Ultimate Summer Bucket List ☀️

Whether you want to kick up your heels, or head to the trails, find your fun in Hopkins County! From outdoor adventure to live music, firework-filled festivals, to mouth-watering meals, Hopkins County is the perfect place for fun in the sun! Squash summer boredom and take on our Summer Bucket List challenge. These activities are fun for families, but also make great date ideas! Tag us in your adventures using #ReadyAimFun or #madisonvilleky and we might share your photos!

  • Go to an Outdoor Concert– FREE events like 4th Fest, Praise in the Park, and the Summer Concert series highlight local, national, and even international talent!
  • Strike a Pose– Have a photoshoot with friends at the wing murals and the #BigMadChair on Sugg Street!
  • Try a New Restaurant– With over 80 restaurants in Hopkins County, you are sure to find a new favorite. Check out Foodie Friday for all the local diners, drive-thrus, and dives!
  • Root for the Home Team– The Madisonville Miners are a member of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League and they make Elmer Kelley Stadium home the months of June & July!
  • Hit the Greens– With 4 versions of golf, find your favorite and go a round… or two! (Mini Golf, Golf, Disc Golf, and Foot Golf)
  • Visit a Museum– Step back in time. Take a day to visit our historical sites and museums for a walk through Hopkins County’s rich history.
  • Rent a Kayak or Bike– Take a ride on the pavement or the water! Several places offer rentals throughout the county. Check out Mahr Park, Pennyrile State Park or, Tradewater Kayaking.
  • Visit the Farmers Market– Indulge your taste for colorful, locally grown produce and orchard-fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Watch Fireworks– The City of Madisonville knows how to celebrate! Their free 4th Fest features phenomenal firework shows each night after the concerts!
  • Get Ice Cream– Don’t settle for vanilla or chocolate, specialty shops like Gather at Blue Twenty-One offer “over-the-top” milkshakes and fun flavors!
  • Go Geocaching– Fun for the whole family, download the app and start your very own scavenger hunt!
  • Go Fishing– Reel in a big one at one of the many lakes and ponds in Hopkins County! Fishing is a great way to spend a summer evening!
  • Attend a Car Show– Check out hot rods, classics, motorcycles, and more at the Dawson Springs Cars & Coffee Car Show!
  • Go Bowling– Whether you are playing competitively or a friendly round with friends, Melody Lanes has been the spot since 1959!
  • Have Fun at the County Fair– The Fair is coming to town from July 26th to the 30th! Enjoy carnival rides, food, shows, exhibits, and so much more!
  • Catch a Matinee– Golden Ticket Cinemas offer the latest blockbusters at a great price! Catch a movie for your next date or for family fun!
  • Visit the Community Garden– The community garden at Mahr Park is a beautiful place. Go see what’s in bloom!
  • Hike a New Trail– Boasting hundreds of miles of trails, Hopkins County is full of adventure and gorgeous views!
  • Go Antique Shopping– There’s no telling what you can find at yard sales and antique stores! Antique and vintage pieces have so much character!