Things To Do in Hopkinsville, KY

Things To Do in Hopkinsville, KY

If you've lived in Hopkinsville for any amount of time, you know that there's plenty of exciting attractions packed into our fun-sized city. And it's little wonder, considering how much history we have packed into our community.

Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center

One of America's darkest periods took place in the late 1830s when the U.S. government forced the relocation of the Cherokee people to designated areas in western America. Known as the "Trail of Tears," Hopkinsville was an encampment on this route. In fact, Hopkinsville is the burial site of two Cherokee Chiefs—Fly Smith and Whitepath.

The current site now serves as a memorial to the Cherokee people, as well as a learning center where visitors can learn about Cherokee history and traditions.


Hopkinsville Art Gallery

The eclectic Hopkinsville Art Guild Gallery is located in the heart of historic downtown Hopkinsville, just across the street of the historic Christian County Courthouse and Alhambra Theatre. This cooperative gallery boasts some of our region's finest local art as well as frequently on-site artists who will gladly discuss their work with patrons.

The Hopkinsville Art Guild Gallery also hosts frequent activities for local residents, including Crafting After Hours and Midday at the Gallery.


Museums of Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville has a rich history that some residents may not be fully aware of, from the controversial "psychic" Edgar Cayce to the Trail of Tears and the Black Patch Tobacco Wars. The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is located in two historic downtown buildings and consists of two distinct museums.

The Pennyroyal Area Museum is located in what used to house the Hopkinsville Post Office, and focuses more on the regional history of Hopkinsville, ranging from Edgar Cayce to African American history. The Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum is exactly what it sounds like—a museum devoted primarily to classic cars and fire fighters. Both of these attractions are well worth a visit, whether you're a local or an out-of-towner.

Alhambra Theatre

Built in 1928 and reopened in 1983, the historic Alhambra Theatre has been a landmark in downtown Hopkinsville for nearly a century. The Theatre still bears its original archway entrance, tile floor and chandelier. It's like a time capsule to the roaring twenties.

Today, Alhambra Theatre is managed by the Pennyroyal Arts Council and houses their offices on the top floor. It regularly offers live performances, showings of classic films, school performances, community theatre and more.


Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center

Beyond its museums and art galleries, Hopkinsville is home to the Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center, a water park filled with fun activities for the whole family! Open from late May to early September, Tie Breaker's hours encompass both weekdays and weekends.


Jeffers Bend Recreation Area

For the Hopkinsville-area's nature lovers, there's Jeffers’ Bend Environmental Center & Botanical Gardens. Jeffers Bend's mission is to enrich the lives of Western Kentuckians by providing them with information about soil science, water quality, soil conservation, agriculture, wildlife habitats, recycling and more.

Whether you're an educator, student, environmental worker, an interested citizen or just someone with a love for the outdoors, Jeffers Bend is sure to be of interest to you.


Hopkinsville L & N Railroad Depot

Built in 1892, the Hopkinsville L & N (Louisville & Nashville) Railroad Depot is a former train station that once served a variety of eclectic travelers on the L & N railroad. This distinct building remains a prominent fixture in downtown Hopkinsville, and although the CSX railroad line beside it is still active, it no longer functions as a train stop.

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