Welcome to Bourbon City
Yes, Bourbon is a spirit that comes in a glass, but it’s also a spirit that defines Louisville’s culture and compassion, its arts and parks, and creative energy. It’s this kind of spirit that helped create Louisville itself – a city that combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, quirkiness with friendliness in a way that’s completely unique to our region.
Lou-a-vul as the natives say is an entirely different type of Southern. With a booming bourbon renaissance, iconic attractions, world-class hotels & venues and a renowned culinary scene, Louisville is an experience like no other city.
Head north to the riverfront for a cruise on Louisville’s iconic Belle of Louisville. This National Historic Landmark has been sailing since 1914 and is America’s only remaining authentic steamboat from the American packet boat area. Just up river is Waterfront Park – 85 acres of green space that was once a scrap yard and abandoned buildings. In Waterfront Park you can climb the ramp to the Big Four Bridge just to get a great view of the river and city or you can walk all the way across to historic Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Heading south on Fourth Street a few blocks takes you to the Fourth Street Live Entertainment District. And just a short drive from downtown is Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby. Known as the fastest two minutes in sports, hundreds of of thousands of people converge on the race track on the first Saturday in May to hear my Old Kentucky Home, sip mint juleps, and watch powerful thoroughbreds run the 1 1/4 mile Derby. Churchill Downs also hosts the Derby Museum.