The Ohio River has always been the heart of Louisville and has been attracting explorers and settlers since the beginning. Even Joseph Smith supposedly took a steamer down the river for a 3-day trip to Kentucky around 1832. Nowadays, people still congregate around the river. Walking, biking and lounging at The Big Four Bridge & Waterfront Park. The river has a dam and series of locks to help barges pass through the Falls of the Ohio. See the locks at McAlpine Locks and Dam. To see some historic architecture, Old Louisville is the best place to see homes built as early as the 1870's. Louisville is known for baseball and the Louisville slugger bat. Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to see how the first bat was made in 1884. For something a little more unique, try the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind to see how braille is produced and learn about talking books.
Wilford Woodruff visited Kentucky from Tennessee about 1835 and found that several branches had been formed by prior missionaries. Missionary work continued and was successful for a number of years until Joseph Smith was killed and missionaries were advised to return to Illinois. Preaching ceased for a number of years and then missionaries re-entered the area in 1868. It's interesting to think that during this time, members had to meet in homes and the outdoors for their Church meetings. We are so lucky in this day and age to have churches nearly on every corner and temples within reach for most members, although there is still work to be done. This is the first and only temple in Kentucky. It was completed in 2000, along with 34 other temples. The year 2000 was a busy one for the LDS Church.
There are a few places around the temple that are worth eating at. The Red Pepper Deli has gourmet sandwiches, wraps and grinders. Gustavo's Mexican Grill offers standard Mexican fare for a reasonable price. If you're making your way in closer to the city, stop by Harvest for unique items from the farm to the table like pork loin, risotto and sandwiches with homemade potato chips. Settle in for some Cuban fare at Havana Rumba. And, for a delightfully, unexpected breakfast, you must try Toast On Market for some unique twists on some breakfast favorites.