The Louisville Slugger Museum has been manufacturing baseball bats for decades and has a stunning 120-foot steel bat in its entrance. On your trip to Louisville don’t forget to visit the Muhammad Ali Center, founded by the famous boxer to promote cultural and educational projects and inspired by his travels. The Botanical Gardens at Cave Hill Cemetery have 280 tree species and some lovely walks if you’re looking for a spot of tranquil contemplation.
The Frazier History Museum boasts one of the world’s finest collections of arms and armour, whilst the flamboyant Conrad-Caldwell House resembles a French medieval chateau. Drop into Louisville Zoo to see wildlife from polar bears to penguins and tigers, or the Speed Art Museum for a wonderful collection of modern art. The weird and wonderful Derby Clock is a 45ft clock, completely hand-crafted and made to resemble a child’s wind-up toy. Its 5-lane racetrack features miniature celebrities from Kentucky such as Daniel Boone, President Thomas Jefferson and even the city’s namesake, King Louis XVI.
Another striking Gothic building can be found at Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Pleasure Hills Park, which is considered by many to be the world’s most haunted building. If you’re interested in spooks and shivers, join one of the regular ghost tours around the building (not for the faint-hearted).