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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.

“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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“Archery Ballfield Basketball Biking - Mountain Biking - Road Dog Run Fishing Golf Grill Hiking Trail Historic Property Horse Riding Trails Horseshoe Pit Multi-purpose Field Picnic Shelter Picnic Table Playground Restrooms Running Sledding Sprayground Tennis Walking Wedding/Reception Site”
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“Batter up! It takes a special place to craft the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. At Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the actual factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created.”
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Food Court
“Beckoning residents and visitors alike to the heart of downtown, Fourth Street Live! is a true entertainment destination that features more than a dozen restaurants, bars, and nightlife hotspots just steps apart. The variety of venues all under one roof makes Fourth Street Live! the perfect place for every event - a casual night out with friends, a refined dinner with clients, a bachelor or bachelorette party, a romantic first date, a corporate outing, a family afternoon of fun, or celebrating a special occasion. There are relaxed pubs for taking in the day's most anticipated sporting events on big screen TVs, as well as, bowling, billiards, ping pong, and classic arcade games; there's a lively bar for grabbing a delicious margarita (or two); a cocktail lounge specializing in innovative concoctions; clubs with swanky VIP experiences or urban-cowboy boot-stomping; and the ever-popular dueling piano bar.”
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Pizza Place
“NULU bar and restaurant with unique outdoor space. Ping pong tables, cars, and great people watching from picnic tables. ”
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“Tiny-hole-in-the-wall spot that you'll want to keep coming back to. It's in a residential area so it is easy to miss. Look for the giant hammerhead shark on the building.”
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“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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Whisky Bar
“Wonderful place with a cozy southern vibe. Great spot for good food and large selection of unique drinks. ”
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American Restaurant
“Old school upscale cuisine. Very classy. Get the Lobster Mac n Cheese. Really good fish and steak. Also one of the tastiest burgers around.”
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Beer Garden
“Located in a renovated historic church, Holy Grail offers a very cool environment and is one of our favorite spots! They offer an unparalleled draft list and also have lovely outdoor seating.”
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History Museum
“Non-profit museum and cultural center in Louisville, Kentucky dedicated to boxer Muhammad Ali, a native of Louisville.”
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“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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“A hip and affluent neighborhood located near downtown. The East Market district features art galleries, antique stores, and many bars. Some of our favorites are Taj Louisville, Galaxie, and Garage Bar. ”
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Pizza Place
“This is my favorite pizza in Louisville! It's within less than a 10 minute walk. ”
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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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“Corner bakery with donuts, cookies, and coffee. Maple bacon donuts are a local favorite. Open 6am-2pm daily. ”
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