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Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

1. Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

If you love old architecture and spooky history, this is the tour for you! The New York Times recommends it as the first thing to do during your time in Louisville. Join a guide for this nightly walk that introduces you to the ghostly past and paranormal hotspots in America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. Best enjoyed against the backdrop of gas lamps and hidden walking courts, this Louisville-based ghost tour has received awards and accolades from national and international publications. Stroll around and marvel at the old architecture as your guide tells you all about the spooky history of Old Louisville. Discover the fascinating stories behind some of Old Louisville's most famous legends such as the Witches' Tree, the lady in the stairs, the hanging man, and the James Carroll murder house. Hear the stories of supernatural activity and ghost apparitions as your guide tell you the convincing facts around the causes for the haunted houses, haunted church, the haunted street corner, or the haunted park

Louisville: Adults-Only Haunted City Walking Tour

2. Louisville: Adults-Only Haunted City Walking Tour

Explore the macabre relationship between sickness, death, and beauty on this eerie walking tour in Louisville. Uncover the grisly side of the Victorian neighborhood of Old Louisville. Feel shivers run up your spine as your guide reveals the haunted history of the city. Meet your guide and embark on you walking adventures. Get goosebumps learn about the ghoul on the First Church of Christ Scientists steps and learn hidden history behind the elegant, Victorian Dupont Mansion. Immerse yourself in the past at the former residence of Russell Houston and hear the legend behind the Witches Tree. Learn about the events that took place at the Women’s Infirmary. Stop by the imposing Conrad-Caldwell House and Listen to a facinating tale by the 19th-century James Court Fountain and learn about the protective entity that resides the Pink Palace. Leave the kids at home with a tour that is tailored to adults.

Louisville: Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Tour

3. Louisville: Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Tour

Take a self-guided tour or a docent-led tour to step back in time at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in Louisville. See the large collection of the original owner's personal possessions and if taking a docent-led tour, learn the unparalleled stories from the home owner's relatives, and more about the era and the families who once called this castle, home. Surrounded by a beautiful courtyard neighborhood at the center of the largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States, Conrad’s Castle featured the latest innovations of its day - including indoor plumbing and electric lighting. Known for its beautiful woodwork and parquet floors, this Bedford limestone home, featuring massive archways and intricate stone designs, incorporates seven types of hardwood and magnificent stained glass windows making it one of the most stunning homes in Old Louisville. The house has been lovingly restored to the Edwardian era, hosting a collection of items owned by the Conrads and Caldwells as well as many stunning period pieces. The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum stands as a testament to the abundant lifestyle of the owners, two of Louisville’s most prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs - Theophile Conrad and William E. Caldwell.

Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

4. Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

In the late 1880s, as the famous Southern Exposition drew hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kentucky's largest city, bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco constructed impressive Gilded Age residences. They left a visual legacy of stone and brick mansions and townhomes that run the gamut of Victorian architectural splendor. Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Châteauesque, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Georgian—these are just some of the styles scattered over 40-square blocks just a mile from downtown Louisville.  Join this walking tour through Old Louisville with a professional guide and marvel at more than 1,000 old houses, churches, and buildings of this iconic and beautiful neighborhood. Listen as your guide tells you all about this preserved district and the history of the people who lived there.  Enjoy the tour recommended by The New York Times as a "must" during your time in the city to discover the colorful history of Old Louisville in a very entertaining way.

Louisville: Frazier Kentucky History Museum - Entry Ticket

5. Louisville: Frazier Kentucky History Museum - Entry Ticket

Explore the Frazier Kentucky History Museum located in downtown Louisville in a late 19th century, Chicago-style building. Start by exploring the collections that are spread over 3 floors including exhibits, an education center, Museum Store, and a small theater. See some really cool artifacts, from the bow and arrows of the famous Native American, Geronimo, to the original “Big Stick” of President Theodore Roosevelt, each piece is displayed with a thought-provoking story. Next, watch one of the multiple live performances which happen every day performed by costumed actors known as “teaching artists”. The experience brings visitors face to face with some of the people and events that changed the world.  After this, head over to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center, home to the official starting point of the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The friendly concierge service guides help visitors plan their trips to Bourbon distilleries throughout the state, and can give advice on how to navigate Louisville’s burgeoning Bourbon, culinary, and nightlife scene. Finally, head over to The Spirit of Kentucky Exhibition for a visual guide to the history, craft, and culture of the Bourbon industry. Learn stories of the people, places, and events that have made Bourbon the signature product of Kentucky and America’s only true native spirit.

Louisville: Family Friendly Ghosts Walking Tour

6. Louisville: Family Friendly Ghosts Walking Tour

Discover Louisville's darker history on a spooky yet family friendly guided walking tour of its most haunted places. Visit some of the city's most prominent houses and enchanting landscapes while exploring the hauntings behind each location. Stroll through Old Louisville, admiring its historical architecture and lush botanical elegance. With a variety of different ghost stories to chill the hearts of all ages, the tour encompasses the haunting beauty that can only be found in this part of the city. Continue to see St. James Court Fountain surrounded by a leafy park. Then carry on to see the castle-like Conrad-Caldwell House, built in 1893, featuring striking Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Next, see the three-story Infirmary for Women, which offered medical help to low-income women in the early 20th century. Many of its patients are said to still roam its halls today. Stroll over to the gnarled and twisted Witches' Tree, likely the scariest tree in North America, where practitioners of the dark arts used to meet under the craggy branches to cast spells and exact revenge. See other spooky locations, including the Floral Terrace, the Speed Mansion, and Widmer House on your tour. Leave feeling thoroughly spooked and with a good smattering of Louisville history.

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What people are saying about Louisville

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

My wife and I agree that the walking tour of Old Louisville was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Kentucky. David is a phenomenal tour guide. He is very knowledgeable about local history and architecture as well as many other topics, (art, food, etc.) David took us to many places that we would not have found on our own and discussed the changes in housing depending on the specific neighborhood and time of construction. David was very patient and thorough in answering questions. Surprisingly, he knew about many of the recent house sales in the area and could tell us about prices, the state of repair of each house, the layout of the interiors, etc. Our tour went longer than planned because of the extensive interaction between David and the clients. Since my wife needs a wheelchair for long distances, we appreciated that the tour is accessible. We highly recommend this tour.

Knowledgeable and quirky , I really enjoyed my tour. We chatted so much about everything we saw, it went a bit over time, although she did tell the group in case they needed to go to another tour. So, leave a buffer in your time if you are cramming experiences. This one is delightful and I highly recommend it.

David is awesome. His knowledge is remarkable, noting dates and multiple types of architecture with histories of each neighborhood. The tour was through beautiful areas which were breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour. It is not to be missed if you visit Louisville. A big thumbs up!!

The guide was very informative and had many interesting facts and stories about Old Louisville. The tour was very interesting and I would recommend it to anyone.

Guide was terrific! She was very knowledgeable! The walk was great after dinner and all seamed took enjoy her teachings!