10 Romantic Things to Do in Louisville

Whether you're taking someone out on a first date or celebrating your 50th anniversary, there are plenty of romantic things to do in Louisville. Gather your sweetheart and head out to one of the following romantic activities.

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Have Dinner at One of Louisville's Most Romantic Restaurants

Sliced steak at Rye in Louisville
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Whether you're looking to pop the question or celebrate another year of marriage, you can't go wrong with dinner at one of Louisville's most romantic restaurants. 

Want more of a casual date? Louisville has those options, too, including cute coffee shops, top burger places, and delicious donuts.

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Hike to the Top of the Iroquois Park Hill

Skyline of Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Iroquois Park, Louisville, KY, USA

From the top of the hill at Iroquois Park, you can see the entire city of Louisville. If you're brave, venture up at night for a great view of both the city and the stars. But even in the daytime, the view is breathtaking and the park's many paths make great scenic strolls for hand-holding, happy couples.

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Take a Bike Ride at Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park Louisville
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129 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Phone +1 502-574-3768

Jumping on a bicycle built for two and pedaling alongside the Ohio River through Waterfront Park on a nice day is a great romantic activity. Plus, you'll have an ideal view of the Ohio River and the Louisville skyline.

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Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Tourists at sunset riding horse-drawn carriage past the Ohio River on Louisville Waterfront Park, KY
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The horse-drawn carriages that annoy you when you're driving through Downtown Louisville can become your new favorite local attraction when you're looking for romantic things to do. It's impossible to ride around Downtown Louisville in a horse-drawn carriage without feeling like you're in a fairytale. Move over, Cinderella.

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Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloons in Louisville
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Though a hot air balloon ride makes for an expensive date, it's almost guaranteed that your romantic date in the air will be unlike any other your sweetheart has been on. If it's Derby season, check out the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow.

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Rent a Paddleboat

Paddleboats at Buffalo Trace Park in Palmyra, Indiana
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1540 US-150, Palmyra, IN 47164, USA
Phone +1 812-364-6112

At Buffalo Trace Park in Palmyra, Indiana, about an hour outside of the city, you can rent a paddleboat for two and spend an hour peddling along the river with your sweetheart. On a nice summer day, you can peddle to a quiet spot on the lake and enjoy some uninterrupted conversation.

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Stay at a Local Bed and Breakfast

The Columbine Bed & Breakfast, Louisville, KY
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8670 IN-56, French Lick, IN 47432, USA
Phone +1 812-936-9300

You don't have to leave town for a romantic weekend at a bed and breakfast. Many of Louisville's bed and breakfasts are housed in gorgeous Victorian homes and make for a perfect romantic mini-vacation for you and your loved one. If you want to drive a bit, check out the French Lick Resort in Indiana.

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See a Live Show

Kentucky State Fair performers
Kentucky State Fair Board

If you and your date have been together for any amount of time, you've probably been to most of the best movie spots in Louisville, so maybe seeing movies together is anything but romantic. If this sounds like your situation, why not check out a show at one Louisville's many performing arts venues? In the end, it's not all that much more expensive than movie tickets and snacks, and it will certainly make for a romantic night on the town.

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Make It a Spa Day

Two people getting a couples massage
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11614 Main St, Middletown, KY 40243-1318, USA
Phone +1 502-245-6484

There are several spas you can go to near Louisville, many of which fit the bill for being romantic, relaxing, and cost-friendly. Serenity Spa offers couples massages in its quaint, homey Middletown location.

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Take a Cruise on the Belle of Louisville

Riverboat Spirit of Jefferson on the Ohio River, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-2993, USA
Phone +1 502-574-2992

Doing the Hokey Pokey with a crowded room of kids may not be the most romantic part of a Belle of Louisville cruise, but finding a quiet spot on the ship's deck and enjoying a couple hours on the river definitely is. Take a night cruise, but skip the cruise buffet and simply hide out on the deck for some quiet conversation and a romantic nighttime view of the Ohio River and the Louisville skyline.

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10 Romantic Things to Do in Louisville