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Louisville: Frazier Kentucky History Museum - Entry Ticket

1. Louisville: Frazier Kentucky History Museum - Entry Ticket

Explore the Frazier Kentucky History Museum located in downtown Louisville in a late 19th century, Chicago-style building. Start by exploring the collections that are spread over 3 floors including exhibits, an education center, Museum Store, and a small theater. See some really cool artifacts, from the bow and arrows of the famous Native American, Geronimo, to the original “Big Stick” of President Theodore Roosevelt, each piece is displayed with a thought-provoking story. Next, watch one of the multiple live performances which happen every day performed by costumed actors known as “teaching artists”. The experience brings visitors face to face with some of the people and events that changed the world.  After this, head over to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center, home to the official starting point of the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The friendly concierge service guides help visitors plan their trips to Bourbon distilleries throughout the state, and can give advice on how to navigate Louisville’s burgeoning Bourbon, culinary, and nightlife scene. Finally, head over to The Spirit of Kentucky Exhibition for a visual guide to the history, craft, and culture of the Bourbon industry. Learn stories of the people, places, and events that have made Bourbon the signature product of Kentucky and America’s only true native spirit.

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Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

2. Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

If you love old architecture and spooky history, this is the tour for you! The New York Times recommends it as the first thing to do during your time in Louisville. Join a guide for this nightly walk that introduces you to the ghostly past and paranormal hotspots in America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. Best enjoyed against the backdrop of gas lamps and hidden walking courts, this Louisville-based ghost tour has received awards and accolades from national and international publications. Stroll around and marvel at the old architecture as your guide tells you all about the spooky history of Old Louisville. Discover the fascinating stories behind some of Old Louisville's most famous legends such as the Witches' Tree, the lady in the stairs, the hanging man, and the James Carroll murder house. Hear the stories of supernatural activity and ghost apparitions as your guide tell you the convincing facts around the causes for the haunted houses, haunted church, the haunted street corner, or the haunted park

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Louisville: Antique Firearm Shooting with Expert Instructor

3. Louisville: Antique Firearm Shooting with Expert Instructor

Step back in time and discover the history of the flintlock pistol, along with the long rifle. Learn the history of these unique firearms and their role in America's westward expansion. With your expert instructor giving you a safety overview, choose between a Daniel Boone long rifle or a flintlock pistol. Try your hand at the range and load and shoot three rounds. If you are already experienced or looking for more of an adventure, bring out your inner-Alexander Hamilton and challenge a friend to a 17th-century style pistol duel. Whether a private shooting experience or an old-fashioned pistol duel with a friend, enjoy a hands-on history lesson in a safe environment with an expert instructor.

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From Louisville: Derby Week Bourbon Distillery Tours

4. From Louisville: Derby Week Bourbon Distillery Tours

Spend a day in Kentucky Bourbon Country at some of the world's finest bourbon distilleries. See why famous brands and craft makers of bourbon and whiskey call Kentucky home. Scattered across the state, bourbon distilleries old and new produce some of the world’s favorite spirits. Each tour includes stops at two Kentucky bourbon distilleries with full tours and tastings, plus lunch at a locally-owned Kentucky restaurant. Following the experience, return to Louisville with a greater understanding of Kentucky's bourbon tradition. The schedule for the Bourbon Country Derby Week tours is as follows: • April 29, 30: Buffalo Trace and Bulleit Distilling • May 1: Buffalo Trace and Bulleit Distilling, or Stitzel-Weller and Barton 1792 • May 3: Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey

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Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

5. Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

In the late 1880s, as the famous Southern Exposition drew hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kentucky's largest city, bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco constructed impressive Gilded Age residences. They left a visual legacy of stone and brick mansions and townhomes that run the gamut of Victorian architectural splendor. Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Châteauesque, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Georgian—these are just some of the styles scattered over 40-square blocks just a mile from downtown Louisville.  Join this walking tour through Old Louisville with a professional guide and marvel at more than 1,000 old houses, churches, and buildings of this iconic and beautiful neighborhood. Listen as your guide tells you all about this preserved district and the history of the people who lived there.  Enjoy the tour recommended by The New York Times as a "must" during your time in the city to discover the colorful history of Old Louisville in a very entertaining way.

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From Louisville: Derby Week Kentucky Horse Farm Tours

6. From Louisville: Derby Week Kentucky Horse Farm Tours

Explore Kentucky's Horse Country and learn of past and future Derby stars at two thoroughbred horse farms. After being picked up from central Louisville, make your way to the city of Versailles for a visit to Sun Valley Farm. Explore this family-owned and operated horse farm which has produced more than 200 stakes horses worldwide over the past 20 years. Next, make your way to the historic Hermitage Farm. Explore the farm which has an 80-year tradition of producing winning racehorses. See the daily workings of this farm which has produced winners of the Kentucky Derby, the Breeder's Cup, and Kentucky Oaks. After your tours, enjoy lunch at a local Southern-inspired restaurant. Then, make your way back to Louisville with drop-off in the city center.

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What people are saying about Louisville

Incredible museum with tons to look at! Very unique experience, I really enjoyed all the Kentucky History

Super fun and informational experience! Instructor was awesome and full of knowledge.