So Much More to Discover in Louisville's

South Points Scenic Area

Come visit the Southpoints Scenic Area of
Louisville. Explore one or all of the following
day trips or, create your own adventure!
There’s so much more to discover!

  • Churchill Downs & Derby Museum
  • Wagner’s Pharmacy
  • Stitzel-Weller Distillery
  • Iroquois Park & Amphitheatre
  • Colonial Gardens
  • Little Loomhouse
  • Jefferson Memorial Forest
  • Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
  • Mike Linnig’s & the Louisville Loop
Louisville Day Trip 1

Churchill Downs & Derby Museum

There is live thoroughbred racing at Churchill Downs throughout the year. These include great stakes races, themed race day events, and of course, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Also be sure to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum and learn all about the greatest two minutes in sports!

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Wagner’s Pharmacy

What started out as a low-key meeting spot for coffee and conversation among horsemen, was eventually “discovered” by the mainstream media and now has been written about by everyone from the Los Angeles Times to Southern Living to local TV news crews. Wagner’s has also appeared in the major motion pictures, Elizabethtown, and Secretariat. It’s become another stop for out-of-towners in the whirlwind of activity that is Derby Week, but through it all has retained its unassuming, down-to-earth character.
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Stitzel-Weller Distillery

Originally opening on Derby Day in 1935 and reopening to the public in 2014, the historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery is one of the true cathedrals of the American whiskey industry. Located only five miles from downtown Louisville, the Stitzel-Weller Distillery Experience is one of the most convenient and impressive stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.
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Louisville Day Trip 2

Iroquois Park & Amphitheatre

Iroquois Park is a 725-acre municipal park designed by famed Frederick Law Olmsted, who’s best known for designing Central Park in New York City. Originally located in what was then the edges of the city, located south of downtown, Iroquois Park was once promoted as “Louisville’s Yellowstone”. While there, catch a performance at the Iroquois Amphitheater located on the park grounds.

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Colonial Gardens

Across the street from Iroquois Park and Amphitheater is the Colonial Gardens with a cluster of amazing local restaurants. A restored local landmark, it was formerly an entertainment complex, and in its earliest existence, a part of Senning’s Park, the site of the first zoo in Louisville.
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Little Loomhouse

A Louisville Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Little Loomhouse’s mission is to continue the legacy of their founder Lou Tate, master weaver, by educating students of all ages about the history of weaving and textile arts. Schedule a tour with a mini weaving lesson or a 2-hour Get Started Weaving class for the whole family.
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Louisville Day Trip 3

Jefferson Memorial Forest

This urban forest—located just 15 miles from downtown Louisville—offers a wilderness immersion experience. The Forest is Louisville’s largest nature preserve. Choose from dozens of hiking and equestrian trails ranging from easy to strenuous, and all can be enjoyed year-round with preparation and appropriate gear. Be sure to start your visit at the Welcome Center where you can collect trail maps, visit the gift shop, take a restroom break, and speak with friendly staff about recommendations and amenities.
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Riverside, the Farnsley-Mormen Landing

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing exists to promote, preserve, restore and interpret historic farm life on the Ohio while the Farnsley-Moremen House stands as a breathtaking testament to the rich history of agriculture  along the Ohio River. Take a trip back to the 19th century and learn about  life at Riverside during the time periods of the two families with the longest history on the property. The house interprets two different eras which gives visitors the feeling of walking through time.
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Mike Linnig’s and the Louisville Loop

The Louisville Loop is a multi-recreational path linking neighborhoods to parks and attractions. Paved and non motorized, the Loop provides space for running, walking or biking on a trail that stretches through a variety of landscapes. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop in at Mike Linnig’s Restaurant! Nestled in a shady grove along the Ohio River, Mike Linnig’s has been dishing up tasty fried fish and seafood at family prices since 1925.

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Or, create your own adventure

Consider a visit to one or several of the following places when visiting the south end:

Arts and Entertainment

Louisville Free Public Library Branches: Southwest

The new 40,000 square foot Southwest Regional Library boasts more than 120,000 books and materials, 100 public computers, two large community meeting rooms, and the largest children’s library in Louisville.

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Louisville Free Public Library Branches: Iroquois

The Iroquois Library is an anchor in its community, adapting over time and now serving as the hub of the Library system’s work with the International community.

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Louisville Free Public Library Branches: Fairdale

In 2012, a new, 7600 sq ft library opened in Fairdale. Built to be eco-friendly, the location features many advanced, green technologies and was awarded LEED Silver certification in 2013 for its low environmental impact.

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Brooks Hill Winery

Mike, Karen, and Lili Hatzell invite you to Brooks Hill Winery located atop Brooks Hill Road approximately 5 miles south of Louisville Metro. From I-65, Exit 121 Take Highway 1526 West 2 miles. Brooks Hill Winery is on the right easily identifiable by its blue roof.

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Historical and Cultural

Fort Duffield Park & Historic Site

Fort Duffield is Kentucky’s largest and best preserved Civil War earthen fortification. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Civil War Discovery Trail. Visitors can explore historic Fort Duffield situated on historic Pearman Hill and experience nature at its best.

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Veterans Memorial Park

Entrance to the park is at 6th & Elm Street. Located on the Ohio River. Picnic & playground; pavilion available for groups.

 

West Point Museum

The museum offers permanent and rotating displays on the history and heritage of the City of West Point which was established in 1796 at the confluence of the Salt and Ohio Rivers. The museum showcases the people, places, and events that make the area unique.

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Food and Drink

Back Deck BBQ

The Best Barbecue in Town…..Hands Down. Award Winning Ribs and Chicken. From wings, to ribs, to brisket.

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The B.A. Colonial

Originally part of Senning’s Park, you’re sitting at the site of Louisville’s first zoo! In 1902, Frederick and Minnie Senning, and their son William, housed various animals right here, including ostriches for riding! In 1940, the park was sold to the new owner B.A. Watson who opened a restaurant on the property called Colonial Gardens. Our name pays homage to the second owner of our homeplace who brought southern hospitality, live music, and amazing food to the South End! We are proud to carry on his legacy at The B.A. Colonial.

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Costa del Sol Restaurant & Grill

Costa del Sol means “Coast of the Sun.” The menu features a wide variety of Latin cuisine, with a focus on Mexican and Honduran food AND lots of seafood.

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Hokkaido Ramen & Sushi Bar

We pick ingredients carefully and use only the freshest and natural ones to prepare every dish, and have been trying to cook them in a healthier way to provide the most nutritious food.

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Craft House Pizza

Craft Pizza. Craft Brew. We brew our own beer!

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Sunergos Coffee

Sunergos is an award-winning local coffee shop and roastery. We have 4 locations and are headquartered in the heart of Louisville’s South Points. We offer delicious coffee and homemade baked goods all served with comfort, excellence, and genuine hospitality.

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A-Chau Restaurant

“A family owned and operated Vietnamese restaurant offering a variety of favorite Vietnamese dishes.”

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Tuscany Italian Restaurant

Our food is made fresh right in our kitchen each day, and Tuscany is wonderful place to bring your loved ones to celebrate in a truly fresh dining experience! Our friendly staff will make you feel right at home, and with all of the hustle and bustle these days – it’s nice to sit down and enjoy a relaxing meal!

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Christi’s Café

Christi’s Café was nationally recommended in Southern Living Magazine by Chef Edward Lee as a place to grab a good breakfast before heading out on Bourbon tours in and around Louisville. Christi’s Cafe is proud to serve Louisville with great food and a family atmosphere. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and experience their homestyle meals and signature friendly service today!

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The Floral Grind Florist & Coffeehouse

The Floral Grind is located in the heart of Fairdale, Kentucky, and close to the Jefferson Memorial Forest. This small business started out in the 1970’s as the Fairdale Florist. In 2008 the owner ventured out and decided to grow her small business by adding a successful coffee shop. This welcoming Florist, Coffeehouse, and Gift Shop is a great place to pop in before a hike.

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Shack in the Back BBQ

This is a place where families gather for all that is best about Kentucky barbecue. Our meat is slow smoked to perfection daily on old-fashioned pits for a minimum of 14 to 18 hours. Our side dishes are made from scratch in our own kitchen. We take great pride in providing hearty, quality food and outstanding service at a reasonable price. Just ten minutes from Louisville, but always close to home, we hope you’ll join us for lunch or dinner soon. You’ll be glad you did!

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The Well Coffee Co.

The Well Coffee Co., formerly Sister Bean’s, is conveniently located across from Iroquois Park and the Iroquois Amphitheater in the South End where community, coffee, and commitment matter. Delicious and reasonably priced coffee drinks (hot/frozen/iced) made to order with dozens of unique and flavorful syrups and sauces. Watch for weekly specials! Enjoy a latte, pastry, or a smoothie in a local coffee shop with a chill neighborhood vibe.

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Shopping

Save-a-Lot

We are a family-owned, locally owned grocery store. We have a large variety of fresh produce, including locally grown items. We have three full-time meat cutters who cut our meat fresh every day. Come see us for a great, local shopping experience.

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Swags Sport Shoes

Swags Sport Shoes stocks the largest inventory of elite running shoes in the region. They carry Asics, Saucony, Adidas, New Balance, Brooks, all types of athletic shoes, hiking and work boots, plus dress shoes.

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Stillpoint Wellness Center

With a history as a trailblazer in the Massage Therapy industry, Stillpoint Wellness Center has continued to grow and expand since 1986. What first began as Louisville’s premier place for a therapeutic and relaxing massage, is morphing into a comprehensive center for wellness. In recent years, we have expanded to include other forms of bodywork including cupping, hot stone, & thai body work to name a few.

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Outdoor Adventure

Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay

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Rock Gem Climbing Center

Climbing is an incredibly fun activity for all ages and abilities. Whether you’re someone who has never climbed before or you’re an experienced climber looking for a great atmosphere… come on in and see what we have to offer and experience the excitement of rock climbing.

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Knob Creek Gun Range

We have a full service gun shop. Buy, sell, rent, trade. You can shoot up to 350 yards any caliber firearm. We have covered shooting benches, with a snack bar and restrooms inside the range house. All ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by their parent.

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West Point Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp on Salt River, picnicking and primitive camping & RV camping (no hook ups). Open year round. Rules and Regulations Posted At Office Directions: From the north or south, U.S. 31W to Salt River Drive. Vending machines available.

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Golf Courses

Iroquois Golf Course

1501 Rundill Rd
Louisville, KY 40214
(502) 363-9520

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Bobby Nichols Golf Course

4301 East Pages Lane
Louisville, KY 40272
(502) 937-9051

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Sun Valley Golf Course

6505 Bethany Lane
Valley Station, KY 40272
(502) 937-9228

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South Park Country Club

915 South Park
Fairdale, KY 40118
(502) 969-7125

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Parks

Waverly Park

This lovely 200-acre wooded park is nestled in hills in one of the area’s most scenic corridors and it is fast-becoming recognized as one of Louisville’s best destinations for mountain biking and family-friendly fishing.

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Riverview Park

Right on the Louisville Loop, this park boasts a beautiful Ohio River view, playgrounds, and provides one of the few public boat launches in the area. The Splash Park is open seasonally.

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Sun Valley Community Center, Pool and Park

With outdoor sports facilities and an active community center, this hub for the area is home to the annual Southwest Community Festival in October. The pool is open seasonally.

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Veterans Memorial Park

Entrance to the park is at 6th & Elm Street. Located on the Ohio River. Picnic & playground; pavilion available for groups.
 

Fort Duffield Park & Historic Site

Fort Duffield is Kentucky’s largest and best preserved Civil War earthen fortification. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Civil War Discovery Trail. Visitors can explore historic Fort Duffield situated on historic Pearman Hill and experience nature at its best.

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Windsor Park

Windsor Park will be located on 10.9 acres of property given to Louisville Metro from both the Metropolitan Sewer District as well as the Windsor Forests Homeowners Association. This will be the first park located within Metro Council District 25 and will include restroom, spray grounds and other amenities. The park is already home to a trailhead for the Louisville Loop. 2401 Lamborne Boulevard (40272)

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