The town of Ashland situated on the southern banks of the Ohio River is a great place to experience the best of everything the Appalachian area has to offer. Whether it’s the vibrant downtown filled with unique art installation and locally owned restaurants and shops, a lively city arts and entertainment scene, the lush, expansive Central Park, a 19th century historic walking and driving tour, or the scenic surroundings and nearby outdoor recreational fun, there’s simply a lot to see and do.
Take an interactive art walk down the newly commissioned Art Alley and see beautifully commissioned artworks on building exteriors, such as the Ashland Town Center Mall Mural.
Additional wall murals and sculptures by a renowned artist can be viewed at the Port of Ashland and in and around the old Depot Train Station. Discover locally cherished cultural icons, such as the beautifully designed and restored Paramount Arts Center and Theatre, built in 1931.
Enjoy a stroll through Ashland’s historic downtown and experience local dining favorites, such as The Kentucky Hall of Fame Cafe, The Winchester Steak Seafood and Bourbon, and Tim’s Hotdogs and Spaghetti, considered the best hotdogs in Kentucky. Peruse trendy boutiques and exclusive gift shops, such as Don’s Men’s Shop, The Inner Geek rare collectibles, Pretty and Poised, and WASH Handmade Body Care.
Relax and unwind in downtown Ashland’s pristine 47-acre Central Park with over 1,100 trees, multiple fountains, walking trails, playgrounds, Ashland’s oldest log house, and more. Experience national heritage on Ashland’s Historic Walking and Driving Tour featuring majestic houses built in the 1800’s and turn of the century, as well as homes confiscated for use in the Civil War. And launch out for nearby outdoors adventure such as kayaking and paddling down the Ohio, and hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and camping in breathtaking Greenbo Lake State Resort Park.
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