Year-round Activities in Hopkins County

When you’ll be visiting Hopkins County in Kentucky, here is a to-do list that you use to have the time of your life. We’ve compiled the top 20 things to do this year in Hopkins County. When you are looking to enjoy some great new adventures, yummy food, or fun events in 2019, check out these year-round activities in Hopkins County.

The following video gives you an impression of the Friday Night Live Concert Series in Madisonville as XG The Xtraordinary Gentlemen (with Alonzo Pennington) performed at Madisonville’ Friday Night Live (June 14, 2019).

  • Stop by the Historic Downtown area of the village of Hanson. Here you can browse unique shops and antiques outlets and enjoy some amazing food at one of Hanson’s restaurants housed in the town’s charming historic buildings that date back to the late 1890s – early 1900s.
  • Check out The Ledge VR. This is a state-of-the-art virtual gaming center located in downtown Madisonville. Here, you can immerse yourself in virtual experiences like phenomenal globetrotting or get busy with an action-packed virtual game. You can make your reservation online and check out game titles that are available.

  • Visit Skyview Skatepark. This is a marvelous indoor skatepark located on Madisonville’s Franklin Street and you can get gear like a new board at the park’s shop. When you have no clue as to how to skate on a to skateboard, but want to try? Don’t worry, at Skyview, lessons are available! You may also want to check out the professionally-designed Sugg Street outdoor skatepark.
  • If you visit Mahr Park Arboretum, you will feel close to nature again… You can attend a class in the Arboretum’s learning program or go on a guided hike. The center educates audiences on topics such as native plants and flowers, and animal habitats.
  • Visit also Hanson’s Village Arts Festival, an annual festival that is held in March. All through the year, festivals draw large crowds to Hanson’s historic district. You will be surprised about what’s displayed and sold and by the many activities set up to please all visitors.
  • Relax in Madisonville City Park. There’s great fishing in this beautiful park and you and your family will have a great time! Take some time for a round of mini golf, and you can play disc golf or walk the park’s trails, and much more.
  • Well, some places may have a different opinion, but I’m sure in Hopkins County, you’ll find some of the best BBQ around. And here, they take BBQ pretty seriously! Food lovers should absolutely check out the Dawson Springs BBQ Festival that’s held annually in July and also visiting the annual Christ the King Old Fashioned BBQ Picnic that’s held in September is recommended.
  • A great place to relax while soaking up the sun on feeling and sand between the toes is the beach in Hopkins County’s Pennyrile Forest State Park. The park boasts the most pristine beach and sand in Kentucky. Kayaks and paddleboats are offered for rent at the park’s boat dock, next to the beach.
  • Two Kentucky Governors are from Hopkins County, including Ruby Laffoon, the state’s 43rd Governor. , Ruby Laffoon. You can take a tour along the log cabin where Laffoon was born which was originally built in the 1800s and now is located on Hopkins County’s Historical Society Museum lawn. One of the interesting pieces at the Museum is an entirely original 1910 Buick Buggybout. There are just three of these in the world!
  • The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts offers the finest of performances. Every year, the best popular and classical music acts, top-notch entertainers, and award-winning plays take the Center’s main stage and while there, check out as well the exhibits in the Anne P. Baker Gallery that’s housed in the great arts center.
  • In April, the community of White Plains holds their annual Civil War Festival. In addition to a true battle re-enactment, the colorful festival features a car cruise-in, a well-received yard sale, and one of the best ladies’ tea parties in the state.
  • In May, you can have lots of family fun when you come to the Dawson Springs Mule & Draft Horse Days that take place each year in May. Watching horse & tractor pulls and wagon & riding shows is a lot of fun. You can take a stroll along the classic cars cruise-in, ride a carnival ride, enjoy great live music, and lots more!
  • Madisonville’s “4th Fest” is the best of Hopkins County’s summer celebrations! You are welcome to join the city’s community during the July 4th festivities and enjoy outdoor concerts, lots of kid’s activities, summer collegiate baseball, and fireworks. This is fun for your entire family.
  • Downtown Madisonville is a great place for a walking tour and discover what the city has to offer. When you stop by the city’s Visitor Center, you can pick up the guide Walk Madisonville! that will tell you all about several one-mile tours that will point you to Madisonville’s historic, patriotic, and artistic points of interest.
  • Why not take the family out to a ballgame? Elmer Kelley Stadium is home to the Madisonville Miners, a summertime collegiate baseball team. The Miners’ games are in June and July and tickets are just $5 while kids 12 and under get in free!
  • You can learn about Dawson Springs’ history as a health destination and also major and minor league baseball spring training is held here. Dawson Springs Art Center also features memorabilia and artifacts that honor Dawson Springs native and former Kentucky governor Steve Beshear.
  • In Dawson Springs, you can rent a canoe or kayak and go on a scenic boating trip on the Tradewater River. You have the option to take 2, 5, 7-mile trips including ferry service.
  • The region boasts a lot more agriculture activities than only row crops! You are welcome to visit beautiful Reclamation Acres, an over 200-acre interesting and innovative White Plains farm where you’ll be impressed by their annual Handmade Market that takes place in October. You can also buy locally grown, delicious produce from local farms at the Farmer’s Market in Hopkins County that’s open from May through October and you may also want to visit the Brumfield Farm Market that’s open year-round.
  • The free outdoor concerts at the Friday Night Live Series in Madisonville are absolutely worth a visit. Concerts are on several Friday nights all through the summer. There is also a Kidz’ Zone with live characters, inflatables, and more activities. Local vendors are also present with fun merchandise and delicious food.
  • Downtown Madisonville boasts an interesting shopping district with lots of specialty shops, eateries that serve delicious food, and lots of street art.
  • Visit Munns Historic Schoolhouse, a 1-room building where, at “Christmas at Munns”, handmade crafts and art items are sold that are exclusively made from natural ingredients. Munns Schoolhouse is listed the U.S. Register of Historic Places and once a year, this interesting place is open to the public during this Christmas event.

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