You’ve planned a trip to Louisville, Kentucky to watch “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” this weekend, but even a short weekend stay is sufficiently longer than just those two minutes. No plans for the other 172,798 or more minutes? Not to worry! I’ve got the inside scoop on Louisville and all there is to do during the Kentucky Derby weekend.
1. Go hat shopping. Whether you’re going to the Derby or not, Louisville has anything and everything you need in the hat department. Looking for somewhere in particular? Try Dee’s Crafts on Shelbyville Road for the most high fashion headwear!
2. Visit Fourth Street Live!. Great dining and great entertainment, you can’t go wrong here. On Thursday, May 1st, check out the Live! stage for a performance by Big and Rich, followed by Fall Out Boy on May 2nd. Get there before 7 and there’s no cover charge either. Dining options include Hard Rock Cafe, Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant, Tengo Sed Cantina and more! Make sure to make reservations in advance during this busy weekend.
3. Take a ride on the Thirsty Pedaler. This 15 person bicycle custom built in Amsterdam will take you and your party on a 2 hour tour of downtown Louisville while stopping at a few bars of your choice. Make sure to book reservations ahead of time.
4. Get your picture with the world’s largest baseball bat (pictured above) at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Propped up against a 5 story building, this bat is on Time’s list of Top 50 American Roadside Attractions. Need I say more?
5. Take a tour of the Frazier History Museum. Located on Louisville’s “Museum Row,” the exclusive home of the Royal Armouries USA is a must-see while in Louisville. The museum is the only place outside of Great Britain that permanently displays Royal Armouries artifacts. Pretty cool, huh?
6. Explore the Falls of Ohio. Take a quick trip across the Ohio River to Clarksville, Indiana and you’ll find yourself roaming around the largest, naturally exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. They’re 390 million years old. How could you miss an opportunity like that?
7. Spend a day at the Kentucky Science Center. Traveling with kids? Check out Kentucky’s largest hands-on museum on “Museum Row.” (Hint: Maybe you can tackle the Frazier History Museum on the same day.)
8. Go for a bike ride. If you feel totally cooped up in the hotel room this weekend, hop on a bike or go for a jog on the Louisville Loop. Surrounding the city of Louisville, the Loop features over 100 miles of shared road and is pretty popular amongst locals.
9. Get your adrenaline running at Louisville’s Mega Cavern. Do you want to say you’ve conquered the world’s only fully underground zip line course? How about the world’s only fully underground ropes challenge course? For those who want to stay grounded, the cavern also offers a tram tour. In terms of adventure, this place has it all.
10. Explore the Kentucky Derby Museum. For those who won’t get to see the race, the museum will make it feel like you were really there for all stages of Kentucky Derby history. (Note: The museum is closed to the public on May 2nd & 3rd)