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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Louisville

Things to do on Valentine's Day in Louisville, KY


Whether you plan on celebrating on Valentine's Day itself (February 14) or throughout the week, there are plenty of romantic ways to enjoy the holiday in and around Louisville. From romantic cruises to entertaining shows, there are events for every interest. Looking for free things to do? No problem, Louisville is full of memorable ways to spend the day, free of charge.

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner

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Couples that have been together for years often cook up meals in their own home. With local ingredients from The Root Cellar or a farmers' market, you can enjoy a romantic dinner by candlelight without dealing with reservations or loud restaurants. But if you want to dine out, know that a snazzy dinner is a tried-and-true Valentine's Day event. Below are a handful of suggestions on where to go. Call ahead, some restaurants are booked weeks ahead of cupid's day.
Romantic restaurants in Louisville:
Valentine's Day Dinner Specials
Hillbilly Tea
Mayan Café

Give the Gift of Chocolate

© Cellar Door Chocolates

Many ladies have a sweet tooth and they say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so when considering what to buy for a Valentine gift, consider chocolate. If you want to elevate the present, fill a piece of pottery from Historic Louisville Stoneware with sweet treats. That way a memento will remain, long after the candy kisses and bourbon balls have been consumed.
More on local sweets:
Candy Stores in Louisville
Regional Candies
Famous Foods of Louisville

Be Entertained: Go to a Show

Actors Theatre of Louisville
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With productions throughout the year, it's hard to deny Louisville's passion for the performing arts. From big budget plays, at nationally-known venues like Actors Theatre of Louisville, to small neighborhood spots, like the stage on the second floor of The Bard's Town on Bardstown Rd., there are funny shows and serious dramas. Looking for something saucy and unconventional? The Va Va Vixens have annual Valentine's Day shows at Headliners Music Hall.
Where to see a show:
Live Theatre in Louisville
Derby Dinner Playhouse
Va Va Vixens

Experience the Bourbon Trail

Bourbon at Maker's Mark
Image © Mali Anderson

Tourists flock to our state to experience the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, but sometimes residents of Louisville and Southern Indiana forget to take advantage of world-recognized destinations so close to home. Take a day trip to tour distilleries outside of Louisville, or stay close to home and try out the city version of this popular outing. Remember, sip responsibly!
Bourbon and wine in Louisville:
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Urban Bourbon Trail
Mint Julep History and Recipes
Wine Tastings at Old 502 Winery

Take a Cruise

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I know, I know, Valentine's Day is in February, not when you would normally be out on the Ohio River. But Valentine's Day is different and the the Spirit of Jefferson offers up a warm and cozy dinner cruise. Choose from a traditional dinner buffet cruise at 5 p.m. or a Valentine dance and hors d'oeuvers happening at 9 p.m. Either way there will be a DJ, food, two enclosed decks and plenty of fun facts about Southern Indiana, Louisville and the mighty Ohio River.
Unique and romantic date ideas:
Spirit of Jefferson
Louisville Horse Trams
Bannon Woods Farm

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