Even those unfamiliar with Kentucky at large will recognize the state for one thing - its fried chicken. From its humble beginnings in the back of a gas station kitchen, the Colonel's famously delicious chicken has made its way into almost 150 countries worldwide. Kentucky's largest city, Louisville, has 19 KFC locations within its city limits, the sight of the iconic red and white buildings as pervasive as Starbucks.

There's more to do in Louisville than devour some KFC (though we do recommend grabbing a bite just for the fun of eating the chicken in its birth state.) Sportsters, foodies, history buffs, and animal lovers unite. There is something for everyone in Louisville, and this list highlights the best attractions sure to make your trip a grand slam.

10 Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum shows how the legacies of historically influential people remain a source of intrigue even in the modern-day. The mini-castle features a unique, Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in the heart of Louisville's historic district.

Welcomed by ornate gargoyles that decorate the home's limestone exterior, visitors can step inside the former home of one of the wealthiest men in the city. They'll observe stunning stained-glass windows, gorgeous woodworking, and luxurious furnishings from the early 20th century. The museum hosts various special events, including tea times, Christmas tours, and haunted scavenger hunts.

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9 Muhammad Ali Center

A trip to Louisville isn't complete without a visit to the Muhammad Ali Center. The multicultural interactive museum features memorabilia from the iconic boxer's life, exploring how the athlete's determination and dedication to his principles influenced the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. The well-thought-out exhibits seek to inspire visitors to reach their highest vibrations by documenting the rich history of a multifaceted human being who spent his life trying to improve the lives of those around him.

8 Louisville Zoo

It's not surprising why children and adults alike love a trip to the zoo. The opportunity to observe and learn about animals we are unlikely to see in their natural environments is both enriching and fun. The Louisville Zoo seeks to strengthen the bond between people and the planet by providing top-notch care to the over a thousand animals living in its well-kept habitats. The new sloth exhibit allows visitors to watch their favorite slowpokes hang from branches, while the islands exhibit offers glimpses into the behavior of orangutans, penguins, and tigers!

7 Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Adding a tour of Louisville's Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a must for those who enjoy a spooky adventure or just an intriguing taste of medical history. The abandoned  20th-century hospital once treated tuberculosis patients and is a popular spot for ghost hunters who believe their souls still linger in the empty hallways and rooms of the building. The sanatorium is listed on the National Historic Register and is open for various guided and self-guided tours suited to all kinds of visitors.

6 Louisville Mega Cavern

For a one-of-a-kind experience, action-seekers need to make a pit stop at the Louisville Mega Cavern. The former limestone mine stretches for around 100 acres beneath the city and is the only place in the world where a person can hit an entire underground zipline course. Walking tours cover large portions of the cave for those who'd prefer to stay on their feet, but nothing beats the thrill of traversing a subterranean ropes course on the epic Mega Quest. The cavern comes alive with Christmas decorations during Lights Under Louisville, and guests can drive through a winter wonderland to get their festive fix.

5 Bourbon Trail

It is simply impossible to pick only one distillery to visit in a city known for its bourbon, so why not hit several spots for a full-bodied sampling? The Urban Trail Tour allows thirsty guests to choose two or more stops, including the iconic Old Forester Distillery and the newer Rabbit Hole Distillery. Tour-goers will learn about what goes into making Kentucky's quintessential beverage and be rewarded with tastings along the way.

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4 Big Four Bridge

For epic views of Louisville's skyline sunsets, pedestrians can walk across the Big Four Bridge that connects Kentucky to Indiana over the Ohio River. The bridge was initially completed near the turn of the 20th century and has been updated to accommodate those who enjoy exploring on foot or by bicycle. The bridge also allows for easy access to Waterfront Park, which hosts various music festivals during the summer months.

3 Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Follow the giant baseball bat reaching high over the surrounding buildings for a deep-dive into sports history at the Louisville Slugger Museum. It's a must-see for baseball fans, who will learn about Slugger bats' influence on America's greatest pastime. Guests can swing historical bats in the cages, take pictures with statues of noteworthy baseballers, and tour the factory that continues to supply bats to players today. Temporary exhibits featuring pop culture will also appeal to those who aren't typically moved by sports.

2 Kentucky Derby Museum & Churchill Downs

Put on a fancy hat and hit Churchill Downs for some fun at the horse races. Follow it up with a visit to the adjacent Kentucky Derby Museum to learn all about the Derby's hundred-year history. Churchill Downs continues to host the legendary event every year and is open for tours during the off-season.

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1 4th Street Live!

For an exciting music-filled night on the town, look no further than 4th Street Live! The bustling entertainment and retail district features an abundance of restaurants, bars, and shops, all within walking distance. Visitors can grab a bite at Guy Fieri's Smokehouse, catch a dueling piano show at the Howl At The Moon bar, or celebrate the dawn of a new year at an epic NYE party.

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