Bourbon Trail– Louisville is just the starting point for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Visit Angel’s Envy, Old Forester, Evan Williams, or Bulleit – heck, do ‘em all – and all within the I-264 loop. Visit Here for the trail info.
Check the websites, as some visits are reservation-only.
Speed Art Museum– Free admission on Sunday! Art yourself at the renovated Speed Museum. Enjoy Sunday brunch inside at the Wiltshire, then spend an hour tracing the intricacies of the English Renaissance room. http://www.speedmuseum.org/
NuLu– Louisville’s East Market District hosts a mélange of hip happenings. You can eat, drink, or shop – just park near Market and Shelby Street, and find your place.
Personal favorites are Revelry Boutique, Royal’s Hot Chicken, and the Louisville Beer Store. Be sure to grab a scoop of ice cream from the ridiculously tasty Louisville Cream. Maybe two scoops. http://nulu.org/
Joe Ley Antiques– This shop is in NuLu, sure. It also deserves its own callout for being completely nuts. Their massive three-story building boasts endless swaths of antique furniture, curious trinkets, strange statues, and weird baubles. Just go. Near the lesson venue! https://www.joeley.com/
Flying Axes– Throw axes and drink beverages. https://www.flyingaxes.com/
Kentucky Derby Museum– Relive the history behind the fastest two minutes in sports. This year’s Jockey Jump follows the unveiling of a new 16,000 sq. ft. museum expansion. https://www.derbymuseum.org/
Recbar– Do you like pinball? How about classic arcade games? Well, have I got a place for you. http://www.recbarlouisville.com/
Carmichael’s Bookstore– A local independent bookseller on Bardstown Road. Near the lesson venue! https://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory– We can’t stop here. This is bat country.
But I mean, if you do stop: buy a miniature personalized bat.https://www.sluggermuseum.com/
The Slugger Museum is one of many stops on “Museum Row,” which includes the Muhammad Ali Center and the Frazier History Museum. All stops are near the lesson venue. Check out the details here:https://www.museumrowonmain.com/about/
Escape LOU– Intentionally lock yourself in a room with 3 to 9 of your friends. The horror!
This breakout-game venue is located on Frankfort Avenue near numerous restaurants and shops. Reservations only. https://escapelou.com/
Frankfort Avenue– This stretch of Louisville falls in between the youthful flashiness of NuLu and the matured eccentricity of Bardstown Road. Sip a cappuccino at Caffe Classico, then shop for Beatles swag at Octopus’s Garden. Try the El Mundo margarita, or do brunch at Con Huevos (It is delicious). Or just hunt for vinyl at Guestroom Records. http://www.frankfortave.com/
Cave Hill Cemetery– Pay your respects at the gravesite of American hero, Colonel Harland David Sanders. Muhammad Ali and George Rogers Clark are interred here also. https://www.cavehillcemetery.com/
Guitar Emporium – Visit our storied local guitar shop on Bardstown Road, and admire that $3,000 Stratocaster. https://www.guitar-emporium.com/
Urban Bourbon Trail– Grab your Urban Bourbon passport, and stamp it at six Louisville bourbon establishments. A completed passport scores you some swag. Moreover, you’ll sample food and drink at some of the best-stocked bourbon bars in the country.
My personal favorite spots are The Silver Dollar, Proof on Main, Garage Bar, and Momma’s Mustard. Hint: try Momma’s wings. Bigger hint: try Momma’s wings.
Get the details here: https://www.bourboncountry.com/things-to-do/urban-bourbon-trail/
Flame Run– This place blows glass. Flame Run is a glassworks that offers gallery exhibits, single-run glassmaking experiences, and classes. https://www.flamerun.com/
Fourth Street Live– Louisville’s entertainment industrial complex. Bowl at the Sports & Social Club, and sing along at Howl at the Moon. Then discover the meat sweats at Brazeiro’s. https://www.4thstlive.com/
North American Championship Rodeo– Come see the ‘greatest show on dirt.’ Freedom Hall is hosting the NACR November 8-10. Yeehaw! http://livestockexpo.org/Rodeo-Homepage.html/