Bowling Green is located in the south central part of the US state of Kentucky. It is located approximately halfway between the vibrant cities of Louisville and Nashville on Interstate 65. So, if you have driven between these two cities, chances are that you stopped in Bowling Green to get gas and/or grab something to eat.
But the small Kentucky city is itself also thriving with fun attractions that fans of sporty Corvette cars and those seeking amusement park goodness will want to pay attention to. Here are the Bowling Green, KY attractions that I am talking about.
National Corvette Museum
The National Corvette Museum is located on Corvette Drive near Interstate 65 in the northeastern part of Bowling Green. It is located across Kentucky Route 446 from the General Motors Assemble Plant which is the only place in the world where the Corvette sports cars are produced. The National Corvette Museum is the largest automotive museum that is focused exclusively on one model car.
The Corvette sports cars are under the Chevrolet brand. The museum houses more than eighty Corvettes. You can find antique, collector, concept, and one-of-a-kind Corvettes within the museum. You can learn about the history of Corvettes and what inspired them to exist in the first place. There is an exhibit called Generations that houses one Corvette from each generation sitting right next to each other.
That way, you can get a better sense of how the Corvettes have evolved throughout the history of Corvette. Over six years ago in February of 2014, a strange event at the museum grabbed worldwide headlines. A sizable sinkhole popped open and dragged eight Corvettes down with it. As a result, there is an exhibit dedicated to explore the why, when, what, and how of the sinkhole incident.
This exhibit also covers the recovery process including how the eight Corvettes were recovered from the sinkhole and how the sinkhole was fixed. The eight Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole are on display within this exhibit. You will also want to check out the Corvette Racing Simulator. This is where you can get behind the wheel of a C6 Corvette and drive it around a virtual racetrack.
The sessions for the racing simulator are $10 each and there can also be passengers to go along for the ride. The admission prices for the National Corvette Museum are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for youth aged from 5 to 12. Those who are under the age of 5 get free admission. You can get your admission tickets here. As for the Corvette Racing Simulator tickets, they can be found here.
For the hungry, a restaurant called Corvette Cafe is available onsite. Those of you looking for souvenirs will want to head to the Corvette Store.
NCM Motorsports Park
So, you have had a chance to check out all these pretty Corvette sports cars, now what? Are you itching to actually drive a Corvette without actually having to buy one? The good news is that, yes, you can actually do that. In order to do so, you need to head to the NCM Motorsports Park which is a road track located just a short drive southeast of the National Corvette Museum, across Interstate 65.
There are a few different experiences available there, but the one you are looking for is called the Corvette Touring Laps. It is a little bit like go-karting. You will be driving in a C8 Corvette. The road track is about 3.2 miles and you will get to go for four laps. This experience is done in a lead/follow format.
The fee for the Corvette Touring Laps experience is $300. You can go here to book this experience. You will need to be 18 years old with a valid driver license in order to drive a C8 Corvette in this experience. Passengers will need to be 14 years old in order to go along for the ride.
Now that you have also had a chance to drive a Corvette, are you still hungry for even more fun? Good, there is an amusement park located on Beech Bend Park Road about 6.2 miles northwest, across Kentucky Route 446/US 68 from the National Corvette Museum. This amusement park is called Beech Bend and it is filled with numerous fun rides/activities.
In one of these, you will get a chance to drive an antique car glued to a track through scenic Hubcap Alley. A swing ride called Bluegrass Breeze Swing will have you riding around at a thrilling height of three stories. For $6, you can go racing with the go-karts. Are you into miniature golf (also known as putt putt)? You can do that at Gold Rush Golf where you can work your way through a beautiful 18-hole course for a fee of just $2.
These are just a few fun rides/activities found at the amusement park, but that should give you a taste of what you can look forward to doing there. Beech Bend also houses a drag strip known as Beech Bend Raceway. There, you can enjoy some awesome classic car or Harley Davidson motorcycle races. You can head here for the schedule of races happening there.
If you are looking to get yourself wet, then you can head to Splash Lagoon which is a water park located within Beech Bend. A wave pool, a lazy river, and some water slides are all available for you to soak in some water fun at the water park. The general admission prices for Beech Bend are $37.99 for adults and $31.99 for seniors and children. Military members, veterans, and those aged under 2 will all get free admission. You can buy your tickets by going here.
These are the Bowling Green, KY attractions that you should check out. Also, if you are a boxing fan, you will want to consider heading up Interstate 65 to Muhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville to check out a few places related to the legendary boxer. You can learn more in this post from just a few weeks ago.
If you are a country music enthusiast, then it would make sense to head in the opposite direction and go to Nashville. This post from late December last year, will have you covered.
Bowling Green Hotels
If you are looking for a hotel to stay at in Bowling Green, I have you covered here. Here are the two hotels I would suggest for you.
Drury Inn & Suites Bowling Green, KY
This hotel is located on Scottsville Road just north of Interstate 65. It is about 6.8 miles south of the National Corvette Museum via Interstate 65. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. If you get hungry, a few nearby dining options include Blaze Fast Fired Pizza, Chuys, and Cracker Barrel. The hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.
There is also a fitness center available at the hotel. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room range from $95 to $148. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.
Hampton Inn Bowling Green
This hotel is located on Three Springs Road which is across Scottsville Road from the other hotel I mentioned. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. If you are looking for a few nearby restaurants, you can head out to Blaze Fast Fired Pizza, Cracker Barrel, and Chuys. There is an outdoor swimming pool at the hotel. Those of you looking for a workout can head to the hotel’s fitness center.
All of the hotel’s rooms come with WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $106 to $158. You can go here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.
What are your thoughts? Have you been to any of these fun attractions in Bowling Green before? Feel free to leave a comment below.