Rhythm & Rivers

Rhythm & Rivers, Paducah, KY

Acclaimed as Paducah's newest "star," the Carson Center for the Performing Arts is located in the heart of historic downtown.

The River Heritage Museum, a Save America's Treasures project, is housed in downtown's oldest standing structure. Elegant displays at the Museum of the American Quilter's Society highlight the vigorous rebirth of quiltmaking and fiber arts. Quilt City USA; Paducah resembles a quilt in many ways – the vibrant city’s creativity, color and rhythmic patterns merge into an enticing work of art.

Paducah's origins and prosperity can be attributed to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Today, this same riverfront is the site of steamboat dockings, fireworks, concerts and festivals throughout the year. The downtown’s beautiful 19th-century architecture entices visitors to explore its unique antiques, specialty shops, one-of-a-kind eateries, and more. The downtown boasts quality museums, interesting shops, and regional dining specialties housed within restored 19th century architecture.


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