Welcome To The Swepson Loft

Thank you for choosing to stay at The Swepson Loft! The following information can act as a guide for you while navigating the Louisville area. In here, you can find many of the fun attractions Louisville has to offer. Depending on what you want, there are many fun restaurants, breweries and distilleries, and even many family outing options. We hope you enjoy your stay!

Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th most-populous city in the United States.

Named after King Louis XVI of France, Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark, making it one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachians. With nearby Falls of the Ohio as the only major obstruction to river traffic between the upper Ohio River and the Gulf of Mexico, the settlement first grew as a portage site. It was the founding city of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, which grew into a 6,000-mile system across 13 states.

Today, the city is known as the home of boxer Muhammad Ali, the Kentucky Derby, KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), the University of Louisville Cardinals, Louisville Slugger baseball bats, and three of Kentucky’s six Fortune 500 companies: Humana, Kindred Healthcare, and Yum! Brands. Muhammad Ali International Airport, Louisville’s main commercial airport, hosts UPS’s worldwide hub.

Since 2003, Louisville’s borders have been the same as those of Jefferson County, after a city-county merger. The official name of this consolidated city-county government is the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, abbreviated to Louisville Metro. Despite the merger and renaming, the term “Jefferson County” continues to be used in some contexts in reference to Louisville Metro, particularly including the incorporated cities outside the “balance” which make up Louisville proper.

Grocery & Gas

Kroger
1265 Goss Avenue

Walmart Neighborhood Market
3101 Poplar Level Road

 

Walkable Area

Food and Drinks:
Bean Roastery and Cafe
1138 Goss Avenue

Sarino – Pizza and Pasta
1080 Goss Avenue

The Post – Pizza
1045 Goss Avenue

Bars:
Toasty’s Tavern Takeout – Bar & Grill
1258 S. Shelby St.

Four Pegs – Burgers
1053 Goss Avenue

Trouble Bar
1149 S. Shelby St.

Atrium Brewing – Brewery
1154 Logan St.

Highlands Area

Food:
DiOrio’s Pizza & Pub
Taco Luchador
Wick’s Pizza Parlor
Bunz Burgerz
Qdoba
Panera Breda
Seviche (Latin)
Louvino
Boombozz Pizza

Bars:
Baxters 942 Bar & Grill
O’Sheas Irish Pub
Molly Malones
Nirvana
Highlands Tap Room

Nulu

Biscuit Belly
Feast BBQ
Royals Hot Chicken
Bandido Taqueria Mexicana
Toast on Market
Emmy Squared
Akasha Brewing Company
Pregame Coffee

Frankfort Ave & Crescent Hill Area

Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe
Porcini
Parlour on Frankfort
Christmas Morning Cafe
Ramiro’s Cantina
Fork & Barrel
Jake and Elwood’s
Gallant Fox Brewing Company
The Hub
Volare Italian Ristorante
The Irish Rover

Downtown

Repeal Oak-Fired Steakhouse
Troll Pub Under the Bridge
Bearno’s Pizza
Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen
Wild Eggs
Vincenzo’s

Breweries & Distilleries

Goodwood Brewing and Spirits
West Sixth NuLu
Gravely Brewing Co
Ten20 Craft Brewery
Copper and Kings American Brandy Company
Angle’s Envy Distillery
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co

Attractions

Mint Julep Experiences

Mint Julep is changing the way you experience Kentucky. We create interactive adventures that are fun, safe and educational. Explore the heritage and tradition of Louisville with us. Our passion is contagious. We know you’ll make life-long memories that you can’t wait to share. If you crave an authentic getaway, immerse yourself with Mint Julep. Experience the Bluegrass State from bourbon to horses, culinary, beer and beyond. Full-day preset itinerary tours can be booked online, or talk to an experience coordinator to design your day from scratch.

Liége & Dairy

Liège & Dairy serves handmade small batch ice cream and European street waffles made in Louisville, for Louisville. They use only non-GMO cream from hormone-free happy cows with the best handpicked ingredients to provide our guests with Deliberate Quality and Legendary Treats.

Endless Summer Paddle Company

Endless summer paddle company was founded in 2016 by Mimi Hahn and Matt Sheehan. The company was created to address a need in the greater Kentucky area: access to exploring and enjoying our region’s diverse waterways. Endless Summer Paddle Company was created to assist the community in enjoying the unique, low-impact sport of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

Louisville Mega Cavern

While visiting Louisville, Kentucky, you won’t want to miss MEGA ZIPS, the world’s ONLY underground zipline adventure tour! Featuring 6 ziplines nearly 100 feet off the cavern floor and two challenge bridges, MEGA ZIPS is 2.5 hours of adrenaline-fueled adventure! Though fun for the whole family, the kids will especially love MEGA QUEST, the only underground ropes challenge course in the world! MEGA QUEST features two levels and 76 challenge elements including mini-ziplines and rope walls. Explore at your own pace in this 2-hour adventure! Heights aren’t your thing? No problem! Enjoy the jumps in our 320,000 square foot BMX & MTB MEGA BIKE PARK, explore the furthest parts of the cavern on our MEGA eBIKE tour, or enjoy a seated historical tour of the cavern on our MEGA TRAM.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Batter up! It takes a special place to craft the #1 Bat in Major League Baseball. At Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the actual factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. The award-winning factory tour is a highlight of the visit here, but there’s plenty more to enjoy along with it. Admire the World’s Biggest Bat – stretching 120 feet into the sky. Hold bats actually used by baseball superstars 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 bat for every home run he hit with it. Step into the batting cages and take some swings with a replica model of your hero’s bat. Guests even get a free miniature souvenir bat at the end of the factory tour. You can even create a bat with your own name on it, just like the pros. They make great gifts for all kinds of special occasions, from newborn babies, to groomsmen gifts, to team trophies and more. The museum store is also loaded with lots of sporty merchandise for every budget. Be sure to swing by!

Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum is located in the West Main District of downtown Louisville, a part of “Museum Row on Main.” The museum features Cool Kentucky, the Lewis & Clark Experience, and the KentuckyShow! in addition to temporary exhibits that focus on the state’s history and culture. The Frazier also houses a Founder’s Gallery of historical arms and the Stewart Collection of historical miniatures, one of the largest collections of toy soldiers on public display in the world. In 2018, the Frazier became the Official Starting Point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with the opening of the Bourbon Trail Welcome Center and Spirit of Kentucky exhibit. The museum has private event spaces for rent including the Rooftop Garden, the Great Hall, Speakeasy, Order of the Writ, Gateway Garden, and more. The Frazier is where the world meets Kentucky and seeks to ignite the human spirit with thoughtfully crafted stories to spark curiosity about who we are and our connection to the future.

Fourth Street Live!

Fourth Street Live! is Louisville’s premier dining and entertainment destination, located in the heart of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. A short walk from historic downtown hotels, the Kentucky International Convention Center, Waterfront Park, the KFC YUM Center, Slugger Field, and much more, Fourth Street Live! offers something for everyone!
*Individual business hours may vary*

Muhammad Ali Center

Located in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the Muhammad Ali Center is a cultural attraction and international education center inspired by the ideals of hometown hero Muhammad Ali. The Ali Center features 2 levels of award-winning exhibits, a five-screen orientation theater film, historic Civil Rights era media footage, video of Ali fights, interactive boxing fun, two art galleries, children’s Hope and Dream wall, meeting and event space, retail store and more.

Louisville Waterfront Park & Big 4 Walking Bridge

Waterfront Park is both a non-profit organization and a public park in Louisville, Kentucky. Bordering the Ohio River, we are not only a destination but the front door to the city.

We connect people to the river and are devoted to preserving and growing a space that can be enjoyed by the community forever. Once a wasteland of scrap yards and abandoned industrial buildings, Waterfront Park is now a vibrant 85-acre green space that welcomes over 2.2 million visitors each year. We are home to some of Louisville’s most exciting celebrations, such as the Fourth of July at Waterfront Park, Forecastle Festival, and WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays. If big crowds aren’t your thing, there is plenty of space to take a walk, ride your bike, do some yoga, or enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from the Big Four Bridge.

Belle of Louisville Riverboats

The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi River style steamboat in the world. She and her sister vessel, the Mary M. Miller riverboat offer river cruises perfect for all ages. We offer cruises nearly year-round, and have special events throughout the season. The Mary M. Miller replaced the Spirit of Jefferson in July of 2017. She is named after the First Female Steamboat Captain. The Mary M Miller is not a steamboat but she does have a paddlewheel. She is climate controlled and has 2 indoor decks and a top deck under cover but open air.

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day, is the official tour provider of historic Churchill Downs. When you visit the Museum, you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! As the exclusive tour provider for the track, various tours are offered throughout the year even when the track isn’t in session with live racing. General admission includes two levels of family-friendly interactive permanent & temporary exhibits, “The Greatest Race,” a 360-degree immersive sound and visual experience that’ll get your heart racing and emotions soaring, Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack, access to the Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafe Express and much more!

Cherokee Park

Cherokee Park’s main feature is the 2.3-mile Scenic Loop, with separate lanes for vehicle traffic (one-way) and recreational users. One of the original parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the park provides a pastoral setting amid rolling hills, open meadows and woodlands of the Beargrass Creek valley.

Falls of the Ohio State Park

Falls of the Ohio State Park is a state park in Indiana. It is located on the banks of the Ohio River at Clarksville, Indiana, across from Louisville. The park is part of the Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area. The exposed fossil beds of the Jeffersonville Limestone dated from the Devonian period are the main feature of the park. The Falls was the site where Lewis & Clark met for the Lewis and Clark Expedition at George Rogers Clark’s cabin.