Spring travelers come from near and far to Louisville. They travel here to see the blooming dogwoods, the foals born the past winter playing in lush green fields, and the Kentucky Derby. Although this is typically a time of year when hotel rates and airfare rise, deals can be found. There are many affordable Louisville hotels even in the central business district. Don’t be afraid to head to Kentucky and explore all everything that Louisville has to offer.
Travelers flying into Louisville Regional Airport find that there is a need to rent a car to see the area. Louisville attractions are spread out, and although there is an extremely affordable bus system, it is limited to the downtown area. All of the major car rental agencies are located at the airport and offer affordable rates year-round.
If you are only in Louisville for a short time and you are planning on sticking to downtown, you may choose not to rent a car. There are taxis, limousines, a public transit system, and courtesy shuttles available to and from the airport, as well as around town. There are several hotels like the Galt House Hotel that offer a free airport shuttle which are a few miles from the airport.
Explore the Outdoors Cheaply
Other than Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby, many of Louisville’s attractions are indoors. However, the outdoors enthusiast doesn’t need to fret as there is plenty for them to do; topping the list, the Louisville Mega Cavern. This fully underground zip-line tour features up to 2 hours of cavern adventure. Unlike many other zip-lining experiences, Mega Zips is much more affordable. Tickets are $69 Monday thru Friday with an early bird special of $59, or $79 on the weekend. Louisville Mega Cavern is one affordable adventure you will not want to miss.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy summer nights watching free movies in historic Iroquois Park. Iroquois park is full of great hiking trails and spectacular views. Come early, stroll through the park, bring a picnic dinner, and enjoy watching a family-friendly movie under the stars.
Louisville Culture on the Cheap
The Kentucky Derby in Louisville is a huge event every spring, and not everyone that wants to come is able; that doesn’t mean they can’t have their own first-hand experience of the downs. The Kentucky Derby Museum is open year-round with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Derby and Oaks Days. For a nominal fee, guests can learn about the history of the derby and tour the grounds. Additionally, visitors can stay nearby at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Louisville Downtown for an affordable price.
The official drink of the Kentucky Derby may be a mint julep, but that doesn’t mean that is the only thing you can drink while in Louisville. In fact, Louisville is making its way onto the map of great microbreweries. Take a guided 4-hour microbrewery tour, and experience Louisville’s beers.
What are your favorite cheap things to do in Louisville? Share in the comments below!
Author Bio: Carrie Dahle is a multi-talented writer living no place in particular. Why, because she is too busy traveling. Her travels have included bike rides down volcanoes, maneuvering the waves of Hawaii, sailing the seas of the Caribbean, and so much more. Carrie is also currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove Project.
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