Louisville Tourism

Louisville – home to adrenaline pumping Kentucky Derby races, Fried Chicken, Victorian Houses, curious Museums, active nightlife and soul-food cuisine, casts a spell on anyone who visits. Add to do its fresh nature spots, urban places and warm people, and the combination is sure to make you extend your stay!

The city’s history dates back to its foundation in 1778 and derives its name from King Louis the XVI of France (a thankful gesture for the King’s help during Revolutionary War). Soon Louisville spurted a wavelength of its own and in the 19th century the small town transformed into a major shipping port and a crucial place on the trade route map. In spite of America’s Civil War period, the town of Louisville stayed away from the burn of the war. The century also marked the town as a breeding center for horses- supporting its famous Horse-racing tradition.

Today Louisville wears its traditions, history and architecture proudly while keeping up with the 21st century. Whether you want to time-travel and take a walk through the Old Town or want to have a good time at its modern-day hubs, the city guarantees a good time! The Downtown is Louisville’s highlights- museums, galleries, pubs, parks- you name it and downtown has it! And for others who want to see the virgin part of Louisville, the hilly terrains are a welcome escape through the woods.

Tourism in Louisville is owned to its 19th century influences- highly maintained museums, popular annual festivals, electric performing arts, love for sports and its loved-by-all Indie music scene. Arts is second nature to Louisville and more often than not, you will come across innumerable galleries during your walks through the city. The old-world transport system like the colorful Trolleys which meander through streets that hug the 19th century buildings adds to the ‘quintessential Louisville experience’. 

Essential travel information and Louisville tips for your visit

General Info

  • Time Zone: UTC – 5 hours
  • Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
  • Electricity and Internet: 120 Volts of output. Internet cafes are available and most hotels offer Free Wi-Fi.
  • Languages: English is widely spoken even though people who speak Spanish, German, French, Arabic and African languages is not uncommon.
  • Tipping: Tipping 15 % at restaurants and to drivers is considered acceptable. You can tip a dollar or two to the Bellman or Housekeeper when staying at a hotel.
  • Tourist Traps: Three are no such tourist traps but it is recommended to be alert of burglars and thieves for general safety.


  • Emergency number for safety or medical emergency: 911
  • For non-emergency, police-related matters: 502-574-7111


The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Louisville

  • Save 6% Bootlegger Bourbon Distillery Tour
    Bootlegger Bourbon Distillery Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    The Bootlegger is an infamous character from one of Americas most pivotal periods-Prohibition. The act of smuggling alcohol a...

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  • Kentucky Derby Museum General Admission
    Kentucky Derby Museum General Admission3 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Get ready to mark this off your bucket-list! Experience Churchill Downs Racetrack, the most well-known racing venue in the wo...

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  • National Quilt Museum Admission Pass
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    Duration: Flexible

    Be mesmerized by the incredible world of fiber art with this Admission Pass to the National Quilt Museum. Explore fascinating...

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  • Save 4% Sunday Funday Beer Tour
    Sunday Funday Beer TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Sunday Funday Tours are the perfect way to spend a Sunday Afternoon. 3-4 hour tour of 3 local craft breweries Four 3oz tast...

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  • Know the pollution level of Louisville before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.68 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 20.45 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 29.76 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 30 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 29.55 (Low)
  • How safe is Louisville for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Louisville.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 45 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 53.75 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 43.42 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 31.88 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 51.28 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 45 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 64.38 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 73.13 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 36.25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.46 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 31.25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 57.5 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Louisville is 169.69 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 47.99 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 78.61 (High)
    • Pollution Index 44.79 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 25.14 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 64.95 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 63.89 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.64 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 113.74 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Louisville

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40.55 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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