All Around Evansville
Experience Evansville on a bike! Get on a bike and go - when you want, where you want! With seven stations and seventy bikes located in Evansville’s five cultural districts (with one right on UE’s campus), our Upgrade Bike Share system provides a key service to our community. You can exercise, visit amazing local businesses, or take a leisurely ride for entertainment on an urban trail. The system is super easy to use. Download the Zagster app, follow the simple instructions, and above all else - enjoy the ride!
Home to Evansville Otters of the Independent Frontier League, Bosse Field opened in 1915 and was the first municipally owned sports facility in the United States. Only Boston’s Fenway Park (1912) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (1914) are older that Evansville’s Bosse Field. It is the site for the filming of “A League of Their Own” in 1992. Whether you’re a sports fan or a history buff, this 100+ year old structure for America’s favorite pastime is a must see!
Roll through the streets of beautiful Evansville on one of Evansville’s Pedicabs. The Pedicab service is a great way to take in the sites of our town or to just get from point A to point B. The Pedicabs typically stay centrally located or can be found at many of Evansville’s events. Evansville Pedicab would be happy to give you a lift or just take you for a ride. For private rides contact Greg or Mary Allen at 812-431-3835.
A brick paved walkway above and tiered seating below provide the perfect setting to view the spectacular Ohio River. Boat ramp with parking is available along the lower plaza that is the epicenter for numerous summer events such as Hydrofest. Framed by the inspiring Four Freedoms Monument and Tropicana Casino, the Riverfront invites walkers, runners, and cyclists to enjoy the lovely Front Door to our city.
Adjacent to the Ohio River in downtown Evansville, Indiana, Haynie's Corner is a creative community of four neighborhoods (Riverside, Culver, Goosetown, Blackford’s Grove) define the Arts District. The heart of the Art District is a unique “corner” defined by a shift in the cities grid, multiple arteries meet at a fountain (constructed in 1979). Historically, the Haynie’s Corner area has undergone multiple transformations. A symbol of community, advocacy, preservation, and regeneration its future sits with art, design, and architecture.
A recent renaissance in the heart of our city offers new things to see and do around every corner. The 241-room DoubleTree Evansville Convention Hotel connects via skywalk to the Old National Events Plaza with 280,000 square feet of meeting space and to the Ford Center arena with entertainment and concerts by top performers from around the country as well as sporting events. Locally owned restaurants, bars, antique stores, galleries, and unique shops line Main street—some are long-time establishments like Angelo’s Italian Restaurant and some are in long-time establishments like BRU Burger in our restored vintage Greyhound bus station. Classes begin in 2018 in the new IU Medical School and Health Science Research Center which will bring in thousands of students and faculty to downtown.
The Historic Newburgh Farmers Market is not just a market…it’s a happening! Overlooking the beautiful Newburgh, Indiana riverfront in the Edgewater Grille parking lot, our market includes many local vendors all from within a 60 mile radius of Newburgh. You can enjoy browsing a variety of vendors including pasture raised meats, produce, baked goods, fresh pressed juices, jewelry, hand-woven rugs, flowers, herbs, and much more. The market is every Saturday morning starting late May - late-September from 8:00 a.m. - noon with live music each week from 9:00 a.m. - noon.
Antiques, gift shops, and much more provide ample shopping opportunities on Main Street in Downtown Evansville. Local artwork and exhibits can be seen at the Arts Council Bower-Surheinrich Gallery. Enjoy numerous restaurants featuring Italian, Mediterranean, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, and local cuisine. Nightlife can be found at several bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Live theatre, music performances, and sports events are at the Ford Center, the Old National Events Plaza and the Victory Theatre.
The Pagoda Visitors Center can help make your trip here one filled with unforgettable memories. We can help you plan your activities, select accommodations, and find restaurants, everything you need to make your stay more pleasurable! Located on Evansville’s beautiful riverfront and river walk, stop in and get information or great views of the Ohio River. Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Monday - Saturday and Noon - 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
In 1925, Miss Frances Golden (the youngest member of the famous Golden Family Vaudeville troupe from New Harmony) brought Evansville's first Community Theatre to our great city. Known originally as The Peoples Players and the Community Players, Miss Golden brought her vaudeville experience to Southern Indiana, ultimately founding what is now one of the oldest arts organizations in the state of Indiana. As Artistic Director for 17 years, Miss Golden gave to Evansville Civic Theatre a stability and sense of purpose that has shaped the character of community theatre in Evansville for 90 years.
Founded in 1934, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra is a professional orchestra comprised of approximately 80 musicians led by Music Director Alfred Savia. Many of the musicians have graduated from the finest music schools in the country, including Indiana University and the University of Evansville.
Located in Evansville, Indiana, the Ford Center is a beautiful, exciting, multi-purpose 11,000-seat arena and is the region’s center for sports and entertainment. The 290,000 square foot facility is home of the NCAA Division I University of Evansville Aces Men’s basketball and the SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts. The arena floor has over 20,000 square feet of usable space and can be modified for basketball, hockey, concerts, conventions, rodeos, expos and a variety of other events.
The impressive 280,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Old National Events Plaza offers affordable, flexible space and in-house services no matter the occasion. With a beautiful 2,500-seat Auditorium, a spacious 38,000 square-foot Exhibit Hall, 14,000 square-feet of elegant Ballroom space, and 12 flexible 1,000 square-foot Meeting Rooms, The Old National Events Plaza can host a variety of events ranging from 20 to 4,000. SMG's experienced event staff will arrange the rooms to fit your particular needs whether it be banquet, theatre, classroom, or other types of set up.
The Victory Theatre opened in 1921 as part of the Victory Theatre - Sonntag Hotel complex on Main Street. Originally seating 2,500, the theatre gave Evansville residents the chance to see "high class vaudeville" in a state-of-the-art setting. In 1926, the theatre was leased to Loew's Theatres as a film chain, and was renamed "Loew's Victory." The Loew's Victory continued to operate as a movie theatre until 1971. The building briefly operated as a teen-oriented nightclub in the late 1970's, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Victory Theatre's doors were closed in 1992 until it re-opened after extensive renovation in 1999. The theatre now seats approximately 1,900 and hosts a variety of events.