Bowling Green in Kentucky is a worthwhile detour.
National Corvette Museum
The famous American sports car was first put in to production in Bowling Green back in 1953 and located close to the production plant is the national museum celebrating the fact that these hot rods are still being produced here today.
Open every day except the major holidays, it costs $10 per adult, $5 for the under 16’s and is open from 8am to 5pm daily. As well as showcasing the history and heritage of the beloved Corvette, you can visit the racing track, motor sports park, café and merchandise store.
The museum is known as a living museum, in that two visits will never be the same with ever changing exhibits such as ‘100 years of the corvette’ and even regular owners of corvettes can even have their own car temporarily displayed at the museum. For those enthusiasts who want more, a further $7 will allow you to enter the actual assembly plant and see the production in action, its fills up quickly though so online reservations are recommended.
Lost River Caves
They are the only cave boat tours in the state of Kentucky and are run as a non-profit organisation to help educate visitors and preserve the caves. Open daily from 9 – 4pm except national holidays and costing $15 per adult and less for children, the tour comprises of a 25 minute cave walk and a 25 minute boat ride in the caves lying beneath Bowling Green.
As well as the cave tour, bring your hiking boots as admission includes access to over 3 miles of trekking along the Blue Hole Trails where over 130 different species of bird have been sighted and there is an information centre where you can hire binoculars and GPS systems if you wish.
From May to September each year, there is also a Butterfly Habitat open for visitors too, again free with admission to the caves.
Live Music Scene.
Bowling Green is becoming more well known because of an emerging music scene with more and more local bands becoming nationally and internationally well known and respected. The hub or mecca of this scene started and continues to flourish at Tidballs.
Any lover of live music needs to pay a visit to this downtown live music venue, originally a blacksmiths back in 1920 and now host to the extremely popular open mic night on a Monday, but fear not, if you cant make it then, most nights you will find bands playing. Its none smoking, has pool tables and always great drink offers combined with some of the friendliest locals you are ever likely to meet!
If you fancy even more live music, then plan your visit at the end of the summer and make sure you visit the Starry Nights Music Festival. 2 days of music, mainly featuring local bands, but now also attracting more established out of town bands. It may be small, with all the bands performing in just the one field and with everyone camping in the field next door, it will feel like you have been adopted into the bowling green family by the time the festival is over, leaving you wanting to return the next year.
There is a good range of restaurants, cafes and diners available here, to suit all palates and wallets.
For some amazing upmarket shrimp, jalapeno grits, jambalaya or gumbo, head down to Fountain Square in the historic centre and visit either 440 Main or its more casual neighbour, Mickies on Main, with outdoor seating, its a great vantage spot to spend an hour eating, drinking and people watching.
If you fancy something a bit louder and more laid back and with gut busting portion sizes, head over to Toots, where a basket of Catfish starts from as little as $5 and great offers on 2 for 1 cocktails.
Of course the famous eatery that Kentucky is well known for is Kentucky Fried Chicken and so if fried chicken is your thing, head over to the KFC closest to the city centre, where there is an all you can eat buffet, with a completely different menu to that offered from its European counterpart.
Riverview at Hobson Grove.
Located in Western Bowling Green is Riverview or Hobson House, a restored, historic residence on the national register of historic places. Work started on the property in 1850, but was suspended during the civil war to be finally completed in 1872, it is now an outstanding example of Victorian architecture and an important stop for anyone interested in Kentucky civil war history.
Open 6 days a week visitors can tour the house and gardens for $7. A non profit organisation there are many events taking place here throughout the year, including an Easter egg hunt, antique festivals, and even tours by candlelight.
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