20 Fall Date Ideas In Louisville That Are Actually Good

The temperature is getting colder, but our hearts are getting warmer.

Fall is here and LEO's staff can't wait to enjoy the chilly weather, the colorful trees, and having festive dates with friends, our significant other(s), or that hottie from Tinder.

So without further ado, here is LEO's list of fall dates in Louisville that are actually good.


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Photo courtesy of Huber's Farm.
Photo courtesy of Huber's Farm.
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Book a fall picnic with LouPiqueNique
Anywhere you want
If you want to seriously impress your date without much effort, a luxury picnic experience is the way to go. Simply pick a package, date and location and LouPiqueNique will provide a table and perfectly curated decor — and a charcuterie board, drinks and dessert if you pay extra. We don’t want to pressure you, but it’s also a great idea for an engagement setup.
Photo via loupiquenique/Instagram

Book a fall picnic with LouPiqueNique

Anywhere you want

If you want to seriously impress your date without much effort, a luxury picnic experience is the way to go. Simply pick a package, date and location and LouPiqueNique will provide a table and perfectly curated decor — and a charcuterie board, drinks and dessert if you pay extra. We don’t want to pressure you, but it’s also a great idea for an engagement setup.

Photo via loupiquenique/Instagram
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Meet the Giants at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest
2075 Clermont Road, Clermont, Kentucky
Technically, these Giants aren’t real — they’re fantasy sculptures that “live” in the Bernheim Forest. If you and your date are down for a two-mile walk to see all three of them, you’ll get to spend time in a lovely forest and take photos of the larger-than-life art.

Meet the Giants at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest

2075 Clermont Road, Clermont, Kentucky

Technically, these Giants aren’t real — they’re fantasy sculptures that “live” in the Bernheim Forest. If you and your date are down for a two-mile walk to see all three of them, you’ll get to spend time in a lovely forest and take photos of the larger-than-life art.

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Buy a book from Carmichael’s Bookstore and read your picks at a nearby restaurant
Multiple locations
Now’s a great time to support local bookstores, and a Carmichael’s date is perfect for introverts. Take your books to a nearby cafe afterwards to enjoy some quiet time together. 
Photo via facebook.com/CarmichaelsBookstore

Buy a book from Carmichael’s Bookstore and read your picks at a nearby restaurant

Multiple locations

Now’s a great time to support local bookstores, and a Carmichael’s date is perfect for introverts. Take your books to a nearby cafe afterwards to enjoy some quiet time together.

Photo via facebook.com/CarmichaelsBookstore
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Spend a day at the Parklands of Floyds Fork
Beckley Creek Parkway, Louisville
The spacious Parklands of Floyds Fork (also featured below) provide a lot of opportunities for walking, jogging, and hiking — a great way to spend time with a new date. Climb the Brown-Forman Silo at Turkey Run Park to get a nice view of the trees.
Photo via facebook.com/TheParklandsOfFloydsFork

Spend a day at the Parklands of Floyds Fork

Beckley Creek Parkway, Louisville

The spacious Parklands of Floyds Fork (also featured below) provide a lot of opportunities for walking, jogging, and hiking — a great way to spend time with a new date. Climb the Brown-Forman Silo at Turkey Run Park to get a nice view of the trees.

Photo via facebook.com/TheParklandsOfFloydsFork
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Photo courtesy of Rabbit Hole Distillery.
Photo courtesy of Rabbit Hole Distillery.
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Enjoy a day at the Churchill Downs track
700 Central Ave.
If those last two ideas weren’t enough for your love of horses, spend an afternoon at Churchill Downs watching thoroughbreds race, minus all the Derby Day madness (and expenses.) General admission tickets go for as low as $5, but there’s no rule that you can’t dress up in your best first-Saturday-in-May finery anyway.
Photo via facebook.com/ChurchillDowns

Enjoy a day at the Churchill Downs track

700 Central Ave.

If those last two ideas weren’t enough for your love of horses, spend an afternoon at Churchill Downs watching thoroughbreds race, minus all the Derby Day madness (and expenses.) General admission tickets go for as low as $5, but there’s no rule that you can’t dress up in your best first-Saturday-in-May finery anyway.

Photo via facebook.com/ChurchillDowns
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Spend a day at Barn8 farm and restaurant
10510 W. Highway 42, Goshen, Kentucky
This fancy farm-to-table restaurant in Oldham County makes for a romantic dinner getaway outside of the city. Before your reservation, check out the rest of the grounds at Hermitage Farm, which includes a greenhouse, art exhibition, and horse stable.
Photo via facebook.com/Barn8Restaurant

Spend a day at Barn8 farm and restaurant

10510 W. Highway 42, Goshen, Kentucky

This fancy farm-to-table restaurant in Oldham County makes for a romantic dinner getaway outside of the city. Before your reservation, check out the rest of the grounds at Hermitage Farm, which includes a greenhouse, art exhibition, and horse stable.


Photo via facebook.com/Barn8Restaurant
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Tour Cave Hill Cemetery
701 Baxter Ave.
The peaceful grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery are beautiful in the fall. The cemetery houses famous Louisvillians — Muhammad Ali, Colonel Sanders, and Patty Hill, amongst others — and thousands of war veterans. History buffs will enjoy the walking and golf cart tours.
Photo via facebook.com/CaveCemetery

Tour Cave Hill Cemetery

701 Baxter Ave.

The peaceful grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery are beautiful in the fall. The cemetery houses famous Louisvillians — Muhammad Ali, Colonel Sanders, and Patty Hill, amongst others — and thousands of war veterans. History buffs will enjoy the walking and golf cart tours.

Photo via facebook.com/CaveCemetery
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Go horseback riding at the Red Fern Riding Center
5063 Aiken Road, Simpsonville, Kentucky
Even if you haven’t ridden a horse since your friend’s sixth birthday party, there’s no time like the present to go on a guided trail ride. Yes, horses might be kind of intimidating up close, but so is dating, right?
Photo via facebook.com/RedFernRidingCenter

Go horseback riding at the Red Fern Riding Center

5063 Aiken Road, Simpsonville, Kentucky

Even if you haven’t ridden a horse since your friend’s sixth birthday party, there’s no time like the present to go on a guided trail ride. Yes, horses might be kind of intimidating up close, but so is dating, right?

Photo via facebook.com/RedFernRidingCenter
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Pick Apples at Huber’s Orchard & Winery
19816 Huber Road, Indiana
Check out Huber’s handy apple picking chart to see when your favorite type of apple is ready to be picked, and make a date of it! Not to mention all the Instagram worthy photos you’ll get.
Photo via facebook.com/HuberWinery

Pick Apples at Huber’s Orchard & Winery

19816 Huber Road, Indiana

Check out Huber’s handy apple picking chart to see when your favorite type of apple is ready to be picked, and make a date of it! Not to mention all the Instagram worthy photos you’ll get.

Photo via facebook.com/HuberWinery
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Challenge each other at an arcade bar
RecBar, Zanzabar
RecBar and Zanzabar both have pinball and arcade machines. You and your date could challenge each other: best two out of three and the loser has to buy drinks; best three out of five, they buy a meal; best seven out of 10, they give the other person a kiss.
Photo via recbar502/Instagram

Challenge each other at an arcade bar

RecBar, Zanzabar

RecBar and Zanzabar both have pinball and arcade machines. You and your date could challenge each other: best two out of three and the loser has to buy drinks; best three out of five, they buy a meal; best seven out of 10, they give the other person a kiss.

Photo via recbar502/Instagram
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Tour the Louisville Nature Center
3745 Illinois Ave.
The trails at this idyllic location near the Zoo are free and open daily. They’ve also got a number of bird-related events coming up this month, including a Turkey Trek and two Owl Prowls, plus a guided hike to introduce beginner birders to the hobby. If you go, make it a game: whoever spots the most birds first gets to choose the next date!
Photo via facebook.com/LouisvilleNature

Tour the Louisville Nature Center

3745 Illinois Ave.

The trails at this idyllic location near the Zoo are free and open daily. They’ve also got a number of bird-related events coming up this month, including a Turkey Trek and two Owl Prowls, plus a guided hike to introduce beginner birders to the hobby. If you go, make it a game: whoever spots the most birds first gets to choose the next date!


Photo via facebook.com/LouisvilleNature
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Book a Spooky IgLou at 8Up
350 W. Chestnut St.
These heated, indoor-outdoor see-through igloos are equally suited to group dates, not just couples — they seat up to 8 people. Yes, they’re expensive — minimum $250, depending on the day — but the experience is both novelty and picturesque. Space is limited for these spooky themed igLous, so make sure to book your spots soon.
Photo via facebook.com/8UPLouisville

Book a Spooky IgLou at 8Up

350 W. Chestnut St.

These heated, indoor-outdoor see-through igloos are equally suited to group dates, not just couples — they seat up to 8 people. Yes, they’re expensive — minimum $250, depending on the day — but the experience is both novelty and picturesque. Space is limited for these spooky themed igLous, so make sure to book your spots soon.

Photo via facebook.com/8UPLouisville
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Visit Progress Park Airstream Resort
4501 Progress Blvd.
Before it gets too cold, take a weekend staycation at this outdoor destination in the Buechel neighborhood, where you and your boo can kayak, canoe, hike, swim and play volleyball during the day, then lounge around the fire pits at night. 
Photo by Kathryn Harrington

Visit Progress Park Airstream Resort

4501 Progress Blvd.

Before it gets too cold, take a weekend staycation at this outdoor destination in the Buechel neighborhood, where you and your boo can kayak, canoe, hike, swim and play volleyball during the day, then lounge around the fire pits at night.

Photo by Kathryn Harrington
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Eat at the Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen
Multiple locations
There’s something very fall-y about pie, in a Pinterest-y kind of way. Bring your date there to try some sweet treats together. (If you’re feeling really audacious, you could bring one of their pies home and claim you made it… you didn’t hear that from us, though.)
Photo via facebook.com/HomemadePieKitchen

Eat at the Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen

Multiple locations

There’s something very fall-y about pie, in a Pinterest-y kind of way. Bring your date there to try some sweet treats together. (If you’re feeling really audacious, you could bring one of their pies home and claim you made it… you didn’t hear that from us, though.)

Photo via facebook.com/HomemadePieKitchen
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Go to the North American Championship Rodeo
937 Phillips Lane
If going riding unlocks your love of horses, then why not see them (and plenty of other livestock animals) in action? The North American Championship Rodeo features barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling and other Western sports fun. 
Photo by Carolyn Brown

Go to the North American Championship Rodeo

937 Phillips Lane
If going riding unlocks your love of horses, then why not see them (and plenty of other livestock animals) in action? The North American Championship Rodeo features barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling and other Western sports fun.

Photo by Carolyn Brown
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Check out a farmers market
Multiple locations
It’s a win-win: support local farmers, get outside and enjoy fresh produce. Before you go, you and your date can decide on a new recipe, then shop for the ingredients together. Afterwards, cook it together — but don’t forget to sneak in your Lady-and-the-Tramp moment!
Photo via facebook.com/DouglassLoopFarmersMarket

Check out a farmers market

Multiple locations

It’s a win-win: support local farmers, get outside and enjoy fresh produce. Before you go, you and your date can decide on a new recipe, then shop for the ingredients together. Afterwards, cook it together — but don’t forget to sneak in your Lady-and-the-Tramp moment!

Photo via facebook.com/DouglassLoopFarmersMarket
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Go on a coffee shop tour
Multiple locations
What’s cozier than a bar crawl? A coffee shop crawl, perfect for fall! We recommend Bean, Safai, Quills, Sunergos and Please & Thank You (the latter sells amazing chocolate chip cookies.)

Go on a coffee shop tour

Multiple locations

What’s cozier than a bar crawl? A coffee shop crawl, perfect for fall! We recommend Bean, Safai, Quills, Sunergos and Please & Thank You (the latter sells amazing chocolate chip cookies.)
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