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Sightseeing in Louisville

Boat Tours The authentic 1914 stern-wheel steamboat The Belle of Louisville, reputedly the world's only Mississippi-style steamboat, and her sister vessel The Spirit of Jefferson, both docked at Louisville's 4th Street wharf, offer sightseeing, sunset, lunch and dinner cruises on the Ohio River; phone (502) 574-2992 or (866) 832-0011.

Carriage ToursLouisville Horse Trams Inc. provides downtown horse and carriage sightseeing tours in surreys after 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (weather permitting) and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 4; phone (502) 581-0100.

Walking ToursThe city's 48-block Old Louisville neighborhood is a treasure-trove of more than 1,400 Victorian homes. The Historic Old Louisville Visitors Center at 1340 S. 4th St. in Central Park has literature for self-guiding walking tours that encompass the neighborhood's mansions; phone (502) 635-5244. This center is open Tues.-Fri. 1-5.

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The Louisville Visitors Center, at Jefferson and Fourth streets across from the Kentucky International Convention Center, has maps and information about other sightseeing tours. A free 1-hour guided tour detailing the downtown civic district and the architectural features of Main Street's buildings departs May through October, weather permitting. A passport for Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail, which consists of stops at some 26 local watering holes specializing in 50 to 165 bourbon varieties, also is available at the visitors center; the office is open Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5. Phone (502) 379-6109 one day in advance for civic district tour schedule and reservations. The Main Street Visitors Center, 627 W. Main St., offers guided walking tours as well as brochures and information about the history of Main Street and its cast iron architecture; phone (502) 589-6008. The association is open Tues. and Fri. 11-3, Apr.-Nov., or by appointment; all tours are weather permitting.

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