Summer is here, and that means visits from extended family and friends, al fresco evenings, exploring your city and, of course, lots of pictures! Whether it’s for a frame, greeting card or just to “win” Instagram, these Louisville hot spots make for the best pictures!
Louisville’s Most Instagrammable Spots
Big Four Bridge
First, head downtown for some yummy food and memorable backdrops. Since opening in 2013, the Big Four Bridge has become an incredibly popular destination along Louisville’s waterfront. You’ll enjoy a two-mile, round-trip walk from the Kentucky side to Jeffersonville, IN, with lots of photo ops along the way. Perhaps the best view is just at the top of the ramp before proceeding onto the actual walking bridge, but don’t forget the beautiful vistas of downtown Louisville that you’ll see when heading home from the Indiana side. SB TIP: While you’re in Jeffersonville, make sure you stop downtown at Schimpff’s Confectionery – a landmark since 1891 and the best spot for some sugary treats. The views at sunset are beautiful, and at twilight, you’ll enjoy an array of themed lights on the bridge. You definitely don’t want to miss it!
While you’re downtown, don’t miss Main Street, where you’ll find some of the best photo ops in the city. Start at 21c Museum Hotel and the gigantic golden reproduction of Michelangelo’s David. He’s so big that selfies usually make for pretty cool pictures. Standing on the 21c side of the street, you’ll have a view of his backside, but from the north side of the street, you’ll take in the historic block that now houses one of the most talked about hotels in the South. (And don’t forget to look up to see the famous red penguins!)
Parabolic mirror at Kentucky Science Center
Moving west down Main Street, your next stop is Kentucky Science Center. Stand at the center of the mirror and watch your image repeat into infinity and beyond. If you have children with you, be cautious — they won’t be able to stop flinging their hands in the air and waving in the parabolic mirror at the entrance to the museum, which makes for a precious photo op.
Big Bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum
The KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft) and Frazier History Museum are also on Museum Row on Main Street, but the most iconic photo on the street is without a doubt the Big Bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Rising 120 feet into the air and leaning against the Hillerich & Bradsby building, a picture with the reproduction of Babe Ruth’s bat will thrill any sports fan. Your best bet for a photo that shows the entirety of the famous Louisville Slugger bat is from across the street, but don’t discount the cool views that come with playing with scale and perspective at the base of the Big Bat.
You haven’t been to Louisville if haven’t been to their most cherished land, Churchill Downs. Out-of-town guests can enjoy a tour of the most famous horse racing track in the world, along with enjoying day and night racing. Check the calendar for their summer events or visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, and chances are you’ll still be able to take a fantastic photo with the iconic twin spires as your backdrop. Churchill Downs is quintessential Louisville.
“Our City Our Home” mural on Market Street
If you’re looking to spice up your Instagram feed, don’t forget about the murals that have been popping up around Louisville, most notably in NuLu and around Bardstown Road. Bryan Patrick Todd is the artist responsible for two of the most photo-worthy murals in town: on Market Street just south of Louisville Slugger Field on the border of NuLu and the Highlands mural at Bardstown Road and Lucia Avenue.
“Weird, Independent and Proud” Mural in The Highlands
But don’t fly by NuLu too quickly and miss the famous wings at Toast on Market. If you stand in the middle of the two wings, you’ll look like an angel. This spot is the perfect picture for your kiddos and a totally different background from the rest. The bright colors of the wings will give your picture the abstract look you’ve been wanting!
And if you’re looking for a wall with even more color and design, make sure you check out the hidden wall on the back of Big Lots, right behind Taco Bell on Breckenridge Lane. With a mix of black and white pictures surrounded by bright shapes, this detailed wall by Elizabeth Richter makes for the coolest background.
“Spirit of the Highlands” Mural
If you are on the hunt for funky shopping, cool styles and a large variety of ethnic foods, the Highlands is your spot. Located on Bardstown Road, the entire area is filled with picture-perfect places. Grab an ice cream cone and a camera — this wall art will get you into the groove of being in the Highlands!
Located just behind Red Tree on NuLu, the perfect escape awaits. Surrounded by antiques, plants, lights and chairs — you’ll feel like a professional photographer! If you sit at any of the chairs, you’ll get an artsy background that makes you look like you’re in an otherworldly wonderland.
Heigold House Facade
Looking for a little Louisville history? This little door to nowhere is full of it. Built in 1853 by immigrant and stonemason Christian Heigold this historical spot now stands at the intersection of River Road and Frankfort Avenue. A picture in this spot offers a glimpse of history and a different setting that will really spice up your Instagram feed!
After a full day on the hunt for pictures, you’re likely to be hungry. 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen is the perfect spot to fill your tummy and get one of the best pictures of Louisville. Located on the 8th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn, this open-air rooftop offers a breathtaking view of the city skyline. The perfect shot is right at dusk, when you can capture the twinkling lights of all the buildings, set against the sky just moments after the sun slips away, giving you a true sense of an evening in Louisville.
We hope your Instagram blows up with beauty this summer! Where will you be taking your first pic?