Things To Do

Get wet

There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than the Waterplay in the Adventure Playground! Open seasonally, mid-May through late October. Waterplay hours: 11am – 8pm daily. The timer is quirky, so sometimes it’s a few minutes after 11am, but be patient — it will come on!

Grab a snack or something cold to drink

Visit Dogs on the Run for a hot dog, chili dog, ice cream, or ice cold drink! Other snacks available as well. Open 11:30am til 7:30pm daily, weather permitting. Family owned with a consistent “A” rating, serving guests at Waterfront Park since 2010. Look for Dogs on the Run in the Silver parking lot near the Adventure Playground.

Take a thrill ride on the Scream Machine

Take a thrill ride on the Scream Machine jet boat at Brochin Expeditions, located at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater Docks (1301 River Road, 40202), between the Tan & Turquoise parking lots. Rides include a sunset cruise and, on Wednesdays, a 3 hour/12 mile wildlife/scenic lunch or dinner tour. For more information, visit Scream Machine Jet Boat Tours. (Apr-Nov)

Charter a fishing cruise

Go on a fishing cruise to catch one of those giant catfish lurking beneath the surface of the mighty Ohio River. Brochin Expeditions is located at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater Docks (1301 River Road, 40202), between the Tan & Turquoise parking lots. Fishing charters are by appointment; for more information, visit Waterfront Park Fishing Charters. (Apr-Nov)

Take a Kayak Tour

Book a Louisville Kayak Company kayak tour to explore Louisville by water. Nature & Conservation tours are great for nature lovers and students, and Downtown tours feature great views of the city and Waterfront Park. Sunset tours are also available. Visit louisvillekayakcompany.com for more information and to schedule a tour. Friday-Sunday beginning Friday, May 25th.

Rent a bike and tour the park

Rent a bike from Wheel Fun Rentals (or bring your own) and take a tour of Waterfront Park. There are miles of pathways that meander through the park and along the river – take advantage of a pretty day and get some exercise! Wheel Fun has surreys, cruiser bikes, tandems, recumbents, and more, and they also offer bike and Segway tours. Located in the Red parking lot by the Big Four® Bridge. Contact info/hours of operation

Big Four Bridge lights by photographer Jacob Zimmer

Walk across the Big Four® Bridge

Enjoy views from the Big Four® that you won’t find anywhere else. From the foot of the ramp in Waterfront Park to the foot of the ramp in Jeffersonville and back is a 2-mile round trip.

Lincoln statue in Lincoln Memorial

Get to know Kentucky’s Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, and his experiences at this very waterfront influenced many of his actions later in life. Explore the Lincoln Memorial and get your picture taken sitting in Abe’s lap.

Flock of Finns birds

Take a picture with a sassy bird

Visit the Flock of Finns and take a selfie with one of Kentucky folk artist Marvin Finn’s colorful winged creations.

Joe's Crab Shack

Enjoy a delicious meal with great river views

Visit Joe’s Crab Shack and relax with a cold drink, great food, and a wonderful view of the river. A new restaurant will be opening by the Adventure Playground in 2017.

Ride the oldest operating Mississippi-style steamboat in the world

Take a step back in time by taking a ride on the National Historic Landmark Belle of Louisville. Visit www.belleoflouisville.org or call 502.574.2668 for cruise & event information.

Watch the sun set over the river

You’ve never seen a sunset until you’ve watched the sun go down over the beautiful Ohio River. Best vantage point: The Big Four®, of course!

Attend a festival

Check out our calendar for great festivals and other special events.

Take in a concert

From WFPK Waterfront Wednesday to Forecastle, we’ve got the best open-air concerts in town!

Make a play date for your kids

Visit the original Children’s Play Area to enjoy the wonderful views of the Great Lawn and downtown Louisville while the kids play.