Your family can have an adventure-filled Spring Break that doesn’t break the bank in Bowling Green. We’re a fun, affordable city with plenty to keep your kids occupied, whether you want to visit for a couple of days or spend your entire break here.
Here’s are the Top 10 ways you can "brake" for spring in Bowling Green!
1. Race your family at the NCM Motorsports Park Kartplex. Check out the fastest go-karts in the area and see who in your family has the potential to be a pro racer. There are junior race karts for kids who are at least 48-inches tall, and if you have a younger rider who is at least 42 inches tall, let them be the passenger with a parent in a double kart.
2. Head from the Motorsports Park to the National Corvette Museum where you can discover the history of America’s Sports Car. Let the kids explore in the Kidzone, where they can design, build, and test their own cars, among other activities. Take them to see the museum’s latest exhibit on Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, the creator of the Rat Fink movement, which also discusses how he was an inspiration to a Corvette designer.
3. Experience BGKY from the sky and underground at Lost River Cave. Take the only underground boat ride in the state as you learn about the geology and history of the region. Follow that with a trip across Lost River Cave’s ziplines, which should open in late March or early April. The Flying Squirrel Zipline is for participants ages 8 and older, and the Lightning Bug Zipline is for kids ages 3-10. Call in advance to make sure the ziplines are open the day you'll be in town.
4. Take a nostalgic trip to the Historic RailPark & Train Museum in the L&N Depot, an art deco train station built in 1925. You can tour both vintage railcars and the museum, as well as schedule an escape game on their caboose.
5. If one escape game just isn’t enough for you, visit Conundrum Workshop, which offers escape games, art classes, and more. If you’re looking for a challenge, Vertical eXcape is an indoor climbing gym that offers an afternoon of exercise and fun for ages 5 and up.
6. You’ll need at least one sweet treat on Spring Break, so why not visit Chaney’s Dairy Barn, where you can try the ice cream that USA Today named the best in the state. Let the kids play on Chaney’s phenomenal playground (at no extra charge) or pay a nominal fee to do a self-guided farm tour or play on the jumping pillow.
7. Depending on when your Spring Break is, you might be able to catch the Bowling Green Hot Rods on one of their April home series. The Hot Rods won the 2018 Midwest League Championship, and they are a Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Let the kids watch America’s past-time — or have a ball at the BG Ballpark’s playground and Merry-Go-Round. You might even plan to come back in June, when the Hot Rods host the Midwest League All-Star Game.
8. What kids don’t love seeing planes up close? Check out Aviation Heritage Park, where you can see military aircraft with ties to Warren County-area residents. After you learn about these planes and the heroes who flew them, head over to adjacent Basil Griffin Park for a beautiful evening outdoors and even feed the park’s resident ducks. Your kids may also enjoy a trip to the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, where they can see small aircraft coming and going.
9. The Kentucky Museum on campus at Western Kentucky University offers free admission, and your family can explore both its permanent and temporary exhibits as well as learn more about our favorite foodie, Bowling Green’s Duncan Hines. Another attraction with WKU ties, the Baker Arboretum, is also free to tour and the perfect spot to see the season in bloom — stop in the Downing Museum while you're at the arboretum.
10. Why should kids get to have all the fun on Spring Break? After the younger crew finishes racing go-karts, adults 18 and older can get behind the wheel of a new C8 Corvette starting in mid-March at the NCM Motorsports Park, where you can drive several laps on the 3.2-mile road course. Passengers ages 14 and older are allowed.
You can also experience the new C8 as a passenger and let one of the Motorsports Park's pros drive — that is open to people who are 15 and older and are at least 4'6" tall. Make sure to have closed-toed shoes to wear for any Motorsports Park experience.