While you’re main attraction is the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion V, there is plenty more to do in the city of Bowling Green and even on the grounds of Beech Bend. A number of teams make the city and event a go-to for families due to it’s safe nature and incredible amusement park on the same grounds as the drag racing facility. If you’re looking for something outside of the park’s walls, keep some of our favorites in mind.
National Corvette Museum
This home for America’s Sports Car features over 70 Corvettes showcased in periodic settings. See mint classics, prototypes, rare finds and racing champs. Families will enjoy the KidZone with hands-on activities for children. A Corvette is available in the lobby for photo ops and so you can “try one on for size.” For an additional fee, take a ride in your choice of one of the Museum’s historic Corvettes or try out the new Racing Simulator where you ‘drive’ an actual C6 Corvette. Pickup a few souvenirs in their Corvette Store, grab a bite to eat in the Corvette Café and even register to win your own ‘Vette!
The Bowling Green and Corvette communities were shocked by the sinkhole that opened under the Skydome on February 12, 2014, but the iconic room under the red spire is open with a viewing window in the floor, offering a glimpse at the cave below. Plan your visit now to see the interactive “Corvette Cave-In” exhibit, all of the Corvettes that fell in as well as the 1962 currently undergoing restoration. Read more about the surreal 2014 incident and exhibit here . And to complete the Corvette trifecta, make plans to visit the NCM Motorsports Park to watch high performance driving events or even schedule track time to take your own touring or hot lap in a track Corvette.
GM Corvette Assembly Plant
What to Wear / What NOT to Bring: For safety reasons, no crutches or walking assists are allowed at the plant. Wheelchairs are available at no charge. All visitors are required to wear closed toe and closed heel shoes (no spike heels or sandals). No cameras, backpacks, purses, fanny packs or other containers may be brought into the plant except by special request (for medical reasons, etc.) Also, all electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, or walkie-talkies are not allowed in the facility. These items must be left in your car. There are no holding facilities onsite for guests’ personal belongings. Due to safety regulations within the plant, small infants/children in strollers, along with all children under the age of ten (10) will not be allowed to tour the facility.
Looking to take a picnic break or to stretch your legs during a long trip? Bowling Green Assembly features a wildlife habitat spread across 75 acres, roughly the size of 83 football fields. Within the space are 42,000 pounds of ground-up ergonomic mats reused from inside the plant to form the foundation for a picnic area. Students planted sunflowers along the route, which also features blue bird boxes planted by a local Boy Scout troop. The team collaborates with environmental experts to best choose appropriate native species for the grounds.
Lost River Cave
Tucked away in the city of Bowling Green lies a natural wonder, a river that gets lost as it flows underground surrounded by over 60 acres of wooded trails just waiting to be explored. Kentucky’s only Underground Boat Tour and the enchanting Butterfly Habitat await you at Lost River Cave!
Daylight disappears from view as you board the boat on the river that Ripley’s Believe It or Not claims is the shortest and deepest in the world. A comfortable 57 degrees year round, the boat tour offers a visit into the timeless world of a Kentucky natural wonder. The guided walking tour along the river’s edge will bring alive stories of Native Americans, Early European settlers, Civil War troops and the notorious Jesse James.
Throughout the valley, enjoy Treetop Bridge, nature trails, bird watching stations, picnic areas, and a favorite children’s activity, the gemstone sluice. Coming in 2018 is the Flying Squirrel Zipline!
Back at the entrance near the Visitor Center, families love the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom featuring multiple nature stations, and the Wetlands educational area behind. Inside, Wildflower Gifts offers apparel, home decor, collectibles, jewelry, Kentucky food products, fossils, and more.
Just looking to stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air? Enjoy the valley’s blue hole trails at no charge by simply checking in at the Visitor Center to let them know you’re there. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the valley.
Special tours including the Discovery Cave Crawl are available on a limited basis during the fall, winter and early spring when the river level is safe. All equipment including personal floatation device, helmets and headlamps is included. Contact the cave for reservations and more details.
Lost River Cave is available for corporate, civic, or social events after 6:30 pm each day. Walk along the river’s edge, hold a ceremony or cocktail party on the bridge or at the Butterfly Habitat. The cave’s ballroom (once the site of an underground nightclub!) is under roof, has a crystal chandelier and holds 300 seated guests with room for dancing. The new River Birch Meeting Room will hold approximately 50 people and is perfect for an annual meeting, social gathering or birthday party.
There are plenty more attractions to visit and you’ll want to check them all out on the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website, by clicking HERE!