Since it is now September (can you believe it?!) and most of the activities associated with “Welcome Week” have passed, many Bellarmine students might be wondering where to go and what to do with their precious free time. In an attempt to help make this decision a little easier, I have researched the fun things to which us Louisvillians have access. Here are some of the most popular:
-Churchill Downs, the sight of the famous Kentucky Derby, hosts fun, unique events throughout the school year such as Downs After Dark and College Scholarship Day
-Fourth Street Live! which is located in the heart of downtown Louisville offers dining, shopping, and entertainment
-Cherokee Park offers a 2.4 mile walking/running loop, basketball courts, hiking trails, picnic shelters, biking trails, and a dog park
-Louisville Waterfront Park, located along the bank of the Ohio River, offers playgrounds, picnic spaces, and a scenic view. Waterfront Park also hosts numerous concerts and festivals throughout the year, many of which are free!
-Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, located in downtown Louisville, showcases the history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bats
-Speed Art Museum, Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum
-Muhammad Ali Center, which is located in downtown Louisville, is a cultural attraction and an international education center
Places to Shop:
-Bardstown Road, which includes stores such as Urban Outfitters, Pitaya, and General Eccentric
-Oxmoor Mall, which has stores such as Macy’s, Lucky Brand Jeans, and Teavana
- Westport Village, an outdoor mall that has a variety of boutiques including Apricot Lane and Serendipity
-Louisville Mega Cavern, a series of manmade caverns under the city of Louisville, offers both walking tours and “ZipTours”
-Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant, although located in Starlight, Indiana, is a popular place for Louisville residents to visit in the fall for apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, organic food, and games
-The Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, plays home games at Louisville Slugger Field in downtown Louisville.
Other Attractions around Kentucky:
-The Bourbon Trail, which includes distilleries such as the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, and the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles.
-Red River Gorge, located in eastern Kentucky, offers camping, zip lines, and rock climbing
Although all of these attractions, shops, and restaurants are Louisville originals, there are several things that stand out as being truly unique to Louisville. These include:
-Lynn’s Paradise Café, a restaurant five minutes from Bellarmine’s campus that is a “quirky independent restaurant with a national reputation built on great food, wacky décor, and wild events”
-Why Louisville, a shop on Bardstown Road that specializes in “locally designed shirts and accessories, books and magazines, gifts and cards, and general curiosities”
-Gallopalooza: Louisville’s Sidewalk Derby, which is a “civic pride project featuring brightly painted, life-size horses displayed throughout the community” offers a fun, unique way to explore Louisville
Enjoy your time exploring!