The Slugger Museum
The official bat of US Major League Baseball is made right here in Louisville, and the museum dedicated to it isn't hard to find - there's a 37-metre replica bat standing on the street outside. Inside you can find out about the history of American baseball, take a factory tours, face a virtual fastball, and see bats signed by many of the sport's most famous sluggers.
Home of the Derby
Even if you can't get a ticket for the event itself, on Louisville holidays you can visit the place where the Kentucky Derby happens - or watch practice sessions and other races from the stands during the season. There's also a museum with fascinating photos, films and exhibits, plus the chance to sit on a saddle in a real starting gate to feel the thrill of the race.
Beneath the city lies 100 acres of limestone caverns with 17 miles of tunnels, left over from former mining activity. Now you can take a tram ride beneath the ground to discover the former mine's geology and history. Better still, you can zip line for two hours along six different stretches or tackle the aerial ropes challenge.
Most bourbon is produced within a 100-mile radius of the city, so following the Urban Bourbon Trail is a must. There's 18 stop-offs along the Trail, and make sure you include Bourbons Bistro, which keeps over 130 varieties and offers a bourbon-inspired menu. Outside Louisville you can visit the distilleries too.
Still living in the city where he was born, boxer Muhammad Ali has established a centre dedicated not only to the story of his career, but to the principles he lives by. Ali's story is told against a background of the civil rights movement and Vietnam War.