Louisville area Attractions & Things to Do
The Corydon, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky areas are popular vacation destinations offering a variety of fun and exciting things to do, from historic landmarks to kid’s activities, theme parks, caves, wineries, festivals, shopping, and dining.
The Holiday Inn Express Corydon is centrally located just minutes away from all the attractions in the area. Enjoy charming and historic downtown Corydon, and venture out to experience a wide range of activities just minutes from the comfortable rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Corydon, Indiana.
Louisville KY Area Attractions
As one of Kentucky’s most famous horse racing venues, Churchill Downs has been offering exciting thoroughbred horse racing since 1875. Known as the “Home of the Kentucky Derby," Churchill Downs has also hosted the Breeders Cup, as well as a wide range of other racing events during its Spring and Fall Meets each year. www.churchilldowns.com
Kentucky Derby Museum
This interesting museum highlights one of Kentucky’s most famous landmarks, offering visitors a first hand look at the racing event that has made Louisville, Kentucky famous. The museum features a range of interactive exhibits, simulated horse rides, films, a multi-media presentation of the story of the Kentucky Derby, and a garland of roses from famous Derby winner Giacomo.
Louisville Science Center
This exciting hands-on science center features more than 120 interactive science and technology exhibits, an impressive IMAX Theatre, and tons of science, math and technology fun for kids of all ages to enjoy. www.louisvillescience.org
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
This museum is open for self-guided tours chronicling the history of the manufacturer of Major League Baseball’s official bat. Walk through exhibits featuring information on these handcrafted bats that have been the market standard since 1884, and enjoy a fun tour of the bat factory, play ball in the batting cages, watch films, check out the world's biggest bat, and see Babe Ruth’s famous bat up close. Visitors also receive a miniature souvenir bat on the tour.
Muhammad Ali Center
Located in downtown Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center features a variety of award-winning exhibits tracing Ali’s life, plus a five-screen theater, interactive boxing exhibits, two art galleries, a gift shop, and a café. Open Tue-Sat, 9:30am-5pm; Sun, Noon-5pm. www.alicenter.org
Frazier History Museum
Provides an unforgettable journey through more than 1,000 years of history with interactive exhibits, performances by costumed interpreters and special exhibitions.
This beautiful historic district includes tree-lined streets and offers visitors a look at Victorian and Beaux-Arts architecture as well as interesting churches, parks, fountains, and shops.
Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
Features an excellent venue for astronomy and science education with multi-media projection systems and interactive exhibits.
Mint Julep Tours
Taste this traditional Southern specialty drink while enjoying a variety of tours including Kentucky’s famous Bourbon Country, thoroughbred horse farms, and Louisville’s historic downtown area.
Corydon Indiana Attractions
Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
The Old State Capitol was intended to be the Harrison County Courthouse, but after its completion in 1816 it became Indiana’s First State Capitol. Built with local limestone, the square, Federal-style building commemorates Indiana history from the territorial period through statehood.
Governor William Hendricks (1822-1824) used this house as his office and residence while governor of Indiana. The Porter-Griffin families lived here until 1975 when it was acquired by the state of Indiana and is now part of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site.
Indiana’s First State Constitution was signed under the shade of the massive elm tree by forty-three delegates who met here from June 10 to 29, 1816. The monument is now part of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site.
Battle of Corydon Memorial Park
This five-acre park lies in the center of the battlefield where Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s Raiders fought the local Harrison County Home Guards. The Battle of Corydon is one of the few battles that occurred on northern soil during the Civil War. Commemorative markers and a nature trail tell the story of this small battle and a log cabin shows visitors a look at the typical homes of the period.
This federal-style brick home was built in 1817 and was the residence for many years of Thomas Lloyd Posey. Posey served as State Adjutant General, State Representative, and Harrison County Treasurer. Although never married, he raised 14 orphaned children in this house. The Posey House is owned by the Harrison County Historical Society and is currently closed for renovation.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Take a walk along the shady streets of Corydon’s National Historic District, see the buildings where Indiana was born, and browse the unique shops surrounding the picturesque town square. Maps and information are available at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center at 310 N. Elm Street in downtown Corydon.
Showcases a section of the vast Binkley Cave System and is the newest commercial cave in the United States opening in 2013. Features a 4-story waterfall, boat ride on an underground river, Ice Age bones, and beautiful cave formations. Facilities include a Visitors Center, Mining for Gems, Shelter House and an outdoor recreation area.
Squire Boone Caverns & Village
Featuring spectacular underground waterfalls, stunning stalagmites, stalagmites, flowstone, draperies, dams, and more. Squire Boone Caverns, name after the younger brother of Daniel Boone, also offers an historic village with Boone’s Mill, rock shop, hiking trails, picnicking, gold panning, and Zip Line Adventures.
Discovered in 1883, Marengo Cave offers walking tours of its stunning natural flowstone deposits, soda straw formations and stalagmites, plus cave exploring, canoeing, camping, gemstone mining, and more. Tour highlights including the Crystal Palace and Penny Ceiling. www.marengocave.com [Top]
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
Located in Santa Claus, Indiana (about one hour west from Corydon), Holiday World is a family-style theme park that celebrates Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July with a variety of roller coasters, kiddie rides, arcade games, classic carnival rides like bumper cars and tilt-a-whirl, and a mini train. The Splashin’ Safari water park offers a full day of fun in the sun with water slides, wave pools, rivers, and kiddie pools. The parks offer free parking, free sunscreen, and unlimited free soft drinks.
Golf Shores Fun Center
Golf Shores Fun Center offers good clean family fun with an indoor and outdoor miniature golf course, a video arcade, a snack bar, coffee shop, private party rooms, and more. Golf Shores is located across the highway from the Corydon Holiday Inn Express. [Top]
This unique, family friendly variety show features a talented cast presenting family entertainment, live music and comedy each Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The facility is a smoke and alcohol-free venue. Call 270-422-3122 or visit www.thecorydonjamboree.com for show tickets, reservations, and information.
A small, family owned winery, with 4 acres planted in vineyards and 6 in various berries. Stop by and tour the winery and vineyard or try some of the many award wining wines. Closed on Mondays but open on Memorial and Labor Day.
Scout Mountain Winery
Come on in for free wine tasting, walk the vineyard, or talk to the winemaker himself. Also carries homemade Italian, cheddar-herb bread; and, while in season, a special recipe of zucchini bread. Open Wednesday thru Sunday, Noon until 6:00 p.m.
Turtle Run Winery
Founded in 2000, this winery has crafted many wines that have garnered international acclaim. Take a tour of the winery and enjoy free wine tasting in Laura’s tasting room. Relax and enjoy a selection of wine while viewing the rolling hills. Open Daily.
Lucas Oil Golf Course
Located at the junction of State Highways 64 and 237 at the town of English, the 18-hole, 72 par course blends seamlessly with its unspoiled surroundings that has been described as the hidden gem of the Hoosier State. The clubhouse includes the Lucas Oil Restaurant and Lounge.
Old Capitol Golf Club
This beautiful 18-hole, par 72 course features many elevation changes, a winding creek and abundant shade make it one of the most popular in southern Indiana. The public is welcomed. Located just east of Corydon on State Highway 62.
Chariot Run Golf Course
This equestrian themed, 18-hole golf course features bent grass fairways surrounded by rolling hills and sparkling lakes located near the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Riverboat Casino. The course offers a fun day on the links for serious players or novices, plus a pro shop and snack bar. [Top]
Buffalo Trace Park
This large park features a 30-acre man-made lake, canoe and paddle boat rentals, walking trails, a beach and swimming area, a petting zoo, picnic areas, baseball field, tennis and basketball courts, an 18-hold disc golf course, playgrounds, and camping with full hook-ups. www.harrisoncoparks.com/BTP.html
Hayswood Nature Reserve
Located just five minutes from the Holiday Inn Express along Highway 135, this 311 acre park has three picnic pavilions, two playgrounds, one paved nature trail, fishing lake with accessible pier, and the trailhead of the Indian Creek Trail.[Top]
O’Bannon Woods State Park
Indiana’s newest state park offers an Olympic Swimming Pool, hiking trails, nature center, pioneer farmstead and a campground. The park is surrounded by the sprawling Harrison-Crawford State Forest with over 24,000 acres. Located eight miles west of Corydon via State Highways 62 and 462.
Zimmerman Art Glass
Watch a demonstration of hand-blown glass sculpting as the Zimmerman family continues a tradition that has continued through four generations. The final product is an effort to re-introduce the solid glass paperweights made by English and Colonial craftsmen. Closed on Mondays.
Pick your own blueberries at this fun family owned farm that offers U-pick berries during June, July, and August. Visit or call (812) 366-3592.
Ohio River Scenic Byway Driving Tour
The Ohio River Scenic Byway is a 302-mile long route that winds through Southern Indiana close to the shores of the mighty Ohio River. Visitors will enjoy the many attractions, historic monuments, roadside cafes, and plenty of natural beauty on this historic byway. www.ohioriverscenicbyway.com [Top]
Horseshoe Southern Indiana Riverboat Casino
Known as the world’s largest riverboat casino, Horseshoe Southern Indiana offers gaming enthusiasts a chance to try their luck at over 100 table games like blackjack, poker, and roulette, plus 2,000 slot machines. There are seven restaurants ranging from Jack Binion’s Steakhouse to classic American fare at Legends. www.Horseshoe-Indiana.com
249 Federal Drive, Corydon, IN 47112
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