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Flights to Louisville

image of LouisvilleThe largest city in the southern US state of Kentucky is Louisville, situated in the far north near the border with Indiana. Famous for the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, this large city is also home of the renowned Kentucky Derby.

Flights to Louisville are handled by the Louisville International Airport (SDF), and though named “international”, it really only handles air traffic from within the United States. This means that all flights to Louisville from Johannesburg will require at least one connection, though usually it two stops will be required. The only airline that has a one-connection route is Delta Airlines, which stops in Atlanta before continuing the flight to Louisville. British Airways stops in London and then New York, and a flight with South African Airways goes through London and then Chicago.

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The Tourist Attractions in Louisville:

Louisville has an interesting mix of attractions, from its famous horse racecourse to its abundant shopping, and arts and music scene. It is also a city of many great parks, all with something different to offer, making this a great destination for those who enjoy being outdoors.

Kentucky Derby Festival

Louisville is home to the horse racing circuit Churchill Downs, which although has many popular races throughout the year is most famous for the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby Festival takes place over the course of 2 weeks at the end of April and beginning of May, prior to the actual Derby, which is only one part of it. This means the Festival attracts people from all over the country and the world, to take part in one of the biggest public events in the USA.

Events include Thunder Over Louisville, an air show that concludes with a huge fireworks display. There’s the Great Steamboat Race between two or three steamboats along the Ohio River. The Pegasus Parade is a large parade of floats and marching bands and often has celebrities appearing too. Plus there is the Great Balloon Race and the Mini Marathon that usually take lace at the same time. Tourists can also enjoy a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum at any time of the year.

The Louisville Slugger

Louisville is well known amongst baseball fans because the city is the namesake for the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, the Louisville Slugger. You can visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in downtown Louisville and see the world’s largest baseball bat outside!

Other Museums in Kentucky

The Slugger Museum is just one of a variety of museums on ‘Museum Row’ in downtown Louisville. Other museums in this city include the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Louisville Science Center, and the Frazier Historical Arms Museum. Museum Row is also home to the Muhammad Ali Center. Ali lived in the city and the center features his memorabilia. There are numerous other museums in the city too.

Parks in Louisville

Louisville has many excellent parks and a park system that was designed by the ‘Father of American Architecture’ Frederick Law Olmstead. Both Iroquois Park and Ashland Park have good views over the city, whilst the newer Waterfront Park stretches along the river and has plenty to see including spectacular city views.

When Should You Visit?:

Louisville enjoys a humid subtropical climate which means the weather is usually fairly mild throughout the year. Winters can bring snow, and rainfall of one kind or another should be expected at any time of the year. Spring begins in late March and offers pleasant temperatures whilst summers can get hot and sticky.

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