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CAVES, LAKES & CORVETTES Region


  • Diamond Caverns is just one of the 8 show caves in the Caves, Lakes and Corvettes region
  • National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green
  • Beech Bend Amusement Park, Bowling Green
  • Dinosaur World, Cave City
  • Kentucky Down Under, Horse Cave
  • Nolin Lake
  • WigWam Village, Cave City
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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 museum.

Other outdoor 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 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!      

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