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As Kentucky's biggest city by population, Louisville metropolitan area is home to more than a million proud residents. The city is known across the country as the birthplace of the famous Louisville Slugger, and while baseball is a beloved pastime here, there's so much more to explore.
The Kentucky locale is laid out alongside the Ohio River, providing a plethora of lush nature waiting to be explored, and its rich Derby culture makes it a mecca for any fan of horseracing. During your stay, discover some of these top attractions:
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Situated on the University of Louisville campus' south end, Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is one of the city's most renowned facilities. As many as 56,000 take to the stands to enjoy a Cardinal college football game, as well as:
- Soccer matches
Interestingly, this stadium, which opened in 1998, was among the last in the NCAA Division I-A to open in the 20th century. Since its establishment, the facility has undergone impressive expansion to accommodate its growing attendance rates. When making your way to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, keep in mind that one-time visitors are advised to park in the surface lots west of the stadium. There is no curbside parking available on Floyd Street, but additional parking is located at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in case capacity is reached.
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
No trip to this city would be complete without a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Located on the bustling Main Street, this institution exposes you to the history of the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. Visitors get a peek behind the scene to see how the famous Slugger is made before it reaches the hands of some of America's most famous MLB players. You can also learn about the history of the bat and how it gained its high stature in the world of sports, and each guests goes home with a free mini wooden bat as a souvenir.
Drive to 700 Central Avenue for a unique experience. This site is the home of the Kentucky Derby, and is widely regarded as the most legendary racetrack on earth. It was created in 1874, and has been, since trodden on by some of the best thoroughbreds ever to grace the sport.
Those who come on the first Saturday of May can experience the Derby races first-hand—the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports." But there are also other races throughout the sports season, such as the Spring Race Meet that begin in late April and continues through July. In the fall, there are meets running October through November. No matter when you come, be sure to enjoy a refreshing mint julep, the traditional drink of Churchill Downs.