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Best things to do in Paducah

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Gallery
“We have 2 Quilt Shows every year and thousands come from around the world and exhibit all the beautiful quilts”
15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Cool vibe out on the patio, live music on the weekends. I recommend the Black and Blue Salad. ”
10 locals recommend
Bakery
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“In 1873, a young Prussian immigrant, Franz Kirchhoff, embarked on a dream. He and his young bride, Hannah Baumer, opened Kirchhoff’s Bakery in a small building in downtown Paducah. In the beginning, bread and other products were baked in a wood-fired oven using Old World methods and proven family recipes. In the early years, the family lived above the bakery. The customers were local residents and river boat travellers. At the sound of the steamboat whistle, day or night, Franz Kirchhoff was out the door and off to the Ohio River bank with his iron wheel cart. Eventually, Franz’s son and grandson joined the family business. Kirchhoff’s Bakery prospered and was the leading regional bakery, supplying the daily bread for Paducah’s tables through 1957. In 1996, Louis Frank Kirchhoff, the great-grandson of Franz, reacquired the property on Market Square to follow his own dream. Kirchhoff’s Bakery reopened for business in the fall of 1997 by the fifth generation of the family, Ginny Kirchhoff-Elmore. Today’s Kirchhoff’s Bakery and Deli combines Old World recipes and quality ingredients to make fresh artisan breads, delectable pastries and fresh sandwiches, soups and salads. Kirchhoff’s Bakery and Deli 118 Market House Square Paducah, KY 42001 • 270-442-7117 Information used from the website. ”
15 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Locally brewed beers and decent pub food. The PBW Pizza is amazing. They have bands on most Friday and Saturday nights and often during the week. Growler fills are available. It's located in the old Greyhound Bus Station which is kinda fun. ”
6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Beautiful Performing Arts of Paducah. There are always a wide range of shows from children to oldies but goodies!”
4 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“3lb Porterhouse Steak. Or any steak period from here. Great dinner spot. A little pricey. But worth it!”
5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Located in the Historic Downtown River font of Paducah, this quaint restaurant has an outside patio. Everything is delish! ”
8 locals recommend
Bar
“Located in the historic Coke plant, next to Mellow Mushroom. Great local beer, live music, trivia once a week, friendly and has a patio with fire pit.”
4 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theatre
“Nightly movies. Serves popcorn, candy, sodas and beer on tap. Beginning of the month they show family movies. ”
8 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Experience it all at the Kentucky Oaks Mall Complex with more stores and restaurants than you can shop in just one visit. With great shoes, clothing, accessories, toys, electronics, and more, the Kentucky Oaks Mall Complex has something for every member of the family. What’s more, we have the “Exclusive Guest Rewards Progam” that allows travelers, visitors, and tourists to experience discounts at several of our center’s best stores. With the FREE “Exclusive Guest Rewards”, you can shop at discounted prices for a wide variety of merchandise and services. Here’s how it works...Simply stop by the Customer Service Center located in the center concourse of the mall. Register in our guest book and show your hotel key, hotel receipt or out of town driver’s license. You’ll then receive your "Exclusive Guest Rewards Shopping Card" and a list of participating stores. Then start Shopping...and Saving! ”
2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Located in the historic Market House Building, the theatre has also been a centerpiece of historic restoration in downtown Paducah. With the acquisition of three additional buildings, the theatre has been a community symbol of the drive to improve the historic Market House Square.”
5 locals recommend
Park
3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located in a historical building on Broadway. Definitely walking distance on a nice day. ”
4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place to eat. A little pricy but worth it! My husband and I go here on special occasions! (This chef got 2nd place on national tv)”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The nicest restaurant in Paducah. Walking distance on a nice day. Reservations are definitely required on most nights. Great wine list and superb food. ”
5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Artist Relocation Program has been a magnificent and innovative tool for the revitalization success of the Lowertown historical neighborhood. One key component of the success of the program and ultimately the plan is the existing historical mixed-use zone that was already in place. This zone allows for business and residential uses to coexist in the same community much as they did in the late 1800's and early 1900's. (via city of Paducah website) http://paducahky.gov/lowertown-artist-program”
5 locals recommend