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Louisville Unique Family Holiday Photo Locations

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Not only is holiday shopping on your list, but taking a holiday or New Year’s family photo is also a likely priority. Whether you send out a digital photo or a physical copy through the mail, make sure you snap the perfect picture with a great backdrop! Taking a picture in front of a known landmark or a beautiful landscape can definitely add a special touch to your cards. Here are a handful of special places to take a family photo in Louisville.

Belle of LouisvilleBelle of Louisville

The Belle of Louisville, a National Historic Landmark over 100-years-old, provides a perfect backdrop for family holiday portraits. Take your family on the oldest operating Mississippi-style steamboat in the world and embark on an adventure down the Ohio River, all while snapping some great holiday pictures.
photo credit: Louisville CVB

 

Falls of the Ohio State ParkFalls of the Ohio State Park 

With Downtown Louisville as a backdrop, Falls of the Ohio State Park is a wonderful place to take holiday and New Year’s photos with your family. These 390-million-year-old fossil beds, among the largest, naturally-exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world, offer a great setting for holiday portraits. Plan accordingly, as Falls of the Ohio is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Tickets: $9 for ages 12 and older, $7 for ages 11 and younger, under age 5 gets in free. 

 

Black Acre Nature PreserveBlack Acre Nature Preserve

With 300 acres of rolling fields, lush forests, and trickling streams around the historic homestead, Black Acre Nature Preserve offers a magnificent setting for a holiday family portrait. This nationally historic Nature Preserve provides an 18th-century stone cottage, a spring house, a barn, and a pre-Civil War farmhouse to choose from as your portrait background. If using a professional photographer, check out the information here to get a permit.
photo credit: Carol Mattingly Photography

 

Bardstown SquareBardstown, KY

This charming little town, less than an hour outside of Louisville, presents a multitude of options for holiday family pictures. From the lighting of the City of Bardstown’s Christmas tree on November 25 to the cute Main Street downtown area, where you can take care of some Christmas shopping as well, this “most beautiful small town in America,” (according to Randy McNally & USA Today) has no shortage of perfect holiday picture spots.