Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

Featured Exhibit

Get connected to the river with this exhibit.   With a live feed from a camera on our roof, zoom in on all the boats currently on the river in front of the center.   See what kinds of vessels are moving, which are tied up, and what cargo is being moved on the river.  ... Learn more

News & Events

  Paducah Dragon Boat races earn silver for 'Best Festival'EJ Abell (from left), Julie Harris and Dana Marvin of the River Discover Center in Paducah accept the silver award for Best Festival on behalf of the Paducah Dragon Boat Festival from the Southeast Festival and Events... Learn more

Educational Programs

Teacher FAQ’sWhat are the tour choices?You may come for a self-guided tour, a guided tour or an all-day visit with educational programming, available for K-12. Reservation is required. A self-guided tour will require at least 1.5 hours for an average classroom. This type of visit... Learn more
Animal Encounters is a 3-hour program for second graders. RDC partners with The Land Between the Lakes Nature Station to teach children about animals in our riparian environment. The students are divided into rotations as they visit the various stations. The program meets Core Content for second... Learn more
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
When available, staff members will come to your school to present educational programming. There will be a small transportation fee for schools outside of Paducah. If interested, please call, 270-575-9958 or email, ej@riverdiscoverycenter.org,  E.J. Abell, Director of Education. Programs... Learn more