of the finest historic hotels in America, the area has something for every taste and budget. And speaking of tastes, with more than 2,500 restaurants, there's a great deal of tasting to be done. Visitors from around the world are astounded by the variety and quality of fine dining in the area by Chefs who have taken regional cuisine to a nationally recognized level. There are also quiet cafes, coffee houses, ethnic restaurants and casual eateries to choose from.
Remember, it's easy to enjoy all this because the city of Louisville, Kentucky is accessible. Within a one-day's drive of nearly half the population of the United States, the area is accessible by I-65, I-71, and I-64. And Louisville International Airport has more than 100 affordable flights daily. This is just a sampling of Louisville's rich and diverse offerings. With easy accessibility, affordable hotels and fascinating attractions, it remains one of the country's best values.
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