If you think Kentucky is only about horses and bourbon, then make your way to the western part of the commonwealth to experience a whole other side: Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue! You can hear, see, smell, taste and touch it all throughout the nine-county region that earns its name from two musical genres and a unique style of cooking that all have deep roots here.
Home to world-famous Kentucky barbecue and music legends, Bill Monroe, the Everly Brothers and W.C. Handy, the Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region of Kentucky invites you to travel the roads of tradition. Visit Bill Monroe's birthplace and learn more about him at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Enjoy music festivals, Civil War re-enactments, Ellis Park Racetrack, Broadway shows, outdoor adventure and more.
Owensboro, Kentucky’s Festival City, is home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Take a ghost tour or hop on the River City Trolley to visit historic downtown and other major shopping destinations. Home to John J. Audubon, the world’s greatest naturalist, Henderson offers music, art, history and adventure, year-round festivals and a historic downtown area with fun eateries and quaint shops.
You will find unique museums and art galleries throughout the region, as well as, natural wonders such as the Western Kentucky Botanical Gardens, the Dogwood Azalea Trail, two Wildlife Management Areas, and the John James Audubon State Park. Visit working nurseries, orchards, and farms and get a taste of Kentucky.
Distance from Major Airports
Evansville Regional Airport is 15 miles away from Henderson, KY
Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport is 44 miles away from Madisonville
US 60, US 231, US 41
TARC Bus System
John James Audubon State Park & Museum
Located in Henderson, the John James Audubon State Park was recognized in Kentucky Living magazine’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards! Museum: 1st Place; Outdoor Recreation Spot: 2nd Place
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
This park is known for its magnificent hardwood tree forest, pristine lake and nature trails, along with dazzling spring and fall color. Play along the riverfronts of Owensboro and Henderson, both scenic spots for catching a concert or a beautiful sunset, splashing in waterparks or strolling along the Ohio River.
House of Onyx
Provides its vast collection of diamond jewelry, pearls and pearl jewelry, estate jewelry, colored gemstones and carvings, gold, platinum and sterling silver jewelry, Mexican Onyx, Cloisonné, beads and minerals and fossils.
American Cave Museum
Today, Horse Cave is a true center for cave-related education, research and tourism. For a great introduction to the subject, visit the beautifully curated American Cave Museum, with vivid exhibits dealing with every aspect of caves, from preservation to groundwater to bats.
Nov 03,4 & 5, 2017
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M
You are invited to 2nd annual Open Studio. Visit sculptor Bill Kolok, tour studio, watch process of sculpting in wood and stone, be the 1st to see newest work, shop gallery, take advantage of once a year 20% off sale.
KATHY MATTEA FEATURING BILL COOLEY
Nov 02, 2017
7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
The duo meets as old friends, welcoming you into The Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts — including Kathy’s beloved classics such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been?,” and many other hits, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, and a sprinkling of brand new material, all reinterpreted for the duo format.
Nov 04, 2017
10:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Just in time for the holidays... Join Miss Kim for some family fun at the John James Audubon State Park Museum--create a terrific Turkey for your Thanksgiving décor! Suitable for children ages 3-8, with an accompanying adult.
Pre-registration is required. Cost: $5.
Nov 20, 2017
7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
When it comes to jazz and blues, New Orleans is the city that gave and then kept on giving. The musical breeding ground for such giants of traditional jazz as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton, The Big Easy also gave rise to a present-day giant, the pianist and singer Henry Butler – a super virtuoso and ebullient performer who embodies the buoyant spirit of his birthplace.
Tickets: $20 (General Admission)
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Nov 23, 2017
Noon - 8:00 P.M.
The Clifty Creek Restaurant located within the park's Lodge will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings. Children under five years of age eat free. Contact the restaurant for more information at 270-797-3421 ext 2409.