Where else can you go spelunking, witness an American icon in the works, go for a twisted ride in the air and come face-to-face with a guy named Big Red all in one weekend? Nowhere, other than Bowling Green, KY. Legendary cars, wooden roller coasters and underground boat tours drive Bowling Green’s ability to entertain and educate visitors, students and residents alike. Less than one hour north of Nashville, TN, off I-65, Bowling Green rolls out a red carpet experience for anyone in search of an opportunity to sample the Southern hospitality of a unique town on the move.
As new Corvettes roll off the lines at the GM Corvette Assembly Plant, Bowling Green welcomes visitors to witness a behind-the-scenes view of an American dream in the making. Visitors can explore the world’s fascination with the famous sports car at the National Corvette Museum, which features more than 75 Corvettes on display.
The core of Bowling Green’s uniqueness lies deep within (literally). Lost River Cave offers a fascinating exploration of Bowling Green’s cave system and is home to Kentucky’s only underground boat tour on the river that Ripley’s Believe it or Not claims is the shortest, deepest in the world. If you prefer higher ground, Bowling Green has that as well. Beech Bend Park’s new Kentucky Rumbler, is hailed as the most twisted wooden roller coaster in seven states and will take you on a fun-filled journey that offers a bird’s eye view of the park’s 40+ rides and Splash Lagoon water park.
High points are plentiful in Bowling Green, both in the rural areas and in the heart of the city, where Western Kentucky University’s growing student population climbs “the hill” each semester. With renovated campus buildings and improved sports facilities, Western successfully offers students and visitors state-of-the-art facilities, while still preserving its historic ambiance and natural beauty.
As the campus of WKU has grown and expanded, so has the community of Bowling Green, offering an eclectic combination of shopping, dining and entertainment options to accommodate this college town’s unique sense of style and contagious youthful enthusiasm. Opportunities for finding one-of-a-kind products as well as nationally recognized brand name items abound in Bowling Green.
Search for treasured antiques in quaint downtowns and outlying communities. Admire Amish heirloom furniture and artistic creations in galleries and museums or find just the right accessory for your travel adventures at the Harley-Davidson Store or Camping World’s headquarters. From dinnerware fresh from the kiln at Rickman Pottery to designer fashions at Greenwood Mall, Bowling Green will surprise and impress you with its unique variety of items ready for you to take home.
Even off-campus, Bowling Green is an entertaining lesson in art, history, geography and engineering. Amidst the rolling hills of Bowling Green’s countryside, you’ll find beautiful landscapes and opportunities to experience the area’s rural heritage, including Chaney’s Dairy Farm, where homemade ice cream and arts and crafts satisfy your appetite for Kentucky-made products. Local harvests are shared at seasonal farmers’ markets. Bowling Green is also home to many one-of-a-kind restaurants that offer a tasteful palate of Bowling Green’s rural heritage and its blend of new cultures.
Bowling Green celebrates its uniqueness with numerous community and cultural festivals, theatrical and musical performances, concerts in the park and a wide variety of events designed to enlighten and entertain. Families can find something for everyone to enjoy throughout the year, including hot air balloon and music festivals, in addition to the Festival of Trains in December and Duncan Hines Festival in August and the BB&T All-American Soap Box Derby (the third-largest of its kind) in May.
Sports fans have plenty of options to choose from, ranging from athletic competitions at WKU to stock car racing at Beech Bend Raceway, the famous Medical Center 10K Classic, golf, fishing and canoeing opportunities, championship rodeo competitions, Harley-Davidson events and, of course, the National Corvette Homecoming. Playing host to the state’s largest literary event, the Southern Kentucky Bookfest, Bowling Green is well versed on offering something for everyone. A wide variety of trade shows, seminars and special events are held at various locations throughout the year.
The area’s heritage is treasured and explored at museums and historic interpretive sites that celebrate the land, the river, the craftsmanship and culture of the region. And, with the new Aviation Heritage Park in the works, the city will add aviation to its long list of unique explorations. Bowling Green offers an entertaining experience that just keeps getting better. Come experience what everyone is talking about and plan your trip to Bowling Green, where natural beauty, tradition and innovation offer a unique blend of entertainment you can’t find anywhere else.