If you decided to postpone your vacation this year because you're hesitant to travel, why not take a staycation in Bowling Green, instead?  You have the vacation time, so you might as well use it. Or, if your kids are being homeschooled or taking virtual classes, it's the perfect opportunity to take some local field trips. You can even keep spend your fall break in Bowling Green — and help support your friends and neighbors by keeping your travel dollars local. (Dominant blog photo by Wayne Garmon Photography)

Here are five ideas on how to have an enjoyable staycation in Bowling Green — please make sure to bring your mask as you explore.

1. Visit museums. Escape the heat with a visit to one of our great museums. The National Corvette Museum, Historic RailPark & Train Museum, Downing Museum, and Riverview at Hobson Grove have all reopened. There's plenty of room to social distance, and these venues have hand sanitizer available if you forgot yours. 


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2. Go underground. Lost River Cave is one of the coolest spots in Bowling Green. When was the last time you've taken the only cave boat tour in the state? The number of seats on a tour is limited to assist with social distancing. Or head 30 minutes north and explore Mammoth Cave National Park. The park only has one tour available right now — the self-guided Extended Historic Tour — and it regularly sells out, so make your reservations in advance. Both also have great trails above ground that you can explore. Need more ideas for outdoor adventures? There's an I 💚 BG Blog article for that! 


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3. Go shopping. This is a great time to shop local and explore some of the wonderful stores that Bowling Green has to offer. Whether you're looking for custom pottery, fine cigars or the latest fashions, there's sure to be a shop that will fit your needs — and you'll support a local business owner. Fountain Square Park is a great starting place for local stores. 


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4. Tasty eats. Bowling Green is home to so many great, locally-owned restaurants. While in-door seating is limited due to Covid restrictions, restaurants can operate their patios at full capacity. Many are also offering curbside, carryout and delivery options. Take a few nights off from cooking and enjoy some of our restaurants — whether you eat them from the comfort of your kitchen, hotel room or restaurant patio, 


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5. Sleep local. Why not treat yourself to a stay in one of Bowling Green's fantastic hotels? Speak to them directly about the ways they are making sure their visitors are safe, from new cleaning protocols to boxed breakfasts. Many Bowling Green properties have indoor or outdoor swimming pools, which the kids will love — as well as protocols to help you safety social distance while you swim. It's always nice to get out of your own home for a few days while you explore BGKY. 

If you need more ideas on how to experience a Bowling Green staycation, then check out our Things to Do page. Louisville Family Fun has some great BG field trip ideas, as well. 

We have recent blog posts about road trips to Owensboro, Paducah and Kentucky Lake that might help you keep your vacation in the Commonwealth, but closer to home. 

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