Head to Climb NuLu, Louisville's indoor wall climbing complex. There you’ll find 15,000 square feet of adventure in the form of artificial climbing walls. All the floors are padded, so when you fall, you'll be fine. Just show up rested and ready, and you can go bouldering to your heart’s content. You can take a lesson if you want, and there are plenty of places for beginners to climb and get their bearings.
Few bars in Louisville are as quirky and interesting as Garage Bar, an indoor/outdoor establishment that once was a service station. Outside, there’s table seating under an awning that used to shelter gas pumps, along with a pair of ping pong tables and some seats covered in artificial turf. Inside, there’s a traditional bar and restaurant with an automotive theme, specializing in house cocktails, craft beer, as well as a raw bar and wood-fired pizza. If you need a go-to evening spot, this is it.
Sports! Louisville is a college basketball town first and foremost, but you won’t find that until the winter. However, there’s a minor league ballpark that consistently is rated as one of the best in the country. Said ballpark would be Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats. It’s cheap to get in, there’s not a bad seat in the 13,000-seat park, and the food is delicious (fried bologna sandwiches!). And if baseball isn’t your thing, you can catch the city’s professional soccer team, Louisville City FC, in the same park.
It may sound a little macabre (because it, um, is), but Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery oozes with history. Not only is it the final resting place of notable Kentuckians like Muhammad Ali, Col. Harland Sanders, and Pappy Van Winkle, it also contains a Civil War cemetery and is a rolling, gorgeous, park space. It’s easy to get lost in your thoughts (and lost in general, so follow the white lines on the roads) as you roam around the grounds. Feel free to feed the ducks at the pond, and pack something to eat (which we swear isn't weird).