Put on your walking shoes for the best views of Lowertown, Paducah’s historic downtown district and, the renowned National Quilt Museum. Paducah offers a variety of transportation choices, but if you have time to stroll through the Downtown or Lowertown districts, do it.
This river city is an arts and artists mecca. The Lowertown Arts District – Paducah’s oldest neighborhood, is the home of the award-winning Artist Relocation Program. Stop by the visitors bureau for a map to find out when and where different artists offer classes and hands on workshops. Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau is easy to find on the square,128 Broadway 1.800.PADUCAH (723.8224) – 270.443.8783
Paducah’s historic downtown and the Lowertown Arts District neighborhoods are the invigorating force in the region. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy:
Paducah’s Downtown Farmer’s Market has seasonal hours Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. To 3:30 p.m.
The floodwall mural series of interpretive panels highlight historic moments in the city’s history. Paducah’s life-sized riverfront murals created by Robert Dafford, are Open 24/7. Old brick walkways and benches for river watching line the floodwall.
National Quilt Museum – A national museum and tribute a beloved American art form.
River Discovery Center Experience learn the stories, folklore and history of the Four Rivers Region.
Second Saturday – Lowertown galleries and studios host extended hours from noon to 8 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Plan your trip before you visit to catch the artists in their studios doing printmaking, painting, pottery, metal smithing, and a variety of other artistic disciplines.
Artists in Residence (AIR) – Artists from across the world have come to Paducah’s AIR program, teaching workshops for artists, leading discussions on the creation of art to non-artists, and sometimes working on collaborative projects. Learn more about AIR .
In addition to the artists and studios, find eateries, B&Bs coffee shops, hair salons, and beautifully restored historic homes.
Park you car free downtown. You will be right across the street from the Visitors Bureau where you can get advice, maps and information about where to stay and where to eat. The visitor’s center has maps for walking tours, driving tour and Trolley routes.
Trolley rides are free through downtown and the Lowertown Arts District, with stops at the Quilt Museum, downtown shops, restaurants, museums, and attractions. Visitors and residents can ride the complimentary biodiesel trolley thanks to donations from the city of Paducah, Mainstreet and the CVB.
Paducah is at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio rivers, halfway between St. Louis, Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee on Interstate 24 and less than 300 miles from Branson, Missouri.
Where to Stay
Fox Briar Inn at RiverPlace Website , 100-116 Broadway, Toll-Free: 877.FOXINN1, Phone: 270.443.7004
Where to Eat
Tribeca Mexican Cuisine, Website , 127 Market House Sq., Phone: 270.444.3960, Good guacamole, great service, affordable prices.
More to see
Whitehaven Kentucky Welcome Center – I-24, Mile Marker 7, Paducah, Kentucky (270) 554-2077 Circa 1860. The house is furnished with beautiful antiques and includes a Barkley Room displaying the Vice-President’s furniture.