Visit Like A Local – Henderson Hot Spots!

Want to visit Henderson, but not sure where to start?


There are lots of things to do and places to see, and we don’t like to keep them secret. We want you to know all about them! Here is a small listing of the things that many locals say are must-sees while visiting Henderson.

• Shop at Simon’s Shoes, Henderson’s oldest shoe store. The store offers shoe sizing, occasional trunk shows, a sale table, and it specializes in narrow and wide sizes. A friendly atmosphere and hundreds of rotating styles make this store a must-see. Other shopping information available here.

• Keep your stay interesting! We get phone calls every month about our Bed & Breakfasts. Yes, we have two! Both are located downtown in historic buildings near the riverfront. A Bed & Breakfast can make for a unique stay. To find out more about these options and other places to stay, visit our website.

• Coming to Henderson and not visiting the Ruby Moon Vineyard & Winery shouldn’t be allowed! This quaint winery offers dry and sweet wine selections made from estate-grown grapes and local fruits. During the springtime, the fields surrounding the vineyard offer bursts of yellow and gold and the outdoor patio beckons. A summertime arts festival is also a popular event (June 2, 2012).

• Try the barbecue! Whether you’re a fan of mutton, chicken or pork – western Kentucky is known for their rich barbecue tradition. To find a list of local restaurants, including barbecue specialties, click here.

• Visit during a festival. The Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival and the Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival are both award-winning music festivals that take place each summer on the riverfront. Other festivals include the Tri-Fest Street Fair, the GRADD Arts and Crafts Festival, Sandy Lee Songfest and many others.

• Hike at Audubon State Park and visit the John James Audubon Museum. The Museum houses the art collection of internationally-known wildlife artist, John James Audubon. The park offers trails, fishing, wildlife viewing and is also known for it’s special events for children. If you have kids, you’ll want to call ahead and ask what’s going on at the park during your stay!

• Are you visiting during the summer? Stop at Ellis Park Race Course for live thoroughbred horse racing. Admission is free, and special events such as Camel and Ostrich Races, Wiener Dog Races and scholarship giveaway days add to the fun!

This is only a start. There’s are lots of things to do when you visit. Start your trip at The Depot Welcome Center downtown on the riverfront, and we can help you plan your trip. For more information call 1-800-648-3128 or local (270) 826-3128.