This post is written by our StyleBlueprint Louisville intern, Elizabeth Gerber. She has thought of new and creative ideas for cheap date nights in Louisville.

After what seems like a never ending winter, summer is finally here and love is in the air. How can you have a fun time on your date night without breaking your budget? Instead of listing drink and dinner specials around town, we’ve compiled list of fun, inexpensive date night ideas that are sure to create many lasting memories.

1. Dinner and a Movie … at Home

It’s a classic. Spend a little time in the kitchen together making dinner, then settle in on the couch for the rest of the evening. Pop in a movie rented from Redbox or start the next episode of your favorite show on Netflix.

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Image credit: Siraeo.co.uk

2. Go on a Ghost Tour

What better way to explore the great city of Louisville than by taking a tour of the shadow-filled streets of downtown Louisville. Tour guides dressed in period costumes will lead you and your date by lantern to landmarks rich in supernatural history. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at louisvilleghosttours.com.

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3. Bernheim Forest Moon Tours

Every month Bernheim Forest hosts a Full Moon Night Hike. With the direction of a nature guide, you can walk the open trails and roads without flashlights and experience stories about night ecology, moon lore, history and nature. Registration and payment is due by 4 p.m. the day prior to the start of the program. $10 for members; $12 for non-members. See their schedule by clicking here: bernheim.org.

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Image credit: Bernheim Forest

4. Big Four Bridge Experience 

Have a dinner and drink special at Tumbleweed on the river in Kentucky. Then, take a stroll on the Big Four Walking Bridge across the Ohio River to Indiana to top off the night with some sweet desserts from Schimpff’s Confectionery, located a block from the walking bridge ramp on the Indiana side. www.louisvillewaterfront.com

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5. Falls of the Ohio

Get out and explore the Ohio River. Not only will you be spending time outside together, you can also learn about the history of the Ohio River in the process. www.fallsoftheohio.org

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6. Waterfront Wednesday

Every other Wednesday during the summer months, WFPK hosts a free concert series on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park. Watch the sun set and listen to some great musicians. See the schedule of performances: wfpk.org.

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Image credit: Wales Hunter

7. Catholic Summer Picnics

Summer picnics are the perfect idea for a date night. Ladies, wouldn’t you love to watch your man win a stuffed animal for you. Or better yet, a cake? These picnics are free to attend, but make sure you bring a pocketful of change with you to play the booths. In addition to the booth games you can grab a bite to eat, listen to the musical entertainment and bid on silent auction items. Did we forget to mention the copious amounts of cheap beer available to make the Catholic summer picnics that much more enjoyable? For the schedule and locations visit www.archlou.org.

St. Joe's Picnic. Image credit: WLKY.com

St. Joe’s Picnic. Image credit: WLKY.com

8. Westport Whiskey Tasting

Every Thursday, Westport Whiskey & Wine holds a tasting event from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Bourbon is 20% off and wine starts at $3 a glass. If beer is more your style, the first Friday of every month is First Friday Beer Tasting, where the cost is only $5 per person. www.westportwhiskeyandwine.com

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9. Shakespeare in the Park

For ten weeks in the summer (through August 17), Kentucky Shakespeare presents Shakespeare in the Park. All shows are free to the public, with the pre-show starting at 7:15 p.m. and the production starting at 8 p.m. These theatrical performances run all summer long in Central Park in Old Louisville. Check out this line up of plays for this season:

  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream
  • Henry V
  • Hamlet
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • As You Like It
  • Pericles
  • King Lear
  • Women of Will

For a schedule and more information: kyshakespeare.com.

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Image credit: Insider Louisville

10. Iroquois Park

From the free movies to the great concerts, there is always something to do here. Take a walk in the park before attending an event at the Amphitheater, or maybe go out to eat at Iroquois Manor afterward. Check out their schedule of events here: www.iroquoisamphitheater.com.

Thank you to Elizabeth for giving us great ideas for spending time with our sweeties this summer.