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Life in Southcentral Kentucky

Again, Forbes Magazine ranked Bowling Green among the top 20 on their 2009 list of Best Small Places For Business and Careers and in 2007, National Geographic Adventure magazine named Bowling Green one of the 50 Best Places to Live + Play.

Location Fountain Square

The Bowling Green/Warren County Regional Airport has two paved and lit runways for nighttime flying. Bowling Green is conveniently located next to Interstate 65, and is only an hour drive from the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee and a two-hour drive from Louisville International Airport in Kentucky. For more community information, see the City Of Bowling Green web site. Learn about the local economy including business and industrial development by visiting the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

Attractions

All Corvettes are produced at the GM Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green. The National Corvette Museum is open daily for tours and displays over 70 Corvettes and prototypes that did not make it to production.

Lost River Cave and ValleyAccording to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Lost River in Bowling Green is the shortest and deepest river in the world. With a rich history, the Lost River Cave and Valley facility offers boat float tours, interpretive nature tours, and festivals.

Bowling Green’s professional baseball team, Bowling Green Hot Rods, began their first season April 2009. The newly constructed stadium is located downtown and will accommodate up to 4,500 spectators.

The most well known and the world’s longest cave, Mammoth Cave, is about a 40 minute drive north of Bowling Green. Other spectacular caves include Diamond Caverns, Kentucky Caverns, and Hidden River Cave & American Cave Museum.

The Historic Railpark and Train Museum at the L&N Depot enables visitors to explore a passenger train deport, climb aboard rail cars and learn through museum exhibits.

Please visit the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau web site for information on other local attractions.


Recreation

In total, the city and county have 42 parks, ranging from more than 200 acres to half an acre. Area parks have features such as lighted tennis courts and ball fields, play structures, walking/jogging trails, and Disc Golf courses.The Club at Olde Stone

The city of Bowling Green features two 9-hole golf courses and one 18-hole golf course. The Club at Olde Stone is one of a few private courses in the area. Located a short drive outside of Bowling Green is Kenny Perry’s Country Creek golf course in Franklin, Kentucky.

The Russell Sims Aquatic Center is great for family fun and has a 50-meter pool, two water slides, and diving boards.

Every year, The Medical Center hosts The Medical Center 10K Classic. The event includes a 5k, 10k, and 1.5 mile fun walk on a course that winds through beautiful downtown Bowling Green.

Education

Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green is part of the statewide university and community college system. The university sits on a hilltop and has over 20,000 students and 70 major buildings. WKU offers an excellent nursing and nurse practitioner program.

In the Warren County Public School District, the student performance scores average significantly higher than state and national indices. The student/teacher ratio is 17-to-1 in Bowling Green and 18-to-1 in Warren County.

Several local private schools are available for grades K-8 and K-12. For more information, please see this list of schools and web sites.

According to an article published December 2009 in Bowling Green Daily News, U.S. News and World Report released a survey ranking Bowling Green High School as one of the top in the nation. In June 2010, another Bowling Green Daily News article reported that Bowling Green High School as well as the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science made Newsweek’s 2010 America’s Best High Schools list.

Libraries

The Warren County Public Library system offers a new main library, two branches, and a mobile unit.

The Arts

The Capital Arts Center is located in a renovated 1930’s vaudeville house in historic downtown Bowling Green, features two art galleries, and an 840-seat theatre.

Orchestra Kentucky of Bowling GreenKentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave is home to Kentucky’s Professional Festival Theatre and is nationally known for its excellence in production.

The Phoenix Theater, founded in 1987, is a professional theatre company. It is located in historic downtown Bowling Green.

Orchestra Kentucky of Bowling Green, the new Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra offers concert series sure to delight any music lover.

Shopping/RetailBowling Green

The Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green has four department stores, over 100 specialty shops, and a newly renovated food court.

National chains stores in Bowling Green include Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Barnes & Noble, Kroger, and Kohl’s.

Bowling Green is only an hour drive from Nashville, Tennessee, which offers several major malls, including the Mall at Green Hills and Opry Mills, out-door shopping malls, and clothing boutiques.