experience outdoors

Its proximity to Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes makes Western Kentucky an outdoor paradise. Fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing and golfing are only a few of the activities Murray offers. Visit our Outdoors page for more.

experience events

Murray is a small town, but there is always something to do. Concerts, festivals, sporting events and plays are happening almost every weekend. From fun-filled nights to family-friendly activities, Murray is a bustling place. Visit our calendar to see upcoming events.

experience msu

Murray State University is home to over 10,000 students. As one of the nation's leading public universities, Murray attracts students who are seeking a great education in a personalized, college-town setting. Murray State offers many opportunities to get to know the campus, its ways and its people. Photo: Tori Main

experience downtown

Murray's historic downtown is a beautiful setting to shop, eat, and spend time with friends. Events like the Downtown Farmers Market and Ice Cream Festival bring thousands of people to the court square. Visit our Downtown page to learn more.

Welcome to the Friendliest Small Town in America

Shopping, culture, great restaurants and friendly faces make up the small town of Murray, Kentucky. Each year, visitors flock to nearby Land Between the Lakes and Kentucky Lake to partake in the outdoor paradise. Murray and Calloway County are only a short drive from these destinations and offer visitors multiple amenities, a progressive university attitude, community spirit and southern charm.

If outdoor recreation isn't your thing, then spend time in one of our more than 15 locally-owned boutique shops. For upscale children's clothing, affordable home decor and everything in between, Murray is the best place to indulge in retail therapy.

Murray was named the Friendliest Small Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today. When you shop in our stores, eat in our restaurants and attend our events, you will be met with warm greetings and smiling faces. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit to Murray, Kentucky, today!

Want more information about Murray, Kentucky? Our Visitor Guide is the go-to print resource for planning your trip to Murray. It's full of valuable information for all types of things to do around Murray, Kentucky from eating, to shopping to playing! View it Online Now or request a copy by emailing us.

"Murray is the most welcoming community I have ever been in." – mrudolph, bestoftheroad.com review

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Award-winning Town

Murray is no stranger to awards. In addition to being named the Friendliest Small Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today, the community constantly receives other recognition and awards. Recently, the city has been named a Playful City USA, 100 Best Communities for Young People and the #1 Place to Live in Kentucky.

Calloway County offers a low cost of living, low property taxes, a four-season climate and excellent educational systems. Specific criteria are important in designating this community as a great place to settle down. These criteria include a low crime rate, high-quality medical care, low cost of living, low tax rates, mild climate, availability of adult education, close proximity to a major city and a friendly atmosphere.

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