You've registered for the Bench Bar Conference
(right?), and now it's time to get ready for your time in Louisville! First things first - is it pronounced "looavul", "luhvul", "louEville", "looaville"
? There are plenty of fun things to do in the city, no matter which way you say it!
Ready for a mega-adventure? Find yourself careening through underground caverns on the Louisville Mega Cavern’s Mega Ziplines
. Rated by TripAdvisor as the number one attraction in Louisville, the caverns boast six fully underground zip lines along with two challenge bridges and a ropes course.
Like your subterranean journeys with a bit less thrill? Check out the Mega Tram, which guides you through 17 miles of underground passageways beneath the city.
When it comes to food and drink, Louisville brings a lot to the table. Hungry? Check out restaurants boasting far more than the state’s namesake fried chicken. Proof on Main
is credited with sparking the Louisville restaurant scene, and while you’re there, you can check out the galleries in the adjacent 21c Museum Hotel
. For a completely different culinary experience, try Mayan Café
, where Chef Ucan creates dishes inspired by his Mayan heritage.
Go local and check out even more of Louisville’s many independent eateries here
Thirsty? First on your list is the Urban Bourbon Trail
, where you can raise a glass at some of the best-stocked bourbon bars in the world, savor bourbon-inspired cuisine and soak in more than 200 years of bourbon history. Next up is a growing star in the American craft beer scene. At Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse
, you’ll find one of the nation’s only operational Victorian-styled and three-story “showpiece” brewhouses. Sip on a sample as you observe the brewing process at the brewery, which is conveniently located in the southeast corner of Louisville Slugger Field
Without horses and mint juleps, have you really experienced Louisville? The legendary Churchill Downs
will feature live racing Thurs., June 18 through Sun., June 21, and with its convenient location close to downtown, there’s no excuse to miss out on this quintessential Kentucky experience.
Plus, soak in the history of this Kentucky gem with a guided tour of the track facilities and the Kentucky Derby Museum
Watch the makings of the legendary Louisville Slugger bat and leave with your very own sample at one of the city’s most iconic attractions—the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.
New additions to the museum include an area to pose with bats belonging to the likes of Mickey Mantle and Cal Ripken and a special contemporary art exhibition
on the roots of baseball in Cuba.
Muhammad Ali needed only his own hands (and some gloves) to rise to worldwide fame. Learn about this hometown hero at the Muhammad Ali Center
, an international cultural and educational facility inspired by the ideals of its founder.
But wait…there’s more! These two attractions are located in the midst of “Museum Row on Main
,” where you’ll find eight more museums and galleries, from the Kentucky Science Center
to the Frazier History Museum
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