6 great reasons to visit Bowling Green, Kentucky!
The little town of Bowling Green, Kentucky has gotten quite a lot of attention lately after talk of the “Bowling Green Massacre” hit the national news! Well… while there was no actual massacre, Bowling Green, and all of south central Kentucky, has a TON to offer families. It is full of fun activities for people with all kinds of interests. So, if you are looking for a fabulous road trip destination for this summer, look no further! And check out all that Bowling Green (and it’s surrounding areas) has to offer:
- Mammoth Cave National Park– That’s right, there is a national park just 40 minutes outside of Bowling Green and it’s unbelievable. The park contains the longest known cave system and more than 400 miles of the cave have been explored. In order to visit inside the cave, you must pay to take a guided tour with a park ranger. There are a number of different tours available to the public, ranging from easy walks for all ages and abilities to advanced spelunking adventures. If you have young children, a great, short tour option is the “Frozen Niagara” tour which lasts just over an hour. If you are with only adults or older children, the two-hour “Domes and Dripstones” tour is a great option that shows participants many different areas of the cave. If you plan to visit during summer months, it may be wise to book your tour prior to arrival. Also, there are tons of trails and camping above ground, too! It is a beautiful place! Check out all about the park here!
- Lost River Cave – While not as big as Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green has another awesome cave option for those wanting a different kind of tour. Guided boat tours take you inside Lost River Cave to check out the beauty and wildlife right below the city of Bowling Green. This hour-long tour is great for families and provides a unique way to explore nature. For those wanting a bit more adventure, you can take guided kayak tours as well. Our family also loves the outdoor nature play area at Lost River. It contains all sorts of logs, rocks and sticks to allow kiddos to explore and play however they wish. Plus, the area offers short hiking trails and fun water spots where you can wade in and cool off on a warm day. Find out more here!
- National Corvette Museum & Corvette Plant tours – If nature isn’t your thing, Bowling Green is also all about FAST cars. Corvettes are made in Bowling Green and it is also home to the National Corvette Museum. At the museum, you can check out ALL kinds of Corvette memorabilia and information. There are so many antiques Corvettes at the museum, you are bound to find one that you like. You can sit in a Corvette and have your picture made, pretend to be a pit crew member and play in the kids’ area at the museum. It really is a must-see if you visit the town. If you are in town on a weekday, be sure to book a tour at the Corvette Plant. On the tour, you get to see every part of the Corvette construction ending with watching brand new sports cars roll off the line. It really is neat to watch (even if you aren’t a car buff!) Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, and be aware, children less than 10 years old are not allowed on the tours.
- Chaney’s Dairy Barn – Chaney’s Dairy Barn is all about fun, farming and fantastic ice cream! This local farm offers self-guided tours of the robotic cow-milking process where people can see how ice cream is made. Throughout the year, the farm offers all kinds of outdoor movies, festivals and other agricultural events. It also offers a big, fun play area for kids to enjoy on a nice day. And you have to grab a yummy lunch and some of their famous ice cream! We recommend the Bourbon Crunch! Check out all the info here!
- Jackson’s Orchard – Another great farm location is Jackson’s Orchard! Whether you want to pick your own apples, choose the perfect pumpkin, or check out the playground and petting zoo, Jackson’s is the perfect place.It is a family-owned farm that offers lots of activities each year from April through November. They host a large yearly pumpkin festival each fall that packs in thousands of people. And their warm fried pies alone will make the short drive out to Jackson’s completely worth it!
- Downtown Bowling Green – Bowling Green is home to a quaint, beautiful square. Fountain Square Park is full of history and beauty. The downtown area also offers tons of great shopping and delicious restaurants. It really provides such a beautiful place to walk around and grab a cup of coffee or do a little boutique shopping. It also hosts all kinds of monthly festivals, parades and concerts. It is a great place to check out when you make it to town!
It really is a beautiful town full of history and innovation! A few other great things to do around town include taking in a Bowling Green Hot Rods game, splashing at Beech Bend Amusement Park and Splash Lagoon, and checking out the train cars at the Historic Railpark and Train Museum.
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