Thousands of people each year decide to cross the Kentucky Derby off of their “bucket list” by investing in Kentucky Derby tickets or a ticket package, and making the pilgrimage to Churchill Downs to experience the Derby season in Louisville. Many of those people buy their Derby tickets right here at DerbyDeals.com! Tens of thousands more will be making return trips to the “Derby City”, not just for the race, but to enjoy what is Louisville’s best week of the year.
Often Derby goers will spend several days in Louisville leading up to the “Run for the Roses”, and it’s always a good idea to know what activities and sites there are to get involved with. One of the more popular sites for visitors is the Kentucky Derby Museum, which is located at historic Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby Museum opened in 1985 and draws about 200,000 people per year. The museum features two floors of exhibits that inform visitors about, not only the traditions surrounding the Derby race itself, but also some of horse racing’s top jockeys, owners, and trainers. If you have ever wanted to mount up and test your skills aboard a thoroughbred, you can do that at a simulation attraction that puts you in the saddle. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 5 pm, but is closed on Oaks and Derby days, so be sure to hit this attraction early.
While the Derby is king, Louisville isn’t a one horse town. The famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats are a big part of the cities tradition. The Louisville Slugger Museum is located in the heart of downtown. Patrons are treated to a host of attractions at the museum, including a 120 foot, steel bat located outside the building. In addition to the giant Louisville Slugger bat, there is a batting cage, and two galleries featuring the wood that has been used over the years by such baseball greats as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr., and Lou Gehrig. While you are there, don’t forget to stop by and watch a genuine Louisville Slugger being made.
Louisville has also been home to several heavyweight boxing champions over the years, including Jimmy Ellis and Greg Page. The boxer and athlete that is most synonymous with Louisville though, is Cassius Clay, or as the entire world now knows him; Muhammad Ali. Ali is one of the most recognized and beloved people on the planet. More than just a boxer, Ali continues to be a humanitarian who has fought racial injustice and challenged people to bridge cultural gaps. It should come as no surprise that Ali and all of his accomplishments are honored in his hometown at the Muhammad Ali Center. Visitors to the museum are treated to theme-based pavilions that highlight Ali’s core life values, such as dedication, confidence, giving, and respect. These pavilions treat visitors to a myriad of interactive and multi-media attractions.
These are just a few of the attractions for visitors to take advantage of while in Louisville. Other highlights include the Belle of Louisville, which is the oldest working steamboat in the United States, and takes passengers on a journey down the scenic Ohio River. If the nightlife is more your style, you’ll want to check out 4thStreet Live! It’s conveniently located downtown, and has upscale nightclubs, a bourbon bar, and several nice restaurants. You can also visit horse farms and bourbon distilleries while in Kentucky and tickets are available through us, right here at DerbyDeals.com! As you can see, there is quite a bit for Derby travelers to see while in Louisville.