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Life in Southcentral Kentucky

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Bowling Green is a major hub of Southcentral Kentucky for industry, education, healthcare and culture. Conveniently located next to Interstate 65, Bowling Green is only an hour drive from the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee and a two-hour drive from Louisville International Airport in Kentucky. The Bowling Green/Warren County Regional Airport has two paved and lit runways for nighttime flying. Bowling Green is located within a day's travel of nearly 60 percent of the U.S. population.

For more community information, see the City Of Bowling Green web site.

 

Economy

Bowling Green is Kentucky's third largest city and is part of a 10-county region in Southcentral Kentucky with a population of over 280,000 in 2012. Southcentral Kentucky has experienced tremendous growth in population in recent years and has a thriving economy. Bowling Green is home to the General Motors Corvette Plant, Fruit of the Loom and Camping World.

Economic development efforts continually bring new industries and jobs to Southcentral Kentucky. According to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, Southcentral Kentucky experienced the creation of over 400 new jobs and a capital investment of more than $260 million in 2013.

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

According 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.

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.

Beech Bend Park features an amusement and water park, dragstrip and stock car racing, and camping.

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


Recreation

Southcentral Kentucky boasts 64 parks and 18 golf courses. 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.

Southcentral Kentucky is the perfect spot for water lovers with access to regional lakes and rivers for boating, fishing and water sports. Conveniently located near Bowling Green, Barren River Lake is a 10,000 acre, dam-controlled lake and Nolin Lake encompasses 5,800 acres. Learn more about lakes and rivers in Southcentral Kentucky and across Kentucky.

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.

Entertainment and The Arts

SKyPAC (Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center) located in downtown Bowling Green features an 1,800 seat theater, art galleries and performance spaces that bring Broadway productions, local and internationally renowned music artists, comedy shows and entertainment to the area. Other local and regional theaters include Barn Lot Theater, Fountain Square Players and Public Theatre of Kentucky.

Part of SKyPac, 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.

Hitcents Park Plaza is located in downtown Bowling Green and adjacent to SKyPAC, Circus Square and the Bowling Green Ballpark. With four restaurants and an outdoor plaza for live music, festivals and more, Hitcents Park Plaza offers many opportunitiesto enjoy local entertainment.

Orchestra Kentucky of Bowling Green

For music lovers, Bowling Green boasts two exceptional orchestras including Orchestra Kentucky of Bowling Green and the Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra.


 

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 21,000 students and 70 major buildings. WKU features academic programs that are highly ranked and nationally recognized such as Journalism and Broadcasting, Education, Engineering and Business. WKU offers an excellent nursing and nurse practitioner program and houses its nursing and doctorate of physical therapy programs at The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex on the hospital's campus.

Higher education institutions also include the Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College and Daymar College.

WKU also houses the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science which has been named the #1 High School in America in 2012 and 2013 according to Newsweek.

Bowling Green offers many K-12 educational opportunities through the Warren County Public Schools and the Bowling Green City Schools as well as several local private schools. For more information, please see this list of schools and web sites.

 

Libraries

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

 

Shopping/Retail

Bowling Green offers many shopping and retail opportunities including the Greenwood Mall which features four department stores and specialty shops. Downtown revitalization has brought many unique retail shops to a growing historical area.

National chains stores in Bowling Green include Wal-Mart, Sams Club, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Barnes & Noble, Kroger, Kohl’s, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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.