What do Teddy Roosevelt and Daniel Boone both have in common? The both believed there is no better place in the country to hunt than Western Kentucky. Despite an abundance of deer, dove, wild turkey, rabbit, squirrel, and other wild game you can still expect a challenge. The Ohio River provides a variety of species, including crappie, black and white bass, sunfish, sauger, and catfish. Not to mention the largemouth bass fishing is outstanding enough to attract several local and national bass tournaments. For easy access to the river, boat ramps with ample parking are available. Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake, within 20 miles of Marion, offer some of the best crappie, bass, catfish and bluegill fishing in the nation. Both professionals and amateurs enjoy the abundant fishing opportunities these great lakes have to offer.
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum
Come see the “World Class” Collection of Kentucky and Illinois flourite crystals. The largest and most spectacular display of fluorite crystal in the world. The crystal specimens range in weight from a fraction of an ounce to hundreds of pounds. Each was a rare accidental find among regular ore bodies, and was brought from deep underground and preserved. From 1920 to 1980, Mr. Clement amassed the world’s largest collection of fluorite specimens. The fluorite is associated with quartz, calcite, shpalerite, galena and barite from the Kentucky-Illinois Flourite District, famous for unique specimens. The museum also has displays of other minerals, photographs, letters, records, mining equipment, and other memorabilia. The museum host several mineral digs through out the year and the Annual Gem & Mineral Show the first weekend of June each year. Guided tours, handicap accessible and equipped with bus parking.
Crittenden County Historical Museum
Authentic items from some of the county’s earliest pioneers, old military uniforms, and vintage clothing and photographs. Books available for purchase on local history. Now located inside the historic former Presbyterian Church. Guided tours, handicap accessible and equipped with bus parking.
Sturgis, Kentucky Bike Rally
If you have ever heard of Sturgis, Kentucky then you know it is the home of the greatest motorcycle rally in the country. What you may not know is that Marion is the midway point on the Saturday Poker Run. The Kentucky Bike Rally believes in supporting local charities. Last year all money raised on the Poker Runs was contributed to the Happy Feet foundation dedicated to providing over 3,000 disadvantaged children with shoes.
Crittenden County Amish Community
Crittenden County has an Amish community of over 600 residents. They have six Amish schools and four church districts. Many homes and farms have shops in which to sell their goods. Maps are available at the office of the Marion Tourism Commission. Cultural education – specialty shopping. Free maps and self-guided road tours. Guided tours for a fee – minimum group of 12. Hours: daylight to dusk. Handicap accessible and bus parking.
Historic Wheelers Log Cabin
Come and enjoy the view and scenery at this authentic log cabin with beautiful gardens and antiques. Seasonal, open on Wednesdays, Spring, Summer and Fall.
Dining in Marion
Restaurant’s, cafe’s, diner’s, drive-thru’s, grill’s, and barbecue pit’s. Wake up to a morning cup of coffee at the Marion Cafe, relax and take a seat at the Front Porch Restaurant, or keep it simple at Just-A-Burg’r (because who doesn’t like burgers?). Whether you are cruising through Jones 88 Dip Drive-In, grabbing a bite at Chubby’s Diner, or saying “ciao” at Main Street Italian Grill you are sure to enjoy a great meal. Add to that the great BBQ choices like the Marion Pit Barbecue and Hickory Heaven; you are sure to enjoy every meal during your stay in Marion, Kentucky.
Crittenden County Lions Club Fair
Get ready for fun and thrills this August at the Crittenden County Lions Club Fair, located at 1534 US HWY 60 East Marion, KY 42064. The is said to feature a carnival, Agricultural Exhibits, Home Interior/Crafts, Livestock Shows, Youth Exhibits, Youth Contest, Horse Shows, Miss Kentucky County Fair, food booths, a demolition derby, Truck Pull, Motor Cycle Races, Gospel Sing, and more.
Marion is a bustling town with shops pleasantly reminiscent of an earlier time that sell many beautifully handmade items, antique malls, delightful restaurants and coffee shops. The friendly people are always willing to visit and extend their famous Southern hospitality.