Louisville, KY

You can bet on a good time in Louisville– Gateway to Bourbon Country. With Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, you’ll uncover the grand traditions behind “the greatest two minutes in sports.” Sip some spirits with a trip to one of our many downtown bourbon distilleries along historic Whiskey Row. Explore some culture along our Museum Row, from how baseball bats are made to knights fighting in a duel.

Top Activities

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: Admire the World’s Biggest Bat – stretching 120 feet into the sky. At Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the actual factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created.

Kentucky Derby Museum/Churchill Downs: The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs, is one of Kentucky’s premier attractions, captures the pride, tradition and excitement of the “greatest two minutes in sports.”

Louisville Mega Cavern/Mega Zips/Mega Quest/Mega Bike Park: Enjoy 4 attractions in one at the Louisville Mega Cavern. Explore the history of the cavern on historic tram tour, climb across the ropes course on the Mega Quest, experience the thrill of the world’s only underground zip lines course or explore over 45 underground bike trails.

Museum Row on Main Street: Ten original attractions within four walkable blocks – Frazier History Museum, Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Kentucky Science Center/KentuckyShow!, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, 21c Museum Hotel, the Muhammad Ali Center and the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.

Belle of Louisville: Over 100 years old, the Belle of Louisville is the oldest Mississippi-style steamboat still in operation in the world. The Belle of Louisville, which also claims the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark, has three decks and can carry over 600 passengers from May to September.

 

Ideas for First Time Visitors:

  • Churchill Downs-Home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875, first leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing
  • Kentucky Derby Museum-Celebrating the pride and tradition of the Kentucky Derby–“greatest two minutes in sports
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory-Take a guided tour through the factory where the world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are made
  • Muhammad Ali Center-Learn about Louisville native son and his local roots, his boxing career and global humanitarianism
  • Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse-Bottle your own bourbon at this working distillery in downtown Louisville

Ideas for Repeat Visitors:

  • Belle of Louisville-At over 100 years old, the Belle is the oldest steamboat in operation
  • Louisville Mega Cavern-Home to the world’s only underground ziplines and bike park
  • Mint Julep Tours Bourbon Tour-The only tour company dedicated to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
  • Speed Art Museum-The oldest art museum in Kentucky dedicated to contemporary art
  • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience-This working distillery in downtown celebrates the legacy of Kentucky first distiller
  • Big 4 Pedestrian Bridge-Converted railroad bridge to a pedestrian bridge converting Kentucky and Indiana
  • Louisville Stoneware-Tour one of the oldest stoneware manufacturers in the U.S.
  • Enjoy a Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel-Created in the 1920s, this sandwich has become a Louisville tradition with worldwide appeal

Special Events

2017 “Horse Country” Derby Week Tour

Celebrate Derby Week in Kentucky with a full day in Horse Country.  Get up close to past and future derby stars and studs at a world-renowned thoroughbred stallion farm before taking in the rich tradition of Kentucky’s horse racing industry with a walking tour of the breathtaking grounds at Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington. We’ll also make a stop for a local lunch along the way.

The cost is $199 per person, which includes the cost of lunch and admissions.

Tours depart from the Mint Julep Tours Gift Shop located in the Galt House Hotel (3rd Floor Rivue Tower), 140 N. 4th St. in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky 40202


2017 “Best of Kentucky” Derby Week Tour

Experience what makes Kentucky so great as you travel through the rolling hills of the countryside and travel to an award winning thoroughbred stallion farm to see a day in the life of past derby champs. Then explore Bourbon Country as you visit a distillery for a guided tour and bourbon tasting, we’ll also make a stop for a local lunch along the way.

The cost is $199 per person, which includes the cost of lunch and admissions.

Tours depart from the Mint Julep Tours Gift Shop located in the Galt House Hotel (3rd Floor Rivue Tower), 140 N. 4th St. in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky 40202.


2017 “Bourbon Country” Derby Week Tour

Journey to Bourbon Country as you learn about the history of bourbon and the process in which “America’s Native Spirit” is made on a guided distillery tour followed by a bourbon tasting, at two premier distilleries, we’ll also make a stop for a local lunch along the way.

The cost is $199 per person, which includes the cost of lunch and admissions.

Tours depart from the Mint Julep Tours Gift Shop located in the Galt House Hotel (3rd Floor Rivue Tower), 140 N. 4th St. in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

 

Local Transportation

Miller Transportation: Kentucky’s largest motorcoach company offering motorcoaches & school buses. We provide convention planning, shuttles, group tours & charters all at excellent rates!


Free Enterprise System: The preferred choice in group transportation and shuttle services. With equipment ranging from our 9 passenger executive sprinter to our 54 passenger state-of-the-art Renaissance coach. The Free Enterprise System can accommodate both small and large groups.


Shockey Tours, Inc. boasts a solid safety record and provides quality travel at an affordable price. We offer a modern fleet of deluxe motor coaches and courteous, safety-minded drivers. Our services include pre-planned group tours, charter services, shuttle service, airport transfers and convention transportation.


Star of American Charter Service: Local motorcoach operator with equipment to move any size group down the street, around town, or across the country!


Distance from Major Airports

  • Louisville International Airport (to downtown) – 7 miles

Local Tour Guides

Mint Julep Tours specializes in custom and public bourbon trail tours, culinary tours, and horse farm tours. Official sponsor of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. English spoken. Contact: Lisa Higgins, lisa@mintjuleptours.com


Destination Louisville: As the only accredited Destination Management Company (DMC) in Kentucky, we have provided ground receptive operators services since 1976. English spoken. Contact: Mike Kleine-Kracht, mike@destinationky.com


Essential Details, a full-services receptive operator, can customize tours to showcase bourbon and Kentucky. English spoken. Sheryl Thompson, wecandoitall@essentialdetails.biz


City Taste Tours of Louisville: A great city tour and a fun taste tour in one! See Louisville from the comfort of our shuttle and taste the town as you see unique areas/eateries around town. English spoken. Contact: Leslie Burke, info@citytastetours.com