5 activities to do in Bowling Green during Labor Day weekend


An exhibit of the National Corvette museum featuring two Corvettes made during the 1950’s. Photo provided by Bowling Green Area CVB.

Debra Murray, Digital News Editor

While campus may seem vacant for Labor Day weekend, Bowling Green is still filled with activities and events to find ways to enjoy yourself over the long weekend.

1. Lost River Cave

If you’re looking to spend some time in nature during the long weekend, Lost River Cave has several trails, ziplining, boat tours inside the cave and Charlie Miller Butterfly Habitat. The butterfly habitat is free since it was fully-funded by donations. 

2. The Downing Museum and Baker Arboretum 

The Baker Arboretum and the Downing Museum is located on the outskirts of the city, overlooking downtown Bowling Green. The free museum features art of Joe Downing, a renowned artist from Horse Cave and a rotation of other artists. 

The Baker Arboretum is home to 88 species of conifers, cone-bearing plants, including 21 on the Red List of Threatened Species, 106 types of Japanese and other Asian maples, 153 species of Kentucky native plants including 17 endangered and many other plants for you to walk through after stopping at the museum. 

3. Apple Fest at Jackson’s Orchard

Labor day is a time for fall treats at Jackson’s Orchard. Jackson’s iconic fresh apple cider, cider slushies, fried pies and more will be served at the orchard this weekend. Admission to the orchard is free. 

4. National Corvette Museum Anniversary Celebration

For the museum’s 27th anniversary, the National Corvette Museum celebrates the grand opening of the museum in 1994 with a participant focused event. 

Any car buff will find enjoyment at the National Corvette Museum. From the origins of the well-known car to the changes in models throughout the year to milkshakes at the Corvette Cafe, the museum has something for everyone. 

5. Kentucky Downs Live Horse Racing

Horse racing is one of the largest activities in Kentucky.The European-style thoroughbred racing at Kentucky Downs starts Sep. 5 until 12. General admission to the races and tailgating areas are free.

Digital News Editor Debra Murray can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @debramurrayy