Known as the Gateway to the South, Louisville is the cultural, culinary and entertainment hub of Kentucky. Whether you are a sports fan, art enthusiast or aficionado of exceptional food, the Derby City has something for you.


Old and new combine in exciting ways in Louisville's downtown district. Enjoy the tried and true traditions or enjoy one of the new eateries at Fourth Street Live, a $70 million entertainment district. There are quiet cafes, coffee houses, ethnic restaurants, bourbon lounges, casual eateries and popular national chains. From burgers to burgoo, grits to gorgonzola, and fries to foccacia, you'll find just the platter to please your palate.


Shopping in downtown Louisville is as varied as its dining scene. Find exquisite creations of glass at Glassworks or Flame Run, or authentic Kentucky-made crafts at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. If your passion is antiques, Joe Ley is one of America's largest and most unusual antique stores to shop for treasures.


Downtown is also the hub of the performing arts scene. There's a nationally recognized professional theatre for young audiences, Stage One: Louisville's Family Theatre, and the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville or the elegance of the Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra and Louisville Opera.


With more than 120 attractions, Louisville has something for every age and interest. Discover the history of the city's beginnings on the Ohio River, the traditions of the Kentucky Derby or the makings of the legendary Louisville Slugger. London's Royal Armories are on display at their only location outside of England, the Frazier International History Museum and the life and ideals of Muhammad Ali can be explored at a magnificent center in his hometown. Take time to explore the city's nooks and crannies in the neighborhoods like Old Louisville. Visit the “Urban Bourbon Trail,” where you can raise a glass at six of the world's best-stocked and most-celebrated whiskey bars. Or take a short drive to one of Bourbon Country's famous distilleries.

For more information on the following attractions, please visit www.gotolouisville.com or contact the Convention Visitor's Bureau at 800.626.5646.

  • KFC Yum! Center - 2 blocks
  • Churchill Downs - 5 miles
  • Kentucky Derby Museum - 4 miles
  • Waterfront Park - 0.3 miles
  • 4th Street Live - 0.3 miles
  • Muhammad Ali Center - 0.6 miles
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory - 0.7 miles
  • Louisville Zoo - 5.4 miles
  • J.B. Speed Art Museum - 2.5 miles
  • Locust Grove - 7 miles
  • West Main Historic District - 0.3 miles
  • Louisville Orchestra - 0.5 miles
  • Kentucky Performing Arts Center - 0.3 miles
  • Actors Theatre - 0.6 miles
  • Louisville Glassworks - 0.7 miles
  • Kentucky Derby Museum - 4 miles