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Louisville, KY: Where the things to do are as varied as the city’s pronunciations 

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Registration for the March 1-4 CEC 2023 Convention & Expo is open! Held in Louisville, Kentucky, I cannot be more excited as a Louisville area native. Besides the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky rivalry, the city’s pronunciation is the most common debate among Louisvillians. You will hear everything from Looaville, LouEville, LOUISville, and Luhvul. I am from Looavul.

While known for its horses and bourbon, Louisville has much more to offer! Below are some must-dos while visiting Louisville, KY, for the 2023 convention. 

 

More than Bourbon and Horses 

While Kentuckians LOVE their bourbon and horses- it’s not for everyone. Louisville has an activity for all: sports lovers, history buffs, science enthusiasts, and art aficionados. Check out Louisville’s historic Main Street (while it’s called Whiskey Row, we call it Museum Row). While you are here, don’t forget to take a few selfies and stop by the Louisville Visitor’s Center for a prize

  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: A Louisville visit staple. *Special note: The iconic mini bats received on your tour cannot be kept in carry-on luggage for your flight home. 

  • Louisville Mega Cavern: While known for being the world’s only fully underground zip line, the Mega Cavern also features an aerial ropes challenge course, and historic tram, walking, and biking tours. The Mega Cavern is a great way to experience the outdoors without the concerns of the cold- since it is underground, the temperature remains around 60 degrees. 

  • The Muhammad Ali Center: A multicultural center and museum chronicling the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.  

  • Kentucky Science Center 

  • Frazier History Museum 

  • 21c Louisville Museum: One of my absolute favorites (and it is free)! You will know you are there when you see the red penguins on the roof and the 30-foot golden Michelangelo out front. 21c is a contemporary art museum with thought-provoking and interactive exhibits such as Text Rain. Even the bathrooms have an artistic design. If you get an appetite, consider getting a bite at Proof on Main restaurant.  

  • Speed Art Museum 

 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Louisville 

Louisville has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index Experience. The city proudly celebrates DEI with historical museums, shopping, music, and food. If you want an experience specific to exceptionalities, consider visiting the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind. Additionally, beyond the Muhammad Ali Center, there is an array of experiences and attractions highlighting the influence of Black heritage on Louisville culture. Highlighted attractions include: 

 

For the Foodie 

Louisville has a very diverse and vibrant culinary scene. Look out for burgoo, hot brown, bourbon balls, derby pie, mint juleps, and old fashions on your culinary journey. Here are a few favorites of friends and family, but there are so many food options; please continue to explore more Louisville cuisine

 

Want a Breath of Cold Brisk Air?  

Louisville is around 55 degrees during the day in early March, and if our looking to explore the outdoors, we have some beautiful scenery and landmarks.   

  • Waterfront Park:  Another name for Louisville is the City of Parks. Waterfront Park is one of the closest parks to the Convention center. During the day, see art sculptures, and at night experience the Big Four Bridge lit up. 

  • Architecture: In Downtown Louisville, experience a variety of architectural feats on a self-guided walking tour or walk down historic West Main Street for the most cast-iron facades outside of New York. Explore the restored Victorian homes in Old Louisville if you want to venture further out Downtown. 

 

If You Do Want Bourbon and Horses… 

Louisville is the Bourbon City, and if you are looking for a classic Louisville experience, there is plenty of horses and bourbon to go around! There are 7 Bourbon attractions within walking distance of the convention center: Frazier History Museum’s Welcome Center, Angel’s Envy, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Kentucky Peerless Distilling, Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery, Old Forester, and Rabbit Hole. Also, do not forget to check out the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs! 

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While these merely highlight the many things Louisville has to offer, you can get a deeper dive with the Louisville Visitor Guide. I hope you choose to enjoy the many wondrous things in Louisville while sharing, learning, and networking at the 2023 CEC Convention & Expo. I look forward to seeing you there and learning how you pronounce Louisville!

Posted:  21 July, 2022
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Shalece Kohnke, M.Ed., is a doctoral student in the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She holds a master’s degree in special education with...

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