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Belle of Louisville
The Belle of Louisville

Distinctly Louisville attractions

Belle of Louisville. Built in 1914, the oldest operating excursion steamboat offers rides between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 401 West River Rd., (502) 574-2355.

Col. Harland Sanders Museum. At Kentucky Fried Chicken world headquarters, the 11 herbs and spices are still a secret, but the museum tells all about the Colonel and his rise to poultry greatness. 1441 Gardiner Lane, (502) 456-8353.

Falls of the Ohio. This 350 million year old fossil site in the middle of the Ohio River is the largest exposed fossil bed in the world. The park includes an interpretive center and highlights history of the area. Clarksville, Indiana, (812) 283-4999.

Historic Homes Foundation operates four of Louisville's finest:

  • Whitehall. The home, built in 1855, features a formal Florentine garden and 10-acre grounds. 3110 Lexington Rd., (502) 897-2944.
  • Edison House. A young Thomas A. Edison rented a room in this 1850s shotgun house while working at Western Union. 729-31 E. Washington St., (502) 585-5247.
  • Locust Grove. This National Historic Landmark, built in 1790, was the home of Louisville founder Gen. George Rogers Clark. 561 Blankenbaker Lane, (502) 897-9845.
  • Farmington. Thomas Jefferson designed this 1810 Federal-style house that was the home of John and Lucy Speed. 3033 Bardstown Rd., (502) 452-9920.
Kentucky Kingdom
Kentucky Kingdom

Kentucky Kingdom. Big fun for the little and big kids, the park offers more than 60 rides, including three roller coasters. (502) 366-2231.

Louisville Science Center. The center features an IMAX theater, an Egyptian mummy's tomb and a Foucault pendulum. 727 W. Main St., (502) 561-6103.

Louisville Slugger Museum. This building, with a giant baseball bat leaning against it, is home of the famous bat and Powerbilt golf clubs. 800 W. Main St., (502) 585-5226.

Outside Louisville

Jim Beam's American Outpost. What's a trip to Kentucky without sampling bourbon? This place features a museum of those Jim Beam decanters. Highway 245, Clermont, 27 miles (43 kilometers) south. (502) 543-9877.

Maker's Mark Distillery. Visit the completely restored country distillery, in case Jim Beam didn't fill you up. This one is a National Historic Landmark. Loretto, 55 miles (89 km) southeast. (502) 865-2881.

My Old Kentucky Home. This antebellum house is the namesake of the Stephen C. Foster song. Bardstown, 39 miles (63 km) southeast. (502) 348-3502.

Patton Museum/Fort Knox. Visitors can't exactly walk right up to the nation's gold repository, but the Patton Museum depicts the early history of the fort, along with the development of weaponry, equipment and uniforms from the Revolutionary War forward. The museum also contains an exhibit on Gen. George Patton. 4554 Fayette Ave., Fort Knox, 32 miles (52 km) southwest. (502) 624-3812.

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