Fall is a fabulous time to visit Bowling Green — from pumpkin patches and corn mazes to horror history and haunted tales, you'll find a fun, autumn experience. We're highlighting five, fun ways to experience fall in BGKY, but there are way more than five reasons why you should visit, so read this then hop over to our Fall landing page for even more recommendations!
Jackson's Orchard is one of our area's most popular fall destinations. It's seasonal Pumpkin Festival returns Sept. 28-29, and then repeats every weekend leading up to Halloween. Family fun highlights include: wagon rides to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, petting zoo, pony rides, straw castle, face & hair painting, arts & crafts, The Goat Ranch, and The Cider Slider, its popular children’s slide. Other area corn mazes are at Just Piddlin Farm and Chaney's Dairy Barn.
Oh, and did we mention Jackson's is known for its delicious treats, too? You'll find all kinds of apple treats at Jackson's concession stand, including caramel apples and apple barbecue!
Experience nature and our community's creativity with a stroll along Lost River Cave's Scarecrow Trail, which opens Sept. 28 and runs through October. Local organizations and individuals showcase their talent, creating displays that are fun — and sometimes a little creepy, but always family-friendly and free. You can vote for the People's Choice Award in Lost River Cave's gift shop — where you can also purchase tickets for one of its famous boat tours and the Flying Squirrel Zipline in support of its nature conservancy efforts.
UnSeen BG brings out its haunted, downtown walking tours for the Halloween season. This year's tale of BG haunts is called "Soldier's Tragedy Tour." These 1.3-mile walks begin at the Starbucks at Stadium Park Plaza. You'll hear about the haunted side of Bowling Green on this tour that's deemed family-friendly — though it's up to you to decide if your child can handle these scary stories.
UnSeen BG, which is operated by the Historic RailPark & Train Museum, also offers an adults-only 21+ tour that tells the story of Madame Pauline Tabor. If you'd rather get your spooky on in just one place, The RailPark also offers Haunted Lantern Tours on the railcars Oct. 17-26.
The Bowling Green Bourbon & Brewfest offers different spirits than UnSeen BG and has become an October staple at the Bowling Green Ballpark. Visit on Oct. 26 to sample some of the best bourbon and craft beers on the market. Though spirits are at the heart of this 21 and up festival, there will also be great food trucks, a VIP area, a stein holding competition, and live music.
You can also learn about the Master of Horror, John Carpenter, on our Reel Sites, Reel Scary Tour. The famed horror director, writer, and producer grew up in Bowling Green and even spent a bit of time at Western Kentucky University. Want to win a prize on our self-guided driving tour? We have a spooky cool, custom BGKY t-shirt up for grabs for anyone capturing images at all 17 locations (or psuedo-locations!) Simply tag your pics on Instagram or Facebook with #reelsitesbg and then message us @VisitBGKY.
John Carpenter created the Halloween movie franchise and was one of the producers on last year's Halloween sequel. We had the chance to get a picture of James Jude Courtney, who played the notorious Michael Myers in the 2018 version, in Smiths Grove last fall!
Though these are some fall highlights, don't forget to check out our Fall page for other, seasonal activities — or check out what other Events are taking place when you Visit BGKY this fall. Let us show you how we are Geared for Fun and Geared for Fall!