The 10 Best Things to Do in Evansville, United States

February 21, 2018 Velvet Mowry

Situated on a gentle bend of the Ohio River at the hub between Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, Evansville is a sizable metropolis with small town friendliness. There is something for everyone to discover, whether it is a chance encounter with Lady Luck on the riverboat Casino Aztar, a brisk hike along the Riverfront promenade, a step into history at Angel Mounds State Historic Site, fun with the family at Kid's Kingdom or an escape to verdant Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage.
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1. Dream Car Museum

2400 N Heidelbach Ave, Evansville, IN 47711-3208 +1 888-482-9864
Excellent
96%
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5 based on 415 reviews

Dream Car Museum

The Dream Car Museum is presented by Bennett Motors where the Corvette sits High in the Sky! See the cars of your dreams. We have something for EVERYONE! Over 50 cars & trucks! Includes exotics, classics, muscle cars, race cars, movie and TV cars, memorabilia and so much more! FREE and open to the public. We offer guides and tours for groups of all ages and sizes. Donations accepted for local charities.

Reviewed By Dori S - Robinson, Illinois

This museum is great! Lots of beautiful cars, and we only had time to visit one of their two buildings! The staff was very friendly. There were lots of things to see, many amazing cars and signs and other motor memorabilia! And it was FREE!!!...MoreThank you very much for visiting the Dream Car Museum! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit! Be sure to come back to visit us again soon!

2. USS LST Ship Memorial

840 Lst Dr, Evansville, IN 47713-3108 +1 812-435-8678
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 274 reviews

USS LST Ship Memorial

The USS LST Ship Memorial is the last fully operational WWII Landing Ship, Tank in the United States, and is dedicated to these very important ships and the men who served on them. The USS LST 325 was one of the over 200 that participated in the Normandy Landings. Tours of the ship are guided as the ship is fully operational, and run on the hour with the last tour going on ship at 3:00 PM.

Reviewed By lid535535 - Olathe, Kansas

We were I town for a concert which just happened to be on Veterans Day. We wanted to see the ship so we went and they were having a free breakfast with Veterans that we didn't know about but graciously accepted. How amazing to eat with all of these amazing men and women on a WWII war ship ON Veterans day! The ship was fascinating. The tour guide was actually on a LST in Vietnam and knew that type of ship inside and out! Tours were $10. It's all volunteers well worth the money. On the river so bring a jacket in fall!

3. Bosse Field

23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, IN 47711-3000 +1 812-435-8686
Excellent
74%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Bosse Field

Reviewed By Joseph F - Evansville, Indiana

If you are traveling to Evansville, Indiana, you need to take a short drive over to Bosse Field. If you've see the movie A League of Their Own, you have already caught a glimpse of the park as the movie was filmed here. And if you love baseball then you need to time your visit to catch a minor league game when the Evansville Otters are playing at home. Bosse has been an Evansville treasure for 102 years.

4. Willard Library

21 N 1st Ave, Evansville, IN 47710-1294 +1 812-425-4309
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Willard Library

Reviewed By treasureseekermth633 - Louisville, Kentucky

The interior of this library is breathtaking. I would love to have a public library like this in my city. There are many warm, inviting places to read and study. The friendly library staff know they have a unique gem and are more than willing to show it off to you. Make sure you also visit the gallery at the back. A well executed photo wall shows Evansville with many antique photos as well as the development of the library by Mr Willard.
Well done, Evansville, on keeping this library for the public!

5. Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

411 SE Riverside Dr, Evansville, IN 47713-1037 +1 812-425-2406
Excellent
44%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

Museum admission is $12 for Adults and $8 for youth 4-17. Admission includes a ticket to the Koch Immersive Theater, our giant screen planetarium. Children 3 and under, Museum Members and ASTC Travel Passport Members are free. Reduced cost planetarium show only admission is also available. The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is one of Southwestern Indiana's most respected cultural institutions. It is a general museum, maintaining a permanent collection of more than 30,000 objects, including fine art, decorative arts, historic documents and photographs, and anthropological and natural history artifacts. Also on the museum's campus is the Evansville Museum Transportation Center, featuring Southern Indiana transportation artifacts from the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries. Explore space and rediscover our amazing planet in the stunning Koch Immersive Theater where you can see a traditional planetarium show as well as giant screen films. Our 40-foot dome features stadium style seating, a 10,000-watt digital surround sound system and imagery resulting in an immersive experience more like flying than watching a movie.

Reviewed By Bailey V - Colorado, United States

Not only was the museum a blast, the people working add so much value! Telling you stories, showing you the theater. It was worth every penny and I would have paid more! The train station deal is part of it too! Best part of our...MoreThank you for your review on Trip Advisor. Because of guests like you who take the time to comment, others will follow. We appreciate your patronage. If you were visiting from out of state, come back and see us next time you're in town.

6. Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

1545 Mesker Park Dr, Evansville, IN 47720-8224 +1 812-435-6143
Excellent
28%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
11%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 351 reviews

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

Reviewed By Beckykasha - Evansville, Indiana

I love Mesker Park Zoo and always have. Amazonia is fabulous, particularly in the winter, because it's truly a tropical forest. Don't miss "Orchid Escape" in February. It
is a breath taking display of orchids inside Amazonia. There is a new, enclosed, carousel that features endangered animals for the kids to ride on. (I like educating kids without them knowing it!)

7. Burdette Park

5301 Nurrenbern Rd, Evansville, IN 47712-9368 +1 812-435-5602
Excellent
44%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Burdette Park

Reviewed By peggyjeanp - Harvel

For the past 25+ years my friends and family have stayed at the Burdette park chalets faithfully as a tradition. We stay there every year for the Frog Follies to bring are cars, families and club members closer together. We recently again rented chalet 4 & 5 this past weekend for the Frog Follies and were deeply disappointed and surprised by the lack of concern from Linda the mngr. . Every year the rates increase but the property doesn't seem to get the well needed updates to justify the rate increase. The mattress are wore and badly sagging worst sleep or lack of sleepabilty ever and in chalets it seems the same out dated microwaves and bedding and furniture are never going to be replaced and your now charged for television service. The microwave and stove are old and don't work properly. The huge A/C unit outside leaking an oil fluid was passed from our shoes into our cars and chalets as we came and went. So we are all needing to have the flooring and carpets in are our street-rod show cars cleaned and that's not cheap. The bedding smelled stale not at all fresh washed and when we called for more towels in the late part of the evening the delivery man seemed very annoyed as he sped up the lot and dropped the towels and then sped away around we could all hear his tires clearing breaking traction as if he was burning out. The previous 25 years we have stayed were great but this year we were made to feel like an inconvenience leaving us feeling so disrespected and the lack of concern from the manager Linda towards one of our veterans members Joe Cardone as he voiced his concerns for all of us was quite frankly shocking as she seemed like it was no big deal if we weren't happy we could go else where after 25 years of staying there. With that in my opinion the decline in customer service and the lack of upkeep or updates of the chalets leaves us rethinking where we will be staying with our club and families next year. I wish we had someone other than local staff to voice are concerns to so we could at least feel like our feedback and concerns are were being heard and taken seriously.

8. Children's Museum of Evansville

22 SE 5th St, Evansville, IN 47708-1604 +1 812-464-2663
Excellent
52%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 85 reviews

Children's Museum of Evansville

Located in Downtown Evansville, Indiana, The Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville (cMoe) offers over 18,000 square feet of galleries and exhibits, housed in a beautiful historic Art Deco building once home to the public library. The mission of the museum is to spark the curious minds and imaginations of children and their families through dynamic exhibits, programs, and activities. Museum staff and supporters strive to meet that mission everyday by encouraging young minds to explore all that cMoe offers and experience learning through play. Children (and their parents) are encouraged to play hands-on with galleries and exhibits. Popular favorites include performing a play in the 5th Street Theater, splashing in the Wet Deck, climbing through Moe the two-story duck, playing the laser harp, acting like a booger in a giant nose, and chatting with the talking Mark Twain bust. cMoe is located within walking distance to downtown restaurants and other attractions. Hours of Operation Tuesday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS

Reviewed By Jeramie - Southern Illinois

Children’s Museum of Evansville needs to address a few things. It may be closer to “Average” than “Poor” nevertheless it’s went down hill considerably since our last visit. Many of the exhibits are out of order or need updated/repaired. The fact it’s a renovated, historic building makes it cool but it simply needs updated and repaired. It needs a good cleaning too. Also, they offer zero snacks or beverages for purchase. Overall, a let down. I wish I had better news.

9. Reitz Home Museum

224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713-1024 +1 812-426-1871
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Reitz Home Museum

Reviewed By treasureseekermth633 - Louisville, Kentucky

The Reitz is very nicely restored and an interesting addition to our visits of many different historic homes. It has some original furnishings plus rooms restored to original owner condition. However, the tour itself was awkward; I would have rather meandered through on my own. The guide stumbled to find words, stated her own opinions and shared obvious facts (like the floor was made of a variety of wood). The video is more of a poorly made infomercial what the house offers in events--or why you should pay for the tour.
Yes, I think the house is worth seeing but not at the cost of this quality of your guide.

10. Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

551 N Boeke Rd, Evansville, IN 47711-5994 +1 812-479-0771
Excellent
52%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

Reviewed By D_123_B - Evansville, Indiana

Wesselman Woods is a hidden gem close to downtown. Lots of nice hiking trails and a small, but informative welcome center. Staff occasionally have rehabilitation animals out for close view on the weekends. Definitely worth stopping in if you are looking for some contact with nature.

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