Muhammad Ali Center#2 in Best Things To Do in Louisville
Even if you're not a boxing fan, recent visitors said you should make time to see this impressive facility dedicated to legendary athlete and activist Muhammad Ali, who called Louisville his hometown. Along with memorabilia displays, historical footage and art and photo galleries, the center's permanent and temporary exhibits also touch on broader issues that were important to Ali, including race, gender equity and global citizenship.
Travelers described this as a must-see attraction in Louisville and said they walked away with a better understanding of Ali and his life beyond boxing. Visitors also praised the museum's knowledgeable staff and its easy-to-navigate layout, spread out across three floors.
The Muhammad Ali Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. If you didn't opt for the Main Ticket (which bundles admission to six downtown Louisville attractions, including the Frazier History Museum and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, among others), tickets cost $9 for adults and $4 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. There is a parking garage located underneath the center; it costs $10 to park. To avoid the fee, consider walking to the center, which is conveniently located in the Museum Row on Main area in downtown Louisville. For more information, visit the center's 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.