Louisville, Kentucky is largest city, sits on the Ohio River along the Indiana border. Every May, its race course Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Derby, a renowned horse race whose long history is explored at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Baseball is celebrated at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, where Major League bats are produced and a giant baseball “slugger” marks the entrance.
Closer to the end of the trip, we thought walking across the bridges would be pretty sweet, so we did! We walked across the one bridge that touches Kentucky & Indiana, so that was pretty awesome. Made out for some amazing sunset pictures on a bridge. Now my favorite way to get sunset pictures for sure.
Louisville is one of those cities, that it doesn’t matter what you’re in to, there’s something for everyone. My friend, Krissy and I took a random trip to Louisville to visit her uncle. Which was a “I need to get away for the weekend, I just got fired, before I get my life together” kinda last minute choice and it was a good one. Sometimes you just need to get away for a moment, what’s better than a 8 hour trip to a whole different state?
Fun fact, we went to The Troll pub under the bridge, there was these little passport books. Each place you stopped in around Louisville, they stamp the book, after so many stamps, you stop by the Welcome Visitor Center and you got a freebie! Which was pretty cool. Before you go anywhere, you should totally check out the Welcome Center, they have a lot of awesome booklets, great information.
To really see ALL of Downtown Louisville, you need like a few weeks, because there’s so much to do when it comes to things to see, things to eat & things to do. We only got to see a few of those things. Goals one year will be to spend a few months there, most likely over Summer break.
Places to Eat in Louisville, Kentucky
Let’s take a minute and talk about how AMAZING this food is. I got the beer cheese burger on a pretzel roll and it was to die for. Their fries are amazing as well, they call them troll fries. Before you walk into this Troll Pub, there’s this huge troll outside – you must take a selfie with, because why not? If you send your picture to their website, they also put it on their website.
Legit this restaurant is on the roof of a hotel!? Yea it was pretty awesome. We ended up there on pure accident, we were using the hotel’s bathroom and her uncle was like, “oh let’s go check this place out…” We get to the roof and a waitress came out and asked us if we wanted a drink, who could say no to that view? We sat down at one place, then ended up moving to these awesome couches that had a built-in fire pits which was totally awesome. While we’re chilling on this roof, what flies over our head? Trump on Air Force One, that’s the closest I’ve ever been, kinda cool.
Neighborhood tavern in old Louisville serving house made sauces and hand crafted Burgers, Entrees, Dessert, Appetizers and More. We offer something delicious and affordable for everyone. Beer, Wine, Top Shelf Liquor, and More. We have a full-service bar, where you will find something to wet your whistle! The family sitting next to us, actually donated one of the items that we saw in The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, which was pretty amazing and the food was amazing as well!
Shop Local in Louisville, Kentucky
Regalo offers an eclectic mix of unique gifts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories, contemporary decor and fine art. All of this in a fun, vibrant atmosphere at very reasonable prices. If you are looking for a unique gift that’s a little different, a little better, you are sure to find it in one of our stores. Visit us for a unique shopping experience and see why we have been voted Louisville’s Best Gift Store! Located at 562 S 4th St Louisville, KY
Block Party recreates the fun vibe of an art market in a year round retail space! Block Party is an innovative retail and community space for local artists and entrepreneurs. We are a collaborative handmade boutique that operates on a micro rental space agreement. All items are handmade from local and regional artists, and artists have their own space to merchandise and sell their work! As a co-op model, members work together at the store, providing an intimate and innovative experience for shoppers. Block Party Handmade Boutique is a proud member of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance. Located at 560 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
The boutique is full of handmade jewelry, art, and home décor. In addition to the boutique, there is an also a room dedicated to screen prints and photography. In the Gallery, the art rotates and is welcomed each month by an opening reception, with an anniversary bash every year in August. We focus on exhibiting both up and coming and established artists in our thriving art community. Located at 742 E Market St. Louisville, KY 40202
Museums in Louisville, Kentucky
The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, was the masterpiece of famed local architect Arthur Loomis of Clarke & Loomis.
The Museum has been lovingly restored to the Edwardian Age, housing a massive collection of period items including many original pieces, and stands as a testament to the abundant lifestyle of the owners, two of Louisville’s most prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs, Theophile Conrad and William E. Caldwell. Step back in time as you learn more about the era, the neighborhood, and the families who lived here.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is all about celebrating the extraordinary role of Louisville Slugger in baseball’s past, present and future. We’re here to delight our guests and create joyful, lifetime memories.
Five 19th-century warehouses live on as more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space where curated exhibitions and site-specific installations reflect the global nature of contemporary culture. Our galleries are open every day and exhibitions rotate, so make plans to visit often, and be sure to take advantage of regular cultural programming, too. Located at 700 West Main Street Louisville, Kentucky 40202.
Here’s some pictures from the rest of the trip… They didn’t fit in a category, we’re gonna have to go back, because it was a lot of fun. Sometimes you just need to jump in the car and go on a road trip with your best friend. I’m thankful for it.