440 South 3rd Street Louisville, KY 40202 +1 502 587 0706
When the glossy hubbub of Fourth Street Live becomes overwhelming, head for Third Street Dive. It's dark and gritty, the drinks are inexpensive, and the frills are decidedly few. There's a pool table in the back, a juke box full of heavy rock'n'roll, and live music on select evenings. The regulars are full of colorful stories, and the barkeeps have their share as well. If your one-drink Happy Hour plan turns into an beer-fueled, punk-rock all nighter, you're more than welcome to order out for pizza or bring in a bag of White Castles from around the corner. See MySpace page for concert schedule and more.
4th Street & West Liberty Streets Louisville, KY 40202 +1 502 584 7170
Fourth Street Live is the soul of a revitalized downtown Louisville. Dozens of dining and entertainment outlets under one huge roof mean there is always a crowd. On select nights, the section of 4th Street right outside is barricaded, a stage is put in place, and any number of rollicking musical acts bring the funk. Whether it's music, eats, drinks or dancing you're after, it can be found here, withing walking distance of all the best hotels and all the finest attractions Louisville has to offer. See website for complete business listings and dress code information.
1 Muhammad Ali Plaza 144 N 6th Street Louisville, KY 40202 +1 502 584 9254
Muhammad Ali is without a doubt Louisville's favorite son. Thus, the city center's centerpiece is a stunning multipurpose facility devoted to the boxing great in name, in image, and in purpose. Standing mightily at the base of the city's skyline, the building houses conference and event space and an inspiring museum. The museum affords guests an opportunity to relive the life and times of the man born Cassius Clay, through a professionally produced motion picture, countless exhibits, a number of interactive video displays, and even an impromptu boxing lesson session. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop for some souvenir gloves.
727 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202 +1 502 561 6100
The Louisville Science Center is the place to be for family fun in downtown Louisville. From interactive exhibits to educational events and IMAX presentations, there's something here for kids of all ages. Exhibits focus on both general science and regional specialties such as agriculture, and rotating traveling shows keep visitors enthralled year round. See website for full calendar, movie showtimes and more.
800 W Main Street Louisville, KY 40202 +1 877 775 8443
Looming like an all-American obelisk over downtown Louisville, the Louisville Slugger Museum's signature giant-size baseball bat is recognized the world over as the biggest, bestest piece of ash in existence. Inside the facility, visitors are treated to as well-rounded a baseball experience as could be offered at even the most premiere ballparks in the league. You'll be immersed in history, technology and heart for the better part of an afternoon. The best part is the brief tour of the factory floor, where you'll see real live Louisville Sluggers being crafted out of raw timber like golden fleece spun out of dirty lamb's wool.
729-31 East Washington Street Louisville, KY 40202 +1 502 585 5247
Although the 19-year-old Thomas Edison only resided at 729-31 East Washington Street for a year, it was during his time here working as a telegraph key operator that he explored improvements to the telegraph. Today, the Thomas Edison house continues to support the inquisitive spirit by organizing the annual Invention Convention, where school children compete with their own inventions. Another annual event takes place with the Edison Extravaganza evening with silent and live auctions. Have a party or group function that requires a historical inventor's living quarters (and tranquil backyard garden)? The house is available to rent for up to 50 people.
715 West Main Street Louisville, Kentucky 40202 +1 502 589 0102
Ever wanted to learn tapestry weaving or carve delicate features from stone? The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft is the place to explore hidden talents in their array of workshops, browse art exhibits in the gallery, and shop for unique gifts at the gift store. Workshops for adults and children teach skills as varied as quilt-making and drawing, and classes are also offered for special needs students. Constantly-changing art exhibits and a permanent collection charge a small fee for admittance.
815 West Market Street Louisville, KY 40202 +1 502 584 4510
The multi-dimensional Glassworks is a gallery, workshop, studio, gift shop, and event venue all in one. Come watch glassmakers transform globs of melted glass into exquisite pieces of art. Tours are offered every day but Sunday. Those eager to learn the trade themselves can take classes or drop in to the Walk-In Workshop. Glassworks also hosts birthday parties, and is available to rent for group functions (event planners even have the option of renting glass-making demonstrations during their function).
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 40292 +1 502 852 6664
Located at the University of Louisville, the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium provides an exciting look at the heavens. The 160-seat theater gives audiences a 360-degree view of a realistic night sky from their tilted seats. With special holiday events, daily shows, enlightening lectures, and group discounts, the planetarium is a stellar way to begin or further a lifelong interest in the universe beyond this planet.
829 West Main Street Louisville, Kentucky 40202 +1 502 753 1034
Reenactments, music, photography, lectures, and artifacts are just some of the many ways the Frazier International History Museum helps bring the excitement of history to a contemporary audience. This 100,000 square-foot, three-floor museum's permanent collection includes Theodore Roosevelt's "Big Stick," Daniel Boone's bible, and Geronimo's bow. Children and adults are sure to be entertained by various daily reenactments, while an ongoing series of historical lectures provides fascinating insights. Groups can rent designated areas of the museum, including the fifth-floor roof garden, overlooking the Ohio River.
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