Louisville offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy natural spaces right here in the city. Our parks include iconic sights like Cherokee Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and the sprawling Parklands of Floyds Fork. Get outside and get moving with the help of Louisville’s green spaces!
PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS
745 Cochran Hill Rd, Louisville
Cherokee Park consists of 409 acres of open meadow, creeks, woods, and pollinator gardens. The park’s best feature is a large walking loop, and there are designated spaces for archery, basketball, golf, hiking, events, playgrounds, a sprayground, and restrooms.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
12501 Harmony Landing Rd, Goshen, KY
As a gift to all lovers of nature, Virginia Creasey Mahan and Howard Mahan established the Preserve on their farm in 1975. Upon its 168 acres are winding trails lush with all varieties of trees, wildflowers and shrubs. Woodlands, wetlands and meadows of native grasses, springs, songbirds, and a meandering stream share the land with wildlife, their colonial home, creek stone springhouse, and a large playground area.
-Briar Hill Park
-Peggy Baker Park
-The Maples Park
6826 W State Hwy 22, Crestwood, KY
Nestled within the Briar Hill neighborhood on the east side of Crestwood, Briar Hill Park is 52 acres of mostly wooded preserve. Peggy Baker Park is a haven for baseball fanatics with lighted baseball fields. The Park also boasts a paved walking trail and dog park. The Maples Park is a 22-acre park known as “The Maples” due to the abundant maple trees along the former entry road. It has lots of greenspace, farm buildings, paved paths, playground, a splashpark, and covered picnic tables.
Falls of the Ohio State Park
201 W. Riverside Drive, Clarksville, IN
An extremely unique, special experience as the Park has 390-million-year-old fossil beds which are among the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. The park features a spectacular interpretive center overlooking the fossil beds featuring new interactive, immersive exhibits.
Long Run Park
1605 Flat Rock Rd, Louisville
Located on the outer edge of the Louisville Metro, you can get involved in many activities at Long Run Park – like baseball, biking, canoeing, golfing, recreational field sports, picnicking, playground and sprayground, and a walking path.
Louisville Waterfront Park
129 River Rd, Louisville
A non-profit, public park connecting the community to the Ohio River and protecting the waterfront as a future asset that will continue to be enjoyed. The park features the wheelchair-accessible Big Four Walking Bridge, Belle of Louisville, the Adventure Playground & Splash Park on the Waterfront, and picnic areas throughout.
1 Robsion Park Dr, Lyndon, KY
This 17-acre park is located between Lake Avenue and LaGrange Road. The park includes, playgrounds, a splashpad, walking path, pavilions for rent, benches, and large picnic tables.
Seneca Park Playground
3151 Pee Wee Reese Rd, Louisville
Seneca Park Trail loop surrounds the main part of the park, which also includes a playground for many different age groups, plenty of fields, a few tennis courts, and family restrooms.
2700 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown, KY
A recreational park offering baseball and softball fields, a splash pad, playground, and walking trail.
The Parklands of Floyds Fork
-Cliffside Playground & Spraygound
-Marshall Playground & Sprayground
-Pope Lick Park Playground
Beckley Creek Pkwy, Louisville
Five times as large as New York’s Central Park, The Parklands of Floyd’s Fork is one of the largest donor-supported public park systems in the country. Here in Louisville’s backyard, the Parklands offers four unique parks covering nearly 4,000 acres. Escape to the Parklands for walking and biking paths, recreational fields, playgrounds, splash pads, and a dog park. Open from dawn till dusk every day. The Marshall Playground & Sprayground and Cliffside Playground & Sprayground as well as the Pope Lick Park Playground near John Floyds Fields are popular in-park destinations for outdoor play with the kids.
FARMS AND VINEYARDS
8905 Hwy 329, Crestwood, KY
Foxhollow Farm in is a biodynamic farm community that offers 100% Grassfed Beef, fresh produce, and hands-on learning. They host wonderful outdoor events like their summer concert series for music fans.
1029 Vigo Rd, Shelbyville, KY
Well-known farmer’s market with a petting zoo, sizeable marketplace, and train rides in the fall.
Huber Winery & Vineyards
19816 Huber Rd, Borden, IN
A working farm with hayride tours, apple picking, and a well-renowned local winery and gift shop. Check out their website for their summer concert series information.
Smith-Berry Vineyard & Winery
855 Drennon Road, New Castle, KY
About 45 minutes outside of East End Louisville, Smith-Berry Winery is a farm and winery hosting concerts and events in warmer months.
Belle of Louisville Riverboat Cruises
401 W River Rd, Louisville
Experience the charm of the Ohio River on a riverboat cruise. Enjoy breathtaking views, delicious food, and live entertainment.
5607 Old Heady Rd, Louisville
This park’s lakes are regularly stocked with catchable-size catfish, up to four times annually.
Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay
937 Phillips Ln, Louisville
Enjoy endless fun under the sun with a hassle-free, adventure-filled escape to Louisville's Daycation. Laugh, slide and play all summer with more than 70 family-friendly attractions, including sparkling wavepools, towering slides and pint-sized rides all in the heart of Louisville.
Kentucky Railway Museum - Day Out with Thomas (The Tank Engine)
136 South Main St, New Haven, KY
Tickets are pre-purchased and include an interactive train ride with a life–sized Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as access to a full day of activities for all to enjoy.
Kentucky Shakespeare in the Park
1340 South Fourth Street, Louisville
Free public performances of Shakespearian plays are performed each spring and summer in Louisville’s Central Park.
Louisville Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Ave, Louisville
The caverns feature a child-friendly ropes course and tram tour, with its main draw being the fully-underground zip lines course that whisks through low-lit caverns. Trip Advisor's #1 attraction in Louisville is a must-visit.
1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville
The Louisville Zoological Gardens is dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in emerging conservation education.
Waterfront Botanical Gardens
1435 Frankfort Ave, Louisville
Cultivated urban botanical gardens that educate, inspire and enhance appreciation of the relationship between plant life and a healthy environment.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, KY
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Yew Dell is an internationally recognized center of gardening and education, open to visitors daily.
YMCA Calypso Cove Family Waterpark
9400 Mill Brook Rd, Louisville
Open to YMCA members and non-members, featuring a zero-entry pool, water slides, and multiple play structures.
Local Farmers Markets: Louisville boasts several farmers markets, listed online kentuckyproud.com.