Central Park
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Jog, walk, or just relax on a bench in this picturesque park in the heart of Historic Old Louisville.
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Lorraine B
Bowling Green, KY120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We stayed at Louisville Bourban Inn, had dinner at the 4th Street Tavern, then walked through Belgravia Court to St. James Place, where it joined the walkway to Central Park. If that scenario does not get one in the mood to see Shakespeare in Love, you must have a harder heart than we do. It happened to be a breezy temperate low-humidity night. We had cannolis for dessert from the Bellimissimo food truck and sipped wine from the volunteer-staffed wine venue. All purchases support free Shakespeare in the Park. This summer is the 61rst season; support the hard-working actors who presented the screenplay Shakespeare in Love. We watched the movie last night, and both performances equaled each other.

Our only constructive remark: Cental Park needs some TLC. The sidewalks bordering the park are thick with last season's leaves, and walking across the park involved avoiding a minefield of sticks, branches, cigarette butts, and trash. Central Park is a treasure and an asset to the Old Louisville community, and perhaps a sweep through with a street cleaner would enhance the Shakespeare in the Park experience.
Written July 6, 2021
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY4,544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
After a year’s absence due to Covid Central Park presents Shakespeare in the Park. It was a welcome return as we enjoyed “Shakespeare in Love”. True, it’s not a Shakespeare play but a humorous play about the playwright’s life. And yes, they do perform his plays such as Henry V the night before. I believe this is the 61st season of Shakespeare in the Park. Although we haven’t been going there that long we were amazed to see a couple of cast members from back in the 80s still performing there. Now that’s incredible. Remember, it’s Free Will in the park but please make a donation if you can. There is a souvenir stand where you can purchase T-shirts, etc. plus there are food trucks offering plenty of choices plus a concession stand nearby. There are restrooms of course. They are a bit cleaner than I remember from the 80s. Are they great? No, but much better. The benches appear new but they are not that comfy so bring a throw/blanket or a cushion would be my advice. The park could use some better lighting and clean up(branches, etc.)as you navigate your way back to your car in the dark. It’s all street parking mostly on 4th Street, 6th Street and Park Street. There’s not much on Magnolia Street. We got there at 7:45 pm just before the show at found a few spaces near the end of Park Street near 6th. For those who are not interested in the plays the Old Louisville Visitors Center is located in the park with information on the area and also conduct tours of Old Louisville. And don’t forget the Witches Tree on 6th & Park. Google it.
Written August 1, 2021
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teamsnardy
Vincennes, IN520 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
A small, residential setting park designed by the 'father of American landscape architecture’; Frederick Olmsted. His other projects include the park system of Louisville, Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. And Central Park, NY City. An active community tennis group can be seen on Saturday’s in the summer and Shakespeare in The Park productions in the evenings. A perfect location for wedding photos and reunions. Enjoy the sights of Old Louisville and St. James area including the famous Conrad-Coldwell House complete with guided tours.
Written June 18, 2019
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PLHD
Louisville, KY38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Every summer we go to Shakespeare in the Park for a free outdoor play. It's never something to right home about and sometimes the set and costume design is too over the top modern, but we still have a good time. Hey it's free, right?

The park itself is really small. It's close to Old Louisville which has the best architecture in Louisville, but don't stay after dark (expect for the plays). Despite the park being attached to a small police station, it isn't the safest neighborhood. Don't get me wrong I lived there for a few years during college and no one ever messed with me, but I've heard stories so just be cautious.
Written June 30, 2010
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JellyBean41
Ohio44 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
This is one of the "pockets" in the Old Louisville area that's a bit scarey. As we cut through the park to view the St. James Fountain, there were homeless people sleeping on the ground there. We were also bummed for money and cigarettes. I'm not rich my any means and I, myself, struggle to keep a car on the road and a roof over my head, so I'm not putting these people down, but it was an experience I hadn't banked on during one of the few vacations I've had. And I don't feel I scare easily ... I've been to biker bars that are far less scarey than this park!

The best way to experience Old Louisville is to take one of the tours! Definitely! Don't attempt to navigate it on your own with no knowledge of the area!
Written May 12, 2012
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James G
Lexington, KY210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
This park in the Old Louisville area includes the Visitor Center for Old Louisville, walking trails, numerous trees, tennis courts, a water feature for children in season (off during my visit Oct. 18, 2017), several benches, and an amphitheater.

I enjoyed walking through the park and visiting the visitor center. The visitor center contains informative brochures about Louisville (especially Old Louisville) as well as an indoor restroom during the visitor center's hours.

During my time in the park between about 12 noon and 1 p.m. there were frequent low flyovers of jets, perhaps about every 5-10 minutes. I saw lots of squirrels, but heard more jets than birds chirping. Later in the day, when I walked through the park again, there were far fewer flyovers of jets.

If you are in interested in architecture and history of old houses/mansions, I urge you to stop by the visitor center in this park for their brochure and to take time to walk some of the nearby neighborhoods.

It's also a nice park to walk in and sit on a bench in a wooded area to enjoy nature--if you can tolerate the jets. Across Magnolia Avenue from the park is the Conrad-Caldwell House, which contains many original furnishings and can be toured for a fee.
Written October 29, 2017
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mamasbux
Tucson, AZ14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016
What a beautiful, quiet park! After we enjoyed a educational and interesting tour through The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, just across the street, then headed to Central Park for a little birding and relaxing (most of the week we've walked or walked and bussed to our destinations). As we learned at "Conrad's Castle", the amazing history of this area included the partk, which has been there since the area was settled. Nicely situated in Historic Louisville, the peaceful park had lush, full trees, lots of wildlife moving about, and very little foot traffic. A few people passed through with their dogs, just as friendly as can be. The one corner of the park, was clearly where transients may frequent, based upon the trash we observed at a park bench, but that was truly the only negative...and it was far from where we were at. The rest of the park is very well kept (at least when we were there). The folks in the visitor center were friendly and helpful, and it was a nice facility. Wish this park was my backyard! I highly recommmend Central Park, Louisville!!!
Written August 23, 2016
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ohyeah1944
Louisville, KY53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
This one block square park in Old Louisville is a multi purpose site. It is a quiet place to walk, sit and read a book, and just enjoy the mature trees. In the summer it has a water feature that lets the kids run and cool off. It houses a police substation for the neighborhood. It is the home of Shakespeare in Central Park, a summer theatre program that has delighted city residents for decades. It is bounded on all sides by fine old homes that are themselves worthy of your attention. It is a perfect urban oasis.
Written May 19, 2016
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ForgetThisPlace
Louisville, KY135 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
FORGET THIS PLACE...unless you want to see a special event, Shakespeare in the Park (Free ), or take a brief break while walking around the historical homes in the immediate area like St James and Belgravia Court. There is too much talk about safety on this site. Yes, there are occasionally homeless people, and yes, there are occasionally people that do not look exactly like you, but overall it is a safe place and there is a police substation on the premises. However, in fairness, I would suggest avoiding it after dark unless there is an event taking place. Restrooms are available, but usually not clean.
Written June 13, 2013
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gotkelb
Appleton, WI143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We really enjoyed our walk through and all-around central park. What a beautiful area of old historic homes and buildings. It's one of the largest historical areas in the county. We were lucky enough to have a homeowner chat with us a bit. What a genuinely beautiful area. We also went back another night and took in Shakespear. It was a great event and if your around there with a little time, supporting this play would be something fun. We really are just the average joe type people, but this was fun and all the people around us were just fun to watch too. Very cool event to end the night with. It's free. Just google it for when it's playing, it's free to see this play. Very beautiful park.
Written August 7, 2022
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