Frazier History Museum#10 in Best Things To Do in Louisville
Yet another standout site in downtown's West Main District, the Frazier History Museum is a special treat for lovers of military trivia as well as arms collectors. It's known for having an extensive collection of shields, swords, armor and medieval weaponry, plus a rifle once owned by president George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt's "Big Stick."
Recent visitors said they were initially disappointed with the cost of admission, but after spending time in the museum felt the price was fair for the experience offered. Highlights for reviewers included "The Lewis and Clark Experience" exhibit, which was a particular hit with kids, and the "Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky," which patrons enjoyed for its wealth of local history. Visitors also loved the daily historical interpretation performances, which showcase people and events that changed the world, such as Dolley Madison, Annie Oakley and Little Bighorn.
Frazier is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, the museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. General admission costs $12 for adults and $8 for children 17 and younger. Entrance is free for kids 4 and younger. If you're driving to the museum budget for parking, which costs $5 if you park in the lot adjacent to the museum on Ninth Street. Several TARC bus routes and the Main/Market Trolley service the area. See the Frazier History Museum's official website for more details.
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#1 Churchill Downs
Just its name inspires romantic images of spectators dressed in their Sunday best sipping on mint juleps as thoroughbreds race past them. Recent travelers agreed – Churchill Downs, the racing facility that hosts the annual Kentucky Derby, is just as idyllic as you might have imagined. In fact, visitors said that if there's only time for one stop in Louisville, this Central Avenue racing complex is the place to go.
General admission costs $3 per person (except on Kentucky Oaks and Derby Days), and reserved seating costs $10 per person. Keep in mind: Ticket prices climb higher the more prestigious your perch (in spots like the Matt Winn Dining Room, Millionaires Row, Jockey Club Suites and the Stakes Room). Racing occurs in the spring, from the first Saturday in May to early July, and in the fall from late September to late November. Look here for the schedule. If you're interested in attending the famed Kentucky Derby, prepare to fork over some serious coin. Tickets are sold in two-day packages, with prices that range from $300 to $3,400 per ticket.