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“Place a bet or just check out the track! Churchill Downs is a thoroughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby annually. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks in the same year. Churchill Downs has also hosted the renowned Breeders' Cup on eight occasions, most recently in 2011. Churchill Downs Incorporated owns and operates the racetrack.”
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“Urban park close to Slugger Field. Can walk across the Big Four Bridge to Southern Indiana. Restaurants, ice cream, and bars sit on the other side. ”
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“Perfect for families or solo adventurers. There's a large path for those who want to run or walk through the park, as well as large and lazy wooden swings and a full playground with water park for children. ”
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“Good place for hiking between 3 and 13 mile trails and offers some nice views along the way. Trail runners and mountain bikers are welcome too!”
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American Restaurant
“Don’t eat the food- not great. However, the drinks are good and they have great outdoor seating that overlooks the river- beautiful, especially during sunset! 15-min. from the cottage.”
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“We took our engagement photos in this park... During that visit, we stumbled across the for sale sign out front and the rest is history! A great walk with great mature trees”
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“Known locally as the Mag. A true Louisville experience but don't expect fancy. ”
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“Very large park with walking trail, public golf courses, playgrounds, tennis courts.”
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Book Store
“Last home of George Rogers Clark - house tour and museum. Look for the replica dollhouse and the carpets my mother was commissioned to design and make. ”
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“This park is ideal for biking, walking your dog, hiking, playing soccer or simply having a picnic.”
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“two and a half mile scenic loop meanders through the heart of Olmstead's masterpiece of urban landscape design, paved roadway is divided between one-way traffic and a designated walking and biking path, there are countless other trails throughout Cherokee Park for hiking and off-road biking”
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“So many fossils! This is an excellent activity for kids (or adults!) especially the Discovery Center.”
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“The Big Four® Bridge links Louisville Waterfront Park to Jeffersonville, Indiana over the Ohio River. The Big Four® was built as a railroad bridge in 1895, and decommissioned in the 1960s, when the ramps to the bridge on both sides of the river were removed. It was included in the original Waterfront Master Plan as a pedestrian bridge. The bridge opened to the public in February 2013, and it averages more than 1.5 million visits per year.”
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“Designed by Frederick Olmsted who also designed NYC's famous Central Park, Cherokee Park is in the heart of the Highlands Neighborhood. There is a great scenic walking loop, but you can also enjoy some hiking trails if you are interested in diving deeper into nature. ”
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“Sports parks, biking facilities, running trails, tennis courts, open spaces, dog park”
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