If you’re looking for adventure, there’s no better place to
find one than Kentucky’s Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Region. Mammoth Cave National Park, home of the
world’s longest cave system at 400 miles
explored so far, celebrates 200 years of cave tours in 2016. It has been a
national park for 75 years and has been honored by UNESCO as one of only 23
World Heritage Sites in the United States.
Feel the need for
speed? Bowling Green is home to the world-famous Corvette. Don’t miss the
National Corvette Museum and its new Corvette Cave-In exhibit that highlights
the sinkhole that swallowed eight Corvettes in 2014. Tour the GM Corvette
Assembly Plant, where every Corvette in the world is made, and try your own
high performance driving skills at the
NCM Motorsports Park. If horses are your
favorite horsepower, try Kentucky Downs in Franklin for racing and Old Friends
at Kentucky Downs to meet some retired race horses.
There’s more than one
cave in this region! Seven “show caves”
(Cub Run Cave, Diamond Caverns, Hidden River Cave/American Cave Museum, Lost
River Cave, Mammoth Onyx Cave, Onyx Cave, and Outlaw Cave) offer various
adventures including guided walking tours with rare cave formations, off-trail
wild cave tours, Kentucky’s only underground boat tour, and a national cave
adventures are easy to find: zip lining, rappelling, canoeing, horseback
riding, hiking, and hundreds of miles of water trails for all kinds of floating.
You can search for prehistoric life at Dinosaur World in Cave City, or you can
explore the outback with kangaroos, emus and other animals from around the
world at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo in Horse Cave. Kick it up a notch at
Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green. From
the Kentucky Rumbler, the most twisted wooden roller coaster in seven states,
to the children’s rides and Splash Lagoon waterpark featuring 14 water slides,
you’ll find something for the entire family. Watch racing on one of America's
oldest, continuously operating drag strips at the nationally recognized
quarter-mile drag strip at Beech Bend Raceway!
If the water is
calling you, visit Barren River State Resort Park or Nolin Lake State Park
for fishing, boating, and so much more! Or try one of the region’s canoe liveries
for a fun river paddle.
Top it all off
with museums, quilt trail tours, walking
tours, scenic driving tours, specialty shopping, local markets and dining,
craft distilleries/microbreweries/wineries, battlefield tours, visual and performing arts,
and historic sites galore. From South Union Shaker Village, to Octagon Hall
1847 Plantation, to Fort Williams, to Red River Meeting House and Cemetery, to
Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve, to Riverview at Hobson Grove, and on
There is a festival
here just about every weekend. We have good music in many genres, Scottish
games, international folklore, car shows, and down home goodness like pumpkins,
blueberries, watermelons and barbecue. Whew! One day is certainly not enough!
Better plan your visit now!