The Hidden Gem you Need to Know About – Bowling Green, Kentucky
Tucked in the heart of the Bluegrass State, Bowling Green, Kentucky is the hidden gem you need to know about! Kick-off the family fun adventure with a drive to Beech Bend Amusement Park & Splash Lagoon. Featuring dozens of rides and attractions, it’s no wonder this park has been a favorite among locals and tourists alike for more than 120 years. The Kentucky Rumbler, an award-winning wooden coaster, will take your breath away providing a thrilling experience that’s not for the faint of heart. If that’s not your speed, take a dip in the Splash Lagoon, where the water slides, lazy river, and wave pool provide a refreshing escape from the summer heat.
Bowling Green may best be known for being home to The National Corvette Museum – a must-visit for anyone, whether they’re a car enthusiast or not! With its collection of more than 80 Corvettes, including rare one-of-a-kind models, you’ll be blown away by the beauty and history of these iconic American sports cars. Take a tour of the newly reopened GM Assembly Plant, where you’ll witness the making of the Corvette from start to finish. Ready to hit the gas? Make a pit stop at the NCM Motorsports Park and get in the driver’s seat for an unforgettable Corvette racing experience!
If you prefer natural wonders to man-made ones, you have to check out the incredible caves throughout the area. The underground boat tour at Lost River Cave showcases the beauty of the hidden cave nestled just below the city. Marvel at the unique formations and learn about the geological significance of the cave system. Families will also enjoy the valley’s blue hole trails and the incredible butterfly habitat. And just a short drive away, Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the world’s longest known cave system! (Tours fill up quickly, so make sure to book ahead of time!)
Discover the future of dairy farming on a tour of Chaney’s Dairy Barn and witness the fascinating robotic milking process of their herd of Jersey cows. Indulge afterwards in some of the creamiest, freshest ice cream you’ve ever tasted with dozens of rotating flavors, and tons of outdoor activities for the kids.
Plenty of history is found throughout the city as well! The Historic Railpark and Train Museum is a living testament to BG’s rail transportation past, with restored Pullman sleeping cars and interactive miniature exhibits for the kids. Over at the Aviation Heritage Park, you’ll find retired aircrafts on display, each with its unique history and the stories of the brave pilots who flew them. Take a ride on the brand new BG Trolley for a historic tour around the city, with stops at major attractions, Western Kentucky University’s campus, and the downtown area.
Speaking of downtown, don’t miss out on the charm of Fountain Square Park! Grab a coffee at Spencer’s Coffee shop or indulge in a few sweet treats at Mary Jane’s Chocolates. Don’t forget to stop by Candlemakers on the Square for a souvenir of your trip! Experience the entertainment and night life by grabbing a local brew before a show at Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center or live music at The Capitol. Check the full calendar of events at VisitBGKY.com, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do!
With so much to explore in Bowling Green, it’s the ultimate family destination perfectly positioned between Louisville and Nashville. Come for the cars, stay for the adventure, and leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Bowling Green is not just a hidden gem, it’s a diamond destination waiting for you!
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