Paducah Travel Guide

  • A gallery with giraffe sculptures in Lowertown
    A gallery with giraffe sculptures in...
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    A room in the Tighman House and Museum
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  • A summary of General Tilghman's life
    A summary of General Tilghman's life
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Paducah Things to Do

  • Riverfront Murals

    Located on the city side of the flood walls are a series of murals depicting the history of the city of Paducah. You can spend the day reading and looking at all the murals, with stops across the street for lunch, snacks, tea; or stroll along and enjoy the colors and what ever you leaps out to catch your attention.

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  • Whitehaven

    Whitehaven is an old mansion on the outskirts of Paducah along Interstate 24. One section of the mansion now serves as a visitor center for travelers on Interstate 24. The rest of the mansion has been preserved as a museum and is open to tourists. In addition to period furniture, it also houses exhibits about Paducah's history, with a focus on...

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  • Feed the ducks and geese at Noble Park

    A great activity for kids in Paducah is to go Noble Park. In the middle of Noble Park, there is a large pond that has dozens of ducks and geese that like to be fed by human visitors. Bring a loaf of bread and you will be instantly popular with the various ducks and geese that live on and around the pond. If your kids get tired of the pond, there is...

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  • Market House Theatre

    The Market House Theatre is a regional theatre in dowtown Paducah that hosts plays and musicals featuring local actors. The theatre is located in the historic Market House building in downtown Paducah. In addition to performances, it also offers acting classes for children.

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  • Lower Town Fine Arts District

    Just west of downtown Paducah lies the Lower Town Fine Arts District, which is a neighborhood whose old houses are being converted into artists' studios. This is being done through an ingenious program under which the Paducah city government sells old homes in need of repair to artists for very low prices in return for the artists helping to fix...

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  • The Market House Museum

    The Market House Museum is a good little history museum located in downtown Paducah's historic Market House building. The museum features numerous exhibits about Paducah's history, including the city's first motorized fire truck and the intact interior of an old Paducah drugstore.

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  • The Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War...

    The Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum is a small museum that commemorates the life of Lloyd Tilghman, a Paducah resident who served as a general in the Confederate army during the US Civil War. The museum is located in the house in which Tilghman and his family lived, and contains a number of rooms full of exhibits about the Tilghman...

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  • Luther Carson Four Rivers Center

    The Luther Carson Four Rivers Center is Paducah's new concert hall (it was completed in 2004). It is a topnotch facility, which seats 1800 people. The Center hosts numerous concerts and performances throughout the year.

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  • The River Heritage Museum

    The River Heritage Museum features a number of exhibits regarding the Ohio River and Paducah's river-related history and economy. Many of the exhibits are interactive and child-friendly. Examples of some of the exhibits include a model riverboat collection, a simulated flood, and a riverboat calliope. The museum also has a theater that shows a...

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  • The Quilt Museum

    Paducah is the home of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society. The organization's national quilt museum is located in downtown Paducah and features dozens of beautiful antique and contemporary quilts. Paducah hosts a large quilting convention every year, and many of the prize- winning quilts are on display in the museum. In addition to the...

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  • Walk down Broadway

    Broadway is the main street in downtown Paducah. It begins at the Ohio River and runs south. The first five blocks or so from the Ohio River constitute the heart of Paducah's historic downtown area, and are full of restaurants and antique shops. On Saturday nights in the summer, this section of Broadway is turned into a pedestrian street with bands...

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  • Quilt Show

    Every April, for about 6 years now, my sister and I head on down to Paducah for the Quilt show. We go on Saturday (the last day of the show) and walk around for hours. It's nice to have some "sister time"! I'm not that keen on quilts but have seen many beautiful ones there!

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Paducah Restaurants

  • A good place for burgers and sandwiches

    C.C. Cohen is a casual restaurant and bar that has been on its corner in downtown Paducah for over 20 years. The menu features a variety of burgers and sandwiches, as well as a variety of dinner entrees. There is also a full bar, if you want beer, wine, or alcoholic drinks. On weekends, they have live music. The restaurant is located in an old...

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  • A fun seafood restaurant for families

    Whaler's Catch is a fun and casual seafood reataurant in downtown Paducah. It is very kid-friendly and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating is located on a raised deck area adjacent to the main building. The menu features a variety of fish and other seafood dishes, as well a meat dishes for people that hate seafood. A full...

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  • A bit of Key West in Paducah

    Flamingo Row is a funky casual bar/restaurant that makes you feel like you've been transported to Key West, or somewhere else in the Caribbean. They have excellent sandwiches and salads. They also specialize in "stuffed breads" and have a small bakery section as well. In keeping with the tropical theme, they offer a full list of tropical driks, but...

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  • Paducah's most famous barbecue joint

    Starnes Barbecue is a Paducah institution. It has been around for decades, and is a pilgrimage site for native Paducahans when they return to their hometown for a visit. The restaurant itself is nothing fancy, consisting of a U-shaped counter with seats. However, a fancy interior and luxury ambience is not what you are there for. What you go to...

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  • Best upscale restaurant in Paducah

    Cynthia's is a wonderful little restaurant in downtown Paducah, across from the historic market house. It is the best upscale restaurant in Paducah, serving an interesting mix of dishes with a European flavor. They have a decent wine list and also have a small bar in the front. The restaurant itself is located in an old historic building and holds...

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  • Bar-B-Que!!! Food of the Gods!

    If you come to western Kentucky, you have to have the Open Pit Bar-B-Que. You can find Bar-B-Que in other places but it's just not the same. There are several fine places to get it but I am partial to Harned's Drive-In located on Clarks Ferry Road. The food is great and the service is fantastic.

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Paducah Nightlife

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    by tony248 Updated Aug 1, 2003

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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/

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Paducah Transportation

  • Flying to Paducah

    Paducah is serviced by a regional affiliate of Northwest Airlines, which connects to Paducah through Memphis. Paducah's airport, which is named after former Vice President Alben Barclay (a Paducah native who seved under Harry Truman), is small, with only one gate. However, it is a very user-friendly facility, with a snack bar and waiting area. It...

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  • Keep you eyes on the other guy.

    This holds true anywhere you drive, but, you have GOT to keep an eye on the other drivers around Paducah. I have driven here for a long time and have avoided many accidents because I know that many drivers here don't know that when the traffic light for them is red, it means stop. Running red lights or speeding up to make a yellow light happens far...

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Paducah Shopping

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    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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Paducah Local Customs

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    by mikelisaanna Written Oct 18, 2008

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    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.

    The Paducah Ambassadors waiving goodbye
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Paducah What to Pack

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    by carsonsmom42025 Written Aug 20, 2005

    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!!

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  • Christmas lights in Noble Park

    Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, Noble Pak in Paducah is decorated with thousands of Christmas lights, including dozens of characters and figures such as Santa, teddy bears, elves, trains, anaimals, etc. Our daughter (3 at the time) absolutely loved it. Admission is free, although they do collect for charity. To see everything, you just have to...

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  • Saturday Evenings Downtown in the Summer

    On Saturday evenings in the summer, a few blocks of Broadway, the main street in downtown Paducah, are blocked off for a pedestrian street festival. They have music, clowns, games and other entertainment, until around 10PM. My daughter loved it, especially the clown who tied ballon animals. It is a fun, wholesome family event. If you want to eat...

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  • River Life

    Paducah down town is a great place. It is right on the river. They have all kinds of things to do. Quilting museum, river front, Old down town, ect.... I love the down town area. There are all kinds of antique shope, great places to eat, and if you stary at the "big E" you can watch the river traffic go by.

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