Romancing the Pen: Love Stories from the Penitentiary 

Friday, Feb. 14

The Old Idaho Penitentiary invites guests to experience a different kind of romance this Valentine's Day: less chocolate, roses and teddy bears, and more murder, theft and adultery. Ah, love. Romancing the Pen: Love Stories from the Penitentiary shows visitors how far, exactly, some of the more infamous prisoners have gone in the name of love. Spoiler alert: You're not going to find these tales in any Nicholas Sparks book. More in the style of Stephen King, or a depressed James Patterson, these exhibits are definitely geared toward an older audience (kids are welcome, though cautioned). It's an interesting way to spend your Valentine's Day, especially at one of Idaho's most historic and intriguing destinations.

Though the Penitentiary is open from noon-9 p.m., guided tours are set to start at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids; and, although you presumably have found someone to keep you warm, be sure to dress accordingly for the weather.

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