Louisville Kentucky: Baseball, Bourbon, and Horse Racing

When you like of Louisville, Kentucky, three things come to mind: baseball, bourbon, and horse races. Whether you are a long-term resident, new to the area, or just passing through, there’s plenty to do in Louisville.

Louisville Slugger

Baseball is America’s game and anyone who watches baseball knows that Louisville Slugger baseball bats reign supreme.  A must-see for any baseball fan, the Slugger Museum & Factory is a fun, interactive experience brimming with baseball history. Feel the difference between size and weight of the bats used by baseball icons, watch a bat get made from start to finish, and see a fastball thrown in real time. With artifacts dating all the way back to baseball beginnings, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is a grand slam for baseball fans.

Bourbon & More Bourbon

A glass of nice bourbon is like a warm summer day; you can’t beat it. If you’re looking to do something without the kiddos, Louisville has got you covered. Home of Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, and a host of other bourbon distilleries, Louisville is a bourbon drinker’s paradise. As always, you should drink responsibly and never get behind the wheel of a car if you’ve been drinking. Louisville has got you covered; book a bus a tour for less than $100 and visit distilleries to your heart’s content, get an Uber or a Lyft, or designate a driver. And remember to eat. The bus tour provides snacks, but there are plenty of spots to stop and have a bite between distilleries if you’re going the Uber or designated driver route. Stay hydrated, trust your driver, eat food, and enjoy the heck out of that mint julep.

Kentucky Derby

You know what pairs nicely with that mint julep? The Kentucky Derby. Quite possibly the most famous horse race in the country, the derby is a fun outing for the whole family. The cherry of top of the two-week Kentucky Derby Fesitval, the Kentucky Derby is held the first weekend of May. Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been a staple in horse racing. The first leg of the Triple Crown, horses who compete and win the Kentucky Derby are treated like royalty. With the average race lasting roughly two minutes, you go more for the experience and the traditions than to see the actual races. It’s a Kentucky Derby tradition to wear a fascinating fascinator, so be on the look out for ladies in amazing hats. You cannot have a full Kentucky Derby experience without having a mint julep. This refreshing cocktail, made with Kentucky’s finest bourbon, is just what you need on a warm spring day.

If you’re looking for a fun family – or couples – vacation, place your bets on Louisville. It’s a shoe in.

Maybe you aren’t in the mood for a trip. There’s nothing wrong with a staycation.