Louisville, KY, Travel Guide

Find out where to stay, what to do and where to eat in order to do the Kentucky Derby right!


Activities
Churchill Downs
The mecca of horseracing. Whether you dress up for the paddock or dress down for the infield, as long as you have a mint julep in your hand, you’re doing it right.
  • 700 Central Avenue
  • Louisville, KY 40215 US

Churchill Downs

The mecca of horseracing. Whether you dress up for the paddock or dress down for the infield, as long as you have a mint julep in your hand, you’re doing it right.
700 Central Avenue Louisville, KY, US
Captain Derby Parking Lot
Because Churchill Downs doesn’t allow tailgating in their parking lots, partygoers flee to a nearby parking lot to drink, dance and hang out. RVs, party tents, custom-built bars … this parking lot has all the essentials for a good time.
  • 4621 Outer Loop
  • Louisville, KY 40219 US

Captain Derby Parking Lot

Because Churchill Downs doesn’t allow tailgating in their parking lots, partygoers flee to a nearby parking lot to drink, dance and hang out. RVs, party tents, custom-built bars … this parking lot has all the essentials for a good time.
4621 Outer Loop Louisville, KY, US
Louisville Waterfront Park
Live bands perform on the banks of the river while beautiful steamboats and barges navigate the waters behind them. There’s plenty of food to be had here -- make sure you try the red velvet funnel cake.
  • 129 East River Road
  • Louisville, KY 40202 US

Louisville Waterfront Park

Live bands perform on the banks of the river while beautiful steamboats and barges navigate the waters behind them. There’s plenty of food to be had here -- make sure you try the red velvet funnel cake.
129 East River Road Louisville, KY, US
Hillbilly Outfield
Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Hillbilly Outfield is the perfect place to celebrate the night before the Derby. It’s a family-friendly fair benefiting a good cause.
  • 12202 Old Shelbyville Road
  • Louisville, KY 40243 US

Hillbilly Outfield

Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Hillbilly Outfield is the perfect place to celebrate the night before the Derby. It’s a family-friendly fair benefiting a good cause.
12202 Old Shelbyville Road Louisville, KY, US

Hotels
21c Museum Hotel Louisville
A boutique hotel, art museum and civic center all in one, there’s no end to the things to see during a stay at this innovative, luxury hotel. Plus, each room comes with its own pewter mint julep cups, so you can do Kentucky right.
  • 700 West Main Street
  • Louisville, KY 40202 US

21c Museum Hotel Louisville

A boutique hotel, art museum and civic center all in one, there’s no end to the things to see during a stay at this innovative, luxury hotel. Plus, each room comes with its own pewter mint julep cups, so you can do Kentucky right.
700 West Main Street Louisville, KY, US
Phone: +1 502-217-6300

Restaurants & Bars
Wagner’s Pharmacy
Wagner’s is a must-visit for anyone experiencing the derby for the first time. Located across the street from the track, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before the race.
  • 3113 South 4th Street
  • Louisville, KY 40214 US

Wagner’s Pharmacy

Wagner’s is a must-visit for anyone experiencing the derby for the first time. Located across the street from the track, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before the race.
3113 South 4th Street Louisville, KY, US

Transportation
Louisville International Airport
Just 10 minutes from downtown Louisville, this airport is also home to an impressive collection of public art.
  • 600 Terminal Drive
  • Louisville, KY 40209 US

Louisville International Airport

Just 10 minutes from downtown Louisville, this airport is also home to an impressive collection of public art.
600 Terminal Drive Louisville, KY, US