Oh, the bluegrass state. Home to more barrels of bourbon than people, some of the worlds fastest horse and some dang good college Basketball. While most people think about Louisville or Lexington when they think about Kentucky, good old southern Kentucky has its charms. So without further ado, here are my 5 top things to do in Bowling Green, Ky.
- The National Corvette Museum
Everyone knows about the classic Corvette, the sleek and beautiful sports car that people lust after. Did you know, though, that the Corvette is ONLY made in Bowling Green? The museum showcases, according to the Corvette museum website Here, the corvette museum houses around 80 different Corvettes from different periods plus they have periodic events families and spectators can take part in. Tickets to tour the museum are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Plus, active military are free. It’s one of the prides of the city and a major landmark so I definitely recommend stopping by to check it out. Also, ask them about the sink hole story its a good one.
2. Lost River Cave
Southern Kentucky is cave country. We will cover the most famous one later but this cave is worth seeing for sure. Lost River Cave is the only cave in Kentucky that gives boat tours. The cave is GORGEOUS, my best friend and I used to hike down to it all the time in college, and there are walking trails that take you all over the park. There is ALSO a butterfly house which is honestly so cool and the first time I’d ever seen one. Adult cave tours are $16.95 and children 4-11 are $11.95. Check out the website Here
3. Beech Bend Amusement Park
It’s not the biggest theme park in Kentucky but that doesnt mean it is lacking in good times to be had. The above ride is the Kentucky Rumbler and it is a serious good time. The theme to Beech Bend Park is “Something for the whole family” and that is true. They have musical shows, a seriously good water park, food, rides, a raceway and a campgroud. They have events going on all the time at the Raceway and there is this little Roller Coaster called the Wild Mouse that is equal parts hilarious and terrifying. Adult Tickets are $35.99 Child admission is $31.99 but if you buy tickets ahead of time you can get $3 off per adult ticket or $1 off per childs ticket. They also have free parking, free sunscreen and freetubes at the waterpark every day. Check out the website Here
4. Bowling Green Hot Rods
The Bowling Green Hot Rods are Bowling Green’s own Minor League Baseball team. The ball park has really revitalized the downtown Bowling Green area and the games are SUPER fun. They have regular nights for churches, school districts and local businesses and you cant miss the stadium. For more information check out the website here
(While you are in the area check out some of our favorite local restaurants Mariah’s and 643 located right outside the park.)
5. Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park, while not quite in Bowling Green (its about 20 minutes North give or take), is a major must see in the area and honestly if you only have time for one thing I would make it Mammoth Cave. Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system in the world, is truly spectacular and has had some pretty awesome things happen within its walls over the years. For example, during the TB epidemic there was a TB hospital in the cave because doctors thought it would be a good environment for those with the ailment. Take a trip to Mammoth Cave to learn about the Native peoples who once called it home, the history of the cave, and a little about the famous Floyd Collins who died after being trapped in the cave for days. There is a ton of information here on the Mammoth Cave Website OR just stop in the local town of Cave City and ask a local you might even meet someone who’s family once owned parts of the land now a part of the now National Park.
There are obviously so many other things to do in Bowling Green, countless amazing restaurants that I could talk about for days, and my Alma Mater Western Kentucky University, plus, the music scene in this area of Southern Kentucky couldn’t be better (Cage the Elephant originated in Bowling Green). Check Bowling Green out for yourself. It just keeps getting better, just don’t mind the expansion, were growing.