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Discover the Best Things to Do in Derby City

Whether you are visiting Louisville for the first time or you are a seasoned regular, you can always find more than enough to keep you entertained during your trip. When you stay with us at Marriott Louisville in the heart of downtown, you are close to some of the best attractions, sports events, culture, food, shopping, and nightlife that Kentucky has to offer. Make the most of your time in the Gateway to the South by sampling the local flavor.

Take an Exciting Vacation to Louisville

Making a must-see list of things to do in Louisville can be a challenge because there is so much to experience. Here is just a sampling of what you can find in our fair city:


When you step out the door of our hotel, you are walking distance to one of the most beloved sports venues in the country, Churchill Downs. Even if it isn’t Derby season, you can still check out the venue or step back in time by exploring the museum.

If baseball is more to your liking, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is a must. Take a tour and plan on a quick stop at the batting cages to try out bats that have always loved by some of the best in the sport.

Louisville is home to boxing’s Muhammed Ali. Learn more about the Greatest beyond his boxing prowess at the Muhammed Ali Center, which houses memorabilia and interactive exhibits to enthrall people of all ages.

Food and Drink

Kentucky is home to more than famous fried chicken; you should also leave room for world-class bourbon and at least one Kentucky Hot Brown. Louisville was even named the No. 1 top food city by National Geographic Traveler. Just steps from Louisville Marriott, you can sample a delicious open-faced turkey sandwich or take a distillery tour at the Evan Williams Experience or any of the other micro-distilleries in town. Bottoms up!

The Nulu District is a hotbed of shopping and restaurants and is a destination all its own for foodies. It makes sense that the former Butchertown and Bourbon Stockyards area would now be home to some of the most creative cuisine in the city. There’s no issue if you are a vegetarian as you will easily find a meal worth remembering in Louisville, a city with multiple acclamations for its food scene from Zagat, Travel + Leisure Magazine, and USA Today.

Arts and entertainment

Another Kentucky standout is bluegrass and R & B music, and you can find it close to our hotel at Fourth Street Live! or the KFC Yum! Center Check out the upcoming events at these and other venues to see who is performing during your stay for first class entertainment.

Louisville is also known for its dynamic arts community and is home to artisanal crafts like glass and ceramic arts, woodwork, and more. Derby City also has more than a dozen venues and performance companies, perfect for travelers interested in theater and performing arts. Louisville boasts multiple art galleries and museums including the Louisville Speed Art Museum, known as the Speed to locals.Take a breather to soak up some culture, as their art collection and special exhibits are fascinating and a welcome oasis for any traveler.

Relax After Exploring at Marriott Louisville Downtown

When you are exhausted from a long day of Louisville adventures or just looking for a quick break, come to the Marriott Louisville Downtown for all of your needs. Relax in our well-appointed guest rooms or stay connected to home with our high-speed Wi-Fi access. To refuel you can grab a quick coffee at our lobby Starbucks or you can check out one of our two on-site restaurants. For a laid back atmosphere and southern cuisine, check out Porch Kitchen & Bar. We will ensure your stay with us at Marriott Louisville Downtown is a comfortable rest stop between exploring the different attractions of Louisville.