GHSA 2022 Annual Meeting: About Louisville

From baseball bats to bourbon, from riverboats to horse racing, Louisville is a unique Southern city with a host of attractions that are sure to delight and entertain visitors of all ages and interests.

The iconic Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum pay homage to the thoroughbred horse – a hallmark of what makes Kentucky so special. Most major league baseball bats are manufactured downtown at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, which is definitely worth a tour.

Other prime attractions include The Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat still in existence today, and the Muhammad Ali Center, site of the GHSA Taste of the State event on Tuesday night, with its award-winning museum telling the boxer’s incredible life story.

Downtown Louisville, site of the GHSA 2022 Annual Meeting, is home to both an extraordinary collection of Victorian cast-iron historic facades and striking contemporary architecture. The Urban Bourbon Trail features more than 40 local distilleries, restaurants and bars where you can learn about and sample food and beverages that pay homage to the city’s signature spirit. Music and entertainment options abound, from downtown’s Fourth Street Live! entertainment district to performing arts venues scattered across the city. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from a variety of experiences, including a stroll across the Ohio River on the city’s Big Four pedestrian bridge, ziplining at Louisville Mega Cavern and exploring the city’s Frederick Law Olmstead-designed parks.

Visitors to Louisville won’t go hungry. As the epicenter of “new Southern cuisine,” the city’s chefs are reimagining traditional regional dishes and creating exciting new culinary experiences.

Start planning your visit now at and check out the videos below for some ideas!