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Paducah has made good use of it's downtown and riverfront. It's like a big week long block party when it's time for the Summer Festival. The downtown area is used for the "Taste of Paducah". That's when resturants from the area offer small portions of the food from their menus as a "taste" of what they have to offer. The riverfront is the music center of the festival. Nightly concerts are the norm with local and/or big name talent. There's a lot more going on at the Festival so check the web site at www.paducahsummerfestival.com/
Updated Aug 1, 2003
Paducah is the antiques capital of Western Kentucky. Downtown Paducah is full of antique shops featuring everything from fine furniture to collectibles. The are at least a dozen shops within a ten square block area around Broadway and Market Square. The nice thing about antiquing in Paducah is that there are a number of bars and restaurants in the same neighborhood, so you can stroll from one shop to the next and then take a break for a meal and/or drink without having to hop in a car. Parking is plentiful - there is a large free parking lot at the north end of Broadway next to the floodwall.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Because it is a port on the Ohio River, Paducah is visited by the large riverboats (Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen, etc.) that carry tourists up and down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. When the ships arrive and leave, a group of Paducah citizens, known as the Paducah Ambassadors, assemble at the riverbank to greet and wave hello and goodbye to the ships' passengers. The Ambassadors dress up in Red blazers and wave red handkerchiefs. It may sound corny, but is a very friendly gesture on the part of the townspeople and makes the passengers feel more welcome in Paducah. The Paducah Ambassadors also answer questions that the passengers have as they come ashore, and also act as tour guides for them.
Written Oct 18, 2008
Luggage and bags: As much as you want or need.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In winter, ALWAYS bring a heavy coat and a light coat, as well as gloves, socktoboggan, scarf, etc. Boots are optional since large amounts of snow are few and far between. In spring, you need a light and heavy jacket, long sleeves and short sleeves, shorts and pants, and that's pretty much the norm up till after April or May, depending on the year. In summer, the coolest clothes you can imagine and lots of them. It gets HOT and HUMID here and all you have to do is stick a toe out the door in order to work up a sweat. In fall you should bring pretty much the same as for spring but with a bit more warmer clothes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ANTIPERSPIRANT IN SUMMER!!! IT"S HOT HERE!!! And chapstick in winter! :)
Photo Equipment: Anything you like!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Ice scrapers are a must in winter months. Sunblock is a BIG MUST in summer! Bring your fishing pole and fish in the lake year round if you like!! There's lots of camp grounds too so bring the camper, RV or tent along with you too if you like!!
Written Aug 20, 2005