About Louisville

by SmarterTravel Staff
Horse racing (Photo: Index Open)

Louisville is a home run destination for tourists who want a family-friendly vacation. Baseball and horse racing might be the power hitters, but this city has a solid lineup of other attractions.

Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum to tour the factory where the famed bats are made. The company has been in the business since 1884, and today more than 60 percent of Major League players use the "sluggers" to put a little extra power in their swing. To watch some up-and-coming hitters, take in a game of Triple-A Louisville Bats baseball.

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But baseball's not the only game in town. The Muhammad Ali Center provides the opportunity to feel the power of the boxer's punch on a heavy bag. Another big draw is the renowned Kentucky Derby, where visitors can watch both the horses race and the rich and famous who regularly attend the event.

Although sporting events are popular, there are plenty of other Louisville attractions. The Frazier International History Museum makes history literally come alive, with interactive exhibits and costumed interpreters. Or, people can be transported back more than 6,000 years at the Speed Art Museum, which exhibits artwork ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary. Visitors will also want to catch a concert at the "acoustically perfect" Louisville Memorial Auditorium.

Other things to do in Louisville include the Louisville Zoo, where more than 1,300 animals live in naturalistic settings. Also, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom offers thrilling rides on towering roller coasters, while Louisville Mega Caverns takes tourists underground to explore more than 17 miles of corridors.

Whatever the reason for visiting, flights to Louisville should be easy to find, as Louisville International Airport serves more than 3.5 million passengers each year.

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