Louisville Mega Cavern

#4 in Best Things To Do in Louisville
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Courtesy Louisville Mega Cavern

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1841 Taylor Ave

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Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

One of the city's more unique attractions, the 100-acre Louisville Mega Cavern, which was created out of a 19th-century limestone quarry, now houses the world's only underground zip line course. But the zip line course isn't the only activity you'll find in this subterranean adventure park – there's also a bike park, an aerial ropes course and a tram tour for those interested in a more relaxed cavern experience.

Recent visitors highly recommended the zip line tour, calling it a unique experience in the Derby City. Reviewers also offered praise for the knowledgeable, entertaining guides and said this is a great way to spend a few hours, especially if you're traveling with kids.

Prices and hours vary depending on the type of activity you choose; zip line tours start at $69 per person. Check the Louisville Mega Cavern website for more details. 

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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.

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