3033 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205 +1 502 452 9920
The Farmington Historic Plantation is a recreational site for children and elders alike. Enticing tours are arranged for tourists visiting the grounds. These tours can be availed on all seven days of the week. The visitors' center provides a comprehensive map that is a great guide for sightseeing. The excursions to the historic house are offered from Tuesday to Friday, although it is to be noted that there is a weekly change in the schedule. The charges for exploring the plantation are modest and a great trip can be availed in minimal charges. Fees for adults are USD9, whilst that for seniors is USD8. Children can visit the site for USD4, and toddlers below six years of age can visit for free.
1960 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205 +1 502 456 6394
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is a prominent church in the Catholic community of the city. The Gothic-styled structure lies on the popular Bardstown Road, in southern Louisville, and was designed by architects Walter Wagner and Joesph Potts. The compound of the church comprises the St. Francis of Assisi school and the famed statue of St. Francis. Besides providing spiritual solace, the church is also the venue for many community events. See the website for more information.
2035 South 3rd Street Louisville, KY 40208 +1 502 634 2700
The Speed Art Museum is home to one of the most revered art collections in the South. At 12,000 pieces strong, there is no shortage of stuff to display, so visitors are continually treated to glimpse after glimpse into over 6,000 years worth of fine, fine art. Housed in a stately building of Kentucky limestone, the place oozes history and grandeur. Special attention is paid to American -- and particularly Kentuckian -- art, but the whole world is well represented, with whole collections dedicated to Europe, Africa, the Ancient World and more. See website for exhibition schedule and complete visitor details.
1340 South 4th Street Louisville, KY 40208 +1 502 574 5000
Old Louisville just might be one of the grandest old neighborhoods in the South -- if not the world. Ancient mansions and ancient oaks line ancient boulevards and avenues, and they all lead to one place: Central Park. It's a square block shrouded in shade and filled with neighbors enjoying their sunny afternoons. Kids play in the fountain, adults hone their backhand on the tennis court. All enjoy the pathways and shaded picnic spots. During the summer months, an amphitheater draws crowds, and they're kept safe by the on-site branch of the Louisville PD.
Jim Beam is one of the most cherished American whiskeys, and thus its unique history is one worth celebrating, and the Jim Beam American Outpost is the place to do it. Your visit begins with a screening of a short film telling the Beam story. Then you tour past some historic buildings and machinery. Then you make it to the tasting room where somebody pours you a couple tastes of bourbon. Then it's over to the gift shop for a souvenir Jim Beam sweatshirt.
3350 Burkes Spring Road Loretto, KY 40033 +1 502 865 2099
The Maker's Mark Distillery Tour is touted as one of the best even by some of its fiercest competitors, noted for a laundry list of qualities that set it apart. Maker's makes one product and one product only, unlike other distilleries that sometimes produce whole ranges of different bourbons. This focus lends an unparalleled quality to their bourbon, and makes for a distillery tour that goes down easy -- with a smooth finish. Furthermore, Maker's Mark is a family-style operation in many ways. The distillery grounds are beautiful but modest in scale, and are staffed by a small but extremely dedicated workforce. The tour itself is a thing of beauty in and of itself. Visitors are invited to see firsthand each and every step in the distilling process, from cooking and fermentation to aging and bottling. Charming and informative tour guides explain the intricacies of the processes and act as very human windows into the one-of-a-kind culture that is the Maker's Mark family. At tour's end, it's time to taste! Here, visitors are treated to an opportunity to sample the finished Maker's Mark product right alongside the unfinished bourbon-eligible distilled spirit (or BEDS), essentially the unaged moonshine that eventually becomes whiskey. Finally, the gift shop has its own wax station, where any citizen can strap on some gloves and goggles and dip their own bottle of Maker's into a vat of the company's signature bright-red sealing wax. Never in the history of civilization has there been a better tour souvenir.
5216 New Cut Road Louisville, KY 40214 +1 502 574 5000
Iroquois Park is a veritable outdoorsman's playground, located within minutes of Downtown Louisville. It's home to something of a mountain, from the top of which visitors get a panoramic look at the whole region. Why, on a clear day, one can see all the way to Indiana! Other park amenities include an archery range, basketball courts, disc golf course, fishing lake, miles of trails, horseshoes, picnicking, playground, tennis courts and more. On a cool Kentucky morning, one can set off up a narrow trail and quickly find one's self lost in the woods -- in a good way -- away from civilization, away from one's cares. And yet civilization and cares are just a few minutes away.
1100 Trevilian Way Louisville, KY 40213 +1 502 459 2181
The Louisville Zoo is quite possibly one of the finest unsung zoos in the world. Though somewhat modest in size, in is nonetheless home to a solid bevy of beautiful beasts. Highlights include camels, baby elephants and the MANED WOLF, a creature seemingly ripped from the pages of some kind of fantastical, mythical fairybook! Tiger feedings are another must-see attraction. Guests are also invited to come within mere feet of the animal as it feeds on its lunch through a mesh-covered opening in its glass enclosure. Jaw-dropping fun! See website for complete list of animals and attractions, as well as news items, conservation effort info and more.
1841 Taylor Avenue Louisville, KY 40213 +1 877 614 6342
Explore Louisville Mega Cavern with a Historic Tram Tour where you ride through part of 17 miles (27 kilometers) of underground passageways beneath the city of Louisville. Learn about the geology, history, mining techniques, recycling, and green business technology. See where 50,000 people would have been invited to stay during the Cold War Era. You can also go on Mega Zips the adventure tour featuring five underground ziplines, three challenge bridges including dual racing zips, and over two hours of adrenaline. Another great tour only offered from November through December is Lights Under Louisville an all underground holiday light show. Drive through a part of the of underground passageways beneath Louisville as you see and hear the sights and sounds of the holiday season.
1080 Amphitheater Road Iroquois Park Louisville, KY 40214 +1 502 574 5000 /+1 502 368 5865
Located inside the vast Iroquois Park, Iroquois Amphitheater is bustling with several art, dance and music events throughout the year. It is the official amphitheater of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and plays host to many of the city biggest events. Many popular bands, singers and musicians have come alive on this stage. Events here also include youth orchestras, dance performances, art exhibitions and so on. Famous bands like Wilco and U2 are also said to have performed here. Thus, this modern state-of-the-art place is a haven of sorts for many music and art lovers.
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