Louisville may be famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby, but there is so much more to photograph in this city. Whether you love the history and design of steamships or a wide variety of architectural styles, Louisville will capture your eye and keep you busy for hours, or even days. So if you are in Louisville this weekend, take a look at this list of places that I’d explore.
Churchill Downs -The Kentucky Derby might not be this weekend but we couldn’t possibly talk about photographing in Louisville with out mentioning the famous Churchill Downs racetrack. Its more than just mint juleps and fancy hats.
Fourth Street Live – This is Louisville’s premier dining, entertainment and retail destination located on Fourth Street, in the heart of its historic downtown. Okay, its sort of a mall, but it has really interesting architecture and at night the neon lights and building angles could make for great images. You may even be able to photograph live entertainment.
Louisville Zoo – I know, I know, I always include a Zoo in this list of ten places to photograph. However the wide variety of animals from chimpanzees to lions and from penguins to bears provide great opportunities to photograph animals you might never see otherwise.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory – There is a HUGE wooden baseball bat outside this museum. I’ve seen some great night photos of this museum and the big bat. If you are a baseball fan, you can’t miss the inside either!
Falls of the Ohio State Park – This is a short drive from Louisville and technically is located in Indiana but you should check it out anyway. Falls of the Ohio State Park provides the opportunity to photograph fossils, birds and general recreation activities. Yes, I said fossils. There are 220 acres of fossil beds in this park!
G.A. Schimpff’s Confectionery – Old fashion candy stores evoke a sense of nostalgia and childhood. Its a great place to photograph. G.A. Schimpff’s is one of the oldest, continuously operated, family-owned candy businesses in the country complete with the 1950′s soda fountain and original tin ceiling. Don’t forget to sample some of those delicious confections.
Glassworks – Glass blowing is a fascinating art and the idea of photographing it gives me butterflies. Glassworks, in Louisville is a multi-use facility located in the heart of downtown. As their site says, “the only facility of its kind in the country, Glassworks brings together an array of glass artists and galleries in one location and provides visitors with a rich portrayal of the magic, mystery and beauty of glass.”
Howard Steamboat Museum and Mansion-The massive 22-room Romanesque Revival mansion was built adjacent to the old Howard Shipyard in 1894. Its location made it easy for James Howard’s crew of craftsmen to help in its construction and their fine hand is evident in the interior gingerbread woodwork and the grand staircase, so reminiscent of those built in the elegant Howard steamboats. Visitors admire the mansion’s sumptuous late-Victorian interior, but if they are river and steamboat enthusiasts, they will get lost in the museum’s collection.
The Patriots Peace Memorial-when I saw a photograph of this memorial at night my jaw dropped. This is a beautiful and moving monument. “The monument includes an elevated, 4-sided structure with brick walls. Each time a new fallen patriot is inscribed, a brick is removed from the wall and replaced with a personalized etched glass identifying each patriot, signifying our loss. This void in an otherwise solid wall becomes a portal of light transforming the interior by day and radiating outward at night through each name as a reminder to celebrate daily the joy of freedom purchased and safeguarded by these brave men and women.”-Wikipedia
Waterfront Park- This park is amazing. There are statues, water features, amphitheaters, docks, steamships and much more. I bet you could spend an entire day photographing in this park.
Do you know of great places in Louisville that I didn’t mention? I’d love to know where you photograph. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
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