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.
You can keep up with the latest Kentucky travel guidance and mandates on our website here as you make your travel plans — whether they are for spring break or later this year.
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. Spend some extra time in the SkyDome and see the new "Stars and Cars" exhibit featuring Corvettes that were owned by music legends George Jones and Roy Orbison. For $10, drive the Corvette racing simulator. If you're looking for a treat for your kids, you can get a Child's Activity Tote for $4, featuring a coloring book, crayons, Corvette Hot Wheels, and more.
3. Experience BGKY underground at Lost River Cave. Take the only underground cave boat ride in the state as you learn about the geology and history of the region. Then stretch your legs and explore the Lost River Valley and its trails, including taking some time to see the four blue holes on the property. Younger kids will enjoy the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, featuring multiple nature stations where they can build, climb and explore.
4. Take a nostalgic trip to the Historic RailPark & Train Museum in the L&N Depot, a Classical Revival-style train station built in 1925. You can tour both vintage railcars and the museum, and it is open seven days a week through at least April 18. Make sure to check out its newest exhibit, "Women in Railroading."
5. Test those family problem-solving skills at 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 and see the cows. Chaney's recently built a milk production facility, so you may want to get a pint of chocolate milk to go!
7. The Bowling Green Hot Rods won't be back in action until May this season — and they are the perfect excuse to make a return trip to BG in 2021. You can also visit their Body Shop to get great merchandise year round. The Hot Rods won the 2018 Midwest League Championship, and they are the High-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.
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 is open on Thursdays and Fridays and 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 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. Make sure to have closed-toed shoes to wear for any Motorsports Park experience.
We also have the places where you can get some great eats and a nice place to rest your head! Request a Visitors Guide for more ideas to help you plan your Spring Break in BGKY, and stay in the know by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter.