- CHURCHILL DOWNS
700 Central Ave.
Louisville, KY 40208
Home of the Kentucky Derby-but still an interesting sight any other time of the year. See below:
- KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM
704 Central Ave.
Louisville, KY 40208
Located at Gate 1 of historic Churchill Downs, the museum presents the traditions and excitement of the "greatest two minutes in sports." Highlights include three floors of racing-related exhibits with hands-on displays, artifacts and fine art; a 360-degree, multi-image slide presentation; and a tour of the Downs (weather permitting). There's a gift shop and the Derby Cafe, open Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kentucky Oaks Day and Derby Day.
- LOUISVILLE SCIENCE CENTER / IMAX THEATRE
727 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Located on historic Main Street in a 19th-century building, the Science Center features hands-on exhibits and a four-story theater where the latest IMAX films are shown daily. Permanent exhibits include the Space Science Gallery, the Magic School Bus Discovery Room, KIDSPACE and "A Show of Hands." A gift shop, restaurant, group dining facilities and bus parking are available. Mon.- Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
- COLONEL HARLAND SANDERS MUSEUM
1441 Gardiner Lane
The creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken was born in Southern Indiana, but he brought his 11 secret herbs and spices to Kentucky to start his world-famous chain of restaurants. This museum, located at KFC's world headquarters, depicts his rise from poverty and misfortune to "overnight" success during his mid-60s. Displays include a Norman Rockwell portrait of Sanders, a film telling his life story, and photos of the Colonel's first restaurant in Corbin, Ky. Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
- LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM, HILLERICH & BRADSBY CO.
800 W. Main St.
This spanking-new 15,000-square-foot museum celebrates Louisville's greatest contribution to the world of baseball: the Louisville Slugger bat. (Sorry, PeeWee, you're a close second.) Since 1884 H&B has been turning out bats prized from the Little Leagues to the big-time. You'll learn just how they're made and used from hands-on exhibits and a multi-media tour. Don't miss the gift shop. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., but you'll want to get there no later than 3 p.m. for a quality tour.