Looking for waterside scenery, a taste of history and entertainment for your family? Paducah, Kentucky has all that — and much more. Paducah is small town life with modern touches that makes for a charming trip.
FloodWall Murals in Paducah
Stroll along the Ohio River Floodwall and view the beauty of the Floodwall Murals. The stretch of paintings created by artist Robert Dafford and his team of artists are on Water Street. Picturing the history of Paducah including the settlement of the city, the Civil War, the era of riverboats, etc. provides a glimpse into the past. Plaques explain the meaning of each wall painting.
This attraction is educational and can instill an interest in art. There are more than 50 murals that cover about a city block. Free to visit, check the weather for rain before you go. Expect to spend at least 30 minutes to 2 hours viewing the magnificent lifelike paintings.
River Discovery Center Provides Interactive History Lesson
Close to the murals is the River Discovery Center, a museum and gift shop. The center’s interactive exhibits entertain and teach. You can choose to spend your time in the well-stocked shop. Questions are eagerly answered by staff about the area and its history. Postcards, books, toys, educational items and clothing are for sale.
There is an admission fee for the museum area – $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, and $5.00 for children. It is well worth it, though. View a short movie about the Ohio River, become the captain of a riverboat, learn about the fish and the famous flood, operate a crane and observe the antiques on the second floor.
More Paducah Attractions
Paducah is also home to:
- Bob Noble Park – includes a skate park, picnic tables, and nature trail
- Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toy Center – a roadside attraction made up of kitschy art and hilarity
- The Whitehaven Welcome Center – a historical home that is now part rest stop and part museum
- The National Quilt Museum – exhibits of quilts and fiber arts
Have you visited Paducah with your family? What were your favorite attractions?