Central to downtown McKenzie is the scenic "Downtown Veterans Memorial Park." Its towering trees and landscaped corners surround the central gazebo that shelters various events during the year. The park is beautified by city caretakers as well as by members of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and McKenzie Garden Club.

The park contains a World War I era cannon and the Carroll County War Memorial, upon which is inscribed the names of contains whose lives were lost in wars throughout history.

Downtown businesses include a pharmacy and gift shop, florist, frame shop, movie theater, clothing stores, furniture stores, the public library, restaurant, a newspaper office and more. In addition, the Downtown features the McKenzie Station Splash Pad Park on the site of the first train station in McKenzie. The Park is not open during the winter.

Also located around the downtown square is the Gordon Browning Genealogical Museum, which contains extensive history on the city of McKenzie and neighboring communities, genealogical information, and numerous displays of historical significance.

The downtown area is rich in history with many of the buildings having been maintained since the early 1900s, including one of the areas only remaining railroad depots.