3 Tips for Settling into a New Louisville Home

Take some Southern hospitality and add a dash of big city life and you’ll have Louisville.  Even though it’s the largest city on the Ohio river, it still has that small-town charm that makes it a must-see destination for people of all ages. Whether you’re just visiting some of Louisville’s top historic sites or considering a new home in Louisville, there’s a ton of exciting things to do that make settling into Louisville living enjoyable.

Tip 1: Get Out and Smell the Blue Grass

Whether a day of fun for you is a hike in the woods, picnic in the park, museum tour or an art festival, you’ll find it in and around beautiful Louisville.


Enjoy Kentucky’s year-round weather with some outdoor activities fit for the family. Adventurers will appreciate activities in Louisville like a visit to the Louisville Mega Cavern, home to the world’s largest underground bike park, while the whole group can appreciate a bike or segway tour along Waterfront Park. Want to try some hiking? Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Parklands of Floyds Fork offer plenty of trails and terrain for walks in nature.


No matter what area of this historic city you visit you’ll enjoy the lush rolling hills, local bluegrass music, and world-class amenities along with hometown friendliness. Shopping for a new residence in and around Louisville? Be sure to check out some of these Louisville suburbs, known for their proximity to the city and local area attractions.


  • Buckner has some of the best schools in the region, so this area is one of the top Louisville choices for families
  • Shelbyville, located about 30 miles east of Louisville is a top choice for horse lovers, with over 80 saddle-horse farms in the area
  • Simpsonville, located close to Shelbyville, this quiet suburb is also home to plenty of shopping at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass


Tip 2: Check Out a Festival or Two

Louisville, KY attractions and festivals are one of the most popular things about living in Louisville. Here are our top three choices for outdoor festivities:

Top Outdoor Kentucky Festivals

The ultimate outdoor festival, the Kentucky Derby Festival is a premier month-long celebration that’s earned worldwide recognition. It’s attended by over 1.5 million visitors in May during the Kentucky Derby itself. There’s something for everyone including hot air balloons, concerts, along with historical steamboat races. More than ⅔ of the events are free which makes this a popular family destination.


Right up there on the list of top outdoor Kentucky festivals is the Spirit Ball Masquerade & Dance, one of the most popular events attended by the locals. It’s held on Halloween night at the historic 29th century Victorian Conrad-Caldwell House. If you like to dress up in period costumes and dance, this is the event for you whether you live in Louisville or are just visiting.


And, not to be outdone, the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair takes place the weekend before the Derby.  Over 200 artists booths are set among the huge trees in the historic neighborhood of Cherokee Triangle. Along with the art, you’ll enjoy the down-home bluegrass music. Voted one most popular Louisville, KY attractions this is one annual art festival locals never miss.


Tip 3: Head to the Races

The famous Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs offers thoroughbred racing at its finest.  Depending on when you visit, along with the races, you might catch a horse parade or two. Watching the powerful horses fly around the track is a breathtaking experience.  For those of you who’d like even more excitement, try a bit of wagering where you’ll hopefully cheer your favorite horse to victory.


If you plan to make a day of it, be sure to take a tour of the grounds when you first arrive. Your knowledgeable guide will give you an up-close view of the tracks as well and take you on an enjoyable stroll around the grounds.


The Kentucky Derby Museum is located right next to the Churchill Downs. It opens early in the morning and offers historical walking tours every hour. Make sure you view the spectacular 360-degree movie, “The Greatest Race.” There are two floors packed with interactive exhibits, and it’s filled to the brim with historical equestrian memorabilia. This museum is a favorite destination for all ages at a reasonable price.


Visiting different places or moving to a new city is always fun adventure. At Pulte Homes, we design homes around your lifestyle all backed by our industry leading builders’ warranty. If you’d like to learn more about our Pulte communities in Louisville or meet some of our expert Louisville new home builders, be sure to check out our site.


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Published 7.24.20

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