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Popular things to do in Owensboro

Smothers Park ©
Park
Smothers Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
O.Z. Tyler Distillery ©
Distillery
O.Z. Tyler Distillery
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Reid's Orchard ©
Farm
Reid's Orchard
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Yellow Creek Park ©
Park
Yellow Creek Park
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Owensboro is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Daviess County, Kentucky, United States. It is the fourth-largest city in the state by population. Owensboro is located on U.S. Route 60 about southwest of Louisville, and is the principal city of the Owensboro metropolitan area. The 2015 population was 59,042. The metropolitan population was estimated at 116,506.HistoryEvidence of American Indian settlement in the area dates back 12,000 years. Following a series of failed uprisings with British support, however, the last Shawnee were forced to vacate the area before the end of the 18th century.The first European descendant to settle in Owensboro was frontiersman William Smeathers or Smothers in 1797, for whom the riverfront park is named. The settlement was originally known as "Yellow Banks" from the color of the land beside the Ohio River. The Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at what is today's Owensboro prior to departing on their famous travels. In 1817, Yellow Banks was formally established under the name Owensborough, named after Col. Abraham Owen. In 1893, the spelling of the name was shortened to its current Owensboro. Arrange all the small, but important details of your Owensboro trip itinerary using our United States itinerary maker site.

Side trips from Owensboro

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari ©
Water Park
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus
4.5
Duration: 8 hours
Mammoth Cave ©
World heritage site
Mammoth Cave Mammoth Cave National Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Dream Car Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Dream Car Museum Evansville
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Owensboro

Panther Creek Park ©
Park
Panther Creek Park
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Legion Park ©
Park
Legion Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Preservation Station Market And Event Center ©
Flea Market
Preservation Station Market And Event Center
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden ©
Garden
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Owensboro

Jack C. Fisher Park ©
Park
Jack C. Fisher Park
4.0
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Owensboro

Don's Consignment ©
Antique Store
Don's Consignment
3.7
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Owensboro

Owensboro Museum of Science and History ©
Specialty Museum
Owensboro Museum of Science and History
2.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

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