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Inviting Neighborhoods and Attractions

At the heart of the USA’s inland waterways, the Ohio River contributes to the flow of Paducah's energy and fascinating history. Its impact on the area’s character is captured at River Discovery Center, where visitors learn about everything from the city’s earliest inhabitants to modern life on the river. Another landmark, The Coke Plant, also pays tribute to Paducah’s past. Built in 1939, this one-time Coca-Cola bottling plant located in the Midtown neighborhood now houses a coffee shop, brewery and pizza place in its carefully preserved and fascinating architecture. The plant is not the only historic space that’s been reborn. The recent colorful revitalization of the Lower Town Arts District creative and historic residential neighborhood, anchored by the Paducah School of Art & Design, brought an influx of artists showing and selling work in galleries around town. Historic Downtown’s vibrant streets are full of 19th century architecture, celebrated through the Historic Paducah Audio Tour, a walking path where locally owned shops, restaurants and the time-capsuled 1927 Columbia Theatre are highlighted.

 

Creative Culture

As a UNESCO Creative City, Paducah welcomes artists from around the world to share culture and craft through attractions, workshops and performances. The Yeiser Art Center, Maiden Alley Cinema and Gallery, Market House Theatre, Clemens Fine Art Center and the Carson Center all contribute to Paducah's diversity of ongoing cultural offerings ranging from live theater to exhibitions, art films and classical performances by the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. The National Quilt Museum stands as a monument to the city’s reverence for arts and crafts. Three galleries display a contemporary collection of award-winning quilts and rotating traveling exhibitions that showcase the medium’s incredible range. Outside, there’s a gallery of another sort in the city’s Wall to Wall Floodwall Murals, one of the area’s most popular attractions. These 50 painted panels – the work of renowned muralist Robert Dafford – line the riverfront, telling the story of Paducah’s history in bright, detailed form, making for a fun self-guided tour.

 

Powerful History

From the Civil War to civil rights, Paducah's narrative is intricately connected to U.S. history. Visit the Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum to learn about Paducah's pivotal role during the war, and then take a tour of a heritage museum, the refurbished Hotel Metropolitan, that hosted famous African-Americans during segregation. The city’s history is equally reflected in its architecture and historic attractions, including the William Clark Market House Museum, located in the landmark Market House in the heart of Paducah's historic district. Inside, you’ll find exhibits of artifacts as well as a gift shop. Another important piece of the city’s story is brought to life at the Paducah Railroad Museum. Just across the street from the 1925 Freight House, try the railroad simulator that lets you drive a train and explore a full-fledged steam locomotive outside.

Fun Fact

The Ohio and Tennessee Rivers meet
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Founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame, Paducah's heritage can be traced to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers.

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A colorful piece at the National Quilt Museum
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Paducah is a quilter’s haven, hosting the National Quilt Museum, fabric supplier Hancock’s and QuiltWeek, a world-renowned quilting competition.

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Checking out art at Ephemera, a local studio and workshop
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Paducah is one of only nine U.S. cities and 246 worldwide belonging to the global UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

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Welcoming tulips outside the Port of Paducah and riverfront
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Nearby Experiences

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A colorful dragon touches the sky during the Dragon Boat Festival
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Dragon Boat Festival

September

Browsing the artwork at Lower Town Arts & Music Festival
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