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Guest Program

Tours Descriptions

The Starting Gate

Sunday | 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Start your Louisville stay with a short tour to get your bearings and plan the rest of your stay during the Legislative Summit. You’ll hear about all the guest tours offered this week, learn some Louisville history, and get an overview of the conference venues. Then it’s off on a trolley tour of the downtown area to scope out where to shop, play and eat.This session is a great way to get acquainted with the downtown Louisville area.

Historic Louisville

Monday | 9 am - Noon
Take a leisurely trip back in time through the nationally renowned preservation districts of West Main Street and Old Louisville. You’ll travel by coach through Victorian neighborhoods to view the University of Louisville, the J.B. Speed Art Museum, and the home of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs. We make a stop at Locust Grove, a Georgian-style plantation that was the last home of General George Rogers Clark, the founder of Louisville and legendary war hero.

My Old Kentucky Home and Bourbon, Too

Monday | 9 am - 3 pm
Relive the romance and legends of our Commonwealth’s earliest history with a trip to gracious Bardstown. There really is such a place as “My Old Kentucky Home,” and you will tour the Georgian-style mansion that inspired Stephen Foster’s immortal ballad. You’ll be our guest for lunch at the Old Talbott Tavern, one of the oldest continually running businesses in Kentucky.  After lunch, tour the Bourbon Heritage Center at Heaven Hill Distilleries.   

Arms, Armor and Ali

Monday | 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Frazier International History Museum holds in trust one of the greatest collections of arms, armor and related historical artifacts in the world. You'll view the ceremonial sword of founding father Josiah Bartlett, the family bible of legendary pioneer Daniel Boone, the “Big Stick” of President Theodore Roosevelt, the bow attributed to the great Apache warrior Geronimo, and the ivory-handled Colt pistols of General George Armstrong Custer. Our last stop is the Muhammad Ali Center.

Tour of Champions: Exclusive Tour of Churchill Downs

Tuesday | 6:30 am - 10:30 am 
You’ll rub elbows with trainers, jockeys, and exercise riders as you enjoy a delicious country-style breakfast in the track kitchen. A walk through the shed rows allows you to see a Thoroughbred up close and personal. Then you’ll visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, where you will experience fascinating hands-on Derby exhibits and the spectacular 360-degree multi-image show depicting the panorama of Derby Day! Your tour will top off with a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop.

Guest Tours

Guests will experience the Southern charm, history and timeless traditions that make the beautiful Bluegrass State legendary. From Churchill Downs, to thoroughbred horse farms, to historic mansions, to the fascination of Bourbon, baseball bats, antiques and world class shopping, participants will enjoy a magical place where champions abound.


The $180 spouse and guest program includes:

  • Country, Culture, Cuisine: Welcome Reception on Monday
  • Exhibit Hall admission
  • Transportation between most conference hotels and the convention center
  • 4 continental breakfasts (at the Convention Center, beginning Sunday)
  • Events admission and transportation to two tours (Historic Louisville and one other selection)
  • 2011 Texas Kick Off Event - Exhibit Hall Lunch on Tuesday
  • Finale Night at Churchill Downs on Wednesday

     

    KentuckyShow! is a high definition, multi-screen show that explores Kentucky’s unique regions, remarkable past, and choices for the future. The half-hour, $2.1 million production is housed in its own specially designed theatre at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, located in central downtown at Fifth and Main.  Summit attendees are invited to attend any showing for free; advanced ticketing is not required.  Just show up at your convenience and present your conference badge for admission. 

    The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is within walking distance of most downtown host hotels. Times are Sunday, on the hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through Saturday, on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More

Special Opportunity ($75)
Ribbons, Petals and Posies:
Create a Beautiful Derby Hat.
This tour is not included in
the $180 spouse and guest program.


Participants will travel by shuttle to Dee’s downtown location, where staff will help you create the perfect hat for your evening at Churchill Downs.  When your hat is complete, you will be shuttled back to Convention Center. You can arrange to ship your hats home from the Convention Center on Thursday for an estimated $10. Total time for this tour is 2 1/2 hours.                     Shuttle Departure Times
Monday:  9:30 am; 10:45 am; Noon; 1:30 pm
Tuesday:  9:30 am; 10:45 am; Noon; 1:30 pm
Wednesday:  10 am

...Tour Descriptions

Thoroughbreds, Ivy, and Spirits

Tuesday | 8 am - 4 pm
This day in the Bluegrass begins with a tour of one of Kentucky’s most beautiful Thoroughbred farms, conducted by the farm’s stallion manager. Then you will board your coach for the scenic drive to Keeneland Race Course for lunch. Our last stop is at one of our famous Bourbon distilleries, where you will learn the complete process of making Bourbon whiskeys. Bourbon is aged in century-old warehouses that allow the alternating cooling and warming of Kentucky’s four distinct seasons to mature the Bourbon by nature’s timetable.

Historic Louisville

Tuesday | 1 pm - 4 pm
Take a leisurely trip back in time through the nationally renowned preservation districts of West Main Street and Old Louisville. You’ll travel by coach through Victorian neighborhoods to view the University of Louisville, the J.B. Speed Art Museum, and the home of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs. We make a stop at Locust Grove, a Georgian-style plantation that was the last home of General George Rogers Clark, the founder of Louisville and legendary war hero.

Arts and Antiques!

Wednesday | 9 am - Noon
Want to go exploring the nooks and crannies of Louisville’s specialty shops? We’ll begin our adventure at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, home of the Commonwealth’s finest handmade crafts. The museum was established to promote the rich art and craft heritage of Kentucky. No visit to Louisville would be complete without a trip to Joe Ley Antiques, where the 1890 schoolhouse is filled with antique toys, handsome signs, carousel animals, and an occasional clown that catch the eye and lift the spirit. Chandeliers and sconces, table lamps and candle sticks, carriage lamps and coach lights shine for your selection. Joe Ley Antiques has been recommended by House Beautiful, Travel and Leisure, and Southern Living as a source of unique and special items for the home and garden.

Boutique Hop

Wednesday | 10 am - 3 pm
Designed for shoppers who are looking for a fun experience with neighborhood flavor, the tour draws from the best boutiques of Bardstown Road, Westport Village, and St. Mathews Triangle. Lunch is on your own, but  you will receive a map and description of all the shops and restaurants to help you have a fantastic day.

The Art of Bats and Glass

Wednesday | 9:30 am - 12: 30 pm
Step up to the plate and experience the sensation of a 90 mph pitch whizzing under your chin at the Louisville Slugger Museum.  Watch videos on life-size screens of sluggers of the 1950s and stars of the 1920s. Take a walk into a northern white ash “forest” and learn how the wood is cut and processed and ends up as billets for the Louisville Slugger Bats. You’ll then take a tour of the plant and hear the hum of the whirling lathes and smell the scorched wood as the Louisville Slugger logo is burned on. Your next stop is Glassworks, a multi-use facility located in the heart of downtown Louisville, dedicated to the art of glass.

 

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