Purchase Parkway – A controlled-access highway built as part of the state's "parkway" system of toll roads, but now a freeway. The highway, which runs in a general northeast-southwest direction, funnels in traffic from Interstate 24 to the north. It will eventually become part of Interstate 69. The main exit to Benton is Exit 43 (Kentucky Route 348). A second Benton exit, Exit 41 (US 641), is less useful for traffic heading into town, as it mainly serves to direct traffic heading to Murray.
US 68 – A two-lane east-west highway whose western end is near Paducah, it provides access to Land Between the Lakes and the southern tier of Kentucky.
US 641 – North of the city, it is a two-lane road running parallel to the Purchase Parkway. South of the city, it becomes a four-lane divided highway running to Murray.
Kentucky Opry Country Music Show, 88 Chilton Rd, 527-3869, . A good, clean wholesome family show. The Kentucky Opry will entertain you with Gospel, Country, 50's and some great impersonations of your favorite Grand Ole Opry stars.
Forgotten Past, 3390 US Hwy 68 E, 42025, 527-9244, . Go-carts, 18 hole miniature golf, bumper cars, museum, arcade and gifts. Open daily at 1PM, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Weekends in May and September. Located on US 68, 3 miles east of Draffenville.
In addition to many chain restaurants, there are some local establishments in Benton:
4 Little Pigs BBQ, 527-9471.
Bee Spring Lodge Restaurant, 573 Bee Spring Rd., (800) 732-0088. Enjoy breakfast or lunch inside the cozy restaurant or outside at the patio. Full breakfast and lunch menu made to order. Grill is open 6AM-2PM daily, closed on Thursday.
Benton Drive In 527-3484.
Big Bear Resort Restaurant, 30 Big Bear Rd., (800) 922-BEAR, . Breakfast & lunch. Open for the fishermen.
The city of Benton is dry—no alcohol sales are allowed. Calvert City, about 10 miles north at the end of the Purchase Parkway, allows sales of alcohol by the drink in larger restaurants (seating at least 100). Mayfield (about 15 miles west on the parkway) also allows sales by the drink. The nearest place that allows packaged sales is now Murray (about 20 miles south on 641).