Let’s face it. Everyone has that sense of “My hometown is better than yours”. Here at The Stevenson Company, we’re pretty sure that Louisville, Kentucky, is actually better than anywhere else. From a lively foodie scene to verdant parks, Louisville has got it all. The following list will give you the highlights. For the real experience, you’ll have to come visit us yourself.
1) The Kentucky Derby Festival: Every year on the first Saturday in May, Churchill Downs in Louisville is host to the most exciting two minutes in sports! Guests come from around the world for the first leg of the Triple Crown. During the lead up to the race itself, you can experience Thunder Over Louisville, an annual fireworks show that kicks off the festivities, the historic Steamboat races, and more!
2) Baseball: If you’re a fan of this All-American sport, then you’ll have to swing downtown to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and factory. You can take a tour of the factory, learn about the history of these iconic baseball bats, get a bat with your name on it, and even get your photo taken with the world’s largest baseball bat!
3) Sports Rivalries: Sure, you’re probably familiar with University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville, but we’re also home to one of the largest high school sports rivalries in the country. Every fall, more than 30,000 of people fill the old Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on UofL’s campus to watch the Trinity High School vs. St. Xavier High School football game.
4) Great Food: No matter what your taste in food, you’re likely to find it in one of Louisville’s many unique restaurants. From humble diner food to haute cuisine, you’ve got the opportunity to try it all. In fact, the classic cheeseburger is said to have first been invented in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville has been ranked #1 food city by publications including National Geographic and #2 on others, such as USA today.
5) Louisville is a city of innovation: From the moment Edison introduced the incandescent light bulb to the annual Idea Fests of today, Louisville has been on the cutting edge of innovation. Additionally, strong partnerships are fostered here, such as the one formed by Lewis and Clark in 1803.We’re also home to a lively Maker community, from the grassroots LVL1 Hackerspace to the GE offshoot FirstBuild.
6) Disco: Disco may be dead, but don’t tell Louisville that! The city is home to Omega National products, which is one of the country’s leading disco ball manufacturers.
7) Horse farms in the Fall: Not too hot, not too cold, and the bugs are content to just enjoy the evening. The beautiful rolling hills on the horse farms of KY become dotted with the red, orange, and yellow blazes of the maple trees. Highlighted against a fall sunset and punctuated with black tar covered horse fences, this scene will leave you wondering what bed and breakfast you’ll be staying at next.
8) The Arts and Music Scene: From the Speed Museum to Forecastle Festival, artsy types can find all sorts of things to pique their interest. Waterfront Wednesdays offer free outdoor concerts to all in the summer, the newly renovated Speed Art Museum will introduce you to your new favorite artists, and for theatre-lovers the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is the oldest outdoor Shakespeare festival in the country.
9) Did we forget to mention the bourbon? Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s bourbon supply. Bourbon is the official spirit of the United States, and there are strict rules about what can and cannot be considered ‘bourbon’. Here in Louisville you can take a tour of the Urban Bourbon Trail and sip on your new favorite beverage in style. For Eric Voyer’s “ways research is like bourbon” click here.