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The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Louisville Ballet, Kentucky Opera, and Louisville Orchestra. It has been voted Kentucky’s best venue for music, theater and dance by the readers of Kentucky Monthly magazine. There are three performance spaces: the Robert S. Whitney Hall, with 2,406 seats, is used for large performances and for the Louisville Orchestra; the Moritz von Bomhard Theatre, with 619 seats, is used for more intimate performances; and the Boyd Martin Theatre, with 139 seats, also known as “The MeX,” is a simple “black box” favored by local arts and theater groups.

Founded in 1969, the Louisville Zoo, or the Louisville Zoological Garden, is a 134-acre zoo situated in the city's Poplar Level neighborhood. The zoo exhibits over 1,700 animals in six geographic settings: The Islands, African Veldt, Asian Plains, North and South America Panorama, Aquatics, and the Australian Outback. The zoo was awarded the 2003 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Exhibit Award for its 4-acre exhibit "Gorilla Forest."

Built in 1914, the Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi-style steam-wheeler in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. River cruises on the Ohio River are available year-round with special events throughout the season. The steamboat features a concession café, full-service bar, outdoor observation decks, and music entertainment.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is home to the world-famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Tour the factory where the #1 bat in Major League Baseball is created. Admire the World's Biggest Bat - stretching 120 feet into the sky. Hold bats used by baseball greats like Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench, Cal Ripken Jr., and Derek Jeter. Face down a 90-mph fastball hurled by a major league pitcher. Count the homerun notches Babe Ruth carved into his Louisville Slugger for every home run he hit. And step into the batting cages and take some swings with a replica model of a favorite player's bat.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is situated on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs. The American Thoroughbred horse racing museum captures the history and tradition of the Kentucky Derby. Learn the journey of breeding and training, from the birth of the foal and its path to the winner's circle. Watch The Greatest Race in the 360-degree theater. Or tour the barn, infield areas, jockey’s quarters, “millionaire’s row,” and press box.


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