Are you hitting the road for some almost-summer fun this Memorial Day weekend? Bowling Green is a great stop on any trip, and there's plenty to explore over the long, holiday weekend. Start your trip at Fountain Square Park, pictured above in a gorgeous photo from Jason Gupton, which should be on any Bowling Green itinerary.
Learn about military history
Spend part of Memorial Day weekend honoring the military men and women who have flown in service of our country. Aviation Heritage Park features seven restored military aircraft whose pilots have ties to south central Kentucky. Plan to make a second visit to AHP when its museum, currently under construction, is completed. A fallen military hero — Navy Seaman Scott Magers, who died at the Pearl Harbor attack — will be recognized with a special Memorial Day weekend procession on May 29. Find more information on the ceremony here.
See the newest exhibit at the National Corvette Museum
Corvette Powered opens at the National Corvette Museum Memorial Day weekend and runs through April 2022. This temporary exhibit explores the non-Corvette vehicles that utilized Corvette engines and drivelines. Do you love Corvettes and music? Make sure to stop in the Skydome, where you can see the Corvettes that were owned by music legends George Jones and Roy Orbison.
Take in a race at a historic drag strip
Beech Bend Raceway Park, one of the oldest continuously operating drag strips in the country, will host the NHRA SportsNATIONAL Open from May 28-May 30. This Beech Bend tradition features pro-mods, NHRA Stock & Super Stockers, the Clay Jones Memorial Stock/Super Stock $5,000 Combo Race and so much more. Admission is $20 per day, and kids 12 & younger get in free.
Ride an award-winning wooden roller coast
Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon is adjacent to the raceway and is home to the award-winning Kentucky Rumbler roller coast, as well as dozens of other thrill rides for kids and adults. Pack your swimsuit so you can enjoy the water slides, lazy river and other fun at the Splash Lagoon – which is included with the price of admission.
See a Grammy-nominated band
MercyMe is bringing live music back to the Bowling Green Ballpark on May 28. Tickets are still available, and you can reserve your's here. The ballpark is a great venue for a show — and if you can extend your trip a couple of days, you can see the Bowling Green Hot Rods in action. The High A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays are hosting the Rome Braves June 1-6. Promo nights during that homestand include: Turbo's Tailwaggin' Tuesday on June 1, Llama Night on June 4 and Pajama Night on June 5-6.
Experience nature in and around Bowling Green
See the Lost River Valley from above, then go underground with a cave boat tour at Lost River Cave & Ziplines. The ziplines reopen for the season Memorial Day weekend, and reservations are recommended for boat and zipline tours. The Baker Arboretum is the perfect spot to experience the beauty of late spring on the outskirts of Bowling Green. Check out our Explore the Outdoors blog post for more ideas on enjoying the great outdoors in south central Kentucky.
Need more ideas on how to spend a great, Memorial Day weekend in Bowling Green? Just head over to our Things to Do and Events pages for all kinds of fun activities. Then, make sure to find a hotel and some great restaurants. Want to eat outside? We have blog posts about popular restaurant patios and picnic spots.