Sleep Inn Louisville Airport & Expo
3330 Preston Hwy, Gate #6
Louisville, KY 40213
Phone: (502) 368-9597
Fax: (502) 375-0698
Kentucky Kingdom is a fun seasonal amusement park and water park. Get an adrenaline rush on a roller coaster ride, then jump on the swinging pirate ship, and then relax on the carousal. With tons of rides you'll find something for everyone, from little kids to adult thrill seekers. Afterwards cool off at Hurricane Bay which has water rides including a wave pool, slides, and a lazy river.
The Louisville Zoo is quite possibly one of the most underrated zoos in the world. Though somewhat modest in size, in is nonetheless home to a bevy of beautiful beasts. Some include camels, baby elephants, tigers, rhinos and even polar bears. The zoo also features different special exhibits. 'Glacier Run' presents arctic animals while 'Gorilla Forest' and 'Lorikeet Landing' are self-explanatory. The tiger feedings are also an attraction that highlight the nature of this apex predator. Here, guests are invited to walk a few yards away from a mesh-covered opening as the animal feeds on its lunch.
Explore Louisville Mega Cavern in a historic tram where you ride through 17 miles (27 km) of dark passageways beneath the city of Louisville. Learn about geology, history, mining techniques, recycling and green business technology as well as witness where 50,000 people would have sheltered during the Cold War Era. You can also go on 'Mega Zips', an adventure tour that features five underground zip-lines, three challenge bridges and over two hours of adrenaline. Another great tour only offered from November through December is 'Lights Under Louisville'. This underground holiday light show is perfect for the season, where guests drive through an underground passageway festooned with holiday lights.
A huge 41-acres of diversion in the Great Outdoors is what the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve represents. Other than Cherokee Park, it's probably the most popular in the southeast area of Louisville. The preserve offers lots of different hiking and jogging trails as well as plenty of places to view wildlife. The park conservancy does not allow pets or bicycles inside, and though this may be unfortunate for some visitors, it's ultimately beneficial to flora and fauna.
The Kentucky Derby, held annually at the fabulous Churchill Downs, is often said to be 'The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.' The museum, which is located just outside the racecourse, elaborately presents the history of this racing tradition through more than 20,000 items that have been collected since its inception in 1875. Exhibits include trophies, sculptures, photographs and paintings along with Derby souvenirs and the private collections of former horse trainers and jockeys. Tours can be made with the museum to visit the hallowed grounds of Churchill Downs as well.
Home to the famous Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs represents the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown (The Preakness and Belmont Stakes are the other two). Churchill Downs first opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby in that same year. Aside from witnessing the "Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" (that is if you can procure tickets to the race), it still a great place to visit outside of the first Saturday in May. The season runs from April to November and even if you can't make it to the Derby, you can still wear your favorite hat and order a Mint Julep.
On one of the most bustling blocks of the always-bustling Bardstown Road corridor, Cumberland Brews serves up tall pours of craft-brewed beer and healthy helpings of Southern-fried comfort food. Brews range from traditional English-style classics to decidedly experimental stuff like a pale ale spiced up with a hit of Yerba Mate. To eat, fried fish sandwiches and cheeseburgers go great with a side of fried green tomatoes. Enjoyment of all of the above is amplified by the fast-paced street scene out front viewable through big picture windows (or through your own two eyes if you grab a table out on the sidewalk).
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is a prominent church in the Catholic community of the city. The Gothic-styled structure lies on the popular Bardstown Road, in southern Louisville, and was designed by architects Walter Wagner and Joesph Potts. The compound of the church comprises the St. Francis of Assisi school and the famed statue of St. Francis. Besides providing spiritual solace, the church is also the venue for many community events. See the website for more information.
Old Louisville just might be one of the grandest old neighborhoods in the South -- if not the world. Ancient mansions and ancient oaks line ancient boulevards and avenues, and they all lead to one place: Central Park. It's a square block shrouded in shade and filled with neighbors enjoying their sunny afternoons. Kids play in the fountain, adults hone their backhand on the tennis court. All enjoy the pathways and shaded picnic spots. During the summer months, an amphitheater draws crowds, and they're kept safe by the on-site branch of the Louisville PD.
Situated at a prime location in Louisville, the John B. Castleman monument adorns the Cherokee Triangle. The monument is built to honor Castleman, who was a Confederate officer during the time of Civil War. The statue is made from bronze and stands 15 feet (4.57 meter) tall. The monument sees him riding on his favorite mare.
During the mid 19th-century there was still not a proper burial site for the Louisville's deceased, so a portion of Cave Hill farm was turned into a cemetery in 1848. The garden cemetery is known throughout Kentucky for its beautiful headstones, burial vaults and monuments. Moreover, the sloping hills with traditional earthen plots placed alongside imposing mausoleums and creepy statues evoke an eerie charm from the cemetery. The staff provides group tours for a nominal fee and individual tours are complimentary if made in advance.
Louisville Free Public Library dates back to 1906, it was founded owing to the generous donations of Andrew Carnegie. The library building has featured in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Check website for details.