School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Check out one — or all — of these great museums in Paducah this summer with your little ones:
The National Quilt Museum: This museum boasts three galleries that with quilt art that is rotated seven or eight times per year, including touring exhibits. Visitors from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries make up the museum’s 115,000 annual patrons.
Paducah Railroad Museum: In the heart of historical downtown Paducah, this museum, opened in 1996, is open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with several unique train-themed exhibits.
William Clark Market House Museum:This historical museum in Paducah truly gives visitors a glimpse into the past of Paducah, with several artifacts from the city’s history, including a statue of Henry Clay. The museum also includes the Market House Theater and Yeiser Art Center in a 100-plus-year-old building that used to be the public market of Paducah.
Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum: Finally, this museum is the former residence of General Lloyd Tilghman of the Civil War. The home is an 1852 Greek Revival and costs $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12.
Don’t miss out on fun and fundamental museum visits this summer because of a busted old ride. Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and upgrade to a stylish, reliable used vehicle.
Are you new to the Paducah area and looking for a bite to eat? We have plenty of delicious places for you to try out — and some breweries to visit after for a delicious craft beer. Below are our 16 favorite Paducah Restaurants and breweries:
To get a taste of Paducah
To get a feel for how we like to dine in Kentucky, check out one of these one-and-only restaurants:
Gold Rush Café & Catering
JP’s Bar & Grill
Doe’s Eat Place
For something quick and cheap
Looking for a quick lunch that’s light on the wallet (but not on the flavor)? Try out:
Harned’s Drive In
Parker’s Drive-In Restaurant
To enjoy a night out
If you’re looking for a more elegant meal with a nice atmosphere, consider one of the following restaurants:
Pizza by the Pound
Strickland’s Seafood Restaurant
For a delicious adult beverage
There are two great craft breweries in Paducah that we highly recommend: Dry Ground Brewing Company and Paducah Beer Werks. If spirits are more your cup of tea — or liquor, as it were — then consider Silent Brigade Distillery. If you do head out to one of these great venues, please be sure to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.
For coffee and tea
Paducah does have great coffee and tea, however, including Etcetera Coffeehouse and Pipers Tea & Coffee.
There is so much to do in and around Paducah, so don’t be stuck without a reliable ride. Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and peruse or vast selection of quality used vehicles.
Aggressive driving is an all too common behavior behind the wheel, but it is also very dangerous, as it can easily lead to accidents on the road. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation, more than half of crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved an aggressive driver.
So how can you avoid aggressive driving? Remain calm behind the wheel. Try not to let other drivers’ actions upset you. Focus on your breathing, play music that relaxes you, and remember that actions like speeding maybe shave seconds off your arrival time, but not much more.
Aggressive driving usually rears its ugly head in the form of tailgating drivers ahead of you, cutting off drivers during quick lane changes, weaving in and out of highway traffic, and failing to use signals. Aggressive driving turns to road rage when you use hand gestures to signal your dislike of another driver’s actions or when you attempt to speed past drivers, brake check them, or run them off the road in anger.
To ensure that you don’t become an aggressive driver, always remember to use turn signals, give space for others to merge, keep a safe following distance from traffic ahead of you, and obey traffic laws, especially speed limits. If you witness aggressive driving from other drivers or feel threatened due to someone’s road rage, call 911.
Looking for something to do this August, September, and October? These are the most exciting upcoming festivals in Kentucky:
Soul of 2nd Street Festival: Enjoy live music, food, beer, and more in the African American Business District of downtown Danville. The event runs on August 4th from 4 to 10 p.m.
Glier’s Goettafest: Held from August 2nd through 5th, this weekend event is said to be bigger than New Year’s Eve in Vegas. If you love goetta, this is the place to be.
Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival: The weekend of August 17th, head to Russell Springs, Kentucky, to enjoy the state’s own music—bluegrass. Performers include Sideline, Mosley and Company, and Billie Renee and Cumberland Gap.
Fall Heritage Festival: Get in the autumnal spirit in Campbellsville on September 8th. The event will include crafts, live music, hay rides, food, exhibits, and animals.
KY State BBQ Festival – 2018: Kentucky barbecue is some of the best in the whole country. More than 20,000 people turn out for this annual event at the Wilderness Trail Distillery. This year’s event runs from September 7th to 9th.
Metcalfe County Pumpkin Festival/5K: On October 6th, head to Edmonton, Kentucky, to enjoy the fall weather with a refreshing 5K or just a walk through the booths and vendors while enjoying seasonal favorites and wearing your Halloween costume.
If you need a new ride to take out to all of these festivals, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.
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.
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).
Before you know it, spring will be here and you’ll have an itch to hit the road. Not sure where to go? You can never go wrong with a national park. These are some of the best national parks in and around Kentucky.