Welcome to Louisville, the largest city of Kentucky covering an area of about 1,030 kilometers square. Besides covering a massive amount of land area, the city has a massive population of 760,026 people as calculated in 2014, this is the reason it also stands on 29th number in terms of most populous cities in the United States. The city was built in 1778 and was named after a French king, King Louis XIV. It is mainly famous for being the home of Kentucky Derby, a horse race that is conducted in the city each year which attracts a lot of visitors. Besides this it is also the home of Kentucky Fried Chicken, a famous fast food restaurant chain, University of Louisville and Louisville Slugger Baseball bats etc. Louisville has been a great destination for tourists due to its magnificent and eye-catching resorts and natural attractions. Down below we have compiled a list of top 10 tourist places in Louisville which will surely grab your attention.
10) Louisville Slugger Museum
Established in 1996, Louisville Slugger Museum is a museum located in the West Main District of Downtown Louisville. It displays the story of Louisville Slugger Bats in history and features certain exhibits mainly focusing pop culture. Each year the museum attracts a large number of visitors due to its magnificent attractions including the largest Baseball Bat of the world weighing 68,000 pounds and having the height of 120 feet, a giant signature wall displaying the signatures of all Louisville Slugger players, A museum gallery, a theater and many other eye catching attractions. The museum is open for public 7 days a week from 9AM to 5PM except Sunday when it is open from 11AM to 5PM.
9) Muhammad Ali Center
Named after the former boxing sensation Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali Center is a museum and a cultural center situated in the West Main District of Louisville. It was opened on 9th of November, 2005 with a total construction cost of about USD 80 million. It’s a massive museum with six storeys covering an area of 8,988 meter square. Each year the museum arranges different exhibitions based on the six ultimate principles of Ali which are confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, spiritualty and respect. The center is closed on Monday and on rest of the days is open from 9:30AM to 5PM except Sunday when it is open from 12PM to 5PM.
8) Cave Hill Cemetery
Located in Baxter Avenue, Cave Hill Cemetery is a national cemetery of Victorian era covering an area of about 296 acres. Due to its massive land area, it is the largest cemetery in Louisville. The cemetery was built in the time span of 65 years from 1848 to 1913 and its architecture is based on Corinthian, Victorian and some other architecture styles. Many famous personalities of the past are interred in the graveyard of the cemetery including the great boxer Muhammad Ali, Colonel Harland Sanders (CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken) and many other notable personalities. The cemetery is open 7 days a week from 8AM to 4:45PM.
7) Locust Grove
Located in the eastern Jefferson County, Locust grove is a farm site and a national landmark with great historical importance. It was built in 1790 based on Georgian and some other architecture styles. The site was built by Lucy Clark Croghan and her husband William Croghan and it covers an area of about 22 hectares. Locust Grove is a great example of ancient architecture and craftsmanship of Kentucky. it is open 7 days a week from 10AM to 04:30PM except Sunday when it is open from 1PM to 04:30PM.
6) Kentucky Kingdom
Opened on May 23, 1987, Kentucky Kingdom is an amusement park in the city covering an area of 25 hectares. The park was opened to public on 23rd May, 1987 and includes a water park commonly known as Hurricane Bay and a bunch of amusement rides. There are a total of 51 rides, 2 Roller coasters and 2 water rides. Each year the park attracts a lot of people.
5) Louisville Zoo
Located in the Poplar Level neighborhood of Louisville, Louisville Zoo is a large zoo covering an area of about 54 hectares. The zoo was opened to public in 1969 and now it exhibits more than 1700 animals. There are six different zones within the zoo which are Australia, South America, The Islands, Africa, HerpAquarium and Glacier Run each featuring its own kind of animals. Beside the regular exhibitions the zoo also arranges “The World’s Largest Halloween Party” on 31st of October each year. The zoo is open 7 days a week from 10AM to 4PM.
4) Louisville Palace
Located in the eastern side of Fourth Street in the theater district of Louisville, Louisville Palace is a theater having the seating capacity of 2700 people. Being known as a historic landmark, it was opened to public on September 1, 1928 and is currently being used as a musical avenue. The theater’s building is two stories with a floor and a balcony. The interior is designed in perfect way which suits the music of almost every genre. If you are a music and movies lover then this place is especially for you.
3) Thomas Edison House
Situated in the Butcher town neighborhood of Louisville, Thomas Edison House is a sort of museum which honors Edison and showcases his inventions. It is not sure that whether Edison lived in this house or some other but it is sure that he lived in this neighborhood from 1866 to 1867. A large number of people visit the house each year. The house is closed on Sunday and Monday and for the rest of the days it is open from 10AM to 2PM.
2) Kentucky Science Center
Located in the West Main District of Downtown Louisville, Kentucky Science center is a science museum which was founded in 1871. There is a special zone in the museum which is especially designed for kids and has seven different sections which was built in 1998. The center attracts a massive number of people each year.
1) Speed Art Museum
Located on the Third Street next to University of Louisville Belknap campus, Speed Art Museum is the oldest art museum in Kentucky. The museum was established in 1927 and houses ancient, classical and modern art from all over the world focusing western art mainly. Each year the museum attracts a large number of people.