Louisville has a lot to offer a couple that are looking for a romantic time on the town. From hot air balloon rides to riverboat tours, the city is sure to kindle a romantic flame.
Points Of Interest
Nestled along Museum Row, 21c Museum Hotel is just right for the couple looking for a unique experience. This hotel has a little bit of everything so you don’t have to go far from the comfort of your luxury room to get a little taste of the culture of Louisville; there is even an award winning restaurant as well as a contemporary museum right in the hotel. Be sure to pamper yourself and your love at the spa while you are at it.
The Top 5 Louisville Restaurants
1. Proof On Main
2. Jack Fry’s
History on the Ohio River
One of the fun and romantic sites to see when visiting Louisville, KY is the Belle of Louisville. This authentic river steamboat was once named The Idlewild and served as a ferry between Memphis, Tennessee and West Memphis, Arkansas. Along the years, beyond being a ferry, the ship has also “offered moonlight cruises during the Big Band era and occasionally served as a USO nightspot on the Mississippi River”. Afterwards she became the most widely-traveled river steamboat in American history. Today, she offers tours of the river and the city of Louisville while also creating a unique dining and tour experience. Step onto history and make some memories of your own with your sweetheart.
From hot air balloon rides to tours of the many fine whiskey shops in Louisville, there is something for every couple. For an all around city tour in a romantic conveyance, I suggest taking the Horse Trams tour. To visit many of the beautiful Victorian homes of the city try a walking tour of the mansion distric or try taking a historical tour. However, if you are more into tours with something more to do than sight see, then you should visit whiskey row. You can choose from tours such as the Jim Beam distillery tour, a Maker’s Mark distillery tour, and the Bourbon Trail tours. For tours on the spookier side that give a couple some reason to hold hands, try the ghost tours of the area or visit the Waverly Hills Sanitarium for a spookily good historic tour.
To finish off the romantic viewing of Louisville, but sure to take a cruise up the Ohio river on the Belle of Louisville or the Mary M Miller, both authentic steamboats sure to kindle romance.
The Arts in Louisville
Only eleven cities in the US have all five major cultural institutions represented and Louisville is one of those cities. They have the Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre, The Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra and the Speed Art Museum. They also have many parks and over 100 miles of bike and hiking paths for the nature loving couple. If you are a fan of architecture, you and your sweetheart will be amazed by the historic homes in Louisville. It is ranked 5th in the nation for historic preservation.
With so many things to choose from, it is hard to suggest just one place to visit to enjoy the arts in Louisville. Some spots to check out for sure though include the Speed Museum, The Muhammad Ali Center, The Jim Beam Distillery, Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Slugger Museum. I suggest though taking a stroll down Museum Row for the day and then a picnic by the waterfront.
Beyond the many arts experiences, Louisville also has a fine zoo to visit for a stroll.
Kentucky has long been known for its horses, Louisville is no exception. If you are into racing and you and your love want to catch a race, the Kentucky Derby is held here every year at Churchill Downs. There are also other horse competitions held in Louisville. It is the perfect spot to get in the action and watch these majestic animals run.
Taking your love to watch the horse races is an obvious unique date to be had in Louisville, KY, but I feel like the more romantic option is definitely a trip back in history on a steamboat. If you are looking for further delving into history, why not take your love with you and experience history firsthand by sifting through many of the historical treasures that can be found in the areas antiqe shops, such as The Derby City Antique Mall, The Crazy Daisy Antique Mall, or the European Antique Market. After all the racing about, take your love out for a rooftop dining experience that they are sure not to forget.