Experience Louisville

Photo of Louisville sites

When you think of Louisville, Kentucky, you might think of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger bats, and the world’s greatest boxer, Muhammad Ali. In addition to these icons, there’s plenty to discover about this town!

Louisville is known as a foodie town, and there’s no shortage of unique and diverse restaurants within walking distance of Conference. From “New Southern Cuisine” to Derby Pie®, you’re sure to find something to delight your taste buds. Check out this listing of restaurants and this sampling of regional dishes. (PS: If you’re wondering where to snag the hot chicken sandwich shown above, go to Royals Hot Chicken!)

Downtown is home to nine Bourbon distilleries, plus over a dozen bars and restaurants specializing in a significant selection and knowledge of Bourbon. After Conference ends, enjoy meandering along the Urban Bourbon Trail®.

From the Louisville Marriott Downtown, a leisurely walk or short ride on the free LouLift zero-emission bus will bring you to the Nulu neighborhood, home to galleries, shops, and a variety of delicious eateries. Don’t miss visiting Please and Thank You coffee shop for arguably the best chocolate chip cookie in the country!

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The 2019 Families Learning Conference will be located at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The nearest airport is Louisville International Airport (SDF), located about seven miles away.

A note regarding the REAL ID Act and air travel

The following text appears on https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs as of July 10, 2019.

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

Starting January 22, 2018, passengers who have driver’s licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel. Please see TSA’s website for a list of acceptable forms of identification. Passengers who have licenses issued by a state that is compliant or that has an extension to become compliant with REAL ID requirements may continue to use their licenses as usual. For a list of states already in compliance or with an extension visit DHS’s REAL ID webpage. DHS continually updates this list as more states come into compliance or obtain extensions.


Cabs, Lyft, and Uber are available at the Louisville International Airport. Pickups for Lyft and Uber are in the designated area only. If you order one of these ride-share vehicles, proceed to the Lower Level/Baggage Claim. Exit the airport and turn right. Look for signs with Lyft and Uber logos at the end of the building.