Family Fun & Local Attractions

Owensboro is home to unique attractions, special events and more than 20 annual festivals eacy year. From free to budget-friendly, here in Owensboro you'll be able to enjoy National & State Parks, Annual Festivals and fun attractions. 

Owensboro is home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the world’s only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of the bluegrass music genre originating in western Kentucky. And, Owensboro's Museum of Fine Art, Kentucky’s second largest art museum, offers national touring exhibitions featuring a permanent collection of four centuries of American and European art. The museum's special interactive galleries are perfect entertainment and cultural enrichment for children of all ages.

Many Owensboro attractions provide educational activities. Owensboro's Area Museum of Science and History features the SpeedZeum exhibit, a gallery appealing to teens dedicated to the city's local racing history; the Encounter exhibit, an interactive hands-on gallery; and the coal mine gallery. Educational programs are available for youth and school groups. The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden offers educational programming for youth, as does The Daviess County Public Library .

For the Arts and Cultural, The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art features traveling exhibits from museums around the country as well as an extensive collection of American, European and Asian art pieces. The museum hosts interpretive and educational programs for youths and adults featuring an interactive art studio for children. Located downtown, The Riverpark Center contains a 1,500-seat, multi-purpose auditorium as well as an experimental theatre where people of all ages can enjoy live theatre, including Broadway performances.

Owensboro offers a variety of attractions to explore!

Fun Things To Do & Attractions


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Smothers Park

Redesigned in 2012, Smothers Park is located along the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro. The park features 3 signature fountains and a cascading waterfall at the base of Frederica Street, the Inlet Water Feature. The Charles Shelton Memorial, a monument to POW’s and MIA’s is located at the east end of the park. The Lazy Dayz Children’s Playground is where all the fun is, and is completely handicap-accessible. The park is open 24 hours, the Lazy Dayz Playground is open 7AM-10PM, and the SprayPark is open 9AM-9PM.

Riverpark Center

RiverPark Center is a performing arts and civic center featuring nearly 800 events annually. A non-profit, the RiverPark Center is complete with an auditorium (Cannon Hall), multi-purpose Jody Berry Cabaret Theatre, an extraordinary outdoor entertainment patio on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River, and a bricked center courtyard. RiverPark Center is the premiere civic landmark on the downtown Owensboro riverfront with resident groups such the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Dance Theatre, Back Alley Musicals, and Friday After 5.

Owensboro Convention Center

The Owensboro Convention Center is a full-service meeting facility overlooking the scenic Ohio River in revitalized downtown Owensboro, KY. The multi-purpose center boasts 92,000 sq. ft. of meeting space consisting of a 44,000+ sq. ft. exhibition hall, and 48,000+ sq. ft. of additional ballroom and meeting space. The Owensboro Convention Center provides complete in-house services that include food & beverage, audio visual, internet access, and electrical and trade show decorating services creating ease and convenience for any event. Our expert event sales team can assist you in creating your memorable event.

National & State Parks

Owensboro features 953 acres of amazing fun and recreation and a total of 25 parks, all free for you and your family to enjoy.

Whether you enjoy walking, running, skating, bicycling or hiking, our National & State Parks are an enjoyable and healthy place to enjoy. Our parks are complete with lush vegetation, public swimming pool, baseball, basketball, football, tennis and soccer fields. Our parks serve as the perfect setting to enjoy an open picnic during the Summer time. [learn more]

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

In 1993, Dr. and Mrs. William Tyler donated approximately 8.5 acres to the City of Owensboro to start a local garden and a wonderful organization was born, The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. An 1890s Country Doctor’s Office moved to The Garden in 2006 and is located in the Fruit and Berry Garden.  This building is being preserved to display the use of herbal medicines used the time the building was fuctioning during the late 1890s and early 1900s. In 2008, The Garden grew to include ten themed gardens including the expanded Moonlite Children’s Garden, a year around educational program. The Garden is provides great fun and educational opportunities for children of all ages.

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art expands and enhances the cultural environment of the region through a permanent collection of American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th century to the present. Major traveling exhibitions; visual and performing arts; interpretive events and educational programs for children and adults occur throughout the year.

International Bluegrass Music Museum

Produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the Bluegrass Hall of Fame book takes a biographical look at all inductees from 1991-2014.  Hardbound with glossy pages full of rare and historical photographs, the book details the musical history of all of the inductees into the Hall of Fame.  Co-authored by museum historians Fred Bartenstein and Gary Reid, this book will be an absolute treasure for bluegrass fans.

Owensboro Museum of Science & History

The Owensboro Museum of Science & History, founded in 1966, is located in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. Housed within an historic 19th and early 20th century building, the museum is a gathering spot, a learning center, and a family-friendly entertainment experience.

Owensboro's Sassafras Tree

Don't miss the opportunity to see the largest known Sassafras tree in the world, approximately 300 years old, and located on one of the main streets of Owensboro. The tree measures over 100 feet tall and 21 feet in circumference. A few other sassafras trees are 60 feet or taller, but the average sassafras is 30 to 50 feet tall.

Hometown Hero Hall of Fame

Located in the Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, you'll be able to browse through the “Hometown Hero”” Hall of Fame and view the celebrities that have reached national or international acclaim in their field that are from Owensboro and the surrounding regions. You might even see someone you know!

Haunts of Owensboro Ghost Tours

Do you believe in Ghosts? After experiencing our 2 hour walk around Historic Downtown Owensboro, you just might. The ghost walk tour starts on 2nd Street which is located in one of Owensboro's historic downtown buildings. A popular local haunt included on the tour is the Old Trinity Church which houses Theatre Workshop of Owensboro. The church, built in 1875, is considered one of the most haunted buildings in the tri-state area. Enjoy a spooktacular time on Owensboro's only ghost tour. [learn more]

Holiday World Theme Park & Splashin' Safari Water Park

Did you ever wonder where Santa Claus spends his summers? … in Santa Claus, Indiana, of course! Located only 33 miles from our Hampton Inn & Suites Owensboro hotel, you'll find the Holiday World Theme Park & Splashin' Safari Water Park. The perfect attraction for the entire family!

It's all about Santa Claus!

Celebrate Christmas every day of the year in Santa Claus, Indiana! Santa Claus, IN is the home to numerous themed attractions including: Santa's Candy Castle, Santa Claus Museum, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Frosty's Fun Center, Santa Claus Museum, Santa Claus Post Office, Santa Claus Land of Lights, Christmas Lake Golf Course, and Santa's Stables, located only 33 miles from our Owensboro Hampton Inn & Suites hotel. [learn more]

From Smothers Park to Panther Creek Park, from festivals like ROMP to Big O Music Fest, from the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Daylily Festival ro Reid's Orchard Apple Festival, there are a variety of attractions in Owensboro and in nearby cities like Evansville, Santa Claus, Jasper and Henderson.

Whether you're visiting Owensboro, Kentucky for business or pleasure, choose the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Owensboro Downtown Waterfront located in the heart of Owensboro.

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