DESTINATION: EVANSVILLE, IN
THE TRI-STATE’S ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION
Situated on the beautiful Ohio River, downtown Evansville is often referred to as the "Crescent Valley" or "River City". As testament to the Ohio's grandeur, early French explorers named it La Belle Riviere ("The Beautiful River"). This celebrated river town has been attracting tourists since 1812. Today, many visitors choose Evansville each year for its entertainment, history, outdoor fun and special events. The mild climate of winter, cool crisp colors of the fall, sunny summer and the bright, vibrant spring seasons draw visitors from all over to enjoy Evansville and the Ohio River’s beauty. Area residents consider themselves incredibly fortunate to live where others come to vacation. Just imagine: with a career at Tropicana Evansville, you could be one of those lucky locals.
From the annual Shriner Fest that frequently features the United States Navy's Blue Angels and Canadian Forces Snowbirds to the spectacle of the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival with every type of food imaginable, Evansville does events like no other city in America. Paul Harvey once remarked that only Mardi Gras in New Orleans is larger than the Fall Festival. The city’s Ford Center, Old National Centre and the Victory Theater draw the biggest names in entertainment. Throw in The District at Tropicana and you’re always in the center of the action and excitement.
ARTS & CULTURE
All year long, the arts are celebrated in Evansville with art festivals, museums, theaters and cultural events. Browse one or all of the 7 themed museums, such as CMOE Children’s Museum, Evansville Museum Transportation Center, or explore space and rediscover our amazing planet in the stunning Koch Immersive Theater where you will be able to see traditional planetarium shows as well be immersed in full-dome cinema. The Greater Evansville region is home to the Evansville Philharmonic, the Evansville Ballet, the Alhambra Downtown Film Festival and live jazz concerts.
Evansville has a long and fascinating history including the adventures of Lewis & Clark, the ancient and mysterious site of Angel Mounds to the tribes of Miami, Shawnee, Piankeshaw, Wyandot, Delaware and other Native American peoples that were known to be in the area. The land encompassing Evansville was formally relinquished by the Delaware Indians in 1805 to General William Henry Harrison. New residents will enjoy brushing up on their area history at the Museum of Arts, History & Science or at one of the many libraries in the Evansville area, including Willard Library, best known for the Halloween Haunting of the Grey Lady.
Do you enjoy some retail therapy now and then? Evansville doesn’t disappoint. As a local, you have all kinds of options, including Eastland Mall that offers more than 100 brand and designer name stores and restaurants. Need an out of town shopping trip? Several outlet malls are within driving distance, along with larger cities such as Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Evansville and its surrounding areas have many breath taking parks to get a taste of nature. Whether you want to climb the rocks at Garden of the Gods or explore the Labyrinth in the New Harmony gardens, everything is right here. Take a stroll down the Ohio riverside on one of the many walking paths. Enjoy the cabins and the aquatatic center at Burdette Park. Hike the many trails at the Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve or canoe through the Howell Wetlands. Take a short drive to John James Audubon Park in Henderson, KY and view the Bird & Butterflies exhibit in the Nature Center. With over 20+ parks in the city limits, the nature lover will be in heaven here in Evansville!
The greater Evansville area is home to several world-class golf courses, including Victoria National, ranked by “Golf Digest” as the 35th best golf course in America, which means players can take a swing at everything from picturesque vineyard courses to unique rolling hillside links. Take your game to Evansville and get your daily dose of iron.
Paintball, go-karts, amusement parks, arcade games, miniature golf and the incredible Mesker Zoo are just the beginning of the excitement awaiting families who move to the Evansville area. Enjoy a morning bike ride on the riverfront. Take in an Evansville Icemen Hockey game or visit historic Bosse Field and watch the Evansville Otters hit some home runs. Plus, check out Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN, only 45 minutes away and experience the #1 rated wooden rollercoaster! There’s so much to do here in Evansville that every day will be like a great adventure!