Quality Inn & Suites University/Airport
311 E Gaulbert Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
Phone: (502) 638-6100
Fax: (502) 638-6236
Home to the famous Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs represents the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown (The Preakness and Belmont Stakes are the other two). Churchill Downs first opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby in that same year. Aside from witnessing the "Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" (that is if you can procure tickets to the race), it still a great place to visit outside of the first Saturday in May. The season runs from April to November and even if you can't make it to the Derby, you can still wear your favorite hat and order a Mint Julep.
Cross off skydiving from your bucket list with a visit to Jumping for Fun. This state-of-the-art skydiving center is located a short distance from Louisville at a private airport. The instructors are USPA rated and offer skilled and safety-oriented training in a relaxed environment. Whether it is your first time or you're a seasoned pro, this adventure will lead you on an adrenaline-pumping tandem flight plunge, where you can scream and marvel at stunning views over Kentucky and Indiana.
Family fun abounds at Executive Strike with 68-lanes of bowling. The Strike Zone offers cosmic bowling, music and more. Bumper bowling and birthday parties exclusively available for their little visitors. A full service restaurant is available and there is also a bar & lounge that offers karaoke on Friday nights. There are three additional locations in Louisville.
Louisville Extreme Park is one of the best skateparks in the state of Kentucky. Kids from all around town come here to show off their skills at this expertly designed concrete course. While many skate parks feature a half pipe, this one features a full pipe, so don't forget your helmet! Other features include bowls, banks, ledges, rails, and a vert ramp.
Louisville's Waterfront Development Commission manages this massive park that runs from Beargrass Creek to the underpass of the Clark Memorial Bridge. It's always filled with runners, bikers, dog walkers and anyone else who seeks the sunshine and beauty of the Ohio River. In addition to tons of open riverfront space, the park hosts more than a 100 different events throughout the year. From beach volleyball to weddings, there is always something going on.
This scenic riverwalk located beside the Ohio River starts in the east at Beargrass Creek and it runs all the way through downtown into the neighborhood of Portland. It's a popular attraction for tourists as well as locals, and you can easily tell with all the people enjoying the sights and sounds when the weather allows. The Clark Memorial Bridge also spans the river which allows you to traverse into Indiana and back in just a day.
Founded in 1895, Cherokee is one of the oldest municipal golf courses in the United States. Cherokee is the shortest of the Metro Parks courses. It offers nine holes. Other amenities include a fully stocked Pro Shop, snack bar, large practice putting green, and a picnic area for outings.
The Beargrass Creek Greenway is an urban nature trail that meanders alongside Breslin Park and the Cave Hill Cemetery. The trail runs from Breslin Park for about a mile into Cherokee Park and along the way, visitors can catch a glimpse of water fowl, fish and other fauna. It's a nice excursion away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city, especially if you have a bike.
The Louisville Zoo is quite possibly one of the most underrated zoos in the world. Though somewhat modest in size, in is nonetheless home to a bevy of beautiful beasts. Some include camels, baby elephants, tigers, rhinos and even polar bears. The zoo also features different special exhibits. 'Glacier Run' presents arctic animals while 'Gorilla Forest' and 'Lorikeet Landing' are self-explanatory. The tiger feedings are also an attraction that highlight the nature of this apex predator. Here, guests are invited to walk a few yards away from a mesh-covered opening as the animal feeds on its lunch.
Explore Louisville Mega Cavern in a historic tram where you ride through 17 miles (27 km) of dark passageways beneath the city of Louisville. Learn about geology, history, mining techniques, recycling and green business technology as well as witness where 50,000 people would have sheltered during the Cold War Era. You can also go on 'Mega Zips', an adventure tour that features five underground zip-lines, three challenge bridges and over two hours of adrenaline. Another great tour only offered from November through December is 'Lights Under Louisville'. This underground holiday light show is perfect for the season, where guests drive through an underground passageway festooned with holiday lights.
Eva Bandman Park sits at the entrance of Beargrass Creek, where the mighty Ohio River invades bluegrass country. The park is primarily known as a cyclocross racing venue and in fact, it's considered one of the premier spots for this sport in the entire U.S. For those unfamiliar with cyclocross, it is similar to old school BMX racing, except the bikes are larger, more advanced and there are more treacherous obstacles like mud berms, wooded hills, grass, rocky terrain, etc. If you have a bike with you while in Louisville (as well as health insurance), come try your skills at Eva Bandman.
Though it's located within mere blocks of Kentucky's largest city, Cherokee Park remains a bastion of rugged tranquility. With miles of trails, a range of interesting topography, and room for every sport or outdoor activity, this park offers a look at the Kentucky backwoods without venturing too far. It contains a golf course and there are facilities for almost every type of outdoorsman. Whether you are an archer, basketball player, jogger, fisherman, grill master, mountain biker, birder, swimmer or plain ol' dog walker, it's perfect.