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After moving to Louisville, you’ll notice one thing: that people here know how to have a good time. As the largest, most colorful city in Kentucky, Louisville hosts events each year that bring people together to celebrate Kentucky’s rich heritage. Just steps from your new apartment in Louisville, you’ll be able to attend world-class events where you can listen to live music, eat amazing food, watch the world’s most exciting horse race, and much more.
Below is a list of some of our favorite Kentucky festivals. The best part? None of them are too far from your home at our premier luxury apartments in Louisville KY. Because here in Louisville, we know how to throw a party fit for the whole family!
The Kentucky Derby
People all over the world have heard of the Kentucky Derby – the renowned horse race where more than 150,000 people come to gather to cheer and bet on horses. For only $70, you can don an elaborate hat, sip on a classic Mint Julep, and sing “My Old Kentucky Home” while watching “the most exciting two minutes in sports.”
Held on the first Sunday of every May at Churchill Downs Race Course, the Kentucky Derby actually kicks off with a two-week Kentucky Derby Festival, featuring the world’s largest fireworks display and the largest parade in North America. In fact, more than 1.5 million people enjoy 70 special events of this annual civic celebration including concerts and races.
Kentuckians go all out for Kentucky’s largest annual event, which is also considered one of America’s finest celebrations. You’ll definitely want to join in on the fun! And after experiencing the most exciting horse event in the world, you’ll be inspired to check out the Kentucky Derby museum, where you can learn about the rich history of the sport.
The Blues and Barbecue Festival
All you need for a good time is live music and barbeque. The Blues and Barbecue Festival is held every July at the water tower beside the Ohio River, and features performances by some of the country’s best Blues bands and musicians. Likewise, hundreds of expert barbecue stands, featuring a variety of barbecue styles from the best smokehouses in town, come out to fill the air with delicious smells of baby back ribs and tender meats. Try out a few and vote for your favorite!
The Blues and Barbecue Festival is also a great place to take the kids. While it’s a favorite hangout for local high school kids, it’s great for younger kids as well, where they can play in the special entertainment area for little tikes. And since it’s so close to home by our luxury Louisville Apartments, you’re not far from home for when your kids get worn out.
Kentucky State Fair
In the heat of Summer, it’s time to leave the comfy air conditioning in your Louisville Apartment and discover the fun and games at the Kentucky State Fair, which is where Kentucky farmers and makers show off their chops at the greatest agriculture fair in the state. Attracting more than 600,000 visitors every year, the Kentucky State Fair is the place to be to check out local livestock, stunning gardening records (like the state’s largest pumpkin!) and trying delicious local fare and down-home cooking.
According to their website, at the the Kentucky State Fair you can enjoy the World Championship Horse Show, agricultural exhibits and competitions, main stage concerts, a “cirque” like show, acrobats, fine art displays, home improvement demonstrations, and presentations from everything from beer to quilts. It’s a maker’s delight, and it’s a super fun place to take the entire family.
Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival
Kentucky is home of Bluegrass music, and every year the Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival celebrates Kentucky’s rich bluegrass roots. Featuring three full days of live bluegrass music of the finest local and national acts in the bluegrass genre, you’re sure to discover new bluegrass artists that you can’t get enough of.
But that’s not all – Burgoo, a thick stew featuring meat and vegetables is a down-home Kentucky staple, and is originally served at outdoor gatherings. Come eat the best of Kentucky Burgoo here at the festival, with vendors who all claim to have the best Burgoo!
This is one festival you’re not going to want to miss, as it’s one of the highest-attended festivals in the region.
St. James Court Art Show
Art lovers will want to come early to the St. James Court Art Show, which hosts more than 750 artists from all over the United States. Held in idyllic St. James Court, home of the country’s largest collection of Victorian-era homes, there’s always so much beauty and art that abounds. Held in the first full weekend of October, this is a must-see for art lovers, as the St. James Court Art Show was ranked #1 in the nation by “Sunshine Artist Magazine”. That’s high praise! You’re sure to find a beautiful piece of art to take back to your apartment in beautiful Louisville, KY.
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Louisville’s got the blues! Come check out the largest free neighborhood street music festival in historic Old Louisville, where you’re sure to discover new blues artists and enjoy some classics from winners of the Blues Music Awards. Featuring Blues acts such as The Pearls, King Bee & the Stingers, and One Shot Johnny, this is a weekend full of good foot-tapping music.
This festival isn’t just about the blues, but it’s also about fine food and drinks! With a wide selection of artisan booths, you can taste the best that Louisville has to offer while listening to some of the best blues bands in the country.
The Forecastle Festival
The Forecastle Festival celebrates music and art at Louisville’s Waterfront Park every July, bringing in musicians such as Beck, Jack White, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, and Outkast. Dubbed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “One of the coolest festivals in America”, people from all over the country flock to Louisville to see some of the most legendary bands in history.
What’s super cool about the Forecastle Festival? It galvanizes young music lovers into art and environmental activism. Their website says, “Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well as focusing on environmental activism and outdoor recreation. Past Forecastles have featured prominent organizations, industry leaders, and distinguished speakers, such as Robert F. Kennedy (Riverkeepers), Rob Caughlan (Surfrider Foundation) and Christopher Childs (Greenpeace International).”
A tradition that started in Massachusetts, the Jack-O-Lantern Festival has made its way to Louisville for Halloween lovers to enjoy the artistic spectacle of Jack-O-Lanterns every October!
From October 8 to November 3rd, Louisville hosts its annual Jack-O-Lantern Festival, which is held in Iroquois Park and features no fewer than 5,000 carved pumpkins lining the 1/3rd mile walking trail, illuminated at night as an “art show”.
It’s open daily from dusk to 11 pm during the week and closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday, so you can take your kids, your friends, or your sweetheart to gaze at the beautiful artistry of Jack-O-Lanterns. Proceeds go to the Louisville Parks Foundation.
The Bourbon & Beyond Festival
Every year Kentucky celebrates its rich Bourbon heritage the proper way by throwing a huge festival! Held in Champion’s Park, visitors can listen to live music by national acts such as John Mayer, Sting, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Lenny Kravitz, Cheryl Crow, and more. At this festival of excellent food and music, the centerpiece, of course, is the Bourbon bar! Here you can taste more than two dozen different Bourbons hand-crafted here in Kentucky and carefully selected by the event’s Bourbon curator. This festival truly celebrates craftsmanship, and you’ll taste the difference in your glass.
This festival is held every September, and it’s just a few steps away from your apartments in Louisville KY.
Mayor’s Hike, Bike, and Paddle Festival
Fitness enthusiasts will love this one! Held twice a year – at Memorial Day and Labor Day – all of Louisville heads outside for the Mayor’s Hike, Bike, and Paddle Festival. This festival is just a short drive from your luxury apartments in Louisville at Waterfront Park, and is a great way to celebrate the bookends of the summer season.
The focus of this festival? To bring the whole community together in an environment of health and fitness. Enjoy various fitness demonstrations that teach yoga, tai chi, Zumba, paddling, and more. And at the end of the festival, attendants choose between a 5k hike, a 12.5 mile bike ride, or a brisk community paddle on the Ohio river.
The Community Gathers in Louisville KY
After moving to Louisville, you’ll be thankful to find such a supportive community both at your apartments in Louisville KY and in the greater city beyond. Whether you’re into live music, craft Bourbon, outdoor activities, or the fine arts, there’s something for everyone in Kentucky’s largest city. So grab your friends and neighbors and venture just a short drive away from your apartments in Louisville KY to discover all this colorful city has to offer.
When you move into your brand-new apartment in Louisville KY, you’ll find yourself needing to hit the stores for furniture, décor, and more. Here in the Bluegrass state, we’ve got a shop for everyone. Whether you’re looking for fine home goods, eclectic antiques, vintage clothing, or high-end fashion, there’s something for everyone in Kentucky’s largest city.
Best Antique Shops in Louisville
There’s nothing like a good antique shop to find just the right item to bring a little bit of uniqueness and personal flavor to your Louisville KY apartment. Antiquing is the best way to find one-of-a-kind wares for affordable prices, and here in Louisville, we’ve got the best antique shops for all your vintage needs.
The Crazy Daisy Antique Mall
First of all, this antique mall is located in an old warehouse. How cool is that? Find your away around 20,000 square feet of vintage delights, with two floors total of every kind of antique known to man. Explore a variety of items, including musical instruments, artwork, décor, clothing, books, patio furniture, and much more. Even with its huge variety of inventory, visitors report that the Crazy Daisy Antique Mall is actually quite organized and spacious. One reviewer calls it “a treasure hunting paradise!”
Come see for yourself. You’re sure to find something that will add just the right touch to your brand-new luxury apartment in Louisville KY.
Architectural Salvage and Antiques
Louisville is home to hundreds of historic buildings that were built at the height of artful and unique American architecture. As the years go by, more and more fixtures from these old buildings crop up here, at Architectural Salvage and Antiques. One reviewer describes this gold mine as an “amazing collection of functional art history”, and another says that you can find plenty of “unique and surprising accents for your home”.
Here you will find high quality home goods from yesteryear, with rare light fixtures, furniture and art. As you walk around, you’ll find yourself saying “They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.” Find yourself some antique building restoration pieces and unique home items from the past. But browsers beware: you might fall in love with something you can’t part with, so be prepared to spend money on these one-of-a-kind treasures!
Antiques at Douglass Loop and Anna J. Shae’s Antique and Collectables
These two antique shops are listed side by side because they are side by side! Feed two birds with one scone by visiting one antique shop after another, both with their own unique flavors, and both having something for everyone who passes through their doors.
Antiques at Douglass Loop is the only store in Louisville that specializes in vintage military memorabilia. Find yourself vintage flags, uniforms, posters, and more that celebrate American military history. But that’s not all they carry. Check out their high-quality selection of furniture, art, homewares, and even gorgeous tiffany-style lamps.
J. Shae’s Antiques carry jewelry, vintage photographs, antique children’s toys, and interesting wares for the home. When you take these items back to your new apartment in Louisville, you’ll feel like you struck a gold mine.
Best Clothing Boutiques in Louisville
When you find yourself moving to Louisville – or any new town, for that matter – you might want to invest in a new wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for a sundress for those hot summer days, a classy work outfit, something that makes a statement, or a gift for a special person in your life, Louisville has a shop for just about everyone on your list.
If you consider yourself a little funky and a lot quirky, you’re sure to find clothes that speak to you here at Dot Fox. This boutique marches to the beat of their own drum, offering up quirky apparel and indie brands for both men and women. This means that men can have a great time shopping right alongside their ladies! Whether you’re looking for tee shirts, denim, sunglasses, belts, art, shoes, or knick-knacks, you can find it here at Dot Fox. And don’t forget – Dot Fox celebrates local artists by selling local craft art! You’re sure to find something unique here for both your closet and your apartment in colorful Louisville KY.
Travel back in time with the gorgeous vintage clothing and jewelry here at Nitty Gritty. This vintage clothing emporium features retro clothes and accessories such as hats, necklaces, sunglasses, shoes, coats, and more. They’ve got something here for men and women, and they have an entire décor section upstairs so you can take something back to your Louisville KY apartment!
One happy shopper says, “Everything is well kept, carefully taken care of and they put the decade on the tags so you know what era the items are from.” So whether you’re into clothes from the sixties, seventies, eighties, and beyond, there’s something from every decade.
Yes, you read that right – we’re about to get eccentric! This boutique features eclectic women’s clothes, shoes, and jewelry, and many women report that this is their favorite one-stop shop for finding that special dress for unique occasions (Kentucky Derby dresses, anyone?) There’s always something new, as they frequently update their stock of unique and colorful items.
The Best Malls in Louisville, Kentucky
Move over Amazon! The malls just steps from your luxury apartments in Louisville are perfect for a day out with the family with a delicious meal and some fabulous shops. With these malls in Louisville, you won’t be scratching your head wondering how to spend a day of fun with the family. Find clothing, home décor, furniture, and more at these high-quality malls.
Located in the central-east part of the city just steps away from the apartments in Louisville is the high-class Oxmoor Center. This high-end mall is home to no fewer than 50 shops and restaurants including Anthropologie, Bath and Body Works, Dicks Sporting Goods, H&M, Macy’s, and many more. Looking for a prom dress, a pair of shoes, or just a good time on a Saturday afternoon? Look no further than this mecca of style.
When you’re at Oxmoor Center, you can’t overlook the amazing dining opportunities you can enjoy with friends and family! Here there are some great places to grab a bite to eat, including BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery and California Pizza Kitchen. After moving to Louisville, you’re sure to find the Oxmoor Center handy for all your shopping needs.
Mall St. Matthews
Mall St. Matthews is a Louisville gem, as its Louisville’s first true indoor mall, and still one of the most popular malls in the city. Boasting more than 130 stores, there’s something here for every style and taste, featuring the likes of Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor Loft, and many more. Their great variety of stores far exceeds that of any place else in Louisville, and you will not be disappointed. Reviewers rave that Mall St. Matthews is “a beautiful mall with great restaurants!”
And speaking of restaurants, be sure to grab the whole family for a delicious meal or drink at one of the mall’s best restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, and many more.
Best Luxury Shopping in Louisville
Is there anything as fun as luxury shopping for the finest clothes around? You won’t be disappointed, as there are some fine luxury boutiques just steps from our world class apartments in Louisville KY.
With styles carefully hand-curated by owner Jennifer Lee, Peakcock Boutique is the finest boutique to find clothing that makes a statement. Here you will find high-end hats, jewelry, shoes, jeans, wallets, belts, and the most eye-popping dresses, blouses, skirts, and more. Carrying world-class designers such as Valentino, Catherine Malandrino, Helmut Lang, and Missoni, you’ll be so glad you found this little Louisville gem.
The New Blak
Looking for that perfect little black dress? Look no further. The New Blak has everything you need – from dresses to jumpsuits to cocktail dresses – you’re sure to find the best dress for that special occasion. But that’s not all. The New Blak has unique totes, empowering tees that say “Girl Boss” and “Woman Up”, and creative accessories that are sure to make a statement.
While you’re there, be sure to check out their stunning homewares, such as colorful candles, organic soaps, and wall art that celebrate friendship and strong women. You’re sure to find a little something for yourself here – and for your best friend!
Find Everything You’re Looking for In Louisville KY
Louisville has a reputation for fine crafters and excellence, and their shops are no exception. Here, you will find the best antiques, home wares, clothes, and malls just steps from your Louisville apartment. After all, what’s the fastest way to feel like you’re home after moving to Louisville? Go out and find something that speaks to you, that makes a statement, and that brings all your apartment décor together. Here in Louisville, it’s all about being your best self while supporting the local businesses that make Louisville special.
Right after moving to Louisville, one of the first things you’ll want to do is hit the town! Once you get all unpacked and situated in your brand-new luxury apartment in Louisville, KY, blow off some steam, grab some friends, and explore what the largest city in Kentucky has to offer.
You’ll be happy to discover that there’s no shortage of nightlife opportunities in this town. Grab some craft brews, shoot some whiskey, go dancing, and explore the most exciting parts of Louisville after the sun goes down.
Fourth Street Live: All Your Night Life in One Place
One street, 20 premier dining and entertainment destinations, and endless good times are to be had at this central hub for nightlife in Louisville KY.
Looking for delicious food and craft whiskey? Look no further than Fourth Street Live. There are multiple destinations for a delicious way to start out your evening with some of the finest restaurants in Louisville.
Brazeiros Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse
For starters, check out Brazeiros Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse, where you can start your meal with their fresh and loaded salad bar, and finish things off with more than 15 different cuts of tender, juicy meats: beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage, all with southern Brazilian flair. They have an extensive bar menu too, of course, so enjoy some craft cocktails in their festive atmosphere.
Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse
If you’re a fan of Guy Fieri, or if you just love a good Barbeque, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse is not to be missed! Featuring a large Ole Hickory smoker, two bars, a huge dining space and outdoor patio, Guy Fieri’s love for Barbeque is made evident at this Fourth Street Favorite. Your mouth will water at first glance of this smokehouse menu, from its juicy burgers, to tender ribs, to 18-hour smoked brisket, barbeque lovers are sure to return again and again.
Have any pizza lovers in your party? Pizza enthusiasts will be in heaven at the simply named Pizza Bar, which serves up cold beer and hot slices of New York style pizza in a cozy, nostalgic environment. One happy guest reports, “It’s a nice little hangout with arcade games, beer pong tables, and a huge projector screen where you can play Mario Kart!” Surely, this is a great place to throw a party.
After you eat dinner, you might come down with a sweet tooth! Look no further than The Fudgery, which serves up handmade, traditional fudge while playing show tunes. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything more charming than that. With friendly people behind the counter, this is a Fourth Street favorite for many. One local Louisville gal says, “Definitely a favorite of mine on 4th Street Live. The Fudgery is a spacious sweet shop, with plenty of ice cream, baked treats, and delicious fudge.” Sign us up!
If dessert isn’t in the post-dinner plan, then it’s time to grab a round (or two) of drinks!
Beer, Whiskey, and Bourbon at Fourth Street Live
It comes as no surprise that Fourth Street Live is not only the foodie destination of Louisville, but is also the perfect place to grab a round of beers, a shot of whiskey, some Bourbon on the rocks, or a craft cocktail.
Ever since its grand opening in 2018, Whiskey Dry by Ed Lee offers up more than 200 whiskeys from all over the world. While you’re there, grab a classic American burger, made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and finish things off with a classic-style bourbon milkshake. Priding themselves on fast, attentive service and craft cocktails, they serve up seriously delicious food and all the whiskey you could ever want.
Hop on over to Bourbon Raw for some craft cocktails and your choice of 85 different bourbons. Served up with southern-inspired cuisine, a patio, a lounge, and private dining rooms, this is the place to go for that bachelor party or birthday gathering. Just wait until you see the menu, which features lobster tail, king crab legs, scallops, steaks, and a warm goat cheese skillet that visitors rave about.
Goose Island Beer Bridge
If you’re more of a beer lover, check out Goose Island Beer Bridge. This spacious outdoor patio onlooks the bustle of Fourth Street and carries more than 30 specialty draft brews. If you’re into people watching and drinking beer on a sunny day, this is the spot for you.
One visitor says that she wasn’t sure if the place even existed, but they went to find it anyways. “This place is really cool. It resides in the bridge area that hovers over 4th street. The bartender was really friendly and stated that this bar particularly picks up the older crowd who don’t like drinking Bud Light and want a classier, less rowdy 4th street experience. It would be a great after work happy hour spot and I would definitely come back!”
Tavern On Fourth
For a casual good time, check out Tavern On Fourth, with its indoor bocce ball court, classic arcade games, billiards, darts, and ping pong! This place has something for everyone, and is a great place to meet up with friends for a couple rounds. With its fast and friendly service, people are able to get drinks quickly so they can return to playing games with friends.
The Sports and Social Club
Ready to watch the big game? Be sure to grab a good seat (hint: they’re all good) at The Sports and Social Club. With 60 high-definition screens playing the big game of the day, The Sports and Social Club serves up lunch, dinner, drinks, and live entertainment in a fun, festive atmosphere. If you’re looking for a casual burger, some fries, and beers on tap, this place might be your speed.
Cowboys and cowgirls at heart flock to PBR Louisville, a classic cowboy bar with western vibes and an urban industrial touch. It’s the coolest joint for a classic beer, a bull ride, and some Honky Tonk.
As you can see, Fourth Street Live is where the fun begins. There are plenty more places to drink and be merry here in the heart of it all, just steps from our luxury apartments in Louisville KY.
Enjoy the Dynamic Live Music Scene in Louisville
Louisville has an active local music scene, and there’s always a great band playing to adoring fans. Whether you’re into rock n roll, country, jazz, or the blues, there’s something for everyone in the biggest city in Kentucky, just steps from our cozy Louisville apartments.
Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar
A local favorite for music enthusiasts, Stevie Ray’s vets every local act that comes through their doors, so you only get the best of the best. As one of Louisville’s oldest blues bars, Stevie Ray’s is a Louisville staple, and much loved by locals. Stop on by for Thursday’s open mic nights, or check out one of the bigger shows on the weekends that showcase local and national acts.
Nobody goes hungry at Stevie Rays! There’s always a food truck on show nights, so you can enjoy good food while listening to some great Kentucky music.
Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen
This is perhaps the only live music venue in Kentucky (or in the Midwest for that matter) that serves up food that’s as amazing as its music. With delicious fried chicken, corn bread, and tacos, you won’t want for Southern-inspired soul food. The digs are cozy, too. With brick walls and large picture windows, visitors report lovely music in a joint that has a true “Down home Kentucky” feel. While you’re here, be sure to order a craft cocktail while you tap your feet to the music.
Zanzabar is nestled in the heart of this great city – not far from our luxury apartments in Louisville KY – and as you will see, they have a little bit of everything. From southern comfort food, live music, and arcade games, you’ll be able to spend hours at Zanzabar without ever getting bored.
Every weekend they host both local and national bands. In the past, they’ve hosted the likes of All Them Witches, Across Tundras, and Wild Child. By all reports, the service is good, the beer is cold, and their stage is perfect for up and coming musicians.
Howl at the Moon
Another Fourth Street Live staple, Howl at the Moon is a Louisville favorite with its dueling pianos and live music six nights a week. With its fancy digs and amazing performances, it’s the best place for a bachelorette party or night on the town. Some people even say that Howl at the Moon has the best Happy Hour in Louisville. Go find out for yourself!
Seize the Night in Louisville Kentucky
After moving to Louisville, you’ll want to see everything this great town has to offer. Trust us when we say that you’re about to have the time of your life. It’s time to explore the best places to drink, to dine, to meet great people, and to listen to some of the best
Shortly after moving to Louisville, KY, you’re sure to discover that there’s no shortage of things to do outside. Whether you’re into hiking, paddling, biking, camping, or climbing, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities in and around Louisville. Whether you’re willing to take a day trip or if you want to stay in the city limits of beautiful Louisville, there are a bounty of outdoor opportunities to be had just steps from our apartments in Louisville, KY.
Head Outside in Downtown Louisville
If you think you have to leave the city in order to experience the great outdoors, think again. Although Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky, it’s situated amongst a natural oasis, right beside the Ohio River and filled with local parks, green spaces, and hiking trails. Here are just some of our favorite ways to spend time outside, just a short distance from our luxury apartments in Louisville KY.
Louisville Bicycle Tours
When you’re moving to Louisville, you might be wondering the best way to explore your new city. Take our word for it: the Louisville Bicycle tours are a great way to get the lay of the land while getting in a good cardio workout! The tour takes you through numerous areas of Louisville, including the riverfront and downtown. It’s also a great way to learn the history of Louisville and to get a feel for the area, all while spending time outdoors.
It may come as no surprise that you can also explore the Bourbon Trail by Bicycle, by joining more than 1,000 people from around the country every September to taste some Kentucky Bourbon while enjoying the great outdoors. It’s the best of both worlds!
Belle of Louisville River Tours
For a truly unique experience, hop onboard the Belle of Louisville and experience this great city from the Ohio River. The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi-style steamboat in the world, and it’s a great way to enjoy a peaceful trip up and down the Ohio river. While this isn’t your typical “get outside and sweat” activity typical of many outdoors enthusiasts, it’s still a great way to catch some sunshine, eat a delicious meal, and enjoy views of Louisville from the water. You’ll even get a chance to learn about the Ohio River Lock System, so this is a good dose of both Ohio River history and Louisville skyline gazing.
Louisville Equestrian Center
After moving to Louisville, you’ll notice that Kentuckians love their horses! Since you’re one of us now, be sure to spend a day at the Louisville Equestrian Center, which features indoor and outdoor facilities for horseback riding. Whether you’re interested in learning how to horseback ride, or if you’re a seasoned rider, your whole family is sure to enjoy riding lessons, summer camps, and boarding opportunities here at the Equestrian Center right outside Louisville.
One horse-loving Louisville native says, “Are you suffering from Horse Fever? Doesn’t matter if you are 6 or 60, girl or guy, tourist or native. Betsy and her staff (2 and 4 legs) are the best of the best. Just want to try it out? Do yourself a favor- go for it. I was close to 40 when I finally decided that I was not going to outgrow that childhood dream. Don’t wait that long!”
Though it’s a drive from our apartments in Louisville, you’re sure to love spending time with owner Betsy and her team and their delightful horses here on the outskirts of Louisville.
Endless Summer Paddle Company
The Ohio River offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy a day outside on the water. With the Endless Summer Paddle Company, you can learn stand-up paddle boarding with some friendly instructors that help you get out on the water right away. By taking basic classes where you can learn the essential skills of paddle boarding, you can immediately put your new skills to action on the Ohio River.
They also offer weekly and monthly fitness classes, such as yoga on the river and other workout classes, all from your paddle board!
The Many Beautiful Parks of Louisville
Here in Louisville, we are spoiled by the sheer number of beautiful parks that are all close to home. Whether you’re looking to spend a day hiking, fishing, or even sailing, Louisville’s got just the park.
Located in the heart of Louisville, Cherokee Park has the distinction of being Louisville’s most beloved city park, boasting 409 acres of forest, fields, ponds, and rivers. Local residents of Louisville love the park for its scenic 2.4-mile walking trail loop, where they can walk their dogs, take a bike ride, or enjoy a leisurely walk with the family.
Cherokee Park is beautiful year-round. In the autumn, take a hike through the forest, where you can appreciate the golden autumn leaves, and enjoy a nice picnic in the park when the weather warms up in the spring. Summer time is the perfect time to get in some early-morning fishing on the lake or horseback riding on the trails. In winter, the local children go sledding down the snowy slopes.
Beargrass Creek Greenway
Just a stone’s throw from Cherokee Park is the Beargrass Creek Greenway, which features a walking trail that winds alongside the bucolic Beargrass creek. This hiking trail is just under 2 miles and passes beside Cave Hill Cemetary and route 64. It’s the perfect mid-day hike for when you want to take an hour to just get outside.
Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park
If you’re into boating, then this is the park for you! Equipped with a boat ramp and a beach down to the Ohio River, the Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park is the place to bring your small motor boats, paddle boats, and small sailboats. It’s the perfect place to bring the family for a day beside the Ohio River, as the park also features a playground for little kids, a green space for dogs, picnic tables, and outdoor grills.
Just as the name implies, Fisherman’s Park is for fishermen! Bring your bait and tackle and spend a day relaxing by the glittering Mirror Lakes as you catch some catfish, bluegill, trout, and bass. Of course, there are lots of other wildlife to see here too, including frogs, turtles, otters, birds, and more.
Louisville locals say that in the summer, the grass here can be high, so be sure to wear pants and boots.
Jefferson Memorial Forest
There’s tons to do at Jefferson Memorial Forest, especially since it’s the largest piece of forested land in Louisville! Just a stone’s throw from our apartments in Louisville KY, outdoor enthusiasts love how close this outdoor oasis is to their front doors. Enjoy a day of hiking or fishing, take the kids to an outdoor picnic where you can grill as they play on the nearby playground, or spend a weekend camping under the stars. Jefferson Memorial Forest even hosts zipline tours! This is about to become one of your favorite local retreats.
Kentucky Gems Outside Louisville
If you’re moving to Louisville from another state, Kentucky has some incredible outdoor opportunities that aren’t to be missed. These are the perfect weekend destination for when you feel like venturing farther away from Louisville, KY. Whether you’re looking to take a weekend trip, or just spend a day on an exciting adventure, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in the Bluegrass State.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Just an hour and 20 minutes south of Louisville is the famed Mammoth Cave National Park, home of the world’s largest cave. Mammoth Cave features a whopping 400 miles of surveyed passageways, where you can take a guided tour to learn more about the geological features of the park. While exploring the caves, be sure to take a light jacket, even in the middle of summer. With no sunglight, these caves get pretty chilly down there!
Red River Gorge
About two hours east of our apartments in Louisville, KY is Red River Gorge, which is famed for its huge cliffs and arches carved by the Red River. With its stunning vistas and well-maintained trails, you can make a weekend out of hiking, camping, and enjoying the breathtaking views from the rock cliffs.
Speaking of rocks, rock climbers love it here, where there are plenty of canyons and rock faces perfect for a day’s climb. In fact, Red River Gorge is one of the most popular climbing destinations this side of the Mississippi.
Hoosier National Forest
Just west of Louisville is the gentle and breathtaking Hoosier National Forest, which is a popular destination for hiking, camping, horseback riding, and fishing. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Hoosier National Forest’s “rolling hills, back country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful forest a local treasure”
An Outdoor Enthusiast’s Mecca
When you choose to live at our luxury apartments in Louisville, KY, you’ll be amazed at the sheer amount of outdoor activities right at your fingertips. That’s why we love living in Louisville – you get the best of the best city life, right beside some of the most stunning natural features in America, perfect for the rock climber, hiker, and nature lover.
When you move to our apartments in Louisville KY, you might notice that there are a few things that people from this town are absolutely crazy about. For example, Kentuckians rally with pride around college basketball, talking about the big game in elevators, sports bars, and professional events. Horse racing has a deep and storied history here in Kentucky, with a tradition of horse races so exciting that you’ll just have to experience them for yourself! And last but certainly not least, you are sure to fall in love with the best bourbon on the planet (if you haven’t already)!
After moving to Louisville, you’ll realize that Kentuckians just love a good time. So here at our apartments in Louisville KY, you can enjoy the best that sports have to offer while sipping on fine craft bourbon. Not bad, right? Here’s the low-down on Kentucky pride: what we’re about, what we love, and how we love to party.
The Wonderful World of Horse Racing
It is a thoroughbred horse depicted on the back of the Kentucky state quarter, and for good reason. If there’s one thing that Kentuckians love more than anything, it’s horse racing! Here in the Bluegrass state, horse racing is at the center of life and culture. Upon moving to Louisville, you’ll experience the excitement of “the greatest two minutes in sports”, and the rich history that horse racing has brought to the region and the world.
Rider’s Up! Our Love for The Kentucky Derby
Held on the first Sunday of every May, the Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously-held sporting event in the United States. Ever since its debut in 1872, the Kentucky Derby has captured the hearts of equestrians from all over the world, attracting expert horseback riders from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and more. This race, which brings an annual $217 million to the greater region, attracts 150,000 spectators annually for what is known as “the greatest two minutes in sports.”
The Kentucky Derby brings with it a rich history of tradition that brings people together from all over the world. Derby fans are famous for wearing elaborate, wide-brimmed hats that make a statement of their own. Looking for the perfect hat is half the fun! While some hats stay traditional and classy, other people love having fun with their hats: by wearing flamingos on their head, mini horse stables, and even a model of Churchill Downs itself! Whether you decide on a classic hat or an art piece, you’re sure to see some amazing hats at Churchill Downs.
And while you’re checking out all the glorious horses and hats, you’ll probably be sipping on a deliciously fresh Mint Julep – an iced cocktail made of bourbon, mint, and sugar syrup. The Mint Julep goes back to the race’s colonial roots, when a newspaper story from 1816 mentioned that a Mint Julep and the cup were awarded to a race champion, and ever since, race goers have been drinking the cocktail of champions while watching the most prized sports event in Kentucky history. Mint Juleps have also become a way to raise money for charity. In 2016, Mint Juleps were going for a whopping $1,000 to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Other traditions abound, such as singing “My Old Kentucky Home” and eating the popular Kentucky dish burgoo, a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork, and vegetables.
If you’re interested in attending this world-class race of three-year-old thoroughbreds at Churchill Downs, expect to pay $75 if you purchase a ticket at the door. Save money by buying tickets before April, when tickets are only $70.
Kick Off Celebrations at the Kentucky Derby Festival
Though the Kentucky Derby is held on the first Sunday of May, the celebrations begin a whole two weeks before that during the Kentucky Derby Festival. This festival is a way for Kentuckians to get excited about the big horse race, featuring the largest fireworks display in North America, the Great Balloon Race, a Great Steamboat Race on the Ohio River, and one of the largest parades in the United States. There’s even a yearly high school basketball game where high schoolers rally around their favorite team. During this festival, our apartments in Louisville KY are an exciting place to be, because you’re in the middle of all the fun and celebration!
Churchill Downs: Home of the Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in Louisville, was proudly marked as a National Historic Landmark in 1986, and it’s a spectacle in its own right. Boasting 147 acres, it’s able to accommodate 50,000 people, and is always getting better.
According to their website, “The Kentucky Derby is just the beginning”, as Churchill Downs has expanded their horizons with a magazine, casinos, and a leading online wagering company. They own multiple properties, including Calder Casino, Oxford Casino Hotel, Harlow’s Casino Resort and Spa, and Derby City Gaming.
The Kentucky Derby Museum
Also owned by Churchill Downs is the famed Kentucky Derby Museum! Learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby from its roots and colorful traditions, and how it continues to change lives today. Learn about the most impressive records, the care and keeping of horses, and the diverse horsemen and horsewomen that come from all around the world to race at the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Bourbon: Best in the World
If it wasn’t crafted in Kentucky, it ‘aint Bourbon! Kentucky is the proud birthplace of Bourbon, crafting 95 percent of the world’s supply. If you’re a lover of all things Bourbon, you’ll have plenty of amazing opportunities just steps from our apartments in Louisville KY!
Kentucky has 68 Bourbon distilleries (and growing!), and you can explore the best of the best on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Beginning in Louisville and ending in Northern Kentucky, you will learn about the rich history and crafting methods of this fine Kentucky staple. On the Kentucky trail, you can experience delicious Bourbon tastings and go behind the scenes to learn how it’s made.
Distilleries on the itinerary include Angel’s Envy, Bardstown Bourbon Co., Bulleit, Evan Williams, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve, and more. And that’s not all! While on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, you can experience delicious southern-style foods, gaze at the beautiful Kentucky countryside, and stay at some of Kentucky’s finest hotels.
Looking for something a little closer to home near your luxury apartment in Louisville? We’ve got just the thing. Be sure to check out Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail, which stays in the city limits and explores 44 of the best Louisville bars and restaurants that excel in Bourbon. According to Bourbon Country, “This collection of bars and restaurants have a significant knowledge of Bourbon and are eager to share their favorite beverage with you.” You’ll be a Bourbon expert in no time.
College Basketball in Kentucky: A Legacy of Excellence
Spend two days in Kentucky and you’ll notice one thing: that you can’t avoid college basketball forever! Kentuckians take great pride in their college basketball program, as they hold longstanding records in the sport. In fact, The University of Kentucky is heralded as “the winningest team” in men’s college basketball. It’s no wonder that the people of Kentucky are so proud of their home team.
Upon moving to Louisville, you’ll soon find that the love of college basketball is all around, and you’re sure to learn more about this exciting sport. You’ll notice that when you’re out and about, a certain knowledge of basketball is expected, so you know how to navigate around small talk in elevators, before job interviews, and for professional events. Kentuckians are a proud bunch, and many young basketball players dream of someday playing for the best teams in the history of college basketball.
To give you an idea, Rolling Stone Magazine calls the Kentucky Wildcats “the most talented team in college basketball this century”. That is high praise. So when you nestle into your comfy apartment in Louisville, KY, be sure to grab some Bourbon and snacks, grab some friends, and watch some exciting college basketball.
Join the action and see the Wildcats in action! Check out the Kentucky Wildcats Schedule at ESPN, and grab yourself some tickets to a game. Once you experience the excitement, you’ll understand why Kentuckians are so proud of their Wildcats.
To be sure, the Kentucky Wildcats are a point of pride for those in the Bluegrass state, but basketball fans in Louisville cannot deny their love for the Louisville Cardinals of the University of Louisville. Currently ranked fourth in the Atlantic Coast, the Cardinals have quite the track record, boasting 42 NCAA Tournament appearances and 14 NIT appearances. They seem to be on a winning streak too, as they’ve reached the Elite Eight on 14 separate occasions, including five of the past nine seasons. Grab tickets for yourself and some friends and enjoy a home game at the KFC Yum! Center.
The Legacy of Kentucky: The Finest Quality.
The legacy of Kentucky is one of excitement, sportsmanship, and fine-tuned craft. Whether on the race track, on the basketball court, or in the distillery, Kentuckians believe in reaching for the highest quality standard possible. Once you’re settled into your luxury apartment in Louisville, you’ll find yourself learning a lot about horse racing, Bourbon, and college basketball, and before you know it, you’ll find yourself cheering along.
At the end of the day, you’ll never forget the passion of this glorious state, and how Kentuckians believe in being the best of the best. This is evident in our Louisville apartments. We ensure that our apartments are equipped with world-class amenities, the finest materials, and have the brightest, most spacious floor plans that work best for today’s modern family.
Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to do as a family. But for those weekends when you feel like venturing away from the comfort of your luxury apartment in Louisville, you’ll realize that there is a bounty of activities you can explore with the entire family, just down the road. Here is a list of must-do activities, so you and your kids can get excited about moving to Louisville!
1. The Louisville Zoo
Is there anything more fun than taking your kids to the zoo, or even just spending a romantic day walking around a beautiful 134-acre zoo with your significant other? Founded in 1969, the Louisville Zoo is a hub of excitement and learning, where kids ages 9 to 99 can learn about animals from all over the world, including Africa, Australia, South America, and more. Learn about the reptiles, snakes, and bats at the Herpaquarium, where you can hang out with a white-scaled American alligator and meet a gila monster. At Glacier Run, learn about what it’s like to be a Polar Bear, and watch the sea lions and seals swim around with the zoo keepers.
On hot summer days, your kids are sure have a blast at the Splash Park! Kids of all ages can run around and cool off in the water jets and fountains. According to their website, the Louisville Zoo Splash Park has “42 unique spray events – which means 42 ways to get wet!” Remember to bring a bathing suit and towel!
Tickets are $16.25 for adult admission, and is $11.75 for kids. But prices in the winter are significantly lower, so be sure to enjoy a Zoo Day during one of Louisville’s warmer winter days.
2. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
The Louisville Slugger is an iconic brand of baseball bat, and there’s an entire museum dedicated to the history of this bat and its place in American sports history.
Take a guided tour through the factory so you can see how they’ve manufactured the Louisville Slugger since its birth in 1884, and then try your hand at the Bud’s Batting Cage and the simulated pitching experience. Long-time baseball fans will love seeing and touching the thousands of signatures from iconic baseball players who have signed contracts with Louisville Slugger throughout history.
This is the perfect place for die-hard baseball fans, but it’s also a great place for people who simply want to learn more about America’s great classic pastime. Forbes declares the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory “one of the greatest sports museums in the world”, which is high praise indeed!
3. Go to a baseball game at Louisville Slugger Field
Speaking of baseball, the Louisville Slugger Field is the perfect place to grab a beer, bite into a giant pretzel, and watch America’s most favorite pastime. Named after the famed Louisville Slugger baseball bat, the Louisville Slugger Field is home of the Louisville Bats. Come watch a classic Minor Leagues baseball game on the banks of the Ohio River for an experience you won’t forget.
4. Louisville Mega Cavern
Get equal doses of history lessons and fun at the Louisville Mega Caverns! This former limestone mine is situated in the heart of Louisville and stretches under major parts of the city, such as under the freeway and parts of downtown. Spanning more than 100 acres, this huge cavern is technically considered a large “building” because of its support structures. This makes it the largest building in Kentucky!
This cavern was a former limestone mine that was in operation from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. Today, it’s a favorite destination for birthday parties, ziplining, tram-riding, and bike riding. The Louisville Mega Caverns are also home to the world’s ONLY fully-underground aerial rope course challenge in the world! Come on out for a day of unique underground fun!
5. Waterfront Park
Situated on the banks of the glittering Ohio River, this 85-acre park is a great place to spend a day with the family. Take the kids to the children’s playground and waterplay area, where they can get in their bathing suits and run around the fountains and water jets. Next, walk across the Big Four Bridge, a decommissioned railway bridge that’s strung with beautiful LED lights. This is a favorite destination for romance and photography, and is a beautiful way to view the Ohio River.
Learn more about trees native to Kentucky at the Kentucky Grove, which is an area with beautiful native trees planted at the base of the Big Four Bridge. After a few hours, you’re sure to work up quite an appetite. Check out Joe’s Crab Shack, where you can get your fill of crab legs, fish tacos, seafood gumbo, and more delicious ocean fare.
6. Kentucky Kingdom
Thrill Seekers will not be able to resist the hair-raising rides at Kentucky Kingdom, where you can strap yourself in, throw your hands in the air, and enjoy the ride of your life! For a full day of fun and thrills, be sure to arrive early, so you can explore all that Kentucky Kingdom has to offer. Just a short drive from our luxury apartments in Louisville, you’ll find that your kids will beg you to come back for more thrilling roller coasters.
Kentucky Kingdom is the perfect place to find amusement park classics such as bumper cars, Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, and delicious food stands where you can get funnel cakes and cotton candy (because of course!).
On hot summer days, be sure to explore Kentucky Kingdom’s premier waterpark, Hurricane Bay, where you can swim in the “Big Surf” that feels just like swimming at the beach complete with waves and sand. Or enjoy a leisurely float down Adventure River and catch some rays at Buccaneer Beach. Grab your bathing suit, flip flops, and a beach towel, because you’re about to have the time of your lives, zipping down water slides and roller coasters.
7. Kentucky Science Center
For a day of educational delights, Kentucky’s largest hands-on science museum is not far from our family-friendly Louisville apartments. Various sections around the science museum appeal to different learning styles and opportunities, such as the Science in Play section, where kids can learn through what they do best: playing! According to their website, the Science in Play Section offers “Different activity zones challenge children to investigate, assess risks, use objects as tools, shop for shapes, textures and colors, explore, build, climb, predict and test – all through experimental and imaginative play.” Featuring a water table, wind tunnels, building with big shapes, a color and light table, and more!
Young science, technology, engineering, math, and art lovers will love the Makerplace, where kids can learn to build, craft, create, and problem solve by making and building with real tools.
Younger kids will love building forts in the “Who Forted” section, and the whole family is sure to get a kick out of the Natural History Gallery, where kids can learn about animals, anthropology, archaeology, and paleontology in a hands-on, engaging environment.
8. Frazier History Museum
The Frazier History Museum is the perfect place to learn more about the heritage of this great state, so be sure to explore the history museum shortly after moving to Louisville! An affiliate of the Smithsonian, the Frazier History Museum is the perfect place to learn about the rich history of Kentucky, and is sure to educate people of all ages.
Featuring exhibitions about The Louis and Clark Expedition, the history of Bourbon, American film photography, and more, the Frazier History Museum is well-versed on how to engage an audience. Be sure to check out one of the live performances by costumed actors and historians that help bring the history to life and capture the imaginations of guests. Stop by the theater to watch The Kentucky Show – a 32-minute multimedia production that educates about Kentucky’s past, present, and future. Young kids will also love Story Time, where they can listen to stories about our rich Kentucky heritage.
After a trip to the Frazier History Museum, you’ll return to your new apartment in Louisville, KY with more appreciation for the great city around you.
9. Joe Huber’s Family Farm in Borden, Indiana
Though it is a drive from our apartments in Louisville, KY, Joe Huber’s Family Farm in Borden, Indiana is well worth a day trip with the kids. The whole family will have a blast taking a ride in a hay wagon, feeding the farm animals, getting up close and personal at the petting zoo, and finding their way through a cornfield maze. But that’s not all! You can ride the kiddie train around the farm, get your wiggles out on the playground, and pick fruits and vegetables to bring back home to your Louisville apartment.
And for a small extra price, you can totally make your kid’s day and book some pony rides! Kids will love spending a day at the farm and will beg to go back!
Family-Friendly Living in Louisville KY
After moving to Louisville, you’ll notice that there’s no shortage of activities that the whole family will love. So whether you decide to stay in for a leisurely weekend at our high-end Louisville apartments or decide to hit the town with the kids, this city does not disappoint.
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