Right here in our small town on August 21st we will get to experience a celestial phenomenon that many people have been waiting years for—a total solar eclipse. We are right in the path of totality which means that the moon will completely cover the sun. In addition, we are very close to the point of longest eclipse and will get to experience about 2 minutes and 20 seconds of twilight darkness.
The eclipse will start in Paducah at 11:54 and totality will begin at 1:22. Keep in mind, that just like any other time, staring directly at the sun can damage your eyes. That is why experts recommend you purchase a pair of eclipse glasses. These glasses have lenses that are specifically designed to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.
If you are looking for a fun place to watch the eclipse with others, there are some great options to choose from here in Paducah. You can visit the Challenger Learning Center, McCracken County Library, River Discovery Center, Brooks Stadium, Dry Ground Brewing Company, Silent Brigade Distillery, and the Art Guild of Paducah.
Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we are excited to get to see this amazing event right above our heads.
Kentucky is a beautiful state. And, one of the best ways to enjoy natural beauty is by enjoying a picnic. August is known as National Picnic Month and here are some of the best picnic places in Kentucky.
Dinosaur World. Enjoy a family picnic with a prehistoric twist by visiting Dinosaur World near Mammoth Cave National Park.
Columbus Belmont State Park. Catch a glimpse of the mighty Mississippi River while having some family fun at this beautiful state park. There are numerous on-site fire pits available to enjoy a hot lunch.
Kentucky Lake. Head down to Kentucky Lake and rent a pontoon boat. Your family is guaranteed to enjoy a picnic lunch on this pristine body of water.
Noble Park. If you don’t want to travel far for your picnic. Stay at home in Paducah and visit Noble Park. After you eat, there will be plenty to do, including playgrounds, basketball courts, the Greenway Trail, view of the lake, and more.
Ohio River. While there might not be much green space along the Ohio River here in Paducah, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the river. Head down to The Foot of Broadway—there is a small assortment of picnic tables, benches, and stairs to enjoy the view of the river.
Yes, this is a thing! And while quilting might be seen as “lame,” this museum certainly isn’t. It’s basically an art museum, but for quilts! You’ll see patterns old and new and learn new things about quilting.
The Floodwall Murals are displayed along Paducah’s riverfront. These are not only giant and beautiful paintings, but you’ll also get to read about the history of each of them via the placards that are placed beneath each of the art displays.
Take a stroll along the riverwalk for some beautiful views. You’ll not only get a view of the river, but there’s also an old steam engine locomotive that located by the riverwalk, so you’ll get a chance to see a piece of history.
Getting a new car opens up a world of possibilities, especially when it comes to local events and activities. In fact, you may even be able to check out Fridays at Five in Paducah, KY. Sponsored by the Carson Center, this event has music, food, and more. What’s not to like?
According to the Carson Center, the Fridays at Five events are held every Friday and they began May 20th and will run until June 24th. Then, the events will start up again from September 2nd to October 7th. This is to avoid the hottest part of summer, making the festivities truly enjoyable for everyone. There are different themes and activities each week, and food will be catered by the Carson Center.
Looking for an ice-cold beverage? No problem! When you stop by the Williams Family Terrace, you can find a well-stocked cash bar with some of the best drinks around. Although you may bring your own food, there are no outside drinks allowed. Plus, you can check out local musicians just as the party starts.
This event is free to the public, and generally ranges from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at 100 Kentucky Ave. in Paducah, KY. There is live music scheduled through June, including artists such as Lane Davis (June 10), The Mandy Vixen & Gas Station Chicken Duo (June 17), and Swamp Tigers (June 24).