"There's just nothing to do in Owensboro." How often do you hear those words? Well, it's officially the first day of Spring so grab the kids and you'll find that a wonderful adventure awaits you right outside of your back door!

Free or low cost fun is around the corner when you visit any of these Owensboro outdoor adventures! Whether you like to take it slow and stroll gardens and parks, or you like sports like golf, biking and running or a family adventure with the children, Owensboro has something for everyone. So, breathe in the fresh air, put down the electronics and make memories this Spring!



You’ll step into a nature’s paradise when you visit the Garden in the Spring. Flowers are blooming, butterflies are everywhere and the birds are chirping as you take in the scenic views and beauty! It's by far one of my favorite outdoor escapes in town.

Annual Plant Sale: Sat Apr 22nd 8:00am - 2:00pm

Mother's Day Brunch @ The Garden: Sun May 14th 11:00am - 1:00pm

25 Carter Road, Owensboro, KY 42301




Whether you’re planning a wedding or reception, a birthday party or a group outing, Reid’s Orchard offers something for everyone! Beautiful landscaping, delicious treats and a play land for the children to enjoy rides and various activities! Family fun awaits you just a few short minutes from Owensboro.

Monday - Saturday, 8:00 - 7:00 Sundays 11:00 - 5:00

4818 Kentucky 144, Owensboro, KY 42303




Located right on the Owensboro Riverfront, Smother’s Park is a great place to spend time with the entire family. Whether you want to take a romantic stroll, let the children release some energy in the awesome water park or large play area, or take photos, the views can’t be beat! Pack up the family and head to the river for a vacation right in your backyard.

And, you never know when a great band will be taking the stage to entertain us!

While you’re there don’t forget to pay tribute at the Charles Shelton Memorial.

100-199 E. Veterans Blvd. Owensboro, KY 42303


Dave Spencer


I need to take advantage of this 15-mile long trek and get in shape! If you like to bike, skate, walk or run, this is a beautiful, safe way to enjoy the great outdoors.

Dave Spencer


I played some in college, but if I wasn’t so rusty I’d go out and hit some balls at Centre Court. They have 9 outdoor courts so you can play singles or doubles and still breathe in some fresh air!

2901 Bittel Road, Owensboro, KY 42301

Jennifer Mullican via Facebook


Okay, Barb on a skateboard or BMX bike would be laughable, but I wouldn’t want to get in the way of the teenagers who actually know what they’re doing any way! 14,000 feet of adrenaline, amazing fun.

Bluff Avenue & E. Parrish Avenue

Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images


The title pretty much says it all. When I visit I’m like a child again! You can pet animals, bounce, slide, take a pony ride and more! You’ll want to visit the farm market while you’re there and pick up some amazing homemade goodies too. It’s truly a paradise for the young and young at heart!

Tues - Friday 12PM - 6PM
Saturday 10AM - 6PM
Sunday 12PM - 5PM

9255 US Highway 431, Utica, Kentucky 42376



Lace up your hiking boots and head to Ben Hawes to enjoy 300 acres of amazing trails and scenery galore! Whether golf is your thing or shooting guns, archery or bike riding, there is truly something for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.

Open 7am-dusk, seven days a week

400 Boothfield Road, Owensboro, KY 42301


So, grab the family and take your own adventure right outside your back door! Spring is here.