Top Things to do in Louisville
By: Jessica Harsh
In the livestock world, Louisville, Ky., is known for those ever-popular green shavings. There is nothing better than driving your hog on those green shavings. In addition to showing, we all love going to the show and spending time with people from all across the country we typically only see at shows. Outside of the show, Louisville has a lot to offer for entertainment. Check out these top things to do and places to see while you are in town for NJSS and STC.
Louisville Mega Caverns (zip line in an underground cave)
The Louisville Mega Caverns are a fun adventure for the kids and adults! Voted as the No. 1 thing to do in Louisville, according to Trip Advisor, you will not want to miss this experience. Zip line through the caverns and experience Earth underground. You can find the caverns at 1841 Taylor Avenue, Louisville, KY 40213, approximately a ten-minute drive from the fairgrounds.
When you think of Louisville in May, you probably think of this next recommendation to check out. Churchill Downs is home of the Kentucky Derby and a great attraction if you love horses as much as you do hogs. While the Derby is always the first Saturday in May, there is still a lot to see while you are at Churchill Downs. You can visit at 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208.
You can cross two things off your Louisville bucket list in one spot! The Derby Museum is located at Churchill Downs. You can learn more about the history of the Derby and the horses that have won this leg of the Triple Crown. Derby Museum is located at 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, another ten minute drive from the fairgrounds.
Muhammad Ali Center
Visit the iconic boxer’s memorial museum. Not only is he known as a legendary boxer, but also for his inspirational quotes. “The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.” The museum is located at 144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202. It is about a 15 to 20 minute drive north of the fairgrounds.
Louisville Slugger Museum
Hey, baseball fans, this stop is for you. The Louisville Slugger Museum not only lets you see how the bats were made, but also a little history of baseball. “Batter Up!” Tour the factory where the bats are made! You can find the museum at 800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, which is 15 minutes from the fairgrounds.
Louisville Bats game if in town (Minor League Baseball)
To follow going to the slugger museum, if you want to see the bats in action, head over to a Louisville Bats game if they are in town. Fortunately, it looks like they will be! The Bats are a minor-league baseball team. To see if they are in town when you are there, check out their website below. You can make it to a game by typing the following address into your GPS system: 401 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202.
Lions, tigers and bears – oh my! Another attraction for the whole family is the Louisville Zoo. Not only are there lots of cool animals to see, but there are also quite a few rides and attractions to check out while you are there. The zoo is located at 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213. It is about a ten minute drive from the fairgrounds.
If the zoo didn’t provide enough thrill, head on over across the parking lot to Kentucky Kingdom for a roller coaster ride. Kentucky Kingdom is conveniently located a stone’s throw away from the barns. There are rides for all ages and sure to be a good time. If the heat gets to you, you can also visit Hurricane Bay, the water park, to cool down before heading back for chores.
Frazier History Museum
If you are a history buff, this stop is for you. You can explore exhibits ranging from Lewis and Clark, Prohibition and Kentucky, Saving Kentucky and even the Hunger Games. There is a lot to do and something for everyone. Located near the Ohio River you can find the Frazier History Museum at 829 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, approximately a 15 minute drive from the fairgrounds.
Bourbon Distillery Tours
Last on our list a place for those 21 years and older. There are quite a few distilleries around Louisville to learn about the history and even try some Kentucky Bourbon. To learn more about each distillery around Louisville and more specific information regarding tours, check out their website listed below.
About the Blogger
Jessica Harsh is a past NSR Marketing and Communications Intern who currently calls Georgia home. She is a graduate of Purdue University where she studied agriculture sales and marketing. She recently earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Communications from the University of Florida. In Georgia, Jessica will be teaching agriculture communications at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.