8.7 out of 10

Shepherdsville

37.9958966543716 -85.6974203079694
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Eating Out
  • Clean & Green
  • Pest Free
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Retirees

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 01, 2012

"TONS to do, close to Louisville and plenty safe!"

Shepherdsville is a unique town in Kentucky. It's about 20 miles south of Louisville, and while that helps the town quite a bit in terms of giving you plenty to do and see, and gives residents extra options for having fun, it's not just this close proximity that makes the town cool. While not actually in the town, the nearby Jim Beam Distillery brings a lot of visitors and makes Shepherdsville a place to see!

Jim Beam may be the most recognizable bourbon in the world, and as Kentucky is all about our bourbon, this is a big deal. The tour of the distillery is one of the better tours of a distillery, and you'll get to see the whole process they use to make the bourbon. I loved taking the tour a few years back, and how open Jim Beam is about telling you how they make their bourbon. It showed a lot of confidence, and I wish I could distill my own bourbon. I'm not into home distilling, but I think you'd have a lot of fun checking out how they do it!

But while Jim Beam gives Shepherdsville a cool attraction and no doubt employs many residents and brings money into the area, there's more going on here than simply bourbon. There are quite a few restaurants here. I've only visited a few times, as Shepherdsville is a bit of a drive from Independence, but I've always been impressed by the number of options. China 8 has some excellent Chinese food, and El Nopal is pretty good for Mexican food. I can't say I've eaten in any of the other local restaurants, but I think you'll be happy with the amount of options you have!

If you want to get outside, there are a few options for having some fun in Shepherdsville. Kart Kountry is a cool go-cart track, and the carts are faster than I'm used to. Loads of fun! There's also a golf course, but I've never actually golfed there so I can't attest to its quality, but there seems to be enough for everyone to have some fun!

I read that you can watch glass blowing here at a restaurant, but I've never tried this out. It's on my list of things to do the next time I visit.

Other than that, I'd say Shepherdsville is fairly safe, and while Louisville is a little bigger and cooler in some ways, it also has a bit more crime. You're just far enough away to enjoy all the fun without having too much of the negatives from a big city. I highly recommend the town for SURE!
Pros
  • Great distillery tours
  • Tons of restaurants
  • Lots of fun indoor and outdoor activities!
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students