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Things to do in Louisville

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Famous for the Kentucky Derby. Even if you cannot participate on Derby Week, you can still enjoy the sites and sounds of Kentucky's most exciting and beautiful grounds. ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to go when you don't know exactly what you want to do, but you still want to go sightseeing. Amazing views and is a great place to run. ”
  • 155 locals recommend
Museum
“See where the famous bats are made. Every kid in Louisville has been here on a field trip at some point. ”
  • 121 locals recommend
Museum
“Great art down town. Check the Calendar, they have nights at the museum that usually feature live performers. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
History Museum
“Guided by Muhammad Ali's six core principles, the Muhammad Ali Center features an interactive museum, educational programming, and special events to inspire young adults and adults to pursue greatness in their own lives, communities and countries. ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Food Court
“There is a ton of places to eat, drink, and dance. Concerts and different kinds of entertainment held here frequently. (21+)”
  • 102 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“If the sun is out, this is the place to be and be seen! Fresh, fire oven pizzas, a deadly basil gimlet (go easy!), and a game or two of ping pong. Add in that it's the perfect place to visit with some furry friends visiting with their owners, and Garage bar is seriously cool.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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“Hit it for weekend brunch, but skip it for dinner. Great outside space and a large selection of bourbons, whisky and cocktail offerings. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This place is a Louisville Institution. Step back in time and just enjoy the food and live pianist. You'll need to be sure to get a reservation. The space is small but they pack them in on a nightly basis.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“My favorite restaurant in all of Louisville! Unique menu with amazing food and great beer list - in the basement of someones home, be prepared to wait!”
  • 72 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“$ An old church turned craft beer dispensary. Has an outdoor patio and choir loft seating upstairs. Some food. A little pretentious.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Named one of the 18 Best Food Neighborhoods in America, East Market - known as NuLu to locals - is known for unique art galleries, specialty stores, antique shops and a growing number of local restaurants. Upscale food and trendy bars abound. Park your car and walk up and down Market Street. Free shuttles to and from 4th Street Live on the LouLift busses. Check the LouLift schedule, only runs Mon-Sat until about 7pm.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Hotel
“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.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Category: Pizza Its just simple and good pizza. Don't think new-age pizza joints, think classic New York Style pizza.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Also, Keep in mind on Bardstown Rd there are lots of Local Shops, thrift stores, and antique shops to visit if you are interested. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“Forecastle summer Wednesday free concerts Chow Wagon Belle of Louisville Big Four Bridge Botanical Gardens Thunder over Louisville World Fest ”
  • 55 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“If the sun is out, this is the place to be and be seen! Fresh, fire oven pizzas, a deadly basil gimlet (go easy!), and a game or two of ping pong. Add in that it's the perfect place to visit with some furry friends visiting with their owners, and Garage bar is seriously cool.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
“Hit it for weekend brunch, but skip it for dinner. Great outside space and a large selection of bourbons, whisky and cocktail offerings. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This place is a Louisville Institution. Step back in time and just enjoy the food and live pianist. You'll need to be sure to get a reservation. The space is small but they pack them in on a nightly basis.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Gastropub
“My favorite restaurant in all of Louisville! Unique menu with amazing food and great beer list - in the basement of someones home, be prepared to wait!”
  • 72 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Category: Pizza Its just simple and good pizza. Don't think new-age pizza joints, think classic New York Style pizza.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Not your typical taco joint, better yet, an authentic Mexican restaurant with some of the best dishes in the Midwest. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A great local barbecue restaurant serving a full array of traditional southern barbecue options. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
College Basketball Court
“The yum center is Louisville's center for major concert's and sporting (Basketball) events (home of our Louisville Cardinal's Basketball Team). It is just a quick Uber/Lyft ride away (would def. recommend this form of travel for the traffic and parking can be horrendous on event nights.”
  • 44 locals recommend

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