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Best things to do in Louisville

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“I mean - who are we kidding - most people visiting Louisville are here for some horse-related reason, but it’s actually a little more fun on days that are not the first Saturday in May. Opening night (the Saturday prior to Derby) is Dress to Impress night – you must wear orange to support the arts; there are live bands, night racing, and the wilder you can dress the better. Thursday prior to Derby is local’s day a.k.a. Thurby, and Oaks Day (Derby Eve) is awash in pink for breast cancer awareness. The infield is the place for debauchery, tickets are around $60-80 and can be bought the day-of. Derby opens the Spring Meet, but there is also Summer Meet (June-Aug., and $1 beer nights!) and Fall”
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Park
“Use the scenic loop to ride or walk without the worry of motorists. Just don't get lost. (Kidding... but seriously, even people who have lived here there entire lives sometimes exit the park in a very different location than they planned)”
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Museum
“If you're a baseball fan, be sure to take the tour to see where the MLB bats are made. Even if you aren't a baseball fan, you'll want to get your picture with the giant baseball bat out front!”
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Food Court
“A starting point to map out your day. From 4th Street Live you need to go on Bourbon Trail. Over a few days visit several of our Breweries.”
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Pizza Place
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“Good bar. A little touristy, but has fun ping pong outside and is within walking distance of lots of things.”
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Museum
“They also have an excellent cinema in addition to a fabulous permanent collection and top notch touring exhibitions. And every third Friday they have "Speed After Hours" which is always fun and fresh.”
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Beer Garden
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“Beer from all over the world. Great setting. In walking distance. Interesting food/snacks too. ”
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Whisky Bar
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“Fantastic whiskey list. Saloon style menu. Open late and usually hopping after midnight.”
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Gastropub
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“in Paristown Point, and just as close as Come Back Inn, but if you go during peak dinner hours (6-8pm) you will wait. Forever. But it’s worth it.”
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American Restaurant
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“Make reservations. Very elevated American fare. Get the warm brie salad and then regret all your salad choices prior to this moment.”
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History Museum
“Louisville was Muhammad Ali's birthplace, and where the champ learned to box. Check out the museum that bears his name to learn about his life and how the city honors him still.”
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Hotel
“Home to some of the best contemporary art in town, and in Museum row. They even have a Kehinde Wiley. And when your tired from all the culture you've absorbed you can get a drink and eat at Proof, the onsite bar+restaurant.”
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Pizza Place
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“The Post is our go-to for Pizza. Dining in is fun, however take out is a great option for larger groups. ”
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Neighborhood
“Nulu is the ultimate perfection of Urban revitalization complete with hotels, resturants, shopping and galleries”
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College Basketball Court
“The Yum! Center is constantly hosting major concerts and events, and isn't far at all.”
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Point of Interest
“They have a great tour. It's fun and interactive. It's hard to get to all the distilleries, but this one is a don't miss.”
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