Bowling Green, Ky.—October 2, 2013—Anyone planning a trip to south central Kentucky need not worry about the federal government shutdown closing the area’s show caves and attractions. Mammoth Cave National Park is the only cave affected by the government shutdown. Families planning fall break activities at the area’s show caves and attractions will be unaffected by the government shutdown.

There are seven caves in south central Kentucky that are privately owned and operated that remain open to the public for tours. These historical attractions provide opportunities to experience nature’s beauty and learn about preserving natural wonders.

The following show caves in south central Kentucky’s Cave Country are unaffected by the government shutdown:

  • Hidden River Cave
  • Outlaw Cave
  • Onyx Cave
  • Lost River Cave
  • Mammoth Onyx Cave
  • Diamond Caverns
  • Cub Run Cave

The federal government shutdown will also not affect the Kentucky state parks, including nearby Barren River Lake State Resort Park. There are many other attractions to keep visiting and local families busy in the Bowling Green area—like a pit stop at the National Corvette Museum, a step back in time at the Historic Railpark & Train Museum, seasonal fun at Jackson’s Orchard and Chaney’s Dairy Barn and more. 

For details about south central Kentucky’s show caves, please visit

For more on Barren River Lake State Resort Park, please visit

To find family fun activities at other area attractions, go to 

Contact: Telia Butler, PR Coordinator, Bowling Green Area CVB 270-782-0800;