Fly To Louisville, Kentucky
The largest city in Kentucky, Louisville is home to more than a million people and if you love baseball then you’ll love visiting the Louisville Slugger - namesake of the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. And if you’re wondering how to pronounce this city in Kentucky, well, there are variations from ‘Looey-vil’ to ‘LU-vul’ and even ‘LOOuh-vuhl’! Typically, though, “Lewisville” is a no-no!
Louisville sits on the Ohio River, across from Southern Indiana in North Central Kentucky. Historically, the city is known as the “Gateway to the South” and for a long time this has been the transportation centre of Kentucky. Tourists to the city can look forward to the famous Southern hospitality along with an eclectic cuisine and laid-back attitude. There’s also a vibrant music and arts scene as well as world-class parks. The biggest draw to the city is the horse races at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May but more and more efforts are being made to draw tourists throughout the year.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African visitors to the United States do require a prearranged Visa. Before applying make sure that your SA passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return and has 2 pages free for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in the U.S. is located at 3400 International Drive, NW, District of Columbia, 20008, Washington DC. Phone: +1 202 232 4400.
See and do
The municipal park system in Louisville was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who was known as the “Father of American Landscape Architecture.” Some of the flagships parks worth seeing include:
- Iroquois Park – here you will find the tallest hill in Louisville which offers fantastic views of downtown on clear days.
- Cherokee Park – this park features a 3.7 kilometre ‘Scenic Loop’ with one lane of traffic dedicated to cyclists, pedestrians and other activities.
- Shawnee Park
There are over a dozen smaller parks too that make up the city’s “Emerald Necklace.” Waterfront Park is particularly popular. It stretches more than a mile along the Ohio River and sports playgrounds, fountains, artistic landscaping and open lawns with wonderful views of Louisville’s skyline. There are often concerts and other festivals held at the park.
If you enjoy admiring great architecture, Louisville will be a delight! The older part of the city is an architectural treasure trove. South of downtown you will find the third largest National Preservation District in the country along with the largest Victorian district in the U.S. St. James Court and Belgravia Court are especially beautiful and each fall you can visit the St James Court Art Show. Take a walking tour of the neighbourhood to learn about the architecture and then stop off for a bite to eat and drink at one of the many bars and restaurants.
The Kentucky Derby Festival is one of the nation’s largest civic events. The main events, always held on the first Saturday in May, include:
- The Great Balloon Race.
- Thunder Over Louisville – the world’s largest air show and fireworks display.
- The Great Steamboat Race.
- The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini Marathon.
If you are a thrill-seeker, you can try your hand at aggressive skating, skateboarding or BMX at Louisville Extreme Park, downtown. The park is open 24/7 and features seven bowls of varying sizes.
Getting around Louisville is easy with the reliable bus service. You can purchase tickets at certain banks and government offices. Renting a car is also a good option. The street layout can be a bit confusing but passers-by are usually happy to help.
Louisville International Airport – SDF
This airport serves both the public and military and is the seventh busiest airport in the world by cargo traffic.
Food and beverage: The food court offers a good range of eateries including KFC and Burger King. There is also a Starbucks.
Currency Exchange: Fifth Third Bank offers full service banking including currency exchange and there are a few ATMs in the airport.
Car Hire: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz.
Airport Hub: Louisville International Airport (code SDF) is a hub for UPS Airlines.