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10 Things to Do While You’re in Town for the Blues Festival

Welcome to Henderson, our riverside gem where the good vibes flow with the current of the mighty Ohio. While you’re tapping your toes to some amazing tunes, why not take a little time to explore our charming little corner of the world? We’ve pulled together a fun list of ten things you just can’t miss while you’re here. So, grab a sweet tea or some lemonade, sit back, and let’s dive into a handful of adventures just waiting for you in Henderson!

1. Stroll Along the Riverwalk

Take a leisurely stroll along Henderson’s picturesque Riverwalk and soak in the beauty of the Ohio River and the best sunset views from near and far. This scenic pathway offers stunning views, a refreshing breeze, and a serene atmosphere perfect for relaxation. Whether you’re enjoying a morning jog, an afternoon walk, or a peaceful evening, the Riverwalk is a must-visit spot that showcases the natural charm and tranquility of Henderson. Come experience the riverside magic!

Henderson RiverWalk

2. Visit John James Audubon State Park

Dive into the natural beauty and rich history at John James Audubon State Park Museum and Nature Center. Explore the museum that boasts one of the world’s largest collections of Audubon artifacts and originals, hike the tranquil trails, get a round of golf in at the 9-hole course, and enjoy the beautiful wildlife and bird watching opportunities.

Audubon Museum

3. Explore Downtown Henderson

Downtown Henderson is brimming with unique shops, charming cafes, and historic architecture. Grab a latte at one of our cozy coffee shops, take a stroll through Downtown’s residential areas on a self-guided historical walking tour (boasting one of the largest collections of still-standing 19th century homes in the state!), discover local boutiques, and strike up a conversation with one of our friendly locals– Southern Living just named Henderson one of the South’s top 20 friendliest towns, after all!

Historic North Main Street

4. Eat Like a Local

From locally-sourced twists on classic Southern cuisine to the low and slow smokey goodness that our region is best known for (we’ve got five local joints on the West Kentucky BBQ Belt!), your taste buds will stay happy. Our local restaurants are eager to serve you!

West Kentucky BBQ

5. Experience Henderson Through Our Artists’ Eyes

Art enthusiasts will love spending time in our galleries and taking in our murals. Gallery 101 at The Depot Welcome Center and the Beaven Art Gallery at the Henderson County Public Library are great ways to cool off and take in unique exhibitions, while our local murals make for great selfie spots.

Gallery 101 at The Depot Welcome Center

6. Explore the Sloughs

If the tranquility of the great outdoors is what you crave, we’ve found your new favorite spot. Paddle through towering Cypress trees in the Sloughs, or bring your binoculars and enjoy an observation platform perfect for bird watching. Insider tip: our recommended kayaking area is at Gentle Pond. The launching area is on the gravel road that runs behind the main office– drive for about a mile, and it’s on the right. The observation platform at Anderson Pond is a great place to download the free Merlin app and identify the dozens of bird species in the area.

Gentle Pond, The Sloughs

7. Savor a Refreshing Drink

Ready for a little liquid delight? Whether you’re a wine lover or a craft beer enthusiast, we have something special just for you! Pop over to Farmer & Frenchman Winery & Cafe or Boucherie Winery and sip on locally-crafted wines. Prefer a pint? Henderson Brewing Co., one of 13 breweries on the West Kentucky Brewery Hop, serves up refreshing craft beers perfect for any palate.

Henderson Brewing Co.

8. Shop at the Henderson Farmers Market

If homegrown goodness is what you crave, a quiet morning at the Henderson Farmers Market is key. Our agrarian roots run deep, and our farmers would be thrilled to send you back home with locally-grown produce, farm-fresh flowers, jams, salsas, breads, and other unique items.

Henderson Farmers Market

9. Take the Path Less Pedaled

Looking for a fun way to explore Henderson? Hop on a bike and let the adventure begin! You can rent a stylish set of wheels at The Depot Welcome Center through Upgrade Bike Share. Cruise along our wide streets, discover hidden gems, and feel the wind in your hair as you pedal through our charming town.

Bicycling in Henderson

10. Make Plans to Come Back!

Extend your stay or make plans to come back! Experience more live music at the Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival (July 24-27) or Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival (Aug. 9-10). Catch the thrill of live racing at Ellis Park, our historic Thoroughbred race track, kicking off on July 4. Or simply choose a few days to unwind in our river town retreat.

Ellis Park Racing

We know you’ll enjoy your time in Henderson at the W.C. Handy Blues & BBQ Festival. With so much to see and do, your visit is sure to be filled with memorable moments. Welcome to our little piece of paradise– we’re glad you’re here!

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