BBQ on the River Festival
BBQ on the River: Thursday, September 27 - Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Join over 40,000 visitors in historic downtown Paducah for the 21st annual BBQ on the River. Experience lively entertainment, exquisite crafts and great BBQ at this unique festival on Paducah's famous riverfront. Vendors and entertainment begin at 11:00am each day and continue until 11:00pm. Admission to the festival is FREE. Find more informationat www.bbqontheriver.org. BBQ on the River
Craft Beer, Wineries & Distilleries
Dry Ground Brewing, 3121 Broadway Suite A, Paducah, KY 42001, (270)-201-2096. Microbrewery serving original craft beers and guest taps including classic beers and hard ciders. Located in the Coke Plant, a Paducah Landmark. Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 3-10 PM, Fri., 3-11 PM; Sat., Noon-11:00 PM.
Paducah Beer Werkes, 301 N. 4th St. Paducah, KY 270-933-1265. Paducah's newest craft brewery offers a diverse selection of household beer and ales housed in a refurbished Greyhound bus terminal. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 2-11 PM; Fri. - Sat., Noon - midnight.
Paducah Distilled Spirits (The Moonshine Company), 407 Jefferson St., Paducah, KY 42001, (270)-415-5368. Discover western Kentucky's moonshine legacy as you tour antique and working whiskey stills. Sample local flavors including Quilter's Special (peach), Sweet Apple Shine, Lemonade and Strawberry. Hours: Mon. - Fri. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Sat., 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
Purple Toad Winery, 4275 Old Us Hwy 45, Paducah, KY 42001, (270)-554-0010. Come see where Kentucky grapes are turned into award-winning wines and enjoy wine and cheese in the tasting room. Hours: Mon., - Thurs., 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM; Fri., & Sat., 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM.
Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 N. 6th Street, Paducah, KY 42001 (270)-443-7760.Friendly folks, student art, Friday night poetry & writer's, fair trade coffee and bubble tea, muffins, bagels, brownies, and on week-ends homemade quiche. Hours: Sun., Mon., & Thurs., 8 AM-5:30 PM; Fri. & Sat., 8 AM-9:30 PM.
Pipers Tea & Coffee, 3121 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001, (270)-226-0380. Paducah's newest coffee shop, located in the landmark Coke Plant, Pipers was established in 2012 by husband and wife in Kentucky. Drawing inspiration and heritage from England, France and America, the couple blends passion tea and coffee with wanderlust spirit. Each blend is handcrafted with the highest quality tea and coffee with Pipers signature touch.
Paducah's culinary scene is as creative and diverse as its culture. In Historic Downtown, locally-owned restaurants housed in stunning 19th century buildings serve everything from the finest cuisine to brick oven pizzas, deli sandwiches, German, Italian, Mexican and good ole' western Kentucky barbeque. Or for a taste of the familiar, try one of Paducah's popular chain restaurants, such as The Olive Garden, Panera Bread and more or try one of the many fast-food establishments. Find a comprehensive list of of restaurants here.
BikeWorld, 809 Joe Clifton Dr., Paducah, Ky 42001, 270-442-0751. Founder, co-sponsor and site of pre-registration and packet pick-up. Complete and full service bicycle store voted as one of America's best bike shops. Hours: Mon., - Fri., 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM & Sat., 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
Wickliffe Mounds, 94 Green Street, Wickliffe, KY 42087, 270-335-3681. 35 miles west of Paducah. This state historic site is the absolutely neatest, little known place in western KY. Archaeological site of a prehistoric Native American village of the Mississippian mound builders, the museum has exhibits displaying the actual artifacts of excavated burial mounds.
Maiden Alley Cinema In the heart of downtown! This great cinematic art house shows hard to find, little known great films, shorts, foreign language films and great classics.
Paducah is home to several fine museums, but if you only have time for one, we suggest The National Quilt Museum. Astonishing fabric art captures the history and heart of America!
Superman Statue Metropolis, Illinois, just across the river from Paducah, is DC Comics' "Home of Superman." The town has a larger-than-life statue of the superhero that attracts visitors from all over the world. First order of business, getting your photo snapped with Superman! Then, cross the street and visit the Super Museum, where you'll find more Superman memorabilia than we know what to do with, and a gift shop take home souvenirs.
Great Places to Ride
Like much of western KY, McCracken County offers miles of flat road, ideal for bike riding. But, if you like more variety, there are rolling hills south of Paducah. Bicycle through unspoiled western Kentucky countryside, on paved rural farm roads past crops in the fields, grazing livestock and wildflowers. Roads are narrow, but overall the pavement is smooth, drivers are generally friendly and most roads have only light traffic, perfect for riding a bicycle.
For in-town touring, park your car at BikeWorld and do an easy bike ride in and around Paducah to check out the Floodwall Murals, River Heritage Museum, National Quilt Museum Quilts, the artists studios, and more. It's easy to ride downtown on low trafficked streets or on the Greenway Trail.
The Paducah Greenway Trail Runs over 5 miles from I-24 along the north side of the city to downtown Paducah. The western most portion of the trail is 1.75 miles and features densely packed gravel through a beautiful section of woods. The next 3.25 miles is smooth concrete into the city.
In addition to the parks and Campbell Street, the trail can also be accessed at North 8th Street (U.S. 45) and H.C. Mathis Drive. Access to the Noble Park section is behind the baseball fields.
The Tunnel Hill Trail rail-trail in southern Illinois (22 miles north of Paducah) is terrific. Never more than a two percent grade and scenic! Railroad bridges with the creek way down below, really thrilling stuff, especially for our 10 year old friends. An exciting tunnel has about 20 heart stopping seconds when you can't see daylight at either end. To get to there, via Vienna, IL: From I-24, take exit 16; go west about half mile. The park is on the left.
Land Between The Lakes (LBL) is 30 miles east of Paducah, and offers miles of hard packed, well drained single track. The Canal Loop Trail is one of the most popular and offers hiking and mountain biking. It is hilly!! Check out the Canal Loop Map. In addition to bicycling, there other neat outdoor things to do, especially with kids, including visits to the 1850's Homeplace and The Woodlands Nature Center. There's also a planetarium. In Grand Rivers don't miss: Patti's 1880's Settlement, where you'll find Miss Patti's famous 2 inch pork chops and Arielle's Miniature Golf Course.