Murray, Kentucky


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

361 Votes - "Friendliest"
6 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
4 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
2 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Best For Food"


The Friendliest Small Town title only adds to Murray’s accolades as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People and a Playful City USA recipient. Not only is this a prime location for young people as the home of Murray State University, it’s also certified as a retirement community and an ideal location for all ages with such friendly residents.

Murray State is a prime attraction in this small town. A public university with over 10,000 students, its presence provides athletics, art and entertainment for the entire community. The campus hosts The Clara M. Eagle Gallery, which features everything from photography and new media to woodwork, ironwork, sculpture and student art, and the Wrather West Kentucky Museum, which exhibits the regions history and development.

Visitors should not miss local landmarks like Murray Court Square and Central Park or area lakes and outdoor recreation. Central Park boasts a disc golf course, dog park, and theater classes, performances and youth programs through Playhouse in the Park. Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, connected by a canal, offer recreation, camping and attractions. From go-karts to water parks or fishing and hunting, the area offers something for everyone in a beautiful natural setting.

Hosting several seasonal festivals each year, Murray is best known for its annual Freedom Fest celebration, which includes street fairs, cookouts, concerts and a parade amongst the four days of events. People come from all over to join in the family fun, run the 5K, and view the fireworks finale.

Check out Murray's reviews for more!

We moved here from Ohio 6 years ago. After only one visit we fell in love with Murray!
Reviewed by mlburditt
on May 16, 2012
i love Murray! Great city to raise children.
Reviewed by smyoung
on May 16, 2012
From the fresh produce stands at the local farmers market to the unique and ever so charming store fronts that line the old court square, you are sure to be greeted with a warm smile and casual conversation. Not only does it offer a warm and friendly atmosphere, it also has a distinct beauty about it, something that the we take pride in. Come visit Murray and meet the locals, your sure to not be disappointed.
Reviewed by staceyorr
on May 16, 2012
Great place to grow up and come home to.
Reviewed by DavidBelcher
on May 16, 2012
With lots of small town charm Murray is always Home. Being just a short drive from the lake there are lots of recreational things from fishing, boating or seeing the buffalo.
Reviewed by JMR123
on May 16, 2012
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