Fall is a fabulous time to visit Bowling Green's outdoor attractions — from pumpkin patches and corn mazes to horror history and haunted tours, you'll find a fun, autumn experience that is safe and socially-distanced. Here are some of our favorite ways to experience the outdoor activities in BGKY. There are so many fall events in and around BGKY that you'll want to find a hotel and make it an official weekend getaway!

Three of the area's agritourism sites, Jackson's Orchard, Just Piddlin Farm and Chaney's Dairy Barn, have organized activities available for fall fun the whole family can enjoy. There's plenty of room to social distance on these farms, where you might find a corn maze, pumpkin patch or delicious concessions. Chaney's corn maze (pictured below) even honors essential workers in 2020! Though Jackson's isn't hosting its Apple or Pumpkin festivals this year, it will still offer apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides and a petting zoo. Just Piddlin will host fall break adventures Oct. 5-9 plus four evenings when you can tour its corn maze at night. 

Chaney's Dairy Barn Corn Maze
Chaney's Dairy Barn's Corn Maze/Photo by Wayne Garmon Photography 

 

Explore nature and see our community's creativity with a stroll along Lost River Cave's Scarecrow Trail, which runs Oct. 2-25. 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 popular boat tours in support of its nature conservancy efforts.

Scarecrow Trail at Lost River Cave
Scarecrow created by Downing Museum/Baker Arboretum 

 

 

UnSeen BG, presented by the Historic RailPark & Train Museum, brings out its haunted, walking tours for the Halloween season. This year's tale of BG haunts is called "UnSeen Murder Mansion," based on stories of the infamous Murder Mansion on Fairview Avenue. Tours will start at Kereiakes Park and wind through the adjacent Fairview Cemetery, both located on... wait for it... Cemetery Road. 

You'll hear about the haunted side of Bowling Green on this tour that's about 1.5 miles and deemed family-friendly — though it's up to you to decide if your child can handle these scary stories of murder and more. 

UnSeen BG Walking Tour
UnSeen BG Walking Tour/Photo by Simply Blue Studios

 

Find tons more haunts each weekend starting Sept. 25 at Skeleton's Lair, located just 15 miles outside of Bowling Green on... wait for it... Cemetery Road (KY 234). Skeleton's Lair Scream Park is the largest haunted adventure in south central Kentucky and features four, outdoor haunts to explore. We can't think of a better way to celebrate the "blue moon" (the month's second full moon) on Halloween night than with a haunted attraction in Kentucky! Feeling adventurous? Make plans to come on Nov. 1 when it will be a blackout and explore with only a flashlight. 

Scary Clown at Skeleton's Lair
Photo by Skeleton's Lair 

 

The Bowling Green Bourbon & Brewfest offers spirits of a different brand than UnSeen BG and has become an October staple at the Bowling Green Ballpark.  Unfortunately, the 2020 event has been postponed, but organizers are still offering bi-monthly Bourbon & Brewfest Tasting Sessions instead. These sessions will feature samples of limited release beers and speciality bourbons. The first will be on Oct. 24 at 6pm, and tickets may be purchases online. Click here for more information. 

BG Bourbon and Brewfest
BG Bourbon and Brewfest

 

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.

Michael Myers at the Capitol
Reel Sites, Reel Scary Tour 

 

Please make sure to visit our Covid-19 landing page for the latest updates on mandates and more. Right now, face masks are required both indoors and outdoors when six feet of distance is not easily kept.

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