Exploring Downtown Kentucky’s Waterfront and More

Kentucky, also known as the Bluegrass state,  is one of the states in the USA known for its’ music, bbq, and the downtown city of Louisville.

I spent some time in downtown Louisville, which had much to explore. Having gone there too late in the day, I did miss out on many of the museums as they close early – around 5-6pm. I did get to walk through the city and pass through many fine parts.

Can Louisville be explored in one day? Walking can lead you to see many of the city’s landmarks, history, and what to do’s if you’re out for the night. Here are some great places in Louisville I came across:

The Slugger Museum – This museum opened in 1884 and they continue to produce about 3,000 bats per year. You can get yours personalized! You will see the Big Bat in front of the museum which is a great selfie or photo spot. This bat weighs about 68,000 lbs.!


The Waterfront – Louisville’s waterfront is full of walking and biking paths. There is a park for looking out into the scenery and relaxing. Joe’s Crab Shack has a spot right on the waterfront and there are many cruises that leave. During the summer and weekends, there are many festivals and events that take place in this park.


Cool part is that you can see the state of Indiana and the bridges that travelers cross to get from one state to another.

Downtown Bars – West Main Street and Baxter Avenue have tons of bars with music, foods, and lots of drinks. I checked out Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse which had an extensive list of whiskeys, lots of bbq food and friendly faces. The bars are right next to each other, but you can find many alone on the side roads too that are less crowded at night.


Historical statues – You will see many historical figures throughout the streets – this one is my favorite of King Louis XVI and this soldier memorial:

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The city of Louisville is a beautiful southern town. Walking through most of it was an experience I would recommend all on its’ own especially if you don’t have time for many activities.


Have you been to Louisville? Where should I go eat next time I’m there?

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12 Replies to “Exploring Downtown Kentucky’s Waterfront and More”

  1. Waterfront cities are some of my fav too! Lots to do there, Kentucky surprised me in how much I truelly enjoy it as a city.

  2. I’ve never been to Kentucky but Louisville seems like a wonderful place to spend the day or the weekend. That Slugger museum looks great. I like the diverse attractions it offers though. I always adore cities by the waterfront.

  3. I’ve never been there, but it looks nice!

    [Stopping over via Sunday Traveler

  4. I don’t know too much about Kentucky or Louisville. My parents drove through it quickly during a massive rainstorm a couple years ago so they don’t have many stories to share either. Looks like there are plenty of sites to see though. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler.

  5. Hey, on behalf of Christa, Host of The Sunday Traveler, I was stopping by to check out your article. I never heard anything bad about Kentucky that I can recall and the people there seem to treat you like family. Or at least that’s always been my experience. Sounds like a nice place.

    1. Hey Christa! I’m excited to see more of it tomorrow. I definitely got the southern hospitality and it heightens my mood each time.

  6. culturalxplorer says:

    I have yet to make it to Kentucky but I really would love to go for the Derby one day!

  7. Oh I love Louisville. It’s one of those cities I could live in for sure. I’ve only been to the Derby a couple times so far but each time it was such an awesome weekend. Baxter Ave. is a good time – I may or may not have picked up a hot German bartender there once… 😉

    1. Haha! I want to go back for the Derby as well. I hear it’s a great time from everyone who’s gone.

  8. I have a friend here in Florida who is from Louisville, and he always raves about it there. I haven’t been yet myself. And I love towns that are at least a little walkable!

  9. Yay! I will try to check that out – I particularly could not drink while I was in Kentucky for my primary job and soo wanted to try something. I will be overnighting in Lexington in a few days, any suggestions there?

  10. Katie@From Shores to Skylines says:

    I NEVER see posts about my home state – so I was ecstatic to see this! next time you’re in KY, see some of the bourbon trail too. 🙂

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