Now that Derby is in the rearview mirror, itâ€™s time to look ahead to everything else our city has to offer. You can do just thatÂ without breaking the bank by participating in Louisvilleâ€™s Hometown Tourist Celebration. Held in conjunction with U.S. Travel Associationâ€™s National Tourism Week, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau isÂ encouraging Kentucky and Indiana residents to be a tourist in your own hometown.
In addition to 2-for-1 discounts valid through May at 42 area attractions, 28 restaurants and 10 hotels, the public is invited to half-a-dozen events.
â€œWith so many people looking for ways to cut costs, but still seeking interesting entertainment experiences, this annual program provides an opportunity for Louisvillians to enjoy the wonderful array of attractions, restaurants and hotels in our own backyard,â€ said Jim Wood, President & CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
In addition to the special offers, Hometown Tourist Celebration includes several events:
- The Louisville Visitors Centerâ€™s â€œPicnic at the Waterfrontâ€ themed open house on Thursday, May 17, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., features mascot Catfish Louie and book signings by Rick Bell, author of Waterfront Park A Riverfront Renaissance. Sullivan Universityâ€™s students will provide free samples of picnic-style food. Free to attend.
- Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., is the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureauâ€™s 101-style seminar â€œFrom Our Family to Yours: Family Reunion Workshop,â€ which includes a presentation by the CVBâ€™s Family Reunion Service Specialists and a â€œmeet and greetâ€ with hospitality industry partners who specialize in family reunions. Admission is free to anyone who is planning a family reunion in Louisville, but seating is limited to two guests per reunion. Reservations are required; contact Saundra Robertson at email@example.com or 502.379.6110.
- PossibiliTours Walking Tours provide historical and architectural anecdotes about Possibility City while exploring the heart of downtown on foot. Held Fridays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. (May through October), a local volunteer leads you on a free, one-hour walking tour (weather permitting) departing from the Visitors Center at Fourth and Jefferson. Call 502.379.6109 one day in advance to reserve your spot. Walk-ins are taken based on availability.