Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY

#1. Louisville

Rich history, modern culture, free attractions and deep discounts make Louisville, Ky., a prime vacation destination for families.

Home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, Louisville prides itself in all things equine. Take a historic walking tour of Churchill Downs with admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Kids under five are admitted free, and AAA members receive discounts. Join in the citywide Derby Week celebration at the Kentucky Derby Festival and Thunder of Louisville, the largest fireworks display in America.

Catch a free show at Louisville’s Actors Theatre, or pay homage to America’s favorite pastime at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Museum and factory tours are available starting at 9 a.m., and kids under five get in for free.

Admission is free to The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum with more than 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Louisville is home to many other galleries, museums and performing arts centers. Explore wildlife, children’s activities and more at the always-free Louisville Nature Center.

Package discounts to the Louisville Zoo include zoo admission, a 4-D theater ticket, unlimited carousel rides, a zoo tram shuttle and admission the exhibit Dinosaurs!

Hotels: 91

Restaurants: 201

Other Attractions: The Muhammad Ali Center, Fourth Street Live, Glassworks, Louisville Science Center, 21C Museum Hotel


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