Louisvilles attractions dont end here. Theres history in the form of two grand homes: Locust Grove, the former home of Louisvilles founder, George Rogers Clark; and Farmington, owned by the Speed family and once visited by Abraham Lincoln.
There are museums to please everyone, from the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft to the Frazier International History Museum, an affiliate of Great Britains Royal Armouries, to the Louisville Science Center and IMAX Theater. The latter will host two blockbuster exhibits in 2011: Star Trek: The Exhibit (January) and The Chronicles of Narnia, based on the C.S. Lewis classic.
Finally, theres the River Citys most beloved icon: Belle of Louisville. Built in 1914, the Belle, as she is affectionately known, remains the oldest operating steam-driven paddle wheeler in the United States. Cruises on the Ohio River are offered from April through October.
OK, youve done the zoo, the Slugger Museum and the IMAX for the kids. Now its your turn. For an adult entertainment option, check out Fourth Street Live, an outdoor pedestrian area lined with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the Makers Mark Bourbon Lounge, the starting point of the citys Urban Bourbon Trail.
Louisville is fast becoming the most exciting food destination between New York and New Orleans, with award-winning restaurants in profusion. Some suggestions: Asiatique for the best of the Pacific Rim in the River City; Corbetts offering farm-to-table menus in a charming restored farmhouse; The English Grill, Kentuckys only AAA Four Diamond restaurant; and Bistro Le Relais, where the ambiance think a film noir movie set equals the sophisticated cuisine.
For overnight accommodations, try the Galt House Hotel & Suites. Situated on the waterfront, its two towers have undergone a recent renovation, and a new restaurant, RIVUE, occupies the rooftop. A favorite for hotel guests is the Gallop for Glory, a Bluegrass version of Hollywoods Walk of Stars, which honors Kentucky Derby-winning jockeys by placing their handprints in cement.