Once hailed by Magic Johnson as “the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras all rolled into one,” the Kentucky Derby has become an international event with its own distinct culture. One of Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite horse races, the 150th running of the annual Kentucky Derby takes places this 4th May at the historic Churchill Downs. This year is set to be more special than ever, and it’s not just the main race itself, the whole city of Louisville comes alive with festivals and celebrations throughout the weeks pre and post the big day itself. Derby Day…Everyday.
In addition to the spectacular that is the Kentucky Derby, sports fans can immerse themselves into the fascinating life of Louisville’s most famous son at the Muhammad Ali Centre. And from one legend to another, visitors to the city can visit the factory where the Louisville Slugger baseball bats used by the iconic Babe Ruth and other star players were made. by
Basking in Ohio River views, it’s time to continue the adventure along the iconic Whiskey Row. Its title is pretty self-explanatory, with several distilleries located along a stretch of Main Street offering a variety of whiskey experiences, hidden bars and great food.
Kentucky is responsible for 95% of the world’s Bourbon production. And in Louisville you’ll find the spirit isn’t just a drink; it’s a way of life. Definitely not confined solely to the drink’s menu, creative chefs are continuously seeking new ways to fuse the flavour into their dishes.
Whether you choose to stay in the Old Louisville, Downtown at the Waterfront or in the new town Nulu, you’ll find something to suit all tastes. Unique attractions combined with incredible cuisine, excellent Bourbon and the distinctive Southern hospitality make Louisville a destination that’s a whole barrel of fun.
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