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If you think you have to have money to hit the town and have fun in Louisville, you're completely wrong. There is a ton of Louisville free stuff to appease even those who have to dig change out of their couch for gas money to get out of the house.

Louisville Free Attractions

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The Speed Art Museum, the Louisville Nature Center, and the art gallery at the 21C Museum Hotel are all major local attractions that you can do without spending a dime. If you're looking for a cheap date idea, consider one of Louisville's free attractions before you head for White Castle.

Free Louisville Kids Activities

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Having kids is expensive enough without having to spend $50 at Chuck E. Cheese every time you and your kids need to get out of the house for a couple of hours. Instead of wasting all of your money doing things that don't even last long enough to cure the boredom, check out one of these free Louisville kids activities.

Louisville Free Events

From Thunder Over Louisville in April to Light up Louisville in December, there are plenty of free events going on almost every month in Louisville. By knowing of the free events and planning ahead, you could greatly cut down on your annual entertainment expenditures and still have a great time.

Louisville Free Concerts

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The rest of the world may not know it, but Louisville is a great place for live music. In addition to the number of national acts that play ticketed concerts every year in Louisville, there are also a number of major bands playing free concerts throughout the year.

Louisville Park System

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One of the biggest local attractions is the Louisville parks system. There are more than 120 public parks in the metro area alone, many created by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. Olmstead was a nationally-renown landscape architect responsible for creating Central Park in New York. The best thing about the Louisville parks system, however, is that it costs nothing to get into any of the parks.

First Friday Trolley Hop

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The First Friday Trolley Hop is a tour of dozens of galleries in Downtown Louisville’s art district. On the first Friday of every month of the year, Louisville's historic trolleys drive on a circuit from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., taking participants to several different art galleries located on the Main, Market, and Fourth Street strips.

F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop

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The F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop is a tour of dozens of galleries in the Frankfort Avenue art district. On the last Friday of every month of the year, Louisville's historic trolleys drive on a circuit from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., taking participants to several different art galleries and retail and dining establishments located on Frankfort, Mellwood, and Story Avenues.

Free Movies at the Library

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Everyone knows that you can rent books at the library, but not everyone enjoys reading. However, I've never met anyone who didn't like to watch a movie from time to time. Rather than spending a fortune at the rental store or theater, try finding the movie you want at your local library branch first. You can rent movies for a few days at a time, and all it costs is the time it takes you to apply for a library card.

Tour Historic Corydon

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Explore the rich history of Corydon, Indiana, by taking a walking tour of its historic district. Corydon, Indiana, is approximately 40 minutes outside of Louisville. The Corydon historic district features many historical buildings, such as Indiana's first capitol building, the first Indiana bank, and the headquarters of Governor William Hendricks. Historic Corydon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and 2008 marked the town's bicentennial anniversary.

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