Evansville is the largest city in Southern Indiana. It is the county seat of Vanderburgh County and the regional hub for the Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois tri-state area. Evansville is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Indiana and the largest city in Southern Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 117,429. In 2008 a population estimate put the Evansville Metropolitan Statistical Area at 350,261.
Settled in 1812, the city is situated on a gentle horseshoe bend on the Ohio River and often referred to as "River City." One of the most popular attractions in the region is Casino Aztar, the first riverboat casino in the state of Indiana. Evansville is also home to both the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana.
The broad economic base of the region has helped to build an economy which is known for its stability, diversity, and vitality. In 2004 Evansville was named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League. In 2008 it was voted the best city in the country in which "to live, work, and play" by the readers of Kiplinger, and in 2009 the 11th best.
Evansville Regional Airport (IATA: EVV), . Located on the north side of the city, EVV offers over 50 flights daily. Destinations include Chicago and Dallas on American Eagle, and Cincinnati, Atlanta, Memphis, and Detroit on Delta Connection. There are many rental car options, as well as hotel shuttles and public transportation.
There is no passenger train service to this city.
US Highway 41 bisects Evansville, IN. Interstate 164 connects Evansville with Interstate 64, 20 miles to the north. The planned and controversial Interstate 69 would provide a direct link to Indianapolis, IN.
Downtown Evansville can be reached by Bus via Greyhound.
Highway 41 and Interstate 164 are the primary North-South routes, while Diamond Avenue and the Lloyd Expressway are the primary east-west routes through the city. One should note only the Lloyd Expressway takes you completely from one side of town to the other and despite its name, has numerous intersections and stoplights.
The River City is known for its southern-style hospitality, economic vitality, and proud German heritage. Evansville's culture is a combination of Midwestern charms and Southern family values, and fairly distinct from the culture of Indiana's other major cities (South Bend, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne) likely as a result of being isolated from them geographically without a major highway to connect them. The strong economic base provided by giant Toyota and AK Steel plants has allowed the city to thrive in the face of the nationwide recession. Additionally, the vibrant growth of the University of Southern Indiana (established in 1965) has resulted in a strong youth presence and an active and enjoyable nightlife.
Evansville Riverwalk - Sometimes called the "front door to the city", the riverwalk follows the Ohio River and connects the Casino Aztar entertainment district to the downtown area and Sunset park.
The Pagoda Visitor Center - Located off of the Riverwalk with an easily recognizable and memorable design, the Pagoda offers a wealth of information about Southern Indiana.
Westside Historical Area - Located off of Franklin Avenue, this area is home to the locally famous Gerst Haus restaurant, several popular bars, and a historic Carnegie library.
Ford Center - This newly opened arena seats 11,000 and hosts the University of Evansville Purple Aces basketball teams and the Evansville IceMen, AA affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the ECHL.
Casino Aztar - A $200 million entertainment facility that includes a 2,700 passenger riverboat casino, a 250-room hotel, several restaurants, shops, and riverfront pavilion. A new entertainment district featuring several bars and restaurants opened in the fall of 2006. It is a must do when visiting Evansville. Casino Aztar
Fall Festival - The second largest street festival in the United States.Games, rides, bands, talent shows, and food booths line the street during the first full week of October. The festival is best known for offering unusual cuisine such as the signature Brain sandwich.
Angel Mounds State Historic Site - The visitor's Center gives a glimpse of understanding of what life was like from 1100 to 1450, when Angel Mounds was the largest Indian community in what would become the state of Indiana. Walking through the site's 100 acres, visitors view the remains of several Indian mounds and a reconstructed stockade which surrounded the city.
Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville cMoe reopened in Fall 2006 in the renovated former Downtown Central Library building with 18,000 square feet of exhibits. It hosts four main galleries, plus a multimedia theater entitled the ’Freedom Gallery.‘ ’Work Smart‘ focuses on engineering skill development and the freedom to build and create. ’Live Big‘ provides inquiry into our bodies and promotes the freedom to make choices. ’Speak Loud‘ is the arts area, encouraging the freedom of self-expression. ’Quack Factory‘ contains serious water play and large-muscle activities as it promotes the freedom to explore. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday, Noon to 4 pm.
Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science The Evansville Museum’s permanent art collection of American and European painting, graphic works, and sculpture dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries is exhibited in thematic galleries highlighting landscape, still life, genre works, and portraiture. Additionally, the museum features permanent and changing history exhibitions at the Museum provide a diverse educational opportunity for visitors of all ages. Such as Rivertown U. S. A. in which a sense of life in the Midwest is explored in the ten detailed shops such as the Doctor’s Office of William M. Elliott--a graduate of Evansville Medical College. Lastly the museum includes the historic Koch Planetarium. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. $4 suggested donation.
Evansville Museum Transportation Center - The exhibitions of EMTRAC interpret transportation in Southern Indiana from the latter part of the Nineteenth Century through the mid-Twentieth Century. Divided into four areas, visitors first enter River/Rail/Aviation Hall. Highlights of this exhibit include an interactive riverboat pilothouse, an exhibition recalling Evansville’s first contact with aviation, and a turn-of-the-century waiting room that overlooks the Museum’s historic railroad. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $2 admission fee.
LST 325 - Authentic WWII warship open for tours Tuesdays-Sundays. Docked on the Evansville riverfront, it is the last navigable ship of it's kind in operation today. Call for hours and special group rates.
Mesker Park Zoo - Located on over 50 acres, Mesker Park Zoo has over 600 animals including the oldest living hippopotamus in captivity in the United States. It also has giraffes, lions, zebras, and river otters. Mesker Park
University of Southern Indiana - This publicly funded institution has been among the fastest growing comprehensive state universities in the Midwestern United States.Record fall enrollment in 2010 reached 10,702. The University has a modern 300-acre suburban campus situated within wooded rolling hills. In October, 2006, the University completed a master plan that provides the framework to double the size of the school and support a campus of over 20,000 students.
University of Evansville - A small, private university with approximately 3,050 students. Founded in 1854 as Moores Hill College, it is located near the interchange of the Lloyd Expressway and U.S. Route 41. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The University features liberal arts and sciences degrees, most with strong cooperative learning opportunities both on and off campus.
Northpark Shopping Center
Washington Square Mall
The Acropolis - Greek food. Authentic menu, wide selection of known Greek favorites. Their Three Bean Salad, served as a side dish, and lamb dishes are their specialty. Well decorated, seating ranges from cozy, intimate booths to tables to seat a large family. Generous portions.
Gerst Haus - German restaurant that reflects the towns heritage.
Indian Garden - Authentic Indian food.
Shyler's BBQ - Evansville's Best BBQ since 1991.
Yen Ching - Voted Best Chinese Restaurant by Evansville Living Magazine three times in a row.
Deerhead Cafe-222 East Columbia-live music, famous for double decker pizzas
Peep Hole: A nice, chill bar that often draws a good crowd after-work and late night. Located downtown within walking distance of Casino Aztar and the new Ford Center Arena. 201 Main St, Evansville, IN 47708 (812) 423-5171
Show Me’s: A trashier, but more fun version of Hooter’s. One dollar Keystone Light drafts draw in a college crowd, especially to the West Side location as it is one of the closest bars to the University of Southern Indiana. West Side: 5501 Pearl Dr , Evansville, IN (812) 402-7100. East Side: 1700 E Morgan Ave, Evansville, IN (812) 401-7469
Hammerheads: Popular bar with a large dance floor in the basement. Saturday nights are 80s themed and draw in a huge college crowd. 317 Main St, Evansville, IN (812) 421-8492
Fast Eddie’s: Located across the street from Casino Aztar, Fast Eddy’s draws in a healthy crowd Thursday through Saturday night with live music and a dance floor. The club has something of a reputation for being rough at times. Somewhat interestingly the bar was a defendant in a famous case (FAST EDDIE'S v. HALL) that is now taught in law schools across the country. 1614 S Kentucky Ave, Evansville, IN (812) 424-5982
Scores/Rockyard: Strip club with an attached night club. Surprising popular even among females. 201 S Fulton Ave, Evansville, IN (812) 422-6998
Brickhouse: A somewhat quieter GLBT bar. 201 W Illinois St, Evansville, IN (812) 421-0024
Someplace Else: The most popular GLBT bar in the area. 930 Main St, Evansville, IN (812) 424-3202
Bullock’s: One of the local centers for counter-culture, often featuring metal bands and fire performers. The owner was recently involved in a local scandal which has slightly changed the bar’s atmosphere. 401 Edgar St, Evansville, IN, (812) 422-2800
Fred’s: Across the street from Deaconess Main Hospital, Fred is there almost every night serving up beer and the best burgers in town. A neighborhood favorite. Cash only. 421 Read St , Evansville, IN (812) 423-8040
K C Time Out’s Lounge: The best place to go on Sunday nights. Located and thriving in the nearly deserted Washington Square Mall. 1121 Washington Sq, Evansville, IN 47715 (812) 437-9920
Ri Rah’s: A large Irish pub that often features live music as well as a top floor that converts to a dance floor on the weekends. Located in the Casino Aztar Entertainment District. 701 NW Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN
Sportsmen’s: A pool hall that is also quite popular with the bar crowd. 2315 W Franklin St, Evansville, IN 47712 (812) 422-0801
Stoney’s: A country-western themed nightclub with the largest dance floor in the area and a mechanical bull. Located in the Casino Aztar Entertainment District. 701 NW Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN (812) 402-9912
Frontier Liquors, 865 S Green River Road, ☎ 8124774107, . 7am-10:30pm/ Midnight weekends. Best stocked liquor store in the city
Comfort Inn East Evansville Hotel, 8331 E. Walnut Street, . On the East Side of Evansville
Comfort Inn Evansville Hotel, 19622 Elpers Rd., . Just 5 miles from the airport and 8 miles to riverboat gambling.
Econo Lodge East Evansville Hotel, 5006 E. Morgan Ave., . Minutes from Evansville's main shopping area, Eastland Mall, and 10 miles to historic downtown, Evansville Zoo, Audubon Park and Ellis Park.
Microtel Inn & Suites Evansville, 1930 Cross Point Blvd., .
Quality Inn North Evansville Hotel, US Highway 41 I-64, . Close to casino action, frog follies, Lyle Station and indoor BMX Racing.
Sunset Motel Evansville, 1608 N. Fares Avenue. Free wireless internet.
Drury Inn, . Near the airport and also on the east side near Interstate 164 and the Lloyd.
La Quinta Inn and Suites, . Very nice, clean mid-scale hotel for business or leisure.
Casino Aztar, . Main hotel of the casino located on the riverfront downtown.
Hampton Inn Evansville, 8000 Eagle Crest Blvd., ☎ 812-473-5000, . Offering free hot breakfast, free high speed internet and free parking.
Le Merigot Hotel, . Upscale boutique hotel recently opened by the casino on the riverfront downtown.
Marriott Evansville Airport, . Atrium-style hotel with pool near the airport.
Evansville is a safe town with very few areas that are unsafe even at night. The southern areas of the town are seen as the most rough but are just low-income residential.
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari - Holiday World is a large theme park located to the northeast of Evansville in Santa Claus, Indiana. It has three of the best wooden roller coasters in the world, "The Raven", "The Legend", and "The Voyage". Included in the price of admission is the water park Splashin' Safari. Splashin' Safari has several world class water slides, two wave pools, two lazy rivers, two family-attraction water play areas and much more. Holiday World
Historic New Harmony - One of two of America's great utopian communities. The town's unique history comes alive on guided tours offered to 15 historic sites. The Atheneum is a strikingly modern building designed by Richard Meier and provides an introduction to the community with an orientation film, communal history exhibits, and an observation deck. The New Harmony Inn offers a relaxing escape for tourists and the Red Geranium has been voted one of the best restaurants in the region. New Harmony Inn
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