Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

Featured Exhibit

Paducah has been impacted by flooding throughout its existence.   The Flood of 1937 caused Paducah’s virtual abandonment.  This exhibit includes a photographic display of the 1937 flood and its impact.   After viewing, you can learn how floods happen through a... Learn more

News & Events

Paducah, Ky. – January 6, 2015 - On Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015, former Circuit Judge Jeff Hines, will perform wedding ceremonies in the Founders Room of the River Discovery Center. This special event will run from 1:00pm until 3:00pm with ceremonies approximately every... Learn more
Paducah, Ky. – September 11, 2014 – The River Discovery Center’s Paducah Dragon Boat Festival was recently named one of Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Top 10 Fall 2014 Festivals & Events. The Kentucky Travel Industry Association names its Top Festivals... Learn more
The River Discovery Center announces the second annual Paducah Dragon Boat Festival to be held at Paducah’s riverfront on Saturday, September 21, 2013 has 32 teams registered.  Proceeds from the event will go towards the educational programs of the center.   Dragon Boat Racing... Learn more

Educational Programs

Summer Camp (Wednesdays on the Waterfront)  is a day-long camp for youngsters K-1st.  Emphasis is placed on all things related to the riparian environment. The fun begins at the riverfront with the campers getting connected to the rivers. They will engage in a question/answer session as... Learn more
Skippers is an educational offering for all area 3rd graders. It is sponsored by Ingram Barge Company and includes a tour of the center’s exhibits, time in the navigation simulator, a classroom session and the film shown in the theater. The teacher may choose from a list customized programs... Learn more
Coming Soon.
Mound Builders is an off-site classroom program for 5th grade students in partnership with school districts. Students come to the center for a 3-hour program that meets Core Content standards in science, mathematics, economics, history, social science, arts and humanities. The experience teaches... Learn more