Where else can you go spelunking, witness an American icon in the works, and go for a twisted ride in the air — all in one visit? Nowhere, other than Bowling Green, KY! Legendary cars, wooden roller coasters, vintage railcars, and underground boat tours drive Bowling Green's ability to entertain and educate with a new adventure around every curve.
This small city 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. The first of only two cities in Kentucky earning the Dozen Distinctive Destination recognition from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, history blends with the contemporary in Bowling Green.
Thriving on horsepower, Bowling Green has been home to the GM Corvette Assembly Plant since 1981 where every Corvette in the world is made. The National Corvette Museum is just across the street offering an entertaining glimpse at America’s favorite sports car. However, long before the Corvette came to town, dragsters knew the name Bowling Green because of Beech Bend Raceway. The adjoining Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon offers amusements all throughout the summer including the KY Rumbler, a wave pool, lazy river, water slides and over 40 rides.
Charging up the transportation theme, other first-class attractions include the Historic Railpark and Train Museum featuring a two-story interactive museum plus vintage railcars on static display out on the tracks, and Aviation Heritage Park, an outdoor plaza dedicated to distinguished aviators of South Central Kentucky, currently showcasing four historically significant planes.
There is more to the city than just these boy toys, however, and ladies enjoy the charm of downtown Fountain Square Park with eclectic restaurants, a professional salon, massage studio, art galleries, and specialty shops. Tour a Victorian mansion at Riverview at Hobson Grove, tempt the taste buds at the Kentucky Museum’s ‘Recommended by Duncan Hines’ exhibit, or walk among "Instruments of American Excellence" also at the Kentucky Museum at WKU. Kentucky’s only underground boat tour wows visitors of all ages at Lost River Cave, or take a break down on the farm at one of several agritourism destinations.
Located less than one hour north of Nashville, off I-65, Bowling Green is the third-most populous city in the U.S. state of Kentucky after Louisville and Lexington. The population of Bowling Green was 58,067 and Warren County was 113,792 in 2010. In 2003, Bowling Green and its surrounding communities were designated as a "metropolitan area."
Other significant businesses in Bowling Green include Fruit of the Loom, Houchens Industries, Holley Performance Products, and Camping World. The third largest Kentucky public university, Western Kentucky University, is situated upon a hill in central Bowling Green. Its athletic teams are called Hilltoppers, and the Men’s Basketball program is the 14th winningest Division 1 program in the country.