Louisville’s 14 Best Fall Date Ideas

As the weather cools down and the leaves begin to change, romance is in the air. And while you’re not picnicking in one of these picturesque parks, this is a great time of year to get indoors to explore our city’s rich arts and culture on chillier days.

Romance aside, outdoor dates are the most affordable way to sweep your sweet thing off their feet (just don’t forget to invite us to the wedding).

Explore A Secret Garden At Yew Dell

A little ways down the road towards Oldham County, there is a beautiful 33-acre oasis of a botanical garden. It was once a private estate, but is now open to the public. It was developed over 60 years by an expert plantsman and features unusual plants and artisan-crafted buildings.

It’s a quiet and peaceful place that is picturesque, a great place to unwind and shoot the breeze together.

Yew Dell (3)

Take A Bike Ride Through Beckley Creek Park

If you haven’t heard, The East End has been stepping up its park game. Beckley Creek is the most beautiful park you’ve never been to in Louisville, right down Shelbyville Road on the edge of Middletown. There are miles of new bike trails to discover. Why not make a day of it and bring your pups to The Barklands, the city’s newest spacious dog park, or fly a kite on the 22-acre Egg Lawn?

When The Parklands of Floyds Fork is completed in 2015, it will be ten times the size of Cherokee Park. It will feature 100 miles of hiking and biking trails throughout four different parks which will be connected by a park drive and water trails on Floyds Fork Creek.

Beckley Creek

Stroll Through Iroquois Park for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Come out to Iroquois Park to enjoy the Fall weather and a path illuminated by the 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a quarter-mile walking trail. If there’s ever been a been way to get into the Halloween and autumn spirit, this is it.

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Check Out the Grassroots Art Community at Tim Faulkner Art Gallery

This place is a pioneer of the revitalization of the Portland neighborhood. As we all know, the spirit of the ’90s is alive in Portland. It’s a huge warehouse-style art gallery where everything’s for sale. Despite its size, this is an intimate place where you are very much immersed in the world of the artist, often with each room featuring the works of the artist who is present and will happily chat with you about their inspiration and work.

The Tim Faulkner Gallery has relocated several times in the last few years, but it looks like it’s here to stay for now. Maybe their previous neighbors didn’t like their concerts that played well into the late hours of the evening, but here in the Portland neighborhood it’s a great place to catch a show and enjoy the art.


Pet Cute Animals (For Free!) At Henry’s Ark

Out in Prospect you will find an eclectic menagerie that includes camels, llamas, sheep, bison, yaks, goats, peacocks, zebras, emus, waterfowl, buffalo and more.” This petting zoo is free to the public and open year-round from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Who doesn’t love cute, baby animals?

Henry's Ark

Dinner And A Show At The Bard’s Town

The Bard’s Town is a intimate, laid-back, restaurant/pub/theater experience. Everything from the barbecue sauce to the sausage to the marinades are made in-house. The entertainment ranges from original theater works to that of twelve other theater companies, to stand-up comedy, to improv comedy, to live music and everything in between.

The Bard’s Town is a unique and very authentic local, Highlands-style experience.

Bard's Town

Spend the Day in Cherokee Park

One of the most scenic places in Louisville, right in our own back yard. If you can’t make it all the way out to Bernheim or Yew Dell, Cherokee Park is a landscape designed by none other than the mastermind behind New York City’s Central Park.

It’s a perfect place for a picnic or just a good, old-fashioned walk in the park.

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Experience Contemporary Art at 21c Museum Hotel

21c was founded by native Louisvillians with a vision to make contemporary art a daily part of people’s lives. It’s much more than just a place to spend the night – it’s an oasis of Southern hospitality coupled with artistic expression and culinary creativity. It features rotating exhibitions of living artists in its museum, which offers free admission to all – not only guests..

21c has done its part to keep Louisville weird with its concept of a boutique hotel + art museum. While you’re there, you should definitely check out Proof On Main, the hotel’s restaurant. Their menu serves up nationally-renowned, Southern-inspired sophisticated fare.

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Take a Hike at Bernheim Forest

A few miles south of Louisville in Clermont, Kentucky is a sprawling landscape of unparalleled beauty (at least around here). This is a perfect spot to bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery, or to explore hiking trails the find the perfect view.

Bernheim hosts after-hours moonlit night hikes to provide opportunities for stargazing, as well. If that’s not romantic, we don’t know what is.

Bernheim Forest

Enjoy Offbeat Entertainment at The Alley Theater

The Alley Theater’s vision is to provide a theater experience that is enjoyable to all ages and walks of life. Here you may find audience-interactive performances as well as traditional sit-back-and-watch shows. Plus, Evil Dead: The Musical is happening right now, just in time for Halloween.

It’s a theater by the people for the people. It’s unpredictable, progressive and less-formal theater experience, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s affordable.


Pick Pumpkins and Take a Wine Tour at Huber’s

Nothing says “Fall” like stepping through a pumpkin patch, strolling through an apple orchard, taking a hayride, finding your way through a corn maze and sipping apple cider or a glass of fine wine. Do it all at Huber’s, which is only a short drive across the bridge to Indiana.

This 200-acre farm is the mecca of Fall entertainment for the Kentuckiana area. Its sprawling, picturesque landscape will captivate you and your beau for hours.

Corn Maze

Spend The Evening On the Waterfront

Our Waterfront is one of the most beautiful in the country and now with the walking bridge completed, you can see it like you never have before. It’s a picturesque place to picnic and watch the sunset or just walk down by the riverside.

Not to mention, it’s a great place to take in the Louisville skyline (the best, obviously).

Walking Bridge

Get Fancy For An Evening At Actor’s Theater

Louisville’s own Actor’s Theatre is an internationally-renowned epicenter of creativity. It is recognized locally as a leading arts organization in Louisville. Actor’s Theater is dedicated to producing new plays and has been drawing theater-goers from all around the world for the last 40 years.

Plus, Dracula is going on this Fall and it is a totally spooky way to get into the autumn spirit.



Get In The Halloween Spirit With A Midnight Showing Of A Horror Film At Baxter Avenue Theater

When: Saturday, October 4th 12:00 AM | Saturday, October 11th 12:00 AM | Saturday, October 18th 12:00 AM | Saturday, October 25th 12:00 AM

Where: Baxter Avenue Theater, Highlands

A seasonal spin on the traditional “dinner and a movie” type of date. Baxter Avenue Theater is getting in the Halloween spirit by showing horror films every Saturday night at midnight. Grab some popcorn and be prepared to be scared by their showings of The Exorcist, Scanners, The Hunger and Phantom of the Paradise.

Movie Theater Popcorn Dan

Featured Image Credit: erin holcomb