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Louisville Local History

Louisville was named after King Louis XVI of France. The falls of the Ohio River is where Louisville came to life. Louisville became a prosperous industrial town and a major shipping and trading center. The first municipal university in the country calls Louisville home, and ironically the University of Louisville was founded only 20 years after the city was established.

Today there is a Midwestern bustle to Louisville, which gives the city a unique vitality with Southern grace and charm.

Louisville Attractions

Louisville Shopping

Jefferson Mall 4801 Outer Loop Road. There are four major department stores located in this mall and approximately 100 other shops. An abundance of restaurants are also located in this mall to satisfy your dining pleasure.

Oxmoor Center 7900 Shelbyville Road. This two level mall features over 110 speciality shops and department stores, as well as a variety of restaurants, which serve up diverse cuisine at the Fair Food Court.

Bardstown Road Antique Shop Corridor There are shops and boutiques lining the streets with everything imaginable. Cafes, delis and restaurants line the roads, with varieties of fine foods and a choice of cuisines from around the world.

Louisville Activities

Louisville Science Center 727 W. Main Street. The science center features a variety of hands on science exhibits, which will arouse curiosity and interest. Stimulating stuff! The highlight of the center is the four-story IMAX theatre with digital sound.

Louisville Zoo 110 Trevelian Way. The Zoo features some 1300 animals in their natural environments, as well as an underwater polar bear exhibit, the Herp Aquarium and Metazoo. An extensive educational program is also on offer for children. A worthwhile experience.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom 937 Phillips Lane. This is a unique entertainment complex, which offers a full feature amusement park, a tropical theme water park and more than 75 thrilling rides, including five roller coasters.

Louisville Parks & Gardens

Louisville Gardens Located at 525 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard. presents entertainment from sports events to concerts all year round.

Louisville Restaurants and Bars

Louisville Restaurants

Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille - The main dining room has a raised smoking section with a full bar, which is dominated by a stone fireplace and huge windows looking out over the Ohio and Harrods Creek. The staff at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille are easygoing and courteous and the food is absolutely fabulous. The menu has a variety of fish dishes, which is in keeping with the riverside feel.

Limestone Restaurant Located at Forest Green Boulevard. The decor at Limestone is dark and suave and highlighted by bright fish tanks and alarge vessel holding bottles of the many wines, served by the glass. The menu has a spectacular variety of dishes to choose from. The food as well as the service is impeccable.

Smokey Bones BBQ 2525 Hurstbourne Gem Lane. This restaurant specialises in the Brunswick stew, but it is not the 'official' Brunswick stew. There have been some alterations made to the recipe. Various vegetables have been added and this recipe uses chicken, pulled pork, ground beef, onions and corn in a tomato base, seasoned to perfection.

Louisville Bars & Clubs

Jim Porter's At this large club, you will find a multitude of musical styles in different rooms on the same night. There are several stages with dance bands, country music, rock & roll oldies and rhythm and blues.

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar 230 E. Main Street. This blues bar is celebrated for its Chicago flavour. Blues music is becoming increasingly popular in Louisville, and Stevie Ray's is one of the most popular blues bars in the city.

O'Shea's Traditional Irish Pub This pub offers you the sounds of Ireland and a large selection of imported Irish stout is on tap. A great place to come and let you hair down.

Coyote's 133 W. Liberty. Coyote's is a country favorite, where you will hear local and national acts. Don't forget to put on your cowboy boots and take advantage of some lessons in line dancing.

Louisville children's activities

Louisville Science Center 727 W. Main Street. The science center features a variety of hands on science exhibits, which will arouse curiosity and interest. Stimulating stuff! The highlight of the center is the four-story IMAX theatre with digital sound.

Louisville Zoo 110 Trevelian Way. The Zoo features some 1300 animals in their natural environments, as well as an underwater polar bear exhibit, the Herp Aquarium and Metazoo. An extensive educational program is also on offer for children. A worthwhile experience.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom 937 Phillips Lane. This is a unique entertainment complex, which offers a full feature amusement park, a tropical theme water park and more than 75 thrilling rides, including five roller coasters.

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