From Art Galleries to Stunning Parks: Iconic Attractions in Henderson, Kentucky

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If you’re looking for the best attractions that define Henderson County, this list is for you. From birdwatching in the sloughs to wineries and horse racing, check out these iconic hot spots the next time you’re in town.

The Depot Welcome Center

The Depot Welcome Center. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

On your way into town, your first stop should be The Depot Welcome Center. Here, you’ll find more than your standard travel map – The Depot houses a gift shop with trendy branded apparel and gifts like travel mugs and wine glasses. It’s also home to Gallery 101, a creative space featuring rotating art exhibits and workshops. Before you leave, grab a guide for the Historic Henderson self-guided walking tour.

John James Audubon State Park

John James Audubon State Park. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

With over 649 acres of wilderness, trails, a lake and even a museum, this park is the perfect spot to enjoy a blend of Henderson’s outdoors and history. Hike six miles of trails that weave through wetlands and a cypress slough. Tour the John James Audubon Museum, which features the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts from the famous artist and naturalist. Don’t miss out on a game of tennis, pickleball or golf. And for a longer stay, check out the cabins and charming guest cottages.

Henderson Brewing Co.

Henderson Brewing Co. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

For a good craft brew, head to Henderson’s Gateway District. Here, you’ll find the Henderson Brewing Company, the town’s first craft brewery that dates back to the 1800s. Relax in the dog-friendly taproom, tour the three-barrel brewhouse or play a game of cornhole while you sip on award-winning beers like the Bridgeview, featuring notes of malt and earthy spice, or The Depot with hints of caramel and toffee – many of the beers are named after historic Henderson taverns.

Audubon Mill State Park

Audubon Mills State Park. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

Picture-perfect sunsets await at Audubon Mill State Park. Located in downtown Henderson with spectacular views of the Ohio River, this park is home to paved walking trails, statues of historical figures (like John James Audubon) and century-old shade trees. Enjoy a picnic in the park, watch the trains passing over the CSX railroad bridge, or take a stroll on the 2.5-mile walkway that weaves over rolling hills and through downtown.

Ellis Park

Ellis Park. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

No trip to Kentucky is complete without horse racing, and Ellis Park delivers. This century-old track hosts thoroughbred racing every summer from July to Labor Day. Feel the thrill of watching and betting on steeds as they gallop around the track. Grab a bite at the Dade Park Grill – the fried cheese curds are a must-try. And with monthly promotions like T-Shirt Tuesdays, Golden Gamers, and Monster Mash, something exciting is always happening here (like the annual wiener dog races)!

Boucherie Winery

Boucherie Winery. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

Nestled on a scenic hillside just 15 minutes outside of town, Boucherie Winery is considered one of the best-kept secrets in Henderson County. Renowned for its refreshing fruit wines made from grapes grown, bottled and aged right on the estate, this winery is one of the largest vineyards in Kentucky. Relax on the patio with one of their famous wine slushes or sample a mix of their iconic wines, like the Catawba sweet rosé at the tasting bar.

Farmer and Frenchman Winery

Farmer and Frenchman Winery. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

If you’re looking for the ultimate getaway while visiting Henderson County, this European-inspired winery is the place. Dine on a locally sourced lunch or dinner in the cafe overlooking the vineyard. Sample wines from their extensive list of imports and spirits. Or, enjoy seasonal events like trivia nights, live music, pop-up markets and holiday celebrations. Make a weekend of it by booking a stay in one of their three luxurious guest cabins featuring gorgeous views of the surrounding farmland.

Henderson Farmers Market

Henderson Farmers Market. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

Located at the Henderson County Fairgrounds every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, the Henderson Farmers Market is a celebration of the county’s agricultural roots. Sample local honey while you shop for massive heads of cabbage, cauliflower, and other fresh, seasonal produce. Pick up a bouquet of locally grown flowers, listen to one of the live bands that play under the pavilion, and indulge in baked goods by the slice from one of the many vendors!

The Elm

The Elm. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

If you’re looking for a night of live entertainment, check out The Elm in downtown Henderson. Every weekend, this historic venue (once the iconic Delker’s Carriage manufacturing building) comes alive with music performances and comedy shows. Rock out to bands like 2 Miles Back and The Sellouts. Laugh out loud at open mic night. And if you love local crafts, check out the on-site pop-up market. Fun fact: it’s believed this space is one of the most haunted buildings in Kentucky – yikes!

Sloughs Wildlife Management Area

Sloughs Wildlife Management Area. Photo Courtesy of Henderson, Kentucky.

The Sloughs Wildlife Management Area features over 10,000 acres of wetlands, woodlands, open fields, ridges, and observation platforms that are perfect for spotting rare birds. An unmissable destination for birdwatching enthusiasts, photographers, and nature lovers, the Sloughs offers a front-row seat to the region’s diverse ecosystems and wildlife. If you’re lucky, a trip here could yield sightings of rare birds like bald eagles, short-eared owls, and red-headed woodpeckers.

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