Louisville, Kentucky possesses a unique blend of Northern and Southern style and grace. Victorian mansions are complimented by contemporary skyscrapers; the calliope of an authentic paddle-wheel steamboat draws attention to the river while a jet passes overhead en route to an urban airport; cobble-stoned streets lead to sidewalk cafes surrounded by trendy boutiques; and horse-drawn carriages and motorized trolleys provide patrons two totally different views of the city. The Belle of Louisville, the oldest Mississippi-style sternwheeler in the country, still cruises the Ohio.
Downtown, Main Street, with its colorful Louisville hotels and restaurants, creates an atmosphere of cultural excitement unmatched in cities of similar size. The Kentucky Center for the Arts showcases theater, ballet, orchestra, opera, and a variety of other national and regional productions in three theaters. Nearby, Louisville Science Center offers participatory exhibits, living history, and the IMAX Theater. The internationally acclaimed, Tony-award winning Actors Theatre of Louisville features performances from its location in a designated National Historic Landmark on East Main Street. History lives at Farmington (designed by Thomas Jefferson) and Locust Grove (the last home of General George Rogers Clark) where special activities and tours are offered for visitors throughout the year. Louisville's newest interpreted home is the majestic Farnsley-Moremen at Riverside Landing. This Civil War-era home is fully restored and includes a multi-use Visitors Center. Visitors can also delight in the more than 900 animals at the Louisville Zoo and thrills and chills of Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. The Louisville Slugger Bat Factory & Museum tour has been named one of the top ten industrial tours in the nation. But, most of all, Louisville is known the world over as the home of the "the greatest two minutes in sports"...the Kentucky Derby!
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