Sunday, June 17, 2012

{Daily Wedding Bits} What to do in Louisville!

Churchill Downs 

Hello all! Today’s post should be super helpful to all of you brides and grooms planning to exchange vows in Louisville KY. From tasty restaurants and cute local shops to landscaped gardens in historical attractions and famous festivals out of town wedding guests can make their stay in Louisville as busy or as laid back as they want it to be. 

Here at the Louisville Wedding Blog, we decided to make a list of must go places in Louisville. Enjoy and Do Something Original!

And here is our list of things we love to do in and around Louisville that you can include in your weekend itineraries for your guests!

Churchill Downs (Louisville's Horse Racing Icon): No visit to Louisville is complete without a visit to Churchill Downs — the world's most famous racetrack. Racing fans easily recognize the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875. 

Kentucky Derby Museum: When you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! Their exhibit showcases the journey from the birth of the foal to the winner's circle. (It's actually just beside Churchill Downs.)

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker’s Mark Distillery: Located 16 miles outside Bardstown, KY, about an hour and a half from Louisville, Maker’s Mark Distillery, one of the six stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Here, you can see how Maker’s Mark is made and hand-dip your own souvenir bottle.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: A six-story bat, leaning against the building, draws visitors to this museum which features a bat archive and reproduced dugout.
Slugger Field: From April through August, the centerpiece of downtown Louisville is Slugger Field, where the Triple-A Louisville Bats take on International League foes. 

Louisville Slugger Museum
First Friday Trolley Hop: Held on the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., the First Friday Trolley Hop is a tour of all of the galleries in Downtown Louisville’s art district. The event takes participants to several different art galleries located on the Main, Market, and Fourth Street strips. Trolley Hop rides are FREE (yes!) and no entrance fee at any of the participating galleries. (FYI: The Trolley can be seen in the photo above.)

Muhammad Ali Center: Located in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the Muhammad Ali Center is a cultural attraction and international education center inspired by the ideals of hometown hero Muhammad Ali.

Actors Theater of Louisville: A high-caliber theater that produces riveting, cutting-edge shows

St. James Court in Old Louisville

St. James Court: Located in Old Louisville, it is a courtyard surrounded by old, stately homes from the Victorian era (early 1900s). It is the location of the annual St. James Art Fair, an event that draws more people to Louisville than the Kentucky Derby. The St. James Art Fair is an open-air art show and sale featuring more than 700 artists selling art in every medium imaginable.

Fourth Street Live!

Fourth Street Live!: An entertainment complex located on the section of 4th Street between Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Liberty Street.

Bardstown Road: The street is home to the largest number of original restaurants, bars and oddity shops. Its a popular nightlife spot for locals as well as one of the best places in the city to get something to eat at any time of the day.

Louisville Waterfront Park: This is now a favorite recreation area among Louisville residents of all ages. It is the top destination for major local events like Thunder Over Louisville as well as smaller events and concerts in the warmer months. 

View of the Louisville Bridges from Waterfront Park

Louisville's Historic Homes: Louisville's long history can be found in its preserved historic homes that are located in some of the oldest city districts. Some of the city's most notable historic homes include the Thomas Edison House, the Farmington Carriage House, and Whitehall.

Whitehall Mansion

I hope this list is the perfect place to start to get some ideas of activities your family and friends can do while visiting Louisville.

Be sure to leave a comment with other suggestions or even your personal reviews. We love to hear from our readers!

Have a great week ahead! =)

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