Two people ride horses along a Western Kentucky shoreline at sunset

Western Waterlands

Bordered by the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and home to the two largest lakes in Kentucky, the Western Waterlands offer an inviting mix of outdoor recreation, arts and culture, history and family fun.

Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area form a popular vacation destination with all the water recreation imaginable: fishing, skiing, sailing, tubing, kayaking, jet skiing, swimming, and just relaxing. Head for a Kentucky state park or a National Scenic Byway to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV trail riding and other area attractions.

More Things to Do in the Western Waterlands Region

The friendly communities and historic hamlets of the Western Waterlands are packed with opportunities for entertainment, activity and inspiration. Play golf in the #1 retirement destination in the U.S., visit Kentucky’s largest Amish community, shop in a railroad town transformed into an antique shopper's heaven, travel through lush farmland rich in Native American history, and visit a "living house" museum complete with immersive historical exhibits. Take a walking tour of historic downtowns like Paducah, where you can get a dose of culture at the National Quilt Museum and River Discovery Center

Dine in restaurants overlooking the lakes, enjoy live entertainment at Grand Rivers Badgett Playhouse, take in a movie at an old fashioned drive-in, shop at the largest single antique mall between St. Louis and Nashville, visit art museums and play with us at one of our award-winning festivals and events. And when it's time to turn in, the Western Waterlands also offers lodging ranging from rustic tent and RV campsites to luxurious hotels and resorts.

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Regional Cuisine

A bowl of banana pudding from Western Kentucky

From country ham to fresh-caught fish, from banana pudding to locally distilled bourbon, the Western Waterlands boast a distinctive – and delicious – regional food culture.

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