100 Things to Do in Louisville Before You Die

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If you have spent time on this website, you know there is plenty to do in and around Louisville. But perhaps you are looking for a way to package up all this information and gift it to a friend...what do you do? Well, you are in luck! Local author Kevin Gibson has a charming book out titled 100 Things to Do in Louisville Before You Die.

100 Things to Do in Louisville Before You Die is not an About publication, but it does cover it all. The book takes a look at important historical and cultural landmarks; sporting events and entertainment; dining and nightlife; family fun, and much more. It's an inside look on a city that is known for bourbon and horse racing, but as any native and regular visitor can attest, there is much more to do than sip Maker's Mark and play the ponies. 

Gibson knows what he is talking about. He writes about Louisville for various publication, plays in a band, and hosts a local radio show. Plus, he did additional research for the book.

“I’ve lived in the Louisville area my whole life,” says author Kevin Gibson, “and even I learned a few new things about the city I call home while writing this book.” 

Of course the book covers the most popular attractions Louisville has to offer, attractions like Belle of Louisville cruises on the Ohio River and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, but also suggests places to visit for anyone willing to go off the beaten path. There are inside scoops on Muth’s Candies and the historic Crescent Hill Reservoir, along with revealing insights such as the cemetery within the Louisville Zoo.

So, if you are looking for more to do, check out 100 Things to Do in Louisville Before You Die. Louisville is home to a diverse and delicious culinary scene, a thriving night life, an arts community that rivals big cities, and a world-class parks system. So, if you’re planning a trip to the Kentucky Derby or Forecastle, two of Louisville's main events that always draw huge crowds, pick up a copy of 100 Things to Do in Louisville Before You Die.

About the Author

Kevin Gibson is a Louisville, Kentucky-based freelance writer who writes about everything from food to entertainment to beer. In his 25 years as a professional writer, he has won numerous journalism awards, but doesn’t know where most of them are now. He is author of The Liberation of Crystal Hill (2011), Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft (2014), and Crohn’s Disease: A Memoir From the Toilet (2015).

Outside of Louisville

Traveled to Louisville and looking for things to do outside of the city limits? No worries, there is plenty to see and do throughout Kentucky and neighboring Indiana.

One thing to explore, if you are willing to go underground, is the extensive system of caves underneath Kentucky's beautiful and lush horse farms. The caves are an ideal family outing for science buffs and history aficionados alike.

Prefer to spend time in the open air? Makes sense. Check out an area farm. Families—along with singles and couples—can enjoy the scenery, pick up fresh produce, and, if you choose one of the attraction farms, enjoy a petting zoo, bouncy castles, a gigantic slide, tractor rides, pony rides and more: Top 5 Area Farms

There is oodles of fun in and outside of Louisville. Plenty to explore for natives and visitors alike. Oh, and be sure to stop for a bite, Kentucky is known for delicious food. Of course, Louisville itself is the reigning king of many regional favorites such as mutton barbeque, burgoo (it is a regional stew, dating back to before the Civil War), and then the Hot Brown Sandwich, created at the Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville as sustenance to dance all night in the 1920s. 

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