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Map of Murray


Historic Downtown






Quilt Trail


Unique Stops




Kentucky Lake


Map of Kentucky Lake


Community Profile & Relocation


Murray State University


Calendar of Events



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Scan this code using a QR Reader (free app) on your smart phone. Copyright © 2011 Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau and its licensors. All rights reserved. P.O. Box 321 • 201 South 4th Street • Murray, Kentucky 42071 (270) 759-2199 • 800-651-1603 • Photos courtesy of Justin Kimbro of K-Squared Designs, Jessica Heacock, Terry Little, Deidra Murdock, Murray State University, Murray Main Street and Murray CVB. Layout and design by Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Accommodations Hotels Baymont Inn & Suites 1210 N. 12th St. Murray, KY 42071 270.759.5910 877.229.6668

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 1504 N. 12th St. Murray, KY 42071 270.759.4449 800.HOLIDAY

Best Western University Inn

Murray Plaza Lodge

1503 N. 12th St. Murray, KY 42071 270.753.5353

506 S. 12th St. Murray, KY 42071 270.753.2682

Days Inn

Super 8 Motel

517 S. 12th St. Murray, KY 42071 270.753.6706 800.DAYS.INN

1202 S. 12th St. Murray, KY 42071 270.753.1150

Hampton Inn & Suites 1415 Lowes Dr. Murray, KY 42071 270.767.2226

Personal Touches Complimentary breakfast, guest laundry, elevator

Reservations: 270.767.2226 1415 Lowes Dr.

For Business

Business center, meeting room, fax, equipment rental, printer, photocopying

Fitness and Fun Fitness center, pool

2750 Cypress Trail New Concord, KY 42076 270.436.5496

822 Cross Span Rd. Murray, KY 42071 270.474.1144

Irvin Cobb Resort

Holly Green RV Park

48 Resort Rd. Murray, KY 42071 270.436.5496

102 Parks St. Murray, KY 42071 270.753.5652

Kenlake State Resort Park

Lakeview RV Park

542 Kenlake Rd. Hardin, KY 42048 270.474.2211 800.325.0143

Lakeview Cottages 165 Lakeview Cabins Dr. New Concord, KY 42076 270.736.5876

Paradise Resort 1024 Paradise Dr. Murray, KY 42071 270.436.2767 800.340.2767

Snipe Creek Lodge 387 Moser Ln. Murray, KY 42071 270.436.2626

164 Lakeview Cabin Dr. New Concord, KY 42076 270.436.2150

Land Between the Lakes 100 Van Morgan Dr. Golden Pond, KY 42211 800.LBL.7077

Water’s Edge RV Park & Marina 274 Tacklebox Ln. Murray, KY 42071

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Bullfrog Campground

Cypress Springs Resort & Marina



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Dining Murray

is a small town with big dining options. Whether you are looking for down home Southern cooking, eclectic choices or just want to grab a cup of coffee, we’ve got you covered.

When is the best time to dine in Murray? Lunch, of course! Don’t let the looks of the building fool you, Sammon’s Bakery is a local favorite. The bakery opens at the crack of dawn, serving delicious doughnuts and a flood of coffee, however, the best time to go is during lunch. You won’t regret ordering a cheeseburger on a mouth-watering homemade bun, so big that no one has ever left Sammon’s hungry. For those whose diets won’t let them partake in a burger, HRH Dumplin’s will hit the spot. Soups, sandwiches, casseroles, oversized rolls, and of course, dumplins are some of the most popular menu items. Anyone close to campus should visit The Burrito Shack. The beach theme inside creates a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for having lunch with friends. Stop by Jasmine, featuring Thai and Asian cuisine and experience one of their many varieties of sushi. Kentucky knows good BBQ, and Murray is no exception. Find piled-high sandwiches, BBQ nachos and the best potato salad around at Bad Bob’s BBQ. Of course, it wouldn’t be the South without some good home cooking. Mary’s Kitchen has delicious plate lunches with all the down home food you can eat. For those looking for a caffeine fix, Murray offers great coffee in a variety of settings. At University Book and Bean, visitors can sip their coffee while browsing the latest books. For those with less time to spare, Fidalgo Bay, which has a drive-through window, offers an assortment of snacks to go along with the coffee.




For a complete guide of restaurants in Murray, please visit

Early Risers

Lunch Hotspots

5th & Main

HRH Dumplin’s

coffee & tea 100 S. 5th St. 270.753.1622

305 B S. 12th St. 270.753.0000


Fidalgo Bay

200 N. 15th St. 270.753.3406

coffee & drive-thru 1201 Payne St. 270.761.4800

Southern Style

Rudy’s Restaurant

Holmes Family Restaurant

southern breakfast 104 S. 5th St. 270.753.1632

Sammon’s Bakery doughnuts & burgers 974 Chestnut St. 270.753.5434

The Doughnut Hole 404 S. 12th St. 270.753.4900

1901 N. 12th St. 270.767.0662

Martha’s Restaurant 1407 N. 12th St. 270.759.1648

Mary’s Kitchen 1205 Stadium View Dr. 270.759.2036

Renfro’s Hih-Burger 413 S. 4th St. 270.753.1155



1203 Chestnut St. 270.761. BOOK

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306 Gilbert St. Hazel, KY 42049 270.492.6284

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Magnolia Tea Room University Book & Bean coffee

Dining Casual Eats


Big Apple Cafe

Matt B’s Main Street Pizza

mexican & burgers 1005 Arcadia Dr. 270.759.8866

1411 Main St. 270.759.1234


Mugsy’s Hideout

burgers & frozen custard 818 N. 12th St 270.761.2858

410 Main St. 270.767.0020

Sirloin Stockade 922 S. 12th St. 270.753.0440

Tom’s Grille 501 N. 12th St. 270.753.4521

Tom’s Pizza 506 N. 12th St. 270.753.9411

Snappy Tomato 1550 Lowes Dr. 270.761.7627

Tumbleweed Southwest Grill 807 Wal-Mart Dr. 270.873.2300

For a complete guide of restaurants in Murray, please visit

Enjoying life’s everyday moments

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

306 Gilbert Street/Hwy 641 Hazel, KY 270.492.6284


Taste of the Orient


August Moon

Bad Bob’s BBQ

Chinese 1550 Lowes Dr. 270.759.4653

806 Chestnut St. 270.767.0054

Brother’s Barbeque

Jasmine Thai 506 N. 12th St. 270.761.THAI

401 Sycamore St. 270.761.7675

Coldwater Bar-B-Q 3975 US Hwy 641 N. 270.767.0205

The Keg 1051 N. 16th St. 270.762.0040

Shogun Japanese 706 N. 12th St. 270.761.7486

Mexican Flare El Mariachi Loco

Gloria’s World Village Cafe & Grocery 214 N. 15th St. 270.759.3233

El Tequila 716 N. 12th St. 270.767.0026

Los Portales 506 N. 12th St. 270.767.0315

The Burrito Shack 214 N. 15th St. 270.761.4444

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Chinese 412 Main St. 270.761.7888


Culture Fine Art Located on the campus of Murray State University, the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery is a multi-level exhibition space allowing visitors as well as locals to experience art first-hand. The gallery features diverse shows; from art classics to contemporary, from student work to national juried shows. Also on campus, the Curris Center Gallery is home to a wide variety of exhibits throughout the year. Admission to the galleries are free to the public. After spending eleven years in New York City, Jennifer Fairbanks recently returned to Murray to open her own art gallery, Gallery 109 & Fairbanks Studio. Go see one of the many exhibits featured throughout the year,including work from local,national and international artists.Classes, such as drawing and oil-painting for beginners, are conducted weekly. The Murray Art Guild, a local non-profit educational and cultural organization, offers classes and workshops to help develop the talents of local artists. Classes range from photography to drawing to rug weaving and are taught for multiple skill-levels.

Preserving the spirit of Kentucky’s legendary Jackson Purchase region.


West Kentucky Museum Located on MSU’s campus, off of 16th Street


Forrest C. Pogue Library The Special Collections Library, located in the Forrest C. Pogue Library, includes materials relating to the history and culture of western Kentucky and Tennessee, especially TVA and Civil War materials. Visitors can also enjoy tracing their genealogy in the vast records. On the National Register of Historic Places, the building was constructed in Renaissance Revival style, featuring bronze doors on the east and west entrances, and is often the building used to represent Murray State University.

Wrather West Kentucky Museum Wrather West Kentucky Museum is located in the first permanent building constructed on the Murray State campus and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum holds both permanent and changing exhibits, highlighting an understanding of Murray State, Murray and the entire Jackson Purchase region.

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Theatre and Music Murray State University’s Music Department and Department of Theatre and Dance provide concerts, plays and dance productions throughout the school year. Also, the Murray Civic Music Association presents world-class performances at historic Lovett Auditorium. Lovett Live consists of two concert series held at Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium that bring fans closer to the music. With Onstage Series shows, sit on stage with the artist, close enough to ask questions and hear the stories behind the songs from the artists themselves. The intimate coffee-house style seating for 200 includes tables, leather sofas and giant chairs. Concert Series shows get you closer to the music by bringing new and favorite artists to Murray, so fans don’t have to travel to major cities to see great bands. Lovett Live features local artists, Nashville singer/songwriters and artists you may be surprised are stopping in Murray. Wanting a show-stopper of a concert? The CFSB Center provides large-scale concerts of all genres of music. Music ranging from Miranda Lambert to Maroon 5 have provided exciting entertainment.



ake an evening to relax and delve into a story not your own. Playhouse in the Park is situated in a 1907 train depot in Central Park, providing an added dramatic experience to each play. Playhouse offers not only an evening of entertainment but a unique cultural experience to all who attend.

2011 Playhouse in the Park Season*

Dearly Beloved – September 16-25 Last season, Playhouse in the Park had a surprise hit on its hands with “Dearly Departed.” The same playwrights wrote, “Dearly Beloved” where the Futrelle sisters are throwing a wedding. The sisters pull off one “final Futrelle occasion” with elegance and style -- or do they?

Wait Until Dark – October 21-30 Based of the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn, a heroin-stuffed doll begins a deadly game that ends with blind Susy Hendrix and her pursuers to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.

The Sound of Music – December 2-18 Playhouse in the Park’s most requested show! A high-spirited woman begins serving as governess of seven children and gradually captures the heart of the stern naval captain and father.

*Please note that performances are Friday-Sunday only.

Aladdin Kids –(2011 Summer Camp: July 18-29) Show dates: July 29-31 Get out your magic carpet and watch as a street rat becomes a prince and a battle begins for the possession of a powerful magical lamp.


Death of a Salesman – June 10-19 A profound classic of the American Theatre follows Willy Loman’s last days of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived and the American Dream that kept him blind so long.

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Mulan, Jr. – April 15-24 Travel back to the legendary story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s Mulan.

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Hairspray— February 25- March 13 Be swept away to 1960’s Baltimore where Tracy Turnblad and her love for dancing has won a spot on a TV Dance program. Follow her struggles of adolescent life and love, singing and dancing all the while, of course!
























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n w o t n Historic Dow Downtown Murray used to be a place to trade livestock or goods, buy groceries, see the doctor, board a bus, sell tobacco crops, get a prescription filled or see a movie. Although times have changed since then, downtown is still as vibrant as ever. The Court Square is home to a unique variety of retail shops, restaurants and events.

Rudy’s on the square, open for breakfast and lunch, features good, home-style Southern cooking. They offer made-from-scratch breakfast each morning and plate lunches every day. Find authentic, made-to-order Chinese food at Happiness Restaurant, also located on the square. Lunch specials feature an entree with rice and two sides, all for a reasonable price. Chicago-style cuisine is featured at Mugsy’s Hideout, with specialties such as deep-dish pizza, Italian sausage sandwiches and toasted cheese ravioli. How does downtown Murray maintain its charm? Murray Main Street, an organization working to preserve and strengthen the area, continually works to revitalize downtown through renovation projects. The organization also organizes a variety of community events and activities on the Court Square that allow community members and visitors to experience downtown at its finest. The Downtown Saturday Market fills the Court Square with fruits, veggies, pies, treats, flowers, arts, crafts and other products every Saturday (7 am - noon) during the months of May through October.

I scream, you scream – well, you know the saying! Ice cream is one of America’s favorite treats, and what could be better than free ice cream? At the Ice Cream Festival, sample one of the many crazy flavors of Purity Ice Cream for free. The square will be packed with ice cream, food vendors, inflatables, rides and other familyfriendly activities. Main Street Merriment brings warmth and holiday cheer and spreads it throughout the downtown area. This event takes place the first Friday in December and is a great way to kick-off the Christmas season. First, visit Santa on the Courthouse lawn while watching the lighting of the community tree. Then, browse one of the many downtown businesses that stay open late that evening. The Robert O. Miller Conference Center hosts music, food, hot chocolate and beautiful Christmas decor. Dickens’ Alley transforms a normal alley into a beautifully-lit 17th Century London passageway. Enjoy pony rides, storytelling and a “pub” that serves warm soup and other food. Keep an eye out for carolers dressed in period costume.

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Shopping Shopping: Variety is the spice of life

Murray is home to a variety of different retail outlets. Buy name-brand clothing at a retail chain or handmade pottery at a locally-owned store. Find a perfect gift or treat yourself. Browse the stores or shop-til-you-drop. In Murray, shopping is not about buying, it’s about creating a small adventure. Vintage Rose Emporium, which has been recognized on a state and national level for its “big-city selection,” offers unique products not available in department or chain stores. There, one can find the Vera Bradley line, personalized stationary, classic china, kitchen supplies and much more. Vintage Rose visitors never find it hard to spend hours discovering the diverse selections available. This is one of the best places in Murray to find a perfect gift for someone. And when you find that perfect gift, a Vintage Rose employee will beautifully wrap it. Dog lovers, listen up! Whether or not you are traveling with your pet, Canine Couture offers a way to show them they are always on your mind. This shop, located in the historic Duiguid house, sells a variety of doggie goodies. From clothes to toys to homemade treats, Canine Couture is a dog-owners paradise.

Apparel and Accessories for your Pet • Apparel • Pet carriers • Jewelry • Toys • Collars and leashes Everything you need for dogs and dog lovers 270.753.7522 • 603 Main St.

Canine C uture

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Jack & Diane is an upscale men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing boutique. It houses brand-names such as Lacoste, Vineyard Vines, American Apparel and Columbia that cannot be found anywhere else in the region.

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For all the fitness buffs out there, Gear Up Cycles offers a great way to get in shape while also having fun. This cycling shop repairs bicycles and sells quality bikes as well as accessories. Cycling creates an adventure and a way to relive your favorite childhood memories.

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Mix the Old with the New: Shop Downtown


Downtown is home to the Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at 201 South 4th Street. Be sure to stop by to pick up maps and other information on Murray and the surrounding areas.


Find inner creativity when shopping at Red Bug on 3rd. A unique variety of yarns and tools can be found for creation of wearable art. Also enjoy an exclusive collection of Kentucky Artisan crafts from the region and take a little bit of Kentucky back home.

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Purchase University of Kentucky apparel or explore an entire room dedicated to Hello Kitty merchandise at The Bookmark. Next door, drop by Penique’s, which has two floors of home decor. Buy a shirt from the “Life is good” collection, a colorful lamp-oilburner or choose from the selection of garden items. Upstairs from Penique’s, Ribbon Chix is a little girl’s treasure chest. Tu-tus, bows, jewelry and holiday-themed clothing transforms a girl into a festive princess.

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Drive to Murray’s Court Square, park for free and spend the day visiting one-of-a-kind places. The old store-front buildings create an atmosphere to discover new trends. New Life Christian Bookstore has a great selection of Christian books, music, apparel, gifts and kid’s items. Thirsty? Head to the basement and check out 5th and Main Coffees, where you can relax, try one of their “20 Below Hot Chocolates,” or purchase one of the many flavors of tea.

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f you are antique shopping in western Kentucky, you must be in Hazel. Established in 1890, Hazel became a booming railroad town through the early 20th century. Hazel is now known as an antiquelovers heaven, and is only a seven-and-one-half mile drive from Murray. Park your car once and spend the entire day browsing the various shops. Be sure to stop for lunch at the Magnolia Tea Room, serving fresh soups, sandwiches on homemade bread, delicious cake and 27 varieties of hot tea. Also, set your sights on the Tea Room’s Murder-Mystery dinners - an evening of “Who done it?” with gourmet meals. State Line Ranch and Home, on the outskirts of Hazel, offers not only antiques, but also western-style gear. Angelique’s Antiques sells pieces from the mid to late 1800s, vintage pieces as well as new items. The largest store in the area is Charlie’s Antique Mall. Here, shoppers can browse the furniture, china, coins and more, then stop for an ice cream treat at the soda fountain.


Hazel, Kentucky 310 Main St. 270.492.6333

Horse’s Mouth Antique Mall 308 Main St. 270.492.8128

214 Main St. 270.492.8646

The Cabin

Miss Martha’s Antiques

211 Main St. 270.492.6252

302 Main St. 270.492.8145

Charlie’s Antique Mall & Soda Fountain

State Line Ranch & Home

303 Main St. 270.492.8175

705 Main St. 270.492.6144

Corner Shoppe

The Willow Tree

300 Main St. 270.492.6255

306 Main St. 270.492.8900

The Felix


212 Main St. 270.492.8019

Nana’s Treasures 209 Third St. 270.492.6084

Heart of Hazel Antiques 317 Main St. 270.492.8140

TM Creations 301 Main St. 270.492.6060

Ann’s Country Kitchen


312 Main St. 270.492.8069

318 Main St. 270.492.8195

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Blue Moon Antiques

Memory Lane Antique Mall

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Antique Shops

Hazel Fine Art Gallery 100 Main St. 270.492.6231

Magnolia Tea Room 306 Gilbert St. 270.492.6284

Quilt Trail Forming in early 2010, a group consisting of Calloway County Homemakers, quilters and community members set sail on creating a Quilt Trail for visitors to enjoy. Visiting the trail carries visitors throughout scenic Calloway County. By the end of 2011, more than a dozen quilt squares will be built across the county.

Butterworth Farm 4497 Hwy 94 W. Calloway County

For years, the farm housed an old barn painted with the American Flag. The family wanted to continue the patriotic tradition with a red, white and blue design revealing the first quilt to the Calloway County Quilt Trail.

Cahoon Quilts Graham Rd. Calloway County

Focusing on the design aspect, the Cahoons chose three different patterns of a smaller size to compliment the style of their barn. The patterns are the Ohio and Army Star.


Calloway County Farmer’s Market Hwy 121 N. Calloway County

Smith’s Farm

Faxon Rd. Calloway County

Adourning the large red barn is the pattern of the Ohio Star, in red, white and blue.

Honoring his mother, Fannie, Mr. Little chose the fan pattern, taking special notice to using the color blue, as it was her favorite. Beginning her hobby of quilting at age 70, she left many wonderful heirlooms to her family.


Irvin Cobb Rd. Calloway County

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The “Corn & Beans” pattern is a respresentation of the Farmer’s Market of Calloway County, held weekly starting in the spring.

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In 2010, the Murray Calloway Transit Authority introduced the newest addition to its line-up: the trolley! The trolley is a great way to cruise the town while seeing all of the most important places in Murray. The route runs from Murray State University’s campus, through Chestnut Park and straight into downtown Murray. If you want the scenic tour of Murray, the trolley is a perfect fit. Or, take the trolley downtown to eat and shop in the heart of the community. It only costs 25 cents to use and is free for Murray State students. To learn more about the trolley or the local transportation system, visit

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The Arboretum at Murray State University is a fully accessible 27 horticultural display, public garden and educational laboratory located on the Pullen Farm of Murray State University. The Arboretum consists of five major parts: Open Woodlands, Savanna, Open Prairie, Oak/Hickory Forest and Wetlands, plus Display and Community Gardens. Walk the two miles of pathways and experience one of the largest and most diverse collection of plants in western Kentucky. Throughout the area of the arboretum you will find collections of both introduced and local woody plants, annuals, and perennials, of historic significance to the western Kentucky region. (Information from

Recreation The Outdoors, Hunting & Fishing Murray and its surrounding region is ideal for hunting and fishing. Kentucky Lake is known as the “Crappie Capital” of the world. The lake also offers other types of fish such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, spots, bluegill, red ear, white bass, shell cracker, stripers and sauger. Dedicated fisherman come from near and far to sample the wealth of the lake. For those who do not already have a boat, everything from fishing boats to yachts to sailboats are available for rent. For hunters, there are more than 250 days of hunting season for the area, complemented by vast hunting ground. High on the list for the region’s hunters are white-tailed deer. Kentucky is regularly in the top five states in producing record book deer. Nearby Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge offers open hunting in rich bottomland hardwoods. With its close proximity to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Murray is a paradise for any outdoorsman. LBL presents a bigwoods hunting experience on 170,000 acres of ridges and hollows. Murray’s great outdoor life has even gained national recognition by Outdoor Life magazine. Murray State University was named a top 10 university for students who love to hunt and fish.

Parks Covering 180 acres of land, the Murray-Calloway County Parks system holds a swimming complex, batting cages, nine baseball and softball fields, a soccer complex with 15 fields, three basketball courts, 10 covered pavilions, five playgrounds, a youth climbing wall, an outdoor amphitheater, three-and-a-half miles of developed nature trails, a disc golf course and a dog park. The Central Park Disc Golf Course was complete in 2006 and is becoming one of the parks most used facilities. Disc Golf, a rapidly growing sport, is similar to traditional golf but with Frisbee-like discs. The 18-hole course has a total length of over 5,200 feet with a par of 58, and is great for experienced players or those new to the game.

Co m e & P l ay O n e o f Western Kentucky’s F i n e s t Go l f Courses Vo t e d Cal l oway Co u n t y ’ s Be s t Golf Course 9 Years in a row! Memberships Available 18-Hole Championship Course Stocked Pro Shop Driving Range & Practice Greens

2814 Pottertown Road

Golf Packages Group Rates Pavilion and Snack Bar



The American Society of Golf Architects designated the Frances E. Miller Memorial Golf Course as one of the best designed 18-hole courses in America. It presents a unique challenge for competitive and recreational golfers alike. Measuring 6,592 yards from the championship tees, the par-71 layout has two distinct nines which require a wide array of shot-making. The outward nine is set on hilly terrain and requires pinpoint accuracy from tee to green, whereas the inward half rewards length and accurate long-iron play. The facility also offers two large practice putting greens, as well as a wide two-level practice tee and a spacious 315 yard driving range. Sullivan’s Par 3 Golf and Sports Center offers an 18-hole executive golf course and a driving range, where during the peak season the range is lighted for night practice. Sullivan’s also houses an 18-hole miniature golf course and batting cages.

Expo Center The William “Bill” Cherry Agricultural Exposition Center, commonly referred to as the Expo Center, hosts a wide variety of events from livestock and horse shows to circuses, truck pulls, motocross and much more. Over 25,000 people from far and wide attend the various events held annually.



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Have an adventure with your pet by bringing your dog to the new Dog Park, located in Central Park. The park is divided into two sections, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Canines can go through the built-in obstacle course, walk the beam, jump through hoops and play other games just for dogs.

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entucky and Barkley Lakes, joined by a free-flowing canal, form one of the largest man-made bodies of water in North America. Combined, the two lakes have over 4,000 miles of shoreline and over 3,000 miles of water. Not only will you find fun-filled outdoor activities such as boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and camping, but you will also discover family-fun adventures in water parks, go-karts, train rides and more. Kentucky Lake is known as the “Crappie Capital” of the world. A little-known fact is crappie can be caught year round. The lake also holds other fish such as blue gill, spots, red ear, shell cracker, stripers, saugers and of course, bass! Catch one of Kentucky Lake’s exceptional population of largemouth bass, or one of the smallmouth bass which can reach five pounds or larger. Opportunities abound for both back country and modern camping, as well as horseback riding, biking, hiking, boating and swimming. Or, go hunting during one of the area’s 250 days of hunting season.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area offers 170,000 acres of wildlife, history and outdoor recreation opportunities, wrapped by 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Sit under the stars and learn about our universe at the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory. In the summer of 2011, the planetarium will be offering a “Summer Nights� show. Discover life on a 19th Century farm by visiting The Homeplace. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the grounds, farm buildings and even interact with the interpreters. Get in touch with nature at the Elk and Bison Prairie, where a native habitat lost more than a century ago is being carefully restored. At the Woodlands Nature Station, guests can enjoy a guided hike or canoe excursion. The Nature Station also offers an indoor discovery center as well as live wildlife in its backyard exhibits. In August 2011, the Nature Station will host a Hummingbird Festival.

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Community Profile Population, 2008: Calloway County-- 36,240; Murray-- 16,557 Median Age: 34.1 years old Geography: Centrally located with easy access to an Interstate highway system, within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the nation’s population Average price of home in 2006: $85,250 Average price of new home: $125,050 Sales tax: 6% (Prescription drugs and groceries exempt) Churches: over 120 in Calloway County and the region Annual average temperature: 58.37 degrees School Systems: Two K-12 public school systems that consistently rank in the upper tier of testing

Relocation and Retirement Murray has long been known for its attractiveness to retirees. In 2008, the city was recognized by Back Home in Kentucky magazine as one of the Top Retirement Communities in Kentucky. In 2001, Murray was selected as one of only eight cities in the state as a Certified Retirement Community by the Kentucky Tourism Development Cabinet. Nationally, Where to Retire magazine featured Murray in a cover story in 2007, naming it a “low-cost haven”. also rated Murray highly, saying “If you are seeking a well-rounded community with plenty of outdoor recreation, low housing costs with a four season climate, then Murray may be just what you’re looking for.” Specific criteria are important in designating this community as a great place to settle down. These criteria include a low crime rate, high-quality medical care, low cost of living, low tax rates, mild climate, availability of adult education, close proximity to a major city and a friendly atmosphere. Murray’s medical facilities work hard to keep residents safe. Over 70 physicians representing 28 medical specialties are practicing at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. In 2010, the hospital opened its new South Tower, a 158,000 square foot modern facility built to provide healthcare services for the region for years to come. With nearby access to Interstate 24, Murray is just a matter of hours from Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville and Memphis. Close proximity to these major cities allows residents to spend time enjoying the attractions of a large city, then at the end of the day drive back home to the small-town atmosphere they love.

C o n v e n i e n t C a r e . F a m i ly C a r e .

One location. At Murray Medical Associates, we’re available 7 days a week. We are dedicated in providing you and your family quality convenient care when you need it, to fit into your busy schedule.

Welcoming New Patients (270) 753.0704

Medical Arts Building • 300 South 8th Street • Suite 480 W


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Recognition Playful City USA is an award created to recognize towns across the country that have encouraged playing as an essential element of a child’s development. In 2010, Murray was one of only 118 cities in the United States and the only in Kentucky to be named a Playful City. This is the third year the community has received the award. In addition to be honored as a playful city, Murray was also named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People for the third time. According to the America’s Promise website, the community has continuously made the list because of its “emphasis on strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth by identifying needs, opportunities and priorities for future action; promoting effective city and school collaboration; encouraging and supporting youth voice, engagement and leadership; and measuring progress over time.”

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Education Murray is home to two public school systems, one private school and one public university. Calloway County schools provide opportunities for students to pursue a range of academic and extracurricular activities. The system offers over 30 extracurricular programs. The Murray Independent School System has been recognized regularly for its academics as well as its learning environment. The student to teacher ratio is approximately 15 to 1, creating personalized learning for students. Eastwood Christian Academy, a private school, works to build and maintain high academic standards along with spiritual training.

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For the 20th consecutive year, U.S.News and World Report has recognized

Murray State University among America’s top public universities. The university offers a quality education to more than 10,000 students from all over the world. MSU is accredited by 16 different professional accreditation councils that measure the prestige of its undergraduate and graduate programs. The friendly atmosphere, high-quality faculty and small class size gives students the opportunity to grow as individuals and work together as a community. Murray State has been nationally recognized for its residential college system, focusing not only on providing students with a quality education, but also on placing them in an environment where lifelong friendships can be established. In the tradition of Ivy League schools, MSU was the first public university with a successful, comprehensive residential college program. Studies show that by being part of a residential college, students will be more satisfied with college life, have a higher GPA and, most importantly, are far more likely to graduate. Murray State University has been consistently ranked for its high quality, affordable education and unique setting. In 2010, Forbes placed MSU on its “America’s Best Colleges” listing and rated the university a “Best College Buy” for its quality and affordability/value. G.I. Jobs magazine rated Murray State as a “Military Friendly School.” In addition, the University has been highly ranked by the Princeton Review,

Preparing me for the world. Among the nation’s “Top Tier” universities in academic quality 20 consecutive years. ~ U.S.News & World Report 1992 – 2011


One thing I love about working with Murray State University is living in the town of Murray. - MSU President, Dr. Randy Dunn

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Murray State has been recognized for some of its top programs including Occupational Safety and Health, Music Business, Nursing, Veterinary Technician and Masters of Business Administration.

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The fine education of MSU is not limited to Murray. Five extended campuses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Ft. Campbell and Henderson, provide the same quality instruction one would find on the main campus.

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Money Guide, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Southern Living, Outdoor Life, a Carnegie Mellon study and the Kaplan college guide.

ts n e v E Calendar of January January 14-15 Lonestar Rodeo Expo Center 270.809.3125 January 14-15 2011 West Kentucky Boat & Outdoor Show CFSB Center 270.809.5577 January 15 - February 6 El Grabado Mexicano, Mexican Engravings Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery, MSU January 15 Grascals Concert Lovett Auditorium January 20 MSU Basketball v. Eastern Illinois CFSB Center January 21-22 MSU Rodeo Team Jackpot Expo Center 270.809.3125

January 22 MSU Basketball v. Southeast Missouri CFSB Center January 28-29 Truck & Tractor Pull Expo Center 270.809.3125 January 29 MSU Basketball v. UT Martin CFSB Center

February February 5 Motocross Expo Center 270.809.3125 February 7-10 Jack & the Beanstalk Lovett Auditorium 270.809.4421 February 10 MSU Basketball v. Tennessee Tech CFSB Center

New Life Church Jason Hart, Minister

Our worship, teaching & fellowship are a celebration of grace & our new life in Christ.

Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. The Maple Center 3rd & Maple St. 270.753.1640

February 11 Rodney Carrington Lovett Auditorium

February 26 MSU Basketball v. Eastern Kentucky CFSB Center

February 12 Motocross Expo Center 270.809.3125


February 25-March 15 Hairspray Playhouse in the Park February 26-27 MSU AQHA Show Expo Center 270.809.3125

March 25-27 Home, Lawn & Garden Show CFSB Center

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March 18-19 Pony, Mule & Horse Show Expo Center 270.809.3125

February 24 MSU Basketball v. Morehead State CFSB Center

March 4-6 ISHA Hunt Seat Show Expo Center 270.809.3125


February 18-19 Bull Blowout Expo Center 270.809.3125

March 1 Frank Warren, founder of Post Secret Murray State University

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February 12 MSU Basketball v. Jacksonville State CFSB Center


ts n e v E Calendar of March 26-27 MSU AQHA Horse Show Expo Center 270.809.3125

April 7-9 FLW College Fishing National Championship Murray State University

March 31-April 5 Molly Sweeney Wilson Hall, MSU 270.809.4421

April 15-17 Dennis Reis “No Dust” Tour Expo Center 270.809.3125


April 15-24 Mulan Playhouse in the Park

April 2 Piedmontese Cattle Sale Expo Center 270.809.3125

April 23 Easter on the Square Murray Main Street 270.759.9474

Face to face. One on one. People connecting with people. Life is about having choices. and never is that more true than when it comes

to your finances. at bb&t that’s what we offer. choices. but we don’t stop there. We walk you through it. so together we can decide what is right for you. how we do this is simple. We get to know you first. this helps us help you. and finding the service that will give you the best financial advantage is why we’re here. stop in today and and talk with one of our Loan officers. visit any of our 4 Murray-area financial centers or call us at 270-767-2265. Pictured: front L to R – carolyn todd, shirley thomas, Libby slaton, Mary gallimore and heidi shultz. back L to R – Mike Maxwell, trice seargent, andy Dunn and chad stubblefield.




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May 7 Kelso Mule Sale Expo Center 270.809.3125

April 29-30 MSU Block & Bridle Steer/ Heifer Show Expo Center 270.809.3125

May 7 Spring Citywide Yard Sale Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau 270.759.2199


May 14 Murray State University Spring Commencement CFSB Center

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Continuous Every Saturday through October Downtown Saturday Market Downtown Square Murray Main Street 270.759.9474

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43 Apri 28-May 1 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Robert E. Johnson Theatre, MSU 270.809.4421

New Life Christian Bookstore 5th & Main Coffees

• Willow Tree Angels • WebKinz • Dayspring Cards • Chocolates • Decor & Gifts • DVDs & CDs 5th & Main • 270.753.1622

ts n e v E Calendar of May 20-22 Kentucky Junior Rodeo Expo Center 270.809.3125

June 3-5 District 7 4-H Horse Show Expo Center 270.809.3125

May 27-29 Boers & Bluegrass Expo Center 270.809.3125

June 10-26 Death of a Salesman Playhouse in the Park

June Continuous Every Saturday through October Downtown Saturday Market Downtown Square Murray Main Street 270.759.9474

June 16-19 FLW National Fishing Tournament CFSB Center June 23-24 Western Rivers Livestock Show Expo Center 270.809.3125

Continuous Every Saturday through October Downtown Saturday Market Downtown Square Murray Main Street 270.759.9474

August Continuous Every Saturday through October Downtown Saturday Market Downtown Square Murray Main Street 270.759.9474

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July 1-3 Freedom Fest Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau 270.759.2199

Week of July 4 Hazel Dealer’s Choice Sale Hazel, KY

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St. Leo Catholic Church “We invite you to come and worship with us.” Saturday Mass: 6 p.m. Spanish Mass: 8 p.m. Sunday Mass: 8 & 11 a.m. MSU Student Sunday Mass: 6 p.m. Fr. Jason McClure, Pastor

401 N. 12th St. 270.753.3876

ts n e v E Calendar of August 6 Iris Sale Murray Main Street 270.759.9474

September Continuous Every Saturday through October Downtown Saturday Market Downtown Square Murray Main Street 270.759.9474 September 9-10 Ice Cream Festival Downtown Square 270.759.9474

September 16 Fall Citywide Yard Sale Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau 270.759.2199 September 24 Arts on the Square Murray Art Guild 270.753.4059 September 28-October 2 Kentucky Senior Games Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau 270.759.2199

September 16-25 Dearly Beloved Playhouse in the Park

University Church of Christ 801 North 12th Street 270.753.1881

Bible classes~9 am Sunday Worship~10 am University Christian Center (on MSU campus)

1403 Olive Blvd. 270.759.9533

First Church First Christian Church

Disciples of Christ

111 N. 5th St Across from City Hall Murray, KY 270.753.3824 Celebration Service 9 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Traditional Service 10:45 a.m. Minister: Rev. Dr. Ruth Ragovin Nursery Provided - Handicap Accessible

October 21-30 Wait Until Dark Playhouse in the Park

November November 25- December 31 Christmas in the Park Central Park


December 3 Rotary Christmas Parade 10:00 am Main Street Decmeber 10 Murray State University Fall Commencement CFSB Center December 10 Breakfast with Santa Murray Woman’s Club

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December 2-18 The Sound of Music Playhouse in the Park

December 3 H. Thomas Rushing Ham Breakfast Rotary Club of Murray Pagliai’s

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Continuous Every Saturday through October Downtown Saturday Market Downtown Square Murray Main Street 270.759.9474


December 2 Dickens’ Alley Murray Main Street 270.759.9474


Knights of Columbus In Service to One. In Service to All.

Bingo Every Tuesday Night at 6:30 pm Knights of Columbus Father Joseph Council 332 Squire Road Murray, KY 42071

Murray Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau 2011 Visitors Guide  
Murray Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau 2011 Visitors Guide  

The 2011 Visitors Guide for Murray Kentucky Convention and Visitor's Bureau.