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225 Things To Do in Murray, Kentucky

If you didn't know, the Commonwealth of Kentucky turns 225 this year! Looks pretty good for her age, huh? In order to celebrate this big year for Kentucky, we wrote a list of 225 things to do in and around Murray, Kentucky. We hope this encourages you to enjoy some of your favorite Murray things, and try something you never have before.

Food and Drink The Keg

1. Eat the Murray roll at Jasmine's

2. Eat the Smoo at the Big Apple Café

3. Indulge in the guacamole at Willow Bistro

4. Head to Burrito Shack and eat some chips and pineapple salsa

5. Eat some wings at Mister B's before a Racer football or basketball game

6. Grab a catfish lunch at Hih Burger

7. Try a maple bacon donut at Murray Donuts

8. Eat a cheeseburger from Sammon's Bakery

9. Try the hot browns at Dumplins

10. Enjoy a Cajun inspired dish at the Keg

11. Get the veggie pizza and a breadstick with honey butter at Matt B's

12. Order a deep dish at Mugsy's Hideout

13. Sip on a latte from 5th and Main Coffee

14. Get the buffet at August Moon

15. Snag some Bad Bob's BBQ for lunch one day

16. Try the football-size burrito at Don Sol

17. Drink at specialty brew from Future Grounds

18. Enjoy a peaceful meal at the Garden Gate Café

19. Order up some pancakes at Hungry Bear

20. Grab lunch and hope to run into Hank Williams Jr. at La Cocina

21. Enjoy a hearty breakfast dish at Martha's

22. Have fun in the game room and get the pizza buffet at Pagliai's

23. Have fun with friends and hibachi grilled meal at Shogun prepared in front of you

24. Get a specialty pizza at Tap 216 while overlooking campus on their patio

25. Chow down on a specialty sandwich from Victor's Sandwich

26. Eat the burger voted best in Murray at The Station

27. Have a fine dining experience at the Alley Steakhouse

28. Be sure to get some hushpuppies with your meal at Crossroads

29. Indulge in a panini from Gigabites

30. Have a date night at Tom's Grille

31. Load up on the buffet at Hibachi King

32. Visit the "Big Cow" and grab dinner at Sirloin Stockade

33. Indulge in the chocolate from Poppy's Chocolate Shop

34. Attempt the Burrito Shack burrito challenge

35. Get a snow cone at Bahama Bucks

36. Catch the Pony Express around campus for a midnight snack

37. Get a diner cheeseburger and milkshake at Dunkins Market

38. Try one of the four signature cocktails inspired by Murray at the Springhill Suites Marriott

39. Be at Dairy Queen for opening and closing day


Photo by Ribbon Chix

40. Participate in Shop Small Saturday

41. Head down to Hazel for their antique shopping

42. Grab locally made honey from the Dutch Merchant

43. Grab an outfit for your favorite tiny tot at Tattle Tales

44. Get the perfect accessory for your work desk at The Picket Fence

45. Have a custom Kentucky shirt designed at Ribbon Chix

46. Stop in at Wild Raspberry for all your scrapbooking needs

47. Find a custom piece of clothing at Shane Lee's Boutique

48. Get the perfect card from the Hallmark Gold Crown Store, New Life

49. Stop in at Charlton and Park for the perfect piece to add to your home

50. Get your Vera Bradley fix at LuLu's and shop their unique home decor selection

51. Peruse ShopMyKentucky.com for your Murray inspired gear

52. Get the perfect holiday home decor inside Flowers By Whitney

53. Shop for the man in your life and make him extra stylish at Dan's

54. Stop by Carey's for quality items at a great price

55. Grab the perfect baby accessories for your expecting friends at The Plaid Rabbit

56. Stop in The Pretty Peacock to fulfill your Pinterest-inspired home decorations

57. Stop in at The Bookmark for Murray Tiger Gear

58. Wander through A Good Things Consignment for a home decor piece you didn't know you needed

59. Browse Yours, Mine and Ours clothing consignment store

60. Find a new mattress or furniture set at Carraway Furniture

61. Spend an afternoon walking through Trends and Treasures

62. Get lost in Peddler's Mall looking at each booth to see what treasure you can find

63. Stop by D.K. Kelley's that has been providing the ladies of Murray accessories and more for 29 years

64. Spend a day at Frankly Scarlett shopping, going to the salon and relaxing at the spa

65. Find a perfect gift for a woman in your life at The Place, only carrier of Este Lauder in Murray

66. Visit The Plantation and find stationary or invitations for any future events

67. Grab some friends and go shopping at Ladybug's where great service is a priority

68. Find your perfect fit of booties or wedges at Penique's Boutique

69. Shop and travel the 400 mile long yard sale

70. Shop at Angels Attic to help raise money for the Angels Clinic

71. Find a great new piece for your home at Woodcrafters

72. Do all your Kentucky sports shopping at Kennedy's Fan Shop

73. Get a flower arrangement at Wilson's Florist downtown

74. Visit Wayne Bates for all your pottery needs

75. Peruse the vintage albums at the Terrapin Station

76. Get your jewelry fix at Enix Jewelers

77. Relax with a massage from The Retreat

78. Get a mani and pedi from Essential Day Spa

79. Have your haircut at Reflections

80. Make a monogrammed shirt at Farmhouse

81. Get your significant other, or yourself flowers from A Festive Touch

82. Consider a conceal carry class through First Choice Fire Arms

83. Pick out essentials for your garden at Rolling Hills Nursery

84. Rent a video from Family Video

85. Get a new car at one of our local auto dealers

86. Purchase an engraved brick to go on the court square

87. Tan at Campus Tan


88. Walk the loop

89. Visit the dog park at Central Park with your favorite furry friend

90. Try your hand at Disc Golf at Central Park

91. Relax while walking through the Arboretum

92. Enjoy a walk through campus

93. Visit Kentucky Lake

94. Hike through Land Between the Lakes

95. Venture around the court square

96. Take a picnic lunch to Renaissance Park

97. Shred some pavement at the Lions Club Skate Park

98. Visit the Veteran's Memorial at Chestnut Park

99. Rent a mountain bike from Gear Up and explore LBL

10. Travel the Quilt Trail on a sunny day

101. Visit the Elk and Bison Prairie

102. Rent a canoe or kayak and explore Kentucky Lake

103. Play paintball at Wizardland

104.Work on your swing at the batting cages at Central Park

105. Put a pick-up team together and play basketball at Chestnut Park

106. Grab friends and rent a field for a softball or kickball game through the park

107. Play for free at the Spray Park at Central Park

108. Enjoy swimming and catching rays at the Community Pool

109. Putt-Putt at Sullivan's Golf Course

110. Play 18 holes at Miller Memorial Golf Course

111. Explore the county for the 13 historical land mark signs

112. Visit Ft. Heiman

113. Play soccer at Bee Creek

114. Walk the trails at Central Park

115. Do the interactive trail at Chestnut Park

116. Go fishing on Blood River

117. Ride a four-wheeler at Turkey Creek

118. Visit the Nature Center in LBL

119. Walk the new bridge on Highway 80 over Kentucky Lake

120. Go paddle boarding in Kentucky Lake

121. Take an eagle tour in LBL

122. Rent a horse and go for a ride

123. Do a self-guided cemetery tour through Calloway County

124. Visit the Home Place out at Kentucky Lake

Entertainment Photo by Justin B. Kimbro

125. See a movie at the Cheri

126. See a performance at Playhouse in the Park

127. See an Open Mic Night at Mr. J's

128. See a performance by the Town and Gown Band and Chorale

129. Try to get a strike at Corvette Lanes

130. Take a painting class with Gallery 109

131. Take a yarn class at Red Bug Yarn and Gifts

132. Make your own pottery at the Murray Art Guild

133. Take a fitness class at Downtown Dynabody

134. Go back in time and enjoy a night out roller skating at Circus Skate

135. Play with animals at the Murray Calloway Humane Society

136. Volunteer at Soup for the Soul

137. Try geocaching throughout Murray

138. Catch Pokémon in Murray

139. Make your own ghost tour

140. See a laser light show at the Golden Pond Planetarium

141. Play some pool at The Bootleg

142. Dance the night away at The Lounge

143. Take a drive through the back roads on a nice day

144. Read InsideTheMKY.com Murray, Kentucky's blog

145. Participate in Trade Day at Chestnut Park

146. Visit the historic Penny Grocery Store

147. Take your picture with Robert E. Lee

148. Take a flying lesson at the airport

149. Go to a karate class at Mr. Dinh's

150. Visit one of the 120 local churches

151. Attend a City Council Meeting

152. Attend a Fiscal Court Meeting

153. Attend a Park Board Meeting

154. Visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau

155. Give blood at a Murray-Calloway County Hospital blood drive

156. See Murr-Vegas perform

157. Adopt an animal at the Humane Society

158. Get your library card at the Calloway County Library

159. Try a yoga class at Yoga MKY


Photo by Terry Little

160. Be dazzled by the lights in Rotary's Light Up Murray Christmas Parade

161. Carve a pumpkin at Fall on the Farm

162. Celebrate our Independence at the Freedom Fest Parade

163. Run or walk the Main Street Mile before the Freedom Fest parade

164. Support Needline with the "Stuff the Truck" campaign at the Farmer's Market

165. Watch the Chuckwagon Races at the Expo Center

166. Attend the Playhouse in the Park Summer Camp performance

167. Have a night out on the town celebrating farmers with the Market to Menu Dinner

168. Attend Hazel Day's

169. Attend the Holiday Open House Weekend

170. Visit the Live Nativity Scene at the MSU Expo Center

171. Take a picture with Santa on the court square

172. Go and Touch-A-Truck at Central Park

173. Visit all the local pumpkin patches

174. Pick strawberries at "You Pick It" Farm

175. Pick Blueberries at Lance's

176. Wander around the Chamber's Sidewalk Sale

177. Test your knowledge at Murray Main Street's Trivia Night

178. Be wowed by the talent at Festival of Champions

179. Be a Spirit Team Member for the 5k or Half Marathon put on by MCCH

180. See the fireworks at Freedom Fest 181. Get your

fill of ice cream at the Ice Cream Festival

182. Visit the Downtown Farmer's Market on Saturday

183. Check out Murray Art Guild Spring Art Hop

184. Attend the Cross Town Classic football game

185. Hunt down Easter Eggs at the Easter on the Square downtown

186. Do some spring cleaning and participate in the Spring Citywide Yard Sale

187. Enjoy all of the summer programs through the Calloway County Library

188. Attend the Calloway County Fair

189. See one of the Tuesday Night Concert Series Shows at the Rotary Amphitheatre

190. Learn about Murray's Scottish roots at the Murray Highland Festival

191. Join your friends and family at Trail of Treats at Central Park

192. See the Festival of Lights at Central Park

193. Watch the Community Christmas Tree Lighting downtown

194. Get in the Christmas spirit at Dickens' Downtown

195. Eat at the Gary Taylor Memorial Ham Breakfast with all the local Boy Scouts

196. Eat with Murray Rotary Club at the Tom Rushing Memorial Ham Breakfast

197. Get breakfast with Santa at the Murray Woman's Club

198. Look at boats at the West Kentucky Boat and Outdoor Show

Murray State

199. Take your furry friend to Murray State's Doggy Day Spa

200. Go to a Racers tennis match

201. Get your picture taken with Dunker

202. See Racer Band perform

203. Take a picture with Rainey T. Wells

204. Visit Wrather West Kentucky Museum

205. See one of the exhibits at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery on campus

206. See a concert at the CFSB Center

207. Attend the Homecoming Parade

208. Go to Racer Arena and watch reigning OVC Champs, Racer Volleyball

209. Watch Racer baseball on a pretty spring day

210. See the Bull Blowout at the Expo Center

211. See a Lovett Live performance

212. Watch a Murray State soccer game on the hill

213. Go to the Truck and Tractor Pull at the Expo Center

214. Watch All Campus Sing on the Quad

215. Go to a Racer's Basketball Game

216. Feel like a college basketball star at the Matt McMahan Basketball Camp

217. Become your own "Messi" at the Murray State Soccer Camp

218. Have fun at Murray State Rodeo at the Expo Center

219. Attend the annual Presidential Lecture Series at Murray State

220. Grab friends, coolers and a grill to tailgate at a Murray State football game

221. Sled down the big hill at Murray State

222. Have fun at Tent City during Homecoming Weekend

223. Get ready to tackle at Murray State's Football Camp

224. Visit the Shoe Tree on campus

225. Grab a seat for Racer Madness

For a list of more events and updates throughout the year, visit www.tourmurray.com