When you’re in Louisville, you’re in Looeyville. Or Looville, depending on which local you talk to. No matter what you decide to call the largest city in Kentucky, you will find the place to be warm and inviting with plenty to eat, see, and do. Although it’s most famous for being home to the annual Kentucky Derby, there is so much more that Louisville has to offer visitors year round. If you’re in the middle of planning a vacation to the Derby City, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s blog post, we’ll introduce you to a few of the things you can plan on doing once you’ve purchased a cheap bus ticket to Louisville.
Treat Yourself to a Cone at Comfy Cow
For the best ice cream around town, you go to Comfy Cow. This community staple has three locations throughout the Louisville region, but you’ll want to hit up the Clifton spot (closer to downtown Louisville). This cozy ice cream shop has a rotating selection of mouthwatering flavors to sample including signature flavors like salted caramel, black raspberry chip, Georgia butter pecan, cookie monster dough, bourbon ball, and brown butter peanut butter, all handcrafted to perfection. For seasonal ice cream treats, the Comfy Cow whips up some festive flavors like peppermint stick, cinnamon bon, and holly jolly cherry. This Louisville ice cream shop even serves up inventive treats like ice cream pies, smoothies, warm cookies, novelty items like dipped bananas, and even doggie treats like the ever popular pooch pops!
Take a Bite Out of a Slice of Louisville-Style Pizza
Some US cities like New York and Chicago are just known for their pizzas. Other cities, like Louisville, keep their pizza a hidden secret. But whenever you plan to visit Louisville, you’ll have to plan to try some Louisville-style pizza. What is it that makes this Southern pizza so unique? Louisville is known for creating pizzas topped with gooey, thick melted cheese and the most unbelievably tangy sauce….over the toppings. Visit Impellizzeri’s Pizza, voted the #1 pizza in Louisville seven years in a row by Best of Louisville Reader’s Choice Awards and try the Four Cheese Sampler loaded with mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, and parmesan. Or feast on the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza topped off with mozzarella, grilled chicken, or crumbled bacon. The pizzeria also specializes in thin-crust pizzas including the classic Margherita pizza, the Pollo Pesto, the Hawaiian BBQ, and the Bianco, a pie cooked to perfection with oven roasted tomatoes, spinach, roasted garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and herbed ricotta cheese.
Work Off Everything You Just Ate at Climb NuLu
Louisville presents a way to work out that’s unique and incredibly riveting: rock-climbing. Climb NuLu boast a 15,000-square foot indoor climbing complex with walls upon walls of inviting bouldering routes just waiting to be scaled. The gym welcomes beginners and seasoned climbers alike. Keep in mind that this is a bouldering gym, which means all climbing walls are lower than usual and do not require a harness or any gear other than climbing shoes and chalk. The floors are completely padded so should you fall at any point, you’ll land on a soft area. Climb NuLu has various open hours every day so you’ll want to call in advance or look at their website to make sure you’re planning a visit when they’re open. After a rigorous couple hours of bouldering, try out one of their relaxing vinyasa flow yoga classes.
Find Unique Treasures at Antique Shops
Antiquing isn’t just for seasoned buyers, antiquing is for everyone and inevitably leads to hours of fun exploration. Louisville is home to a handful of impressive antique shops, with Joe Ley Antiques being at the top of the list. This stop will be especially gratifying for true antiquing enthusiasts since the shop is located in a three-story, 19th-century schoolhouse. There are three stories to explore and even the building is an antique. You’ll discover everything from antique toys to furniture to collectible items to vintage advertisements from the ’30s. If you’re not all tuckered out from exploring three-stories of antique items, finish the day off at the Louisville Antique Market and the Crazy Daisy Antique Mall.
Ready to plan your trip to Louisville? Buy your cheap bus ticket today!