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Kentucky State Parks celebrate Valentine’s Day with special events

By: David Taylor
By: David Taylor

State parks provide a great place for a getaway weekend along with excellent food, entertainment, natural beauty and scenery.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Looking for that perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Consider a Kentucky State Park. Many parks are offering special events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.

 

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:

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas

Honeymooners’ Weekend, Feb. 15-17

Barren River Lake State Resort Park invites you to its annual Honeymooner’s Weekend, February 15-17. You don’t have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy these festivities, so bring your special someone for a fun, romantic weekend getaway. Dress up as your favorite singer Friday night and party like a rock star as you perform in the Star Karaoke Costume contest!  Single, duet, and group performances are welcome. How well do you know your sweetheart?  Find out Saturday afternoon as we play the “Not-So-Newlywed Game.” Saturday night, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in the Driftwood Restaurant. After dinner you can dance to your favorite songs provided by DJ Cindy Cossey. She will teach you a few dance steps, and we will play some couples-themed games during the dance. Lodging packages available are:  Friday and Saturday night lodge room package for two, Friday and Saturday night cottage package for four, and Saturday night lodge room for two. Dinner and dance $75 per couple (includes tax and tip), Karaoke tickets are $12 per person, and dance tickets are $18 per person. For more information about lodging packages call 1-800-325-0057 or visit www.parks.ky.gov.

 

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet

Trouble at the Tropicabana, Feb. 15-16

Fantastical Theatricals’ actors will entertain with an interactive mystery theater. The show is “Trouble at the Tropicabana, an I Love Lucy Spoof.” Take a walk down memory lane with Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel. What can you expect from an audience participation “murder” mystery? Fun the minute you walk in the door! You’ll get a chance to mingle with Lucy, Ricky, and other cast members as they drop hints about themselves and the show and give you a chance to ask questions. Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 per person. An overnight package that includes the dinner and show, a lodge room and breakfast for two is $129. Call 1-800-443-7008.

 

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn

Sweethearts’ Weekend, Feb. 14-16

This picturesque lodge, located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, is the perfect resort for a romantic getaway with your special someone. Special lodge rates of $50/night for a lodge room will be offered Sweethearts’ Weekend, Feb. 14-16. There will be a special buffet Feb. 14 from 5-8 p.m., with special dinner entrees offered Feb. 15 and 16.Throughout the weekend enjoy the mountain vista from your room balcony in the morning, while later on in the day there will be a crackling fire in the copper-hooded fireplace in the lobby. There are plenty of opportunities for enjoyment at the park with other activities, or you can just get away to enjoy time with your special someone. Call 606-398-7510 or 1-800-325-0058 for reservations or more information.

 

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill

Valentines Dinner Theater, Feb. 15-16

Spend a romantic evening in the natural beauty of the Eastern Kentucky foothills! Enjoy a buffet dinner, followed by a side splitting performance by Bil Lepp.  Bil is an internationally-known storyteller and humorist whose style has been described as a satisfying blend of Bill Cosby and Jeff Foxworthy.  A five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, his tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages.  Dinner begins Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Admission is $29.95 plus tax per person and includes dinner and show.  The park is also offering a package that includes the dinner, show and an overnight stay in Lewis Caveland Lodge for just $120.95 plus tax for two people. Call 1-800-325-0059.

 

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin

Trouble at the Tropicabana, Feb. 9

Cumberland Falls has been a romantic getaway for decades. Bring your sweetie for an evening of entertainment and relaxation.  Fantastical Theatricals’ actors will entertain with an interactive mystery theater. The show is “Trouble at the Tropicabana, an I Love Lucy Spoof.” Take a walk down memory lane with Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel. What can you expect from an audience participation “murder” mystery? Fun the minute you walk in the door! You’ll get a chance to mingle with Lucy, Ricky, and other cast members as they drop hints about themselves and the show and give you a chance to ask questions. Dinner will be served in the Riverview Restaurant inside the DuPont Lodge from 5-8 p.m. The show starts at 8. Lodge room package includes: lodging for Saturday night, Saturday dinner, and mystery show, $149.99 (plus tax) per couple. Cottage package includes:  cottage, Saturday dinner, and show for $ 179.99 (plus tax).  Per couple. Dinner and show only is $34.99 per person. Call for reservations at 1-800-325-0063.

 

E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park, Louisville

Sweetheart Wreath-making Workshop and a Sweetheart Hike, Feb. 10

The park will host a Sweetheart Wreath Workshop on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1-3 p.m. at the Sawyer-Hayes Community Center. There is nothing better than a handcrafted gift for your sweetie on Valentines Day!  The fee is $7 per couple. All materials needed to decorate wreaths will be provided, but feel free to bring an item or two to personalize yours! Hot chocolate will be available during the event. Call 502-429-7270 to register. The park will also host a Sweetheart Hike from 3:30-5 p.m. on Feb. 10. The fee is $3 per person or couple. After making the wreath, go hand in hand on this hike. We will hike for about 1½ miles, looking for signs of wildlife and observing the natural beauty of the park. Dress for the weather, as this hike will proceed in most conditions.

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton

‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’, Feb. 9

Enjoy a dinner theater with Matt Snow portraying Frank Sinatra. The audience will be taken through Sinatra’s entire career, from the music he was singing when he began in the Early Years of 1939-1950; his Comeback Years in the 1950’s , to the Very Good Years of the 1960’s, until Final Curtain Show chronicles his career up until his death in 1998. There will also be appearances by actors portraying Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe. Tickets are $40 per person plus tax. Assigned seating for the 6: 30 p.m. show and a cash bar will be available. A one-night overnight package is available for $165.95 per couple and includes the show with dinner, a lodge room, and Sunday breakfast at Two Rivers Restaurant. Call the park at 1-866-462-8853. 

 

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup

Marriage, Mob & Murder Dinner Show, Feb. 9

Greenbo Lake State Resort park, in partnership with Greenup County Arts Council, presents “Marriage, Mob & Murder.” The show is an interactive murder mystery performed by Murder and Merriment Interactive Murder Mystery Theatre Troupe. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 a person for the dinner and show. An overnight package that includes a lodge room is available for $140 a couple and includes breakfast the next day. Call Stephanie Poplin 606-473-7324 or 800-325-0083 for reservations.

 

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz

Sweetheart Weekend, Feb. 16-17

There’s nothing sweeter then spending the weekend at Lake Barkley State Resort Park with the one you love.  Lake Barkley is making it easy by designing a weekend dedicated to love. Check in to a lake view room on Saturday, then dance the night away at our Sweetheart dance featuring live music by returning favorites Pink Cadillac. This year’s dance will also include drinks and sweet treats. On Sunday, you can enjoy a Lake Barkley breakfast buffet. A one-night package including lodging, dinner, dance, drinks during dance, sweet treats, and Sunday breakfast is $235 per couple. Dinner and dance packages are also available for $145 per couple and dance-only $100 per couple. Please note that this event is for ages 21and older. No outside alcohol will be permitted. For more information and reservations call 1-800-325-1708 or email Nick.Edmonds@ky.gov

 

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown

Sweetie Pie Dinner, Feb. 15

Treat your sweetheart to a special romantic dinner at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Sit by a window of our beautiful dining room overlooking breathtaking Lake Cumberland, while enjoying a special buffet which includes carved prime rib of beef and chilled shrimp cocktail. You’re bound to impress the one you love! Buffet is $21.95 per person. Dinner hours are 5-8 p.m. Call 1-800-325-1709.

 

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade

Valentine’s Square Dance, Feb. 16

Bring your sweetheart out to Natural Bridge for some easy-to-learn Appalachian square dancing, clogging, line dancing, two-stepping, polkas, waltzes, and many other couples and individual dances. The warm-up begins at 6:30 p.m., and the official start time is 7:30 p.m. The dance will be held in the Woodland Center and typically lasts until 10 p.m. Admission is $3 per adult, and children under 12 are free. Contact Brian Gasdorf at brian.gasdorf@ky.gov or (606) 663-2214 for more information.

 

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville

Sweetheart’s Dinner, Feb. 14

 

Rekindle the flame and celebrate the love of your life with a romantic Sweetheart’s Dinner on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14. The special dinner will feature two entrees; a 10 oz. ribeye or grilled chicken breast with your choice of either shrimp or chicken alfredo.  Both entrees will include your choice of fresh steamed vegetables or baked potato.  Fresh bread and a garden salad accompany all dinner selections.  A dessert bar featuring tiramisu, Italian cream cake, and caramel banana pudding will also be offered.  A table treat of chocolate dipped strawberries will accent your dining pleasure.  The cost is $35 per couple.  Dinner served 5-8 pm.  Call 1-800-325-1712.

 

Rough River Dam State Resort Park

Sweetheart Weekend, Feb. 15-17

Bring your sweetheart to Rough River Dam State Resort Park for a romantic weekend getaway! Festivities begin Friday evening with an interactive magic show, and Saturday is filled with activities and games including the “Not-So-Newlywed Game.” A romantic prime rib dinner buffet and dance highlight the night. Overnight packages start at $259 plus tax per couple and include two nights’ accommodations, Saturday breakfast, activities, prime rib dinner buffet and dance and Sunday breakfast. Dinner and dance packages are also available for $89 plus tax per couple and include prime rib dinner buffet and dance on Saturday. Call 270-257-2311 or 1-800-325-1713.

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