Things to do, places, attractions

When most people think of Louisville, horse racing and bourbon come to mind, but there’s so much more in this city perched on the banks of the Ohio River than mint juleps and a historic race track.  

From a free outdoor monthly music gathering to world-class museums, a gigantic golden replica of Michelangelo’s “David” plus some really quirky history to discover — and let’s not forget the world’s largest baseball bat — Louisville is a city rich in natural beauty and history teeming with mountains of hometown pride.  

Whether you love a global food experience, touring the city’s vibrant distillery scene or a peaceful hike in a lush park designed by the world famous Fredrick Olmsted, around every corner you can expect to be surprised. Read on for 25 of the best things and unexpected ways to spend your summer in and around Louisville.