Nearby Attractions

South Union Shaker Village

The Shakers came to South Union in 1807 and were here until 1922. They kept journals of their activities and from these journals, we can catch a glimpse of the history of their daily lives, their belief in work and worship, their inventions and contributions, the birth of the seed industry, textile production and what it was like to live during that period of time. A visit to this wonderful historic site takes one back in time and perhaps gives a better understanding of the challenges facing the Shakers.

Lost River Cave

Lost River Cave is an urban seventy-acre park that offers activities and events that utilize its natural and man-made features. Natural features include – the cave, a wooded valley with trails, river and other karst features, such as blue holes and sinking streams and a twenty-acre restored prairie. Man-made features include a seasonal butterfly habitat, a constructed wetland, the paved greenway trail, the visitor center and gift shop, classroom/meeting space in the River Birch Room, event venues including the Historic Cavern Nite Club, and equipment storage barns and administrative offices.

South Union Shaker Village

The Shakers came to South Union in 1807 and were here until 1922. They kept journals of their activities and from these journals, we can catch a glimpse of the history of their daily lives, their belief in work and worship, their inventions and contributions, the birth of the seed industry, textile production and what it was like to live during that period of time. A visit to this wonderful historic site takes one back in time and perhaps gives a better understanding of the challenges facing the Shakers.

Lost River Cave

Lost River Cave is an urban seventy-acre park that offers activities and events that utilize its natural and man-made features. Natural features include – the cave, a wooded valley with trails, river and other karst features, such as blue holes and sinking streams and a twenty-acre restored prairie. Man-made features include a seasonal butterfly habitat, a constructed wetland, the paved greenway trail, the visitor center and gift shop, classroom/meeting space in the River Birch Room, event venues including the Historic Cavern Nite Club, and equipment storage barns and administrative offices.

SKyPAC

Since a renovation of Bowling Green’s beloved Capitol Theater on Fountain Square was completed in 1981, the Capitol, along with Van Meter Auditorium at Western Kentucky University, stood as Bowling Green’s primary venues for major performing arts activities. However, by the end of the next decade it was becoming clear the Capitol had built an audience for larger productions than Bowling Green could accommodate. A group of concerned civic leaders, not only interested in creating a new, larger venue for the Performing Arts, but also creating an attraction that would help stimulate downtown development, sought support for such a center. In July 2000, Warren County created the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Inc. (SKyPAC).

National Corvette Museum

America’s Sports Car, an exciting legend produced only in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Museum features over eighty Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design. Test your knowledge at interactive trivia kiosks, and don’t miss the chance to try a Corvette on for size in our lobby where we have a 2015 Stingray waiting for you. Displays continually rotate so no two visits are the same. Round out your visit with a souvenir from the Corvette Store, grab a bite to eat in the Corvette Cafe, and race over to the NCM Motorsports Park to spectate or take a lap!

SKyPAC

Since a renovation of Bowling Green’s beloved Capitol Theater on Fountain Square was completed in 1981, the Capitol, along with Van Meter Auditorium at Western Kentucky University, stood as Bowling Green’s primary venues for major performing arts activities. However, by the end of the next decade it was becoming clear the Capitol had built an audience for larger productions than Bowling Green could accommodate. A group of concerned civic leaders, not only interested in creating a new, larger venue for the Performing Arts, but also creating an attraction that would help stimulate downtown development, sought support for such a center. In July 2000, Warren County created the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Inc. (SKyPAC).

National Corvette Museum

America’s Sports Car, an exciting legend produced only in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Museum features over eighty Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design. Test your knowledge at interactive trivia kiosks, and don’t miss the chance to try a Corvette on for size in our lobby where we have a 2015 Stingray waiting for you. Displays continually rotate so no two visits are the same. Round out your visit with a souvenir from the Corvette Store, grab a bite to eat in the Corvette Cafe, and race over to the NCM Motorsports Park to spectate or take a lap!

BG Hot Rods Ballpark

The Bowling Green Hot Rods will use extensive community outreach programs, affordable pricing and a first-class entertainment experience to make a positive impact on the quality of life in South Central Kentucky. The Hot Rods Entertainment Experience will offer more than just baseball; fan interactive games and contests, musical performers, post-game fireworks, and zany mascots will all be a part of the fun. The ballpark will be a place where families can spend quality time together and communities can connect.

Fathers of Mercy Cathedral

The Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy was founded in 1808, originally under the title of the “Missionaries of France.” The community was founded for the purpose of re-evangelizing the French people after the Catholic Faith had been subjected to years of attacks and persecution during the French Revolution. It is now an exclusively American community. The Generalate of the community is located a few miles outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The primary apostolate of the Fathers of Mercy is to conduct parish missions and retreats, which are now given throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.

BG Hot Rods Ballpark

The Bowling Green Hot Rods will use extensive community outreach programs, affordable pricing and a first-class entertainment experience to make a positive impact on the quality of life in South Central Kentucky. The Hot Rods Entertainment Experience will offer more than just baseball; fan interactive games and contests, musical performers, post-game fireworks, and zany mascots will all be a part of the fun. The ballpark will be a place where families can spend quality time together and communities can connect.

Fathers of Mercy Cathedral

The Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy was founded in 1808, originally under the title of the “Missionaries of France.” The community was founded for the purpose of re-evangelizing the French people after the Catholic Faith had been subjected to years of attacks and persecution during the French Revolution. It is now an exclusively American community. The Generalate of the community is located a few miles outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The primary apostolate of the Fathers of Mercy is to conduct parish missions and retreats, which are now given throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.

Downing Museum at the Baker Arboretum

Founded in 1992 by Jerry Baker, the Baker Arboretum now covers nearly a hundred and fifteen acres.  Built on a ridge of rolling hills in the outskirts of Bowling Green Kentucky, the arboretum overlooks Bowling Green and the Western Kentucky University campus.  Working with the tree and art collections, landscape architect Mitchell Leichhardt (1924-2015) designed a tapestry of trees and art.  Featuring many varieties of dogwoods, magnolias and other flowering trees, woven among the conifers and Japanese maples. Visitors will enjoy year-round highlights.  Not only spring and summer blooms, but also the fall color, featuring over one hundred and sixty Japanese maples and the winter beauty of the conifers.

Colonial House Furniture

Ralph Jordan became interested in woodworking after returning from his tour of duty in the South Pacific during WWII. Mr. Jordan attended the first woodworking class offered by Western Kentucky University. He started making custom furniture and refinishing antiques in his basement in Auburn and shortly afterward opened his first shop at South Union in the old Blacksmith shop building. In 2007 Mr. Jordan and wife Claudia will be celebrating sixty years making fine handcrafted American solid wood furniture in cherry and walnut. The Colonial House name began in 1960 but Mr. Jordan is still the designer and to this day works daily in the woodworking shop. His son Larry and daughter Carolyn and eighteen or so other craftspeople now make a full line of solid wood furniture that has found its way to all fifty states.

Downing Museum at the Baker Arboretum

Founded in 1992 by Jerry Baker, the Baker Arboretum now covers nearly a hundred and fifteen acres.  Built on a ridge of rolling hills in the outskirts of Bowling Green Kentucky, the arboretum overlooks Bowling Green and the Western Kentucky University campus.  Working with the tree and art collections, landscape architect Mitchell Leichhardt (1924-2015) designed a tapestry of trees and art.  Featuring many varieties of dogwoods, magnolias and other flowering trees, woven among the conifers and Japanese maples. Visitors will enjoy year-round highlights.  Not only spring and summer blooms, but also the fall color, featuring over one hundred and sixty Japanese maples and the winter beauty of the conifers.

Colonial House Furniture

Ralph Jordan became interested in woodworking after returning from his tour of duty in the South Pacific during WWII. Mr. Jordan attended the first woodworking class offered by Western Kentucky University. He started making custom furniture and refinishing antiques in his basement in Auburn and shortly afterward opened his first shop at South Union in the old Blacksmith shop building. In 2007 Mr. Jordan and wife Claudia will be celebrating sixty years making fine handcrafted American solid wood furniture in cherry and walnut. The Colonial House name began in 1960 but Mr. Jordan is still the designer and to this day works daily in the woodworking shop. His son Larry and daughter Carolyn and eighteen or so other craftspeople now make a full line of solid wood furniture that has found its way to all fifty states.

Country Side Baker

Open Monday through Saturday, Countryside Bake Shop is run by Mennonites who operate it as a cafe, deli, and bulk foods store.

Reid’s Livery Winery

Owner and wine grower Rex Reid opened Reid’s Livery Winery in the Spring of 2009, with a vision of creating Alvaton’s finest small farm winery. Self trained on the farm, he creates berry and grape wines with an extensive passion for perfection.

Country Side Bake Shop

Open Monday through Saturday, Countryside Bake Shop is run by Mennonites who operate it as a cafe, deli, and bulk foods store.

Reid’s Livery Winery

Owner and wine grower Rex Reid opened Reid’s Livery Winery in the Spring of 2009, with a vision of creating Alvaton’s finest small farm winery. Self trained on the farm, he creates berry and grape wines with an extensive passion for perfection.