The 10 Best Things to Do in Paducah, United States

October 7, 2017 Chanda Heide

Paducah (/pəˈduːkə/) is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The largest city in the Jackson Purchase region, it is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and the Ohio rivers, halfway between St. Louis, Missouri, to the northwest and Nashville, Tennessee, to the southeast. The population was 24,864 in 2015, down from 25,024 during the 2010 U.S. Census. Twenty blocks of the city's downtown have been designated as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Restaurants in Paducah

1. Purple Toad Winery

4275 Old US Highway 45 S, Paducah, KY 42003-9280 +1 270-554-0010
Excellent
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5 based on 260 reviews

Purple Toad Winery

Reviewed By Tiaresunset

I was looking for watermelon wine and I found it here; waiting for summer to come to enjoy it though. My bottles arrived neatly and securely packaged in pretty blue bottles. Saving the bottles to make something from them. Came across a recipe for rhubarb wine - anyone there want to try a batch - I'll be your taste tester! Not tried grape varieties only fruity ones but they are delish.

2. The National Quilt Museum

215 Jefferson St, Paducah, KY 42001-0714 +1 270-442-8856
Excellent
83%
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5 based on 770 reviews

The National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum is a nationally recognized art museum that exhibits the finest fiber art in the world. In an average year, the museum is visited by quilters and art lovers from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. Our exhibits rotate throughout the year so they will be different every time you visit. We are a four time TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. If you enjoy art museum's you will love The National Quilt Museum. Open 10am to 5pm M-Sa and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.

Reviewed By legacyendeavors - Racine, Wisconsin

We were definitely pleased and incredibly satisfied to have this experience here in Kentucky!
Numerous information and so many other ideas to digest which is readily available and outstandingly presented! So wonderful for anyone to see & become acquainted with as part of our fascinating heritage! Everyone should be aware of this history and hopefully some of our children will learn to appreciate this!
Extremely pleased to have stopped here!
Thanks for making this place available!

3. Floodwall Murals

Water St./Jefferson St. to Washington St., Paducah, KY +1 800-723-8224
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 731 reviews

Floodwall Murals

Murals painted on floodwalls depicting the history of the Paducah area.

Reviewed By legacyendeavors - Racine, Wisconsin

Marvelously done and so incredibly created by some extremely talented people!
We were very pleased with this wonderful artwork and wish more public spaces were available and offered for use in our city and rural areas.
Perhaps other places will find some similar success jjust like the Quilts on the Barns arts of which are seen on barns across our country!
Beautiful!

4. Paducah Riverwalk

End of Historic District, along Water Street, Paducah, KY
Excellent
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4.5 based on 302 reviews

Paducah Riverwalk

Reviewed By Don M - Lexington, Kentucky

This walk is behind the flood walls where the 50 murals are. You can drive down and park by the river. You can walk along the flood wall and see the tow boats, barges and other things going on in the Ohio River. Restaurants are nearby.

5. Bob Noble Park

2801 Park Ave, Paducah, KY
Excellent
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Bob Noble Park

Reviewed By Susan B

This is a really nice park in Paducah, easy to find, easy to get to, easy to park at. It's quite picturesque and very relaxing. A great place for a nice walk. It's quite large, with some beautiful trees and a pond. Would recommend if you're looking for a nice park in the area.

6. Whitehaven Welcome Center

1845 Lone Oak Rd, (I-24 Exit 7), Paducah, KY 42003-7903 +1 270-554-2077
Excellent
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Whitehaven Welcome Center

Reviewed By 1991KEB - Navarre, Florida

I have never seen a welcome center as beautiful as this piece of history. First the people were very nice. The tour of the house was amazing, I loved the Old furniture. They did a lovely job of bringing this house back to life. Lots off information on the area also.

7. Kentucky Dam

22 miles upstream from the confluence of the Tennessee River with the Ohio, Paducah, KY
Excellent
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Kentucky Dam

Reviewed By David G - Kerrville, Texas

... an electric power engineer. The generators went in service about 70 years ago, and have been upgraded at least once, along with what appear to be newer generator step-up transformers. TVA still has what looks like the original bulk-oil 161 kV circuit breakers in service in the switchyard, but the adjacent lower voltage yard has some more modern equipment. The walk across the length of the dam is a pleasant way to break up a long drive. The husband-and-wife team of volunteer hosts at the Visitor Center were quite knowledgeable of much of TVA's history.

8. Paducah Distilled Spirits

407 Jefferson St, Paducah, KY 42001-0718 +1 270-366-7349
Excellent
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Paducah Distilled Spirits

Reviewed By CanjenMike - Memphis, Tennessee

This is a storefront with an exhibit of a bit of moonshining history. It's pretty cool. And then the tour includes a visit to the current distilling operation. It's not very big so the tour is short and sweet. The highlight is the "gift" shop. You can buy moonshine and various falovored versions of it. Makes some tasty drinks, but not really serious liquor.

9. Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum

631 Kentucky Ave, Paducah, KY 42003-1725 +1 270-575-5477
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum

Reviewed By Keeton W

This is a nice home with lots of Civil War relics and information, not solely about Lloyd Tilghman. The lady working at the house was very friendly and informative. The information doesn't seem to be in a particular order, but random collections of stories of different men and battles. It's worth the small admission (0-6=free, 7-12=$1, 13+=$5) and time. We had several young children with us, and we all enjoyed our visit.

10. River Discovery Center

117 S Water St, Paducah, KY 42001-0787 +1 270-575-9958
Excellent
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

River Discovery Center

The River Discovery Center's mission is to provide a fun, welcoming and educational environment in which visitors can learn about the importance of our rivers and the impact they have on our daily lives. Through interactive exhibits and guided tours, guests will come away with a better understanding and appreciation of the our nation's rivers.

Reviewed By ancientmoods - Thunder Bay, Canada

Good to see the ancient people of this area acknowledged. There is such history in the river going back thousands of years that feels so humbling.We are glad to see our visitors engage with our exhibits and learn from them as well. Learning about our indigenous people is vitally important. We have an award-winning program called Mound Builders that teaches about our earilest people.

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