Louisville, KY, Travel Guide

Adam returns to Louisville, KY, for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, and he gets the chance to experience it like never before. The fans have turned this historic 2-minute race into a weeklong, ...

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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 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

 
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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

 
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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 Ave
Louisville, KY 40214

 
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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 Rd
Louisville, KY 40243

 
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Louisville International Airport

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

600 Terminal Dr
Louisville, KY 40209

 
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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 E River Rd
Louisville, KY 40202

 
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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 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40214

 

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