Fall fun in Louisville, Kentucky | Midwest Living

Fall fun in Louisville, Kentucky

Pounding hooves. Baseball bats. Bourbon on the rocks. Louisville oozes mystique, and lucky for visitors, the icons deliver. Even better, flourishing art and food scenes mean that a fall weekend in Kentucky’s biggest city is a safe bet. Read about our trip, then check out our trip guide for what to do, where to eat and where to stay.


Churchill Downs.
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Glass blowing at the Mark Payton Glass Center.
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Trip Guide

What to do

Frazier History Museum This polished downtown armory museum will engage History Channel fans but might leave others craving more variety. Admission charged. (502) 753-5663; fraziermuseum.org

Kentucky Derby Museum Immerse yourself in the “most exciting two minutes in sports” at Churchill Downs. Admission charged; tours available. (502) 637-1111; derbymuseum.org

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Admission includes a great factory tour. (877) 775-8443; sluggermuseum.com

Louisville Stoneware Browse the showroom of this nearly 200-year-old company, or get crafty in the paint-your-own area. Tours are worth the $7 charge. (800) 626-1800; louisvillestoneware.com

Mark Payton Glass Center Stop by for glass-blowing experiences and a glittering gallery. Admission for tours and classes. (502) 992-3270; paytonglasscenter.com

Muhammad Ali Center Multimedia exhibits re-create the tempest of controversy and adulation surrounding the boxer and explore his legacy. (502) 584-9254; alicenter.org

St. James Court Art Show Allow at least a half-day to see hundreds of exhibitors in Old Louisville. Shuttles run from downtown, or bring cash to park nearby. (502) 635-1842; stjamescourtartshow.com

Urban Bourbon Trail Rather than hit all the stops, use the passport as a guide to the city’s best grown-up bars. (888) 568-4784; bourboncountry.com

Click to the last page for our guides on where to eat and where to stay.


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