Welcoming pets and pet lovers to Paducah, Kentucky! This pet-friendly Paducah inspiration guide features the local experiences of one charming pup and her humans.

A Pup's Perspective

Meet Abbey! Abbey is a dashing Dalmatian and AKC Bronze Grand Champion from Louisville, Kentucky. She traveled to Paducah for the Paducah Kennel Club Quilt City Classic, an annual all-breed dog show at the Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center.

So what made Abbey's experience in Paducah most memorable? Below are a few of her picture-perfect Paducah moments along with insights on pet-approved things to do and lodging options in Paducah.

Abbey Lower Town Arts District

Abbey sits alongside one of the painted "plugs" in the Lower Town Arts District.

Pet-Friendly Neighborhoods

Historic Downtown, the Lower Town Arts District and Midtown Paducah are walkable neighborhoods prime for exploring art, history and the great outdoors with four-legged friends. Featuring public art and landmarks made for photo ops, you'll also find space for respite. Dog-friendly patios present themselves for dining on Market House Square, coffee at Etcetera Coffeehouse and brews at Paducah Beer Werks or Dry Ground Brewing Company.

“She loves to get out and about and visit all the sites anywhere we go. We love dog-friendly cities, and Paducah is one for sure!” - Bill Groher

Paducah Wall to Wall Abbey

Abbey stands in the foreground of "Wall to Wall" Paducah Murals.

Pet-Friendly Trails & Activities

The 5+ mile Greenway Trail links the Paducah Riverfront Park to Noble Park and Stuart Nelson Park, home of the Paducah Dog Park. Take a brisk walk, enjoy leisurely play time along the water or make a fetching new friend. Carson Park in Paducah's Midtown features training and stabling facilities for equine exercise and housing while in Paducah.

“We incorporate mini vacations into the dog shows we attend. Abbey especially loved the [Steam Locomotive 1518], and going to Noble Park.” - Bill Groher

Abbey Noble Park

Abbey poses with Wacinton, a Peter Toth carving, at Noble Park.

Pet-Friendly Lodging

La Quinta Inn & Suites and Best Western are among the top pet-friendly hotel chains, and the Paducah properties are no exception. Find information about these and more hotels with pet-friendly amenities here including Red Roof Inn where Abbey stayed.

Paducah's pet-friendly hotels and campgrounds are located in close proximity to event venues, outdoor activities and local points of interest. Don't forget to confirm specific policies before booking.

Abbey Quilt City Classic

Abbey with her ribbon following the Paducah Kennel Club's Quilt City Classic.

Now It's Your Turn

Be a winner like Abbey! Plan YOUR Paducah experience using local directories throughout Paducah.travel and more Inspiration Guides on the blog As you explore, snap and share your favorite spots by tagging #PaducahCreativeCity on social media!

All photos provided and published with permission from Bill Groher, Abbey's loving owner.