Spring Break is fast approaching, but contrary to popular belief, not all of us skip town for a week! For those of us who are choosing to stay close to home, we still have our vacation preferences despite not traveling.
Take our quiz, to find some options for fun things to do around Daviess County this Spring Break.
When it comes to location:
- I just want to be near the water.
- I love the solitude of the woods.
- I crave the hustle and bustle of the city.
- Wherever we go, it had better be fun for the kids.
When it comes to food:
- I enjoy trying local cuisine, the fresher the better.
- The food can be simple; it just has to be portable.
- I prefer exotic flavors and foods from different cultures.
- Wherever we eat, there had better be something the kids will like.
When it comes to activities:
- I want to be in the water boating or on the shore fishing or napping to the sound of the waves.
- I enjoy hiking, exploring, biking, and sometimes getting lost!
- I want to be entertained: history tours, theater, shopping.
- Whatever we do, I just want the kids to have a good time.
When it comes to price:
- I’ve got some money to spend for vacation, but I don’t want to break the bank.
- Vacation should be as cheap as possible, preferably free.
- I am okay with a good experience requiring a bit of investment.
- I’ve got kids! Stretching the budget is a must.
When it comes to why you are not going out of town for Spring Break this year:
- I cannot take off time from work that week.
- I’ve got volunteer responsibilities in town that keep me home.
- We are saving our money for a big, fancy summer vacation.
- I don’t want to spend hours in the car with the kids!
If you picked mostly A’s:
There are many shorelines in Daviess County! From fishing to boating to simply enjoying the breeze, Owensboro offers many different opportunities to get next to and onto the water. Most area parks offer water features. Panther Creek Park and Yellow Creek Park are great fishing spots. Just down the river from the popular Smothers Park is English Park offering the same beautiful river sights and sounds without all the distractions of the bustling downtown. And, if you want to get on the water, pack up your canoes or kayaks and take a drive out to Carpenter Lake or Daviess County Fish and Game in Eastern Daviess County for a peaceful day of paddling.
If after a day of enjoying the water, you are craving a taste of the sea, head downtown to Lure Seafood and Grille, located in the Hampton Inn and Suites. Here you will find fresh, unique flavors with a fancy flair. But, if you are looking for a more casual seafood experience, check out Catfish Willy’s on Tamarack Road for a delicious meal with a fun atmosphere.
If you picked mostly B’s:
For the nature lovers, Daviess County is a beautiful place to explore on foot or bicycle. The Owensboro Greenbelt provides paved, well maintained walking and biking paths from almost one end of the city to the other. The Rudy Mines Trails on the West side of Owensboro offer wooded hiking and biking trails for the adventurist who needs a little more dirt under the rubber. And, if you would like a little more variety in the scenery with your stroll, the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden on the west side of town, is charming year-round, but especially in the spring.
Before heading out for your nature adventure stop by Gene’s Health Food. In addition to their vitamins and supplements, this shop offers a fresh food deli with sandwiches and organic salads. Pick up the perfect picnic.
If you picked mostly C’s:
If you are craving the excitement of the city, look no further than downtown Owensboro. With beautiful hotels, fine dining, museums, excellent shopping, and fun night life, you could take a fabulous vacation and never go south of 9th Street. Not to be missed are the International Bluegrass Museum, The Famous Bistro, Simply Chic Home Accents, Gambrinus Libation Emporium, and of course the beautiful Riverwalk. With murals and art pieces to admire, cute shops to peruse, and fine food to enjoy, Owensboro’s Downtown is an exciting place to explore.
If you picked mostly D’s:
Using the Owensboro Parks and Recreation website, have your kids research a different never-visited park to try each day. Maybe swing by the Big Dipper on West Parrish Avenue for burgers and fries and then take your meal over to delightful, little Goose Egg Park on West 3rd Street to try out the new playground equipment. Load up the strollers or the bikes and make good use of the wide walking paths at Waymond Morris Park on Todd Bridge Road. Or, if you want to get out of town just a wee bit, head south on Hwy 54 to Whitesville and visit the red train car and the walking trails of Whitesville Community Park. You can even stop by Mil’s Dairy Drive-In for ice cream on your way back to Owensboro.
Don’t feel left out if your family is “stuck in Owensboro” for Spring Break. Get out there and explore Daviess County, and you won’t be disappointed!