The Kentucky Derby may put this city in the international spotlight, but the famous horse race isn't all Louisville has to offer. Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, this vibrant city combines Southern hospitality with big city amenities, a cosmopolitan riverfront district, a diverse art scene, and a growing foodie reputation with two Restaurant Rows. Sports lovers should make a stop at the Louisville Slugger Museum; thrill-seekers, visit the Extreme Park. History lovers can sip mint juleps on a river cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville, a National Historic Landmark.[LCVB]

From our historic parks designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, to a new system of parks being planned through the ambitious City of Parks initiative, Louisville’s parks and recreation programs offer something for everyone – breathtaking scenic vistas, nature centers, sports leagues, historic homes, swimming pools, golf courses, community centers, campgrounds, conference centers, and more! [Metro Parks]

Culinary adventures abound as Louisville’s restaurants are a foodie’s heaven. With over 2,500 restaurants, travelers from around the world are astounded by the variety and quality of fine dining offered in the area by chefs who have taken Louisville’s regional cuisine to a nationally recognized level. Visitors need not be aspiring gourmands to enjoy the city’s cuisine, just stop in at any of the Louisville Originals to get a taste of the local favorites. In addition to fine dining, Louisville has its share of quiet cafés, coffee houses, ethnic restaurants, bourbon lounges, casual eateries, and popular national chains.[LCVB]

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