Louisville Information

Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby was founded by Col. George Rogers Clark in 1778. The city features busy and eclectic neighborhoods, lots of historic architecture, and of course, great food.

Downtown Louisville
Downtown Louisville is jam packed with attractions and many districts, much of which are historic. Museum Row, located in the West Main District, should probably be the first stop when heading downtown to get all your museum meandering out of the way. Visit the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, then head to the Louisville Slugger Museum to learn about the history of the famous bat. In total, Museum Row contains over 7 museums, with other attractions such as Riverfront Plaza, a huge parking garage and interstate with a park built on top of it. Talk about multiple functions.While at the Riverfront Park, walk on down to the Belle of Louisville, a completely restored 1914 steamboat that has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Feeling hungry after all that meandering, pondering, poking around West Main? Fourth Live! Louisville's entertainment and retail center located between Liberty and Muhammed Ali Blvd. on 4th St. Grab some food at the Hard Rock Cafe or The Pub and relax to some laughs at the Improv Comedy Club.

Neighborhoods
Louisville features neighborhoods that were planned and laid out as early as the 1820's, so if your into history and old architecture, be sure to check out some of the older areas of Louisville. Butchertown, settled in 1820, features the Thomas Edison House, who's namesake resided in the shotgun duplex from 1866-67. The house has been turned into a little museum dedicated to Edison. For some elaborate residential architecture, Original Highlands is the neighborhood to go for some sight seeing. The first building was erected in 1814, and mid nineteenth century Queen Anne row houses and the famously narrow shotgun houses mesh in the area to create a complex and interesting street-scape.

Festivities
Louisville is busy year round with many different festivals. Come May, the Kentucky Derby begins with a two week long festival proceeding the event that is help on the second Saturday of May. In July, the Forecastle Festival is held at the riverfront and features music, art, and performance. The Shakespeare Festival and the Lebowski Fest (from The Big Lebowski) happens during the summer.

Louisville is a busy city! And one that has something to offer everyone.