Louisville Slugger Field#7 in Best Things To Do in Louisville
Named after the popular Louisville Slugger baseball bat, this field is home turf for the minor league baseball team the Louisville Bats. Even though you may not be a devoted follower of minor league ball, recent visitors assured you'll want to catch a game while in town, especially if you're traveling with kids: Aside from the clean facilities and reasonable prices, reviewers were particularly fond of the on-site carousel (which costs just $1 to ride) and playground.
Travelers also praised the reasonable ticket and concession prices. Plus, all spectators are permitted to bring in one plastic bottle of water per person, as long as it's a clear bottle and the seal has not been broken.
If you're interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the field and would like to learn more about baseball's role in the history of Louisville, consider taking a stadium tour; tours are offered Monday through Friday when the team is out of town and cost $1 per person.
Louisville Slugger Field is located in downtown Louisville, a little more than a mile east of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. You'll find several pay parking lots surrounding the stadium, but if you're staying in downtown Louisville you can avoid the traffic headache and the extra fees by simply walking to the stadium (recent visitors said the area surrounding the stadium is safe). Game ticket prices vary depending on the day and opponent. For more information on tours and games, visit the Louisville Bats website.
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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.
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