Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

Featured Exhibit

The 7 music stations located throughout the exhibit area pay homage to three  historic steamboats: Glendy Burke, Shawneetown and  John Gilbert  and 4 captains of that era as well: Nye, Miller, Ryman and Richardson. 

"Glendy Burke" ... Learn more

News & Events

River Discovery Center Receives KHS 2015 History AwardFRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) presented the River Discovery Center in Paducah with a 2015 History Award in the education category Nov. 6 at its annual meeting and history awards... Learn more
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Dragon Boat Festival Frankfort, Kentucky, September 8, 2015 – The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has selected the Dragon Boat Festival as part of their 2015 Fall Top Festivals & Events. The River Discovery Center brings the fastest... 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

staff members will visit a school, classroom, or career fair to discuss river-related topics.
Adopt-a-Towboat is a year-long educational program which matches up a real towboat and its crew with a classroom in the region. The local towboat companies commit one of their vessels as an off-site,  teaching  "classroom" as the students learn about the industry and its impact... Learn more
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
Rivers of Opportunity Career Day is an all-day career fair that invites area high school students to come to the center for an event focusing on river-related careers. Representatives from the towing industry, KY Fish and Wildlife, US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Coast Guard and other marine-... Learn more