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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. The following activities are ideas for romantic things you can do with your sweetheart.

Have Dinner at One of Louisville's Most Romantic Restaurants

Couple sitting at dining table, holding wineglasses and looking in eyes
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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.

Hike to the Top of the Iroquois Park Hill

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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 day the view is breathtaking and the park's many paths make great scenic strolls for hand-holding, happy couples.

Take a Bike Ride at Waterfront Park

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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.

Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

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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 fairy tale.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

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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.

Rent a Paddleboat

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.

Stay at a Local Bed and Breakfast

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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.

See a Live Show

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If you and your date have been together for any amount of time, you've probably seen so many movies together that a trip to the movie theater is anything but romantic. Instead, why not check out a show at one of our 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.

Make It a Spa Day

While there are several spas you can go to in Louisville, I find The Natural Touch in Corydon, Indiana, to be the most romantic, relaxing, and cost-friendly spa in the area. The Natural Touch is a small establishment, so you probably won't run into other patrons. While you're there, you can get in the hot tub with your loved one or get a couple's massage. And since you're already out of town, you can explore the historic Corydon town square hand-in-hand, spend the night at the Kintner House Inn, or see a live show at Hayswood Theater.

Take a Cruise on the Belle of Louisville

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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. My advice would be to 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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