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Yew Dell Botanical Gardens: The Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is a national landmark, making the list on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Preservation Project of the Garden Conservancy. It is a prime hub of sustainable gardening and horticulture, offering many educational programs, tours and volunteering opportunities. On a nice day, you can walk through the Walled Garden and see Chinese tree peonies or the Serpentine Garden to view multiple species of evergreens. Admission: $7.</li>
- Iceland Sports Complex: If you have never been ice-skating before, here is your chance. Ice-skating is a fun sport that is great for groups. If you already know how to rollerblade, ice-skating will be fairly easy to learn. Figure skating and ice-skating lessons are available by appointment. More comfortable ice skaters can participate in ice hockey programs and leagues. There are also pickup hockey events for single games. Admission: $6. Skate Rental: $2.
- Cherokee Park: There are plenty of things to do in Cherokee Park when the weather is beautiful. Many enjoy walking through the 2.4-mile Scenic Loop, which is great for a nice drive through the park or dog run. You can also have a picnic overlooking the open meadows and woodlands of Beargrass Creek valley. There are also horseback riding trails, a bird sanctuary, fountains, biking roads, soccer field, tennis courts, and an archery range. Admission: Free.
- Muhammad Ali Center: This multicultural center, located on Museum Row, is a tribute to the champion American boxer, Muhammad Ali. The Center museum showcases his remarkable story and the six values that inspired his legacy: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality. This center also features programs such as the Daughters of Greatness breakfast series, movies from their Metamorphosis Film Series, and more. Admission: $9.
- Louisville Waterfront Park: Be sure to check the calendar of events before you go. If you are in the city around Labor Day weekend, you can attend WorldFest, featuring four days of various foods, music and dances. Other fun activities include days dedicated to yoga, Segway tours, hiking, biking, paddle boating, and walks raising money for causes such as hunger and childhood cancer. Admission: Free.
- The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum: The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum features the work of architect Arthur Loomis, which was constructed in a Richardsonian Romanesque style. Many prominent Louisville families have resided in this castle. There are breathtaking archways, intricate stone designs and a picturesque courtyard. Admission: $10.
- KentuckyShow!: If you just arrived in Lousville, KentuckyShow! should be your first stop! It is a 30-minute production showing at the KentuckyShow! Theater at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. After being inspired by the production of multi-media production "Where's Boston?", Sharon Potter created the KentuckyShow! to feature captivating interviews and high-resolution pictures to showcase Kentucky's enriching past, present, and future. Admission: $7.
- Fourth Street Live!: Fourth Street Live! is the central hub of food, drinks, shopping and events in Louisville. Restaurant and entertainment hotspots include interesting names such as The Sports and Social Club, Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, and Hard Rock Café. Popular bars and nightclubs include A Cowboy Bar, Kill Devil Club and Howl at the Moon. Don't forget to check the calendar for special events such as Thrift Shop Party, Ladies Night at Maker's Mark, and concerts featuring local artists. Admission: Free.
- Derby City Magic: Have you ever heard of a comedy magic show? Come to the Comedy Caravan Comedy Club on the first Monday of every month to check it out. Both local and touring magicians perform on this special night to put on an entertaining show for audiences of all ages. Admission: $10.
- Louisville Nature Center & Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve: Louisville, Kentucky is widely known for its scenic views and nature reserves. What better way to spend the day than see butterflies and dragonflies as you walk through the center's gardens? You can also hike the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve and sift through over 180 species of trees, wildflowers and shrubs or see over 150 species of birds flying overhead. Admission: Free. </ol>
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