You've made it to the home of the 2023 AAW International Woodturning Symposium, but have some time to spare before the festivities begin. Now what? Explore everything the Bourbon City has to offer! From horses to baseball bats to amusement parks, there's something for everyone!
There's a reason Louisville is also known as the Bourbon City. Bourbon has a rich culture here, where the history of it can still be found today in many buildings, streets, and landmarks across the city. Learn how bourbon has affected city life today with over 14 tours to choose from, each giving their own unique perspective on the town. Afterwards, try a bourbon tasting at one of the 11+ distilleries just in the downtown area!
The Kentucky Derby
You can't think of Louisville without thinking about the Kentucky Derby. Home to the most well-known horse race in the United States, Louisville pays homage to the special event all throughout the year. even though we'll be a month too late to see the race this year, you can still buy a fancy hat at one of the local boutiques, try a derby-pie or a mint julep at a local restaurant, or visit the Kentucky Derby Museum to get a taste of the races.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Woodturners have a claim to fame in Louisville! Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory to find out what it takes to create these world-renowned baseball bats. Hint: you might even recognize some of the techniques that are used, or maybe take home some tips and tricks for your own shop! Afterwards, make your very own souvenir by heading to the symposium tradeshow where you can make a pen out of wood donated from the Louisville Slugger Factory, the same wood used to make their famous bats. No experience needed!
Muhammad Ali has left his mark all over Louisville. Learn about his life and the impact he had on others at the Muhammad Ali Center, see where he first started training at the Columbia Gym, and the library across the street where he held his first job. Visit the Brown Hotel, the former house of Ali, where you can see memorabilia donated by himself, and have a drink named after him. Just on the other side of the Kentucky Convention Center where the symposium will be held is Freedom Hall, which is where he fought his first fight. You are also able to visit his final resting place at Cave Hill Cemetery.
Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay
Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay are a combined amusement and water park. Just a short distance from the Kentucky Convention Center, you and your family can enjoy amazing rollercoasters and water slides. Fan favorites include The Giant Wheel, featuring a panoramic view of the city, and Storm Chaser, named #2 rollercoaster in the world in 2016 by USA Today, and is the first rollercoaster in America to feature a barrel roll drop from a 10-story lift hill. You can even get a special AAW discount on tickets.
What's there to eat?
Louisville is known for having many foodie favorites. Try a Hot Brown at The Brown Hotel (yes, the same one where you can get an Ali cocktail), Country Ham at the Garage Bar, Bourbon Balls at Muth's Candy, and many other southern staples all throughout the city. Click here for a list of restaurants that can be filtered to find YOUR favorites.
Find more details about these attractions, plus info on many others that are available in Louisville by checking out the Louisville Tourism website.