Where can you take a boat ride on an underground river, learn the life story of a cake-mix legend, and watch an American Graffiti–style drag race all in one day? You’ll find these diversions and more 120 miles south of Louisville in the lively burg of Bowling Green.
The past decade has been a boon for the burgeoning little city. A massive downtown redevelopment effort has breathed new life into shabby businesses and blighted buildings, ushering in an ever-expanding slate of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and green spaces. Bowling Green’s renaissance is still under way, and these days this welcoming college town, home to Western Kentucky University, attracts visitors from far and wide looking to explore its vibrant history, rich culture, and pastoral scenery. Here are 10 attractions in Bowling Green that you won’t want to miss.