Local Area Attractions
Several museums to enjoy including Alben W. Barkley Museum (open Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.), Annie's Horsedrawn Carriages (open Thursday through Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to close), Historic Markers, Museum of the American Quilter's Society (Open year-round except for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day), Paducah Railroad Museum (open Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.), The River Heritage Museum (open by appointment), William Clark Market House Museum (open Monday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m. and closed January through February).
Whitehaven Welcome Center
The Welcome Center offers free admission. Tours are available every half-hour from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. Open 24-hours for the traveling public
Yeiser Art Center
At the Art Center changing exhibits and permanent collection include 19th and 20th Century American, European, Asian and African Art. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information please visit them at their website www.yeiser.org.
Millsprings Family Fun Park
Features 18-hole miniature golf, bumper cars, slick track go carts, roller coaster, ferris wheel, kiddie jeep rides, restaurants and other park attractions. Enjoy live entertainment at the park.
Paducah, KentuckyArt, Rhythm & Rivers
Located in the heart of America, Paducah's art, rivers, & rhythm flow as freely as the hospitality of this friendly historic hamlet. Founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame, Paducah's origins and prosperity can be attributed to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Today, this same riverfront is the site of steamboat dockings, fireworks, concerts and festivals throughout the year. The downtown boasts quality museums, interesting shops, and regional dining specialties housed within restored 19th century architecture.
Lowertown Fine Arts District
Visit the studios and galleries of artists from around the world who have moved to this historic neighborhood to be part of a cutting edge arts program. Lowertown also offers specialty shops, exquisite cuisine, and gourmet coffee and tea. Jefferson-Park Ave., 3rd-9th Streets. New gallery openings ongoing; most galleries host regular hours. Visit the website for hours and map of galleries. 270.444.8690
Museum of the American Quilter's Society
Explore this 30,000-sq. ft. museum dedicated to "honoring today's quilter!" In addition to the lobby's quilt patterned stained glass windows, the museum features more than 100 contemporary and traditional quilts on display. Admission is free to the gift and bookshop. 215 Jefferson. Mon.-Sat., 10 AM-5 PM; Also, Apr.-Oct., Sun., 1-5 PM. Open extended hours during Second Saturday. Admission is as follows: $8 adults, $6 seniors & students, $5 groups of 15 or more. 270.442.8856
New performing arts center hosts a Broadway Series, Carson Select Series and Class Acts Series for school groups. 100 Kentucky Ave. Call the box office or visit the website for information or to purchase tickets. Box Office: 270.450.4444; Group Sales: 270.443.9932, ext. 2242.
River Heritage Museum
A Save America's Treasures project housed in downtown's oldest standing structure. State of the art, interactive exhibits tell the story of the four rivers region. There is a nautical and science themed gift shop. 117 S. Water Street. Mon.-Sat., 9:30 AM-5 PM; Also, Apr.-Nov., Sun., 1-5 PM. $5 adults, $3 ages 3-12, $4.50 seniors; group rates available. 270.575.9958
The William Clark Market House Museum
Display of articles from Paducah's history staged within the century-old interior of the List Drug Store in the 1905 Market House. 121 S. 2nd St., Market House Sq. Group tours mornings by appointment. Open first Saturday in March thru mid-December. Mon.-Sat., Noon-4 PM. $3 adults, $1 ages 6-11. 270.443.7759
Paducah International Raceway
The raceway is three-eighth of a mile, mad of high banked clay, and used for late-model stock and sprint car racing. The local racetrack sped to a new height in 2005 when NASCAR racer Ken Schrader purchased the track with promoter Robert Sargent. In addition to weekly summer races, NASCAR night brings celebrity drivers to the track to sign autographs and take a spin around the PIR. 4445 Shemwell Lane. 7-10:30 PM. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-12. 270.442.7532