For college students, summer is the opportunity to make the most of free time. Between working and internships, time is often spent with friends, on fun trips, and outdoors. College students coming back home to Louisville for the summer have their favorite spots in the city with friends and family, but the great thing about Louisville is that there is always more to explore. For anyone visiting the area, here is your guide to the best places to visit. So without further ado, here are my Top 10 Summer Spots In Louisville.
1. Garage Bar
Located in Nulu, this restaurant and bar is a renovated gas station, with indoor and outdoor seating, featuring ping-pong tables and structures used as chairs covered in artificial grass. Garage Bar has the perfect atmosphere for a fun summer night in Louisville, and the food goes above and beyond.
2. Westport Village
With boutiques like Darling State of Mind and Collections, and great options for dining or relaxing like Wild Eggs, Boombozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse and The Coffee Zone, Westport Village has it all.
3. Steel City Pops
A national favorite, this gourmet popsicle shop has two different locations in Louisville and gives customers the same summer feeling as ice cream, minus the mess.
4. The Big Four Bridge (Walking Bridge)
If you live in Louisville, you've probably been on the Big Four Bridge, also known as the Walking Bridge, more times than you can count. It's perfect for the summer day when you have nothing to do and lots of time to spare. You can just walk across the bridge crossing the Ohio River to Indiana, grabbing a bite to eat and walking back, or ride the cheesy-but-fun bikes they have to rent.
5. Kayaking at Floyd's Fork Park
Summer is the perfect time to spend time in the great outdoors, so why not try something fun like kayaking? If you're a pro already- here's a spot in Louisville to take on.
6. Louisville Cream
Located in Nulu, this brand new ice cream shop features unique flavors and combinations, and the prices are just right. Check them out on Instagram (@louisvillecream) and you'll be convinced:
This newly developed area of Louisville offers trendy spots like Macaron Bar (macarons) and Lueberry (acai bowls) while simultaneously featuring staple restaurants like Feast BBQ and Garage Bar.
8. The Highlands
Restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops and more make up this historic area familiar to all Louisvillians. Try Taco Luchador or Hopcat for lunch and dinner, or stop by Safai for high-quality coffee. If you are searching for a place to unwind in and explore, look no further than the Highlands.
9. WFPK Waterfront Wednesday (The last Wednesday of the month, from May to September, different artists perform at the Waterfront in Louisville, an outdoor venue set against the Ohio River and near the Big Four Bridge. A night outdoors listening to great music is a summer night spent right.
10. Frazier History Museum
Last but definitely not least, the Frazier History Museum in Louisville is perfect for the summer days without the summer weather. Past exhibits at the museum range from interactive, historical Titanic experiences and more current ones featuring series like The Hunger Games.