FRANKFORT, Ky. – Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Kentucky State Park this year with your special someone! Many parks are offering events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.
New in 2016 are two Kentucky Lake cruises on the CQ Princess that are part of weekend packages. Kenlake State Resort Park is offering a dinner cruise on Feb. 13 and Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is offering a dessert-tasting cruise on Feb. 14.
State parks provide a great place for a getaway weekend along with excellent food, entertainment, natural beauty and scenery. Listed below are the parks with Valentine’s packages and programs and the park phone number. For more information about each park, as well as other state park events, visit www.parks.ky.gov
Here is a listing of special events (all times local):
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Honeymooners Weekend, Feb. 12-14
Barren River Lake State Resort Park invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day by bringing your special someone for a fun, romantic weekend getaway. Friday night is costume karaoke night! Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. will feature the “Not-so-Newly Wed Game” to see how well you know each other. Saturday night, sit down in the Driftwood Restaurant and enjoy a delicious dinner buffet, then dance to your favorite songs provided by a DJ from 8 p.m.-midnight. Special lodging packages are available for both one and two night stays starting at just $169.95 plus tax and resort fees per couple. For more information call 1-800-325-0057.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Valentine’s Dinner Theater, Feb 12-13
Patrons will dine from a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Kentucky State Park favorites as well as a dessert buffet. Afterwards, be treated to great entertainment with a murder-mystery! Fantastical Theatricals will present “Darling, You Slay Me” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13. Tickets are $35 (includes tax) per person for dinner and entertainment. Packages available for $140 (tax included) that include an overnight stay in the lodge, two dinner theater tickets, and breakfast for two the following morning. Call 800-443-7008 for reservations.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Sweethearts Weekend, Feb. 12-14
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Bring your special someone for a fun, romantic weekend getaway. The two-night Sweethearts Weekend Package includes a lodge room for Friday and Saturday night, Saturday night dinner buffet, and special entertainment – all for $155 per couple. A variety of fun-filled sweetheart activities planned for the weekend including the “Not-so-Newly Wed Game” and Saturday evening entertainment. Saturday night buffet and special entertainment only packages are also available for $69 will also be offered from 5-8 p.m. For more information call 1-800-325-0058. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Corner Haven, a homeless shelter in Hazard.
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Valentine Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Feb. 12-13
Carter Caves will explode with laughter, murder and mayhem with our very first Valentine Murder Mystery. Enjoy a delicious dinner buffet, featuring several of our chef’s specialties. Then, test your sleuth skills as you help solve the fiendishly funny “Silent Night, Deadly Night!” performed by the company Murder and Merriment. Show times are Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Seating will begin at 6:45 p.m. The cost for the dinner and show is $34.95 (plus tax) per person. Also available is a package that includes the dinner, show and an overnight stay in Lewis Caveland Lodge for just $130.95 + tax for two people. Call 1-606-286-4411.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
Valentine Getaway, Feb. 13-14
Cumberland Falls has been a romantic getaway for decades. Bring your sweetie for a night of entertainment and relaxation. On Saturday evening, Fantastical Theatricals will entertain with an interactive whodunit mystery dinner theater. The lodge package includes dinner, show, a lodge room for one night and breakfast for two for $176. Tickets for the dinner and show only are $39.50 per person. Call 800-325-0063.
E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, Louisville
Sweetheart Wreath Workshop, Feb. 13
Learn how to make your own heart-shaped wreath from natural materials found in our state! We'll use vines to create a wreath base, and then decorate them with natural and other materials. The park will provide everything necessary, but feel free to bring any items you'd like to add for a more personal touch. The workshop is 1-3 p.m. and costs $10 per wreath. Meet at the Activities Building. Call 502-429-7270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information or to register.
General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
Perfect Harmony Dinner and Dance, Feb. 13
How does a special night of fine dining and dancing sound? If you say perfect, then mark this event on your calendar! The dance floor will be out for all to enjoy, or just feel free to sit back and be entertained with the perfect harmony sounds of a 9-piece band called “'The Usual Suspects” from Louisville. The park is offering two options. The General Butler Lodging Package is $175.95 plus tax per couple. It includes Saturday night lodging, the dinner and dance, and Sunday breakfast buffet. The park is also offering the dinner and dance for $45 plus tax per person. Call 502-732-4384.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Sweetheart Package and Valentine Dinner, Feb. 13-14
Make plans for a special weekend at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for Valentine’s weekend. The park is offering a special overnight package that includes one night’s lodging, Saturday night dinner for two, breakfast for two and chocolate-covered strawberries in your room for $109 plus tax per couple. The park is also offering a Valentine’s Dinner on Feb. 13 from 4-9 p.m. that will feature a choice of two entrees – all-you-can-eat catfish, porterhouse pork chop, sirloin steak or two-piece grilled chicken breast with one side item, soup and salad bar for $30 per couple (tax and drink not included). Dinner music will be provided by Jodi Conley. Call 800-325-0142 for information and reservations.
Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Valentine Cruise Package, Feb. 13-14
Your Valentine will feel extra special when treated to a three-hour evening cruise aboard the CQ Princess. Dinner and dessert will be served Saturday evening on Kentucky Lake as you soak in the starry night sky from the observation windows. Spend a relaxing evening in a room or cottage at Kenlake State Resort Park. Awake on Sunday morning to a southern breakfast buffet. Package plan only $214 per couple for lodge room, cruise and meal. Cottages offered at a slightly higher rate. Call 1-800-325-0143 for more information or reservations.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City
Valentine’s Cruise Getaway, Feb. 13-14
Treat your loved one to a Kentucky Lake experience. The getaway includes a romantic dinner for two, one-night stay in the lodge, breakfast for two, and a 3-hour luxury dessert tasting cruise aboard the CQ Princess on Kentucky Lake on Sunday for $185.89 plus taxes and fees. Call 1-800-325-0146 for more information or to book. Ask the front desk about other package options.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Valentine’s Weekend, Feb. 13-14
Lake Barkley is making it easy by designing a weekend dedicated to love. Check in to a lake view room and enjoy the park. On Saturday night enjoy the Sweetheart Dance featuring music by a DJ. The dance will also feature a cash bar. A one-night package with lodging Saturday night, activities, dinner, dance, and Sunday breakfast is $149.99 per couple. Dinner and dance only packages are also available for $90 and dance only $50. For more information call 1-800-325-1708 or email Nick.Edmonds@ky.gov
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
“That’s Amore” Weekend, Feb. 13-14
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park welcomes you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart with a romantic getaway. A special package includes a lodge room for one night with a Saturday dinner buffet (5-8 p.m.) that includes carved roast beef tenderloin, chicken parmesan, fried catfish, ravioli with fire roasted sweet corn cream sauce, asparagus and artichoke with roasted garlic and parmesan cheese sauce casserole and more. Also included is a special breakfast buffet consisting of an omelet station, fruit and yogurt bar and more. The package price is $129.19 per couple for a lodge room and $159.19 per couple for a cottage. The dinner buffet only is $19.95 for adults, $10.95 kids ages 6-12. For more information or reservations call 1-800-325-0057.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Valentine’s Getaway, Feb. 13-14
Come to Pennyrile Forest for a romantic Valentine weekend! Festivities will begin with a romantic dinner in the Clifty Creek Restaurant, filled with music with the band, After Math, from Frankfort, Ky. The package will include: one night’s lodging, dinner for two, deluxe continental breakfast for two, and music on Feb. 13 for $125 plus tax. An optional Valentine's Day hike will be available for package guests on Sunday morning, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. Ask about discounts for booking a second night. Call 1-800-325-1711.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Feb. 12
Set around a three-course dinner, Bluegrass Mystery Theatre will be performing their production of “Love is Murder” in the park’s C.V. Whitney Convention Center. Enjoying the food from the Mountain View Restaurant will be easy, but identifying the murderer may be another story! Come help crack the case! An overnight package for two includes the show, dinner and a lodge room for one night for $134.95 plus tax. The dinner and show only is $45 a person. Please make reservations by Feb. 6. Call 606-337-3066.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Sweetheart Weekend, Feb. 12-14
Visit Rough River for a romantic getaway weekend! The park is offering a package that includes a lodge room for two nights, a Friday evening paint and wine class, prime rib buffet Saturday night, a dance Saturday night with music by Junction Creek Band (cash bar), and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. The overnight package is $289 plus tax per couple. Dinner and dance only tickets are available for $109 plus tax per couple. Call 800-325-1713 for reservations.
Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
Tea Tuesday at Waveland, Feb. 16
Waveland is kicking off the 2016 Tea Tuesday at Waveland with a special Valentine’s high tea and low tea on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Normally, our teas start at 2 p.m. but for this special Tea Tuesday, Waveland will host a low tea served at 1:00 p.m. and high tea served at 6:30 p.m. All teas include savory food, not to mention the delicious tea served by period dressed interpreters. Once you are finished with the tea enjoy a tour of the Waveland Mansion. A unique one-of-a-kind experience! Reservations are required. Call today to schedule your tea at Waveland! Seats are limited. Call 859-272-3611.
502-564-8110, ext 168
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov