Readers are used to us bragging about our wonderful little city on the river, but we are particularly proud when a national rating service showers Louisville with accolades. Now, the website Livability.com  has named Louisville as America’s No. 1 city for affordable vacations.
Livability.com is a comprehensive online resource on more than 500 of America's Best Places to live, visit, work, play and explore. Their stated mission is to tell the story of the great places to live in between the big cities. The staff of Livability has spent more than 20 years finding the good stuff in small to mid-sized communities all across America. Whether you are moving, traveling or simply exploring interesting festivals or places to eat, their motto is, “Livability.com has you covered.”
Stressing Louisville’s rich history, modern culture, free attractions and deep discounts, the surveyors selected Derby City as a prime vacation destination for families.
“Home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, Louisville prides itself in all things equine. Take a historic walking tour of Churchill Downs with admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Kids under five are admitted free, and AAA members receive discounts. Join in the citywide Derby Week celebration at the Kentucky Derby Festival and Thunder of Louisville, the largest fireworks display in America.”
The folks at Livability suggest that you catch a free show at Louisville’s Actors Theatre, or pay homage to America’s favorite pastime at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Museum and factory tours are available starting at 9 a.m., and kids under five get in for free.
Livability goes on to recommend The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum with more than 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Unfortunately, the Speed is presently closed for extensive renovation; but Louisville is home to many other galleries, museums and performing arts centers. And visitors can explore wildlife, children’s activities and more at the always-free Louisville Nature Center.
“Package discounts to the Louisville Zoo include zoo admission, a 4-D theater ticket, unlimited carousel rides, a zoo tram shuttle and admission the exhibit Dinosaurs!”
Louisville has 91 hotels, and is home to more than 200 fine restaurants. Visitors will also want to check out: The Muhammad Ali Center, Fourth Street Live, Glassworks, Louisville Science Center, and the exquisite 21C Museum Hotel.
For those of us who have grown up in Louisville, most of this is old hat. But for our many welcome visitors, our city has a breathtaking selection of activities and adventures. And it’s always nice to get a little recognition.
“Number One City for Affordable Vacations.” But, then, you already knew that.