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Our most recommended things to do in Louisville

Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

1. Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

Join a guide for this nightly walk that introduces you to the ghostly past and paranormal hotspots in America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. Stroll around and marvel at the old architecture as your guide tells you all about the spooky history of Old Louisville. Discover the fascinating stories behind some of Old Louisville's most famous legends such as the Witches' Tree, the lady in the stairs, the hanging man, and the James Carroll murder house. Hear the stories of supernatural activity and ghost apparitions as your guide tell you the convincing facts around the causes for the haunted houses, haunted church, the haunted street corner, or the haunted park

Louisville: Muhammad Ali Center Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

2. Louisville: Muhammad Ali Center Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Pre-book your skip-the-line entry ticket to the multicultural Muhammed Ali Center, an award-winning museum with interactive exhibits. Journey into the heart of a champion, and explore the history, values, and iconic character of this Louisville native. Located in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, the Muhammed Ali Center is inspired by the ideals of this hometown hero and his legendary life. It’s also the only place in the world dedicated to preserving and promoting the heavyweight champion's legacy. During your visit, you will not only see how Ali became the heavyweight world champion and an Olympic-gold-medal winner in boxing, but you’ll also follow the history behind the people's champ and learn about his accomplishments outside the ring. Get inspired by the exhibits and galleries that invite visitors to discover the global humanitarian and cultural icon to reflect upon one’s own values, inner strength, and character. Try out some hands-on boxing fun, such as shadow boxing, or feel the power of an Ali punch on a heavy bag. The interactive and multimedia exhibits reveal Ali’s six core principles: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality. Fueled by these principles, Ali became the best athlete he could be. See firsthand how Ali garnered the strength and courage to stand up for what he believed in and provided inspiration to millions of people around the world, regardless of ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, or age.

Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

3. Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

In the late 1880s, as the famous Southern Exposition drew hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kentucky's largest city, bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco constructed impressive Gilded Age residences. They left a visual legacy of stone and brick mansions and townhomes that run the gamut of Victorian architectural splendor. Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Châteauesque, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Georgian—these are just some of the styles scattered over 40-square blocks just a mile from downtown Louisville.  Join this walking tour through Old Louisville with a professional guide and marvel at more than 1,000 old houses, churches, and buildings of this iconic and beautiful neighborhood. Listen as your guide tells you all about this preserved district and the history of the people who lived there.  Enjoy the tour recommended by The New York Times as a "must" during your time in the city to discover the colorful history of Old Louisville in a very entertaining way.

Louisville: Prohibition, Ghosts, Cocktails and Bites Tour

4. Louisville: Prohibition, Ghosts, Cocktails and Bites Tour

Venture out with us after dark to take a dive into into Louisville’s dark, haunted past. Meet the resident ghosts of Louisville’s historic downtown, trace the footsteps of the bourbon magnates and mobsters who ran this town during Prohibition, discover hidden speakeasies in the belly of Whiskey Row, and taste the story of Louisville through small bites and cocktails. This tour includes beer, cocktails, small bites, and one large dish. We do not recommend you drive yourself since you will have a lot to drink.

Louisville: NuLu District Food and History Tour

5. Louisville: NuLu District Food and History Tour

Visit Louisville's trendy East Market District, known as NuLu, on a guided history & walking tour for foodies. Explore the popular neighborhood, stopping at 6 locations along the way to taste Kentucky classics. Meet your guide in the NuLu District and wander down streets lined with art galleries, eclectic stores, and historic brick buildings decorated with vibrant murals, and learn about the city from your guide. As you make your way through NuLu and neighboring historic Butchertown you'll unravel the history of Louisville, visit a historic home once occupied by Thomas Edison, trace the history of German immigrants, learn about a flood that devastated the city, and more. Make a total of 6 stops along the way to taste the local fare and get to know Louisville through its cuisine. Try bourbon balls, fried chicken, and pulled pork. You'll even get to sample a curious confection inspired by a Victorian-era actress and learn the story behind the sweet treat. And once your tour comes to an end, make the most of discounts at local stores and restaurants and keep exploring on your own.

Bardstown: Lux Row Distillers Production Tour with Tasting

6. Bardstown: Lux Row Distillers Production Tour with Tasting

Step into Lux Row Distillers, home of Ezra Brooks, Rebel, Daviess County, Blood Oath, and Lux Row Bourbons. Discover the bourbon making process from start to finish on a guided tour of the state-of-the art distillery. Explore the art of fermentation, distillation, barrel filling, and the barrel warehouse in the company of your guide. Seize the chance to taste product straight from the barrel. After the tour, enjoy an educational, guided tasting and chocolate pairing experience featuring 4 of the distillery's award-winning bourbons.

Louisville: Derby City Haunted Walking Tour

7. Louisville: Derby City Haunted Walking Tour

Louisville may be known for Mint Juleps and baseball bats, but the ghosts of the Derby City remember a much darker time. Come explore the horrific and heartbreaking events that shaped Louisville forever — from the days of the slave trade to the Great Flood. Find out why the George Rogers Clark statue has an aggressive, vengeful energy. Hunt for the spirits of bourbon and tobacco workers at a former warehouse complex. Hear tales of Native American legends, insane asylums, and the first female riverboat captain. You may even spot the ghost of Babe Ruth. By the time you reach the final stop, you’ll have plenty of reasons to sleep with the lights on. Book a tour today. The spirits are waiting for you.

Louisville: Photoshoot Walking Tour with Pictures

8. Louisville: Photoshoot Walking Tour with Pictures

Discover Louisville in a unique way: on a photoshoot walking tour. Walk through the city having your picture taken, all while learning about the area's history and culture from your professional photographer guide. Choose between a private or a shared group experience and explore Louisville on this walking tour. Pose or look candid for your photographs as you walk through the city's historic downtown area. Pass by a number of famous locations, including the Kentucky International Convention Center, Waterfront Park, the KFC Yum Center, Slugger Field, and more. Choose which locations you prefer to have as the backdrop for your photos. Learn about the city and its sights as you walk between these areas with your photographer guide.

Whispers on Whiskey Row: The Dark History of Derby City Tour

9. Whispers on Whiskey Row: The Dark History of Derby City Tour

Step into the past on a haunting journey through the heart of downtown Louisville. As the sun sets and the city’s vibrant façade fades, uncover the sinister secrets and chilling tales that lurk behind the historic architecture and storied streets. Led by expert storytellers, this immersive tour delves into the darker chapters of Louisville’s history. Wander through Whiskey Row and along the shores of the murky Ohio River, where the echoes of bygone eras resound with spine-chilling tales of forlorn soldiers, unsolved murders, ruthless bootleggers, and the oppression of marginalized groups. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or someone with a curiosity for the macabre, our Dark History Evening Tour promises an unforgettable journey into the mysteries that lie beneath the surface of Louisville’s charming exterior. Dare to explore the shadows with us.

Bardstown: Limestone Branch Distillery Tour

10. Bardstown: Limestone Branch Distillery Tour

Enjoy a fun-filled outing at the Limestone Branch Distillery, home to Yellowstone Bourbon, Minor Case Rye Whiskey, and Bowling & Burch Gin. Join the local staff on a production tour where you'll get to explore a craft distillery that produces 10 barrels a day, Your distillery tour lasts one hour and includes a look inside the craft distillery including fermentation and distillation. Next you walk out to the cutest warehouse in Kentucky, where you can taste straight from the barrel. Finally, you'll finish with a tasting of your fine bourbon, whiskeys, and gin.

Our most recommended things to do in Louisville

Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

Join a guide for this nightly walk that introduces you to the ghostly past and paranormal hotspots in America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. Stroll around and marvel at the old architecture as your guide tells you all about the spooky history of Old Louisville. Discover the fascinating stories behind some of Old Louisville's most famous legends such as the Witches' Tree, the lady in the stairs, the hanging man, and the James Carroll murder house. Hear the stories of supernatural activity and ghost apparitions as your guide tell you the convincing facts around the causes for the haunted houses, haunted church, the haunted street corner, or the haunted park

Louisville: Muhammad Ali Center Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Louisville: Muhammad Ali Center Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Pre-book your skip-the-line entry ticket to the multicultural Muhammed Ali Center, an award-winning museum with interactive exhibits. Journey into the heart of a champion, and explore the history, values, and iconic character of this Louisville native. Located in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, the Muhammed Ali Center is inspired by the ideals of this hometown hero and his legendary life. It’s also the only place in the world dedicated to preserving and promoting the heavyweight champion's legacy. During your visit, you will not only see how Ali became the heavyweight world champion and an Olympic-gold-medal winner in boxing, but you’ll also follow the history behind the people's champ and learn about his accomplishments outside the ring. Get inspired by the exhibits and galleries that invite visitors to discover the global humanitarian and cultural icon to reflect upon one’s own values, inner strength, and character. Try out some hands-on boxing fun, such as shadow boxing, or feel the power of an Ali punch on a heavy bag. The interactive and multimedia exhibits reveal Ali’s six core principles: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality. Fueled by these principles, Ali became the best athlete he could be. See firsthand how Ali garnered the strength and courage to stand up for what he believed in and provided inspiration to millions of people around the world, regardless of ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, or age.

Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

In the late 1880s, as the famous Southern Exposition drew hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kentucky's largest city, bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco constructed impressive Gilded Age residences. They left a visual legacy of stone and brick mansions and townhomes that run the gamut of Victorian architectural splendor. Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Châteauesque, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Georgian—these are just some of the styles scattered over 40-square blocks just a mile from downtown Louisville.  Join this walking tour through Old Louisville with a professional guide and marvel at more than 1,000 old houses, churches, and buildings of this iconic and beautiful neighborhood. Listen as your guide tells you all about this preserved district and the history of the people who lived there.  Enjoy the tour recommended by The New York Times as a "must" during your time in the city to discover the colorful history of Old Louisville in a very entertaining way.

Louisville: Prohibition, Ghosts, Cocktails and Bites Tour

Louisville: Prohibition, Ghosts, Cocktails and Bites Tour

Venture out with us after dark to take a dive into into Louisville’s dark, haunted past. Meet the resident ghosts of Louisville’s historic downtown, trace the footsteps of the bourbon magnates and mobsters who ran this town during Prohibition, discover hidden speakeasies in the belly of Whiskey Row, and taste the story of Louisville through small bites and cocktails. This tour includes beer, cocktails, small bites, and one large dish. We do not recommend you drive yourself since you will have a lot to drink.

Louisville: NuLu District Food and History Tour

Louisville: NuLu District Food and History Tour

Visit Louisville's trendy East Market District, known as NuLu, on a guided history & walking tour for foodies. Explore the popular neighborhood, stopping at 6 locations along the way to taste Kentucky classics. Meet your guide in the NuLu District and wander down streets lined with art galleries, eclectic stores, and historic brick buildings decorated with vibrant murals, and learn about the city from your guide. As you make your way through NuLu and neighboring historic Butchertown you'll unravel the history of Louisville, visit a historic home once occupied by Thomas Edison, trace the history of German immigrants, learn about a flood that devastated the city, and more. Make a total of 6 stops along the way to taste the local fare and get to know Louisville through its cuisine. Try bourbon balls, fried chicken, and pulled pork. You'll even get to sample a curious confection inspired by a Victorian-era actress and learn the story behind the sweet treat. And once your tour comes to an end, make the most of discounts at local stores and restaurants and keep exploring on your own.

Bardstown: Lux Row Distillers Production Tour with Tasting

Bardstown: Lux Row Distillers Production Tour with Tasting

Step into Lux Row Distillers, home of Ezra Brooks, Rebel, Daviess County, Blood Oath, and Lux Row Bourbons. Discover the bourbon making process from start to finish on a guided tour of the state-of-the art distillery. Explore the art of fermentation, distillation, barrel filling, and the barrel warehouse in the company of your guide. Seize the chance to taste product straight from the barrel. After the tour, enjoy an educational, guided tasting and chocolate pairing experience featuring 4 of the distillery's award-winning bourbons.

Louisville: Derby City Haunted Walking Tour

Louisville: Derby City Haunted Walking Tour

Louisville may be known for Mint Juleps and baseball bats, but the ghosts of the Derby City remember a much darker time. Come explore the horrific and heartbreaking events that shaped Louisville forever — from the days of the slave trade to the Great Flood. Find out why the George Rogers Clark statue has an aggressive, vengeful energy. Hunt for the spirits of bourbon and tobacco workers at a former warehouse complex. Hear tales of Native American legends, insane asylums, and the first female riverboat captain. You may even spot the ghost of Babe Ruth. By the time you reach the final stop, you’ll have plenty of reasons to sleep with the lights on. Book a tour today. The spirits are waiting for you.

Louisville: Photoshoot Walking Tour with Pictures

Louisville: Photoshoot Walking Tour with Pictures

Discover Louisville in a unique way: on a photoshoot walking tour. Walk through the city having your picture taken, all while learning about the area's history and culture from your professional photographer guide. Choose between a private or a shared group experience and explore Louisville on this walking tour. Pose or look candid for your photographs as you walk through the city's historic downtown area. Pass by a number of famous locations, including the Kentucky International Convention Center, Waterfront Park, the KFC Yum Center, Slugger Field, and more. Choose which locations you prefer to have as the backdrop for your photos. Learn about the city and its sights as you walk between these areas with your photographer guide.

Whispers on Whiskey Row: The Dark History of Derby City Tour

Whispers on Whiskey Row: The Dark History of Derby City Tour

Step into the past on a haunting journey through the heart of downtown Louisville. As the sun sets and the city’s vibrant façade fades, uncover the sinister secrets and chilling tales that lurk behind the historic architecture and storied streets. Led by expert storytellers, this immersive tour delves into the darker chapters of Louisville’s history. Wander through Whiskey Row and along the shores of the murky Ohio River, where the echoes of bygone eras resound with spine-chilling tales of forlorn soldiers, unsolved murders, ruthless bootleggers, and the oppression of marginalized groups. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or someone with a curiosity for the macabre, our Dark History Evening Tour promises an unforgettable journey into the mysteries that lie beneath the surface of Louisville’s charming exterior. Dare to explore the shadows with us.

Bardstown: Limestone Branch Distillery Tour

Bardstown: Limestone Branch Distillery Tour

Enjoy a fun-filled outing at the Limestone Branch Distillery, home to Yellowstone Bourbon, Minor Case Rye Whiskey, and Bowling & Burch Gin. Join the local staff on a production tour where you'll get to explore a craft distillery that produces 10 barrels a day, Your distillery tour lasts one hour and includes a look inside the craft distillery including fermentation and distillation. Next you walk out to the cutest warehouse in Kentucky, where you can taste straight from the barrel. Finally, you'll finish with a tasting of your fine bourbon, whiskeys, and gin.

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What people are saying about Louisville

Overall rating

4.8
(75 reviews)

Walking through these neighborhoods in Old Louisville was enough to justify the time spent, but our tour guide really made this one of our top things to do on our trip. David was very personable, very well spoken, and an incredible wealth of knowledge in the local history which was super interesting. He also educated me on the many different architectural styles of the Victorian Period. I highly recommend this tour.

Tour guide kept it fun and engaging and was very knowledgeable and able to answer everyone’s questions this tour was amazing shout out to Quinton best tour guide ever!

Gabe was great and so knowledgeable with the tour and history. The houses were amazing and had so much cool history! We loved this tour.

Amazing!! Valerie knows SO many interesting details. She made the 90 mins go so fast!!

Our experience was exceptional and very informative