Celebrating Valentine's Day in Louisville, Kentucky

Valentine's Day in Louisville—or romantic ideas for any time of year in Kentucky's largest city—does not have to be an anxiety-ridden dilemma.

From picking out chocolate-laden candies to enjoying savory gastronomic delights or going to a well-trodden romantic spot to out-of-the-way places, Louisville offers a lot for lovers. Take a look at the top four ways to celebrate Cupid's day in Louisville.

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Take an Intimate Stroll

Stately row of trees, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Romance is what you make of it. Sometimes a stroll and nice conversation can make one of the most memorable moments. What does your sweetheart find fascinating, nostalgic or beautiful? How about a walking tour of the city or a visit to a flowering park, garden or picturesque bridge.

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Do Something Out of the Ordinary

Trolley bus, Louisville, KY
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Whether you are taking someone out on a first date or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, make an effort to do something you rarely ever do.

  • Go for a horse-drawn carriage ride in downtown Louisville
  • Take a ride in a hot air balloon 
  • Rent a paddle boat in the park
  • Book a spa day
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Dinner and a Movie

Fourth Street Live, downtown entertainment district, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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A tried and true date night is the ever popular dinner and a movie. To make it special, find a restaurant that caters to romance, perhaps with candlelight and a good wine list.

It can be nice to eat out, but a meal in and a pay-per-view flick can be just as romantic, perhaps more so. If you do not usually cook and you make the effort to do it, you just might make your special someone feel extra special. 

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Bourbon With Your Beloved

Aging bourbon in barrels and Maker's Mark Bourbon Distillery
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Bourbon is not for everyone, but, if you are in Louisville, the hub of bourbon tourism, then your honey bear might appreciate a visit to the famed bourbon distilleries just outside of Louisville. Many flock to the distilleries to sample or buy this original American spirit direct from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. A sip of bourbon can sometimes be just the trick to get you in the mood for love.

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