With a prime spot on the Ohio River, Evansville has a proud German heritage that underlies the architecture, arts and cuisine of this southwestern Indiana town. Cultural venues abound, from a dedicated arts district to historical areas, museums and a philharmonic orchestra.
Things to do in Evansville
The Riverwalk, nicknamed the “front door to the city”, winds along the Ohio River banks, providing access to the downtown district, Sunset Park and The District entertainment complex. Inside The District, you can enjoy well-known musical performers at Tropicana Evansville, a replica steamboat casino with multiple dining rooms and a popular piano bar.
Join the artsy crowd in Evansville with an evening at Haynie’s Corner Arts District. Full of galleries and boutiques, the district is also known for its historic architecture and trendy eateries. For nightlife and live music, hit the pavements of West Franklin Street, home to Franklin Street Tavern and Penny Lane Coffee House.
Visit the Westside Historical Area for German cuisine at Gerst Haus restaurant, then browse the shelves at Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, a historic Carnegie facility. Take a deeper dive into history at Angel Mounds State Historic Site, a prehistoric Native American home site featuring earthen mounds, preserved trails and a fascinating artefacts museum.
Travelling with the family? Spend an afternoon at Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden, which features distinct sections, such as the African Rift and Tropic America. You’ll encounter exotic animals, including Egyptian fruit bats and black swans. You can also visit the Koch Family Children’s Museum to see interactive science exhibits and a Speak Loud Gallery filled with percussion instruments.
Getting around Evansville
Evansville Regional Airport sits on the north side of the city, about 15 minutes’ drive from downtown. You can pick up a rental car or use public buses, rideshares, taxis and shuttles to get around.