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    Louisville captures equestrian culture like nowhere else on earth. It is the centre of its very core accented by the warmth you would expect of a Deep South location.  

    • 4th Street Live

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    • Belle of Louisville

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    • Churchill Downs

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    • Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse

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    • Kentucky Derby Museum

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    • Louisville Skyline

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    • Mohammed Ali Centre

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    Louisville which is firmly embedded in the American national consciousness for its multimillion-dollar Kentucky Derby held each May at Churchill Downs. The Derby, known as the richest two minutes in sport, attracts 500,000 fans to this cosmopolitan and diversified city the first Saturday in May, but there is racing at Churchill Downs in April, May, June, October and November and the track is open for tours year-round.

    The adjacent Kentucky Derby Museum is an excellent hands-on experience and has a magnificent audiovisual display that captures the Derby Day atmosphere on a 360o screen.

    Downtown Louisville rolls gently down towards Main Street then abruptly lunges down to the river where the historic Belle of Louisville leaves for daily sightseeing cruises. Don’t miss the Slugger Museum and Factory and be sure to sample the Urban Bourbon Trail along Whiskey Row and around town.

    The Muhammad Ali Center rises on the south bank of the Ohio River and has majestic views of Kentucky’s largest city where Ali was born Cassius Clay in 1942. Ali went on to boxing fame and fortune but in his heyday he was known as the “Louisville Lip” and a loquacious self-promoter responsible for some of the finest quips to emerge from a sportsman. The Ali Center is not obsessed with glory and triumph and it does not shy away from Ali’s failings, but his boxing achievements are the centrepiece and fans can watch his fights in a multimedia area as well as follow his brave and principled stand against the Vietnam War and racism.

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