Owensboro’s Riverfront reopened in August 2012. The new Smothers Park is the home of the Shelton Memorial Park, honoring MIAs from all wars. It features an iconic fountain at the foot of Frederica Street. An outdoor children’s museum and playground includes handicap-accessible, overhead ramps inside large artificial trees. The park spans five city blocks and covers over five acres of land. It also offers outdoor space for events, with concessions and restroom facilities.
The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art offers traveling exhibits, plus selections from their permanent collection year-round. In addition, the Holidaze Market and Holiday Forest in December has become a popular holiday tradition.
The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden has beauty to offer all year round. WKBG has seven established gardens – Butterfly, Rose, Daylily, Iris, Herb, Fruit & Berry, and the Takahashi Japanese Memorial Garden. The Garden offers many special programs throughout the year, including many children’s activities in their Playhouse.
The Owensboro Museum of Science & History encompasses many adventures, including a replica of a local mine. There is a hands-on exhibits area and displays depicting local history, plus an opportunity to learn about Owensboro’s NASCAR connection with a cruise through The Speedzeum.
Monsters on the Ohio is a great opportunity for anglers to try to beat the Kentucky State Record for Bluecats! Check out some of the fun times at the 2011 festival!
The Owensboro Dragon Boat Races held the inaugural festival in August 2011. 14 teams competed for the trophy and bragging rights on the Ohio River at English Park. On top of the races, there were fun activities at the Park all day long! Another great annual festival for Owensboro!