Louisville Attractions and Optional Sites to Visit

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There is lots to see and do in Louisville and the surrounding area. Below are some that attendees may be interested in. The attachments are lists of attractions and events from the Visitors’ Bureau.



  • Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville in 1942.  A museum founded by Lonnie and Muhammad Ali that is dedicated to his legacy in boxing and work for social justice is located a few blocks, within walking distance, from the downtown Marriott.  The Muhammad Ali museum has won awards for the quality of the exhibits and its interactive nature makes it ideal for families.  Opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.  Tickets are $14.00 for adults and $9.00 for children.  You can purchase tickets online and learn more about the museum by following this link:  https://www.alicenter.org
  • Kentucky is well known for the Bourbon industry.  If you are interested in learning more about how Bourbon is distilled and crafted and doing a Bourbon tasting then you may want to plan time to visit Evan Williams.  Evan Williams is located on Main Street (about a half mile walk from the Marriott or short uber or cab ride).  The tours are offered Tuesday-Friday between 11:00 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am -6:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Be mindful that you have to arrive one hour before closing to take the last tour of the day.  Tickets can be purchased online and cost $14.00 for adults and $11.00 for kids (11-20).  More information can be found on their website: http://evanwilliams.com/visit.php  If you want to sample more than one Kentucky Bourbon, there are several distilleries just outside of Louisville (within an hour drive), including Jim Beam, Four Roses, and Maker’s Mark.  All of these distillers offer tours and tastings. 
  • The Speed Art Museum, located downtown on the campus of the University of Louisville, is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am -5:00 pm and is easily accessible via bus, uber, or cab from the hotel.  On Saturday, January 5, there will be the opening of a new exhibit, “Picasso to Pollock.”  There is also an excellent cinema there.  Entrance for adults is $12.00; kids 4-17, $8.00.  You can learn more about other exhibits by following this link:  http://www.speedmuseum.org/visit/  Check the museum’s calendar for updates closer to the annual meeting.  
  • If you want to come a day early or stay after the meeting, the religious landscape of Kentucky includes many points of interest for scholars and visitors to the area.  If you are interested in communitarianism and would like to arrive early enough to some sightseeing you may want to plan time to visit Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky (about an hour and a half from Louisville).  You can learn more about these Shaker Village by visiting their website:  https://shakervillageky.org/  It is also possible to plan retreats at the Abbey of Gethsemani and Merton’s hermitage.  More information for making reservations can be found at this website:    http://www.monks.org/index.php/visit-us/retreats