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Tucked throughout South Central Kentucky’s rolling hills you’ll find endless opportunities for sports and recreation. Any one of our 64 parks and 18 golf courses beckon you to enjoy time off in idyllic settings with affordable prices. Whether it’s a day on Nolin Lake, showing off your dragster at Beech Bend, running a half-marathon in Bowling Green, cheering WKU Hilltopper teams to victory, exploring Mammoth Cave National Park by horseback (or below ground), hunting and fishing along our abundant riverbeds, or camping and cooking out with family, South Central Kentucky is wonderfully geared for fun.
Discover the fun of an amusement and water park right in the middle of South Central Kentucky at the No. 5 Friendliest Park in the U.S. according to Amusement Today magazine. You’ll find the excitement of a dragstrip and stock car raceway, combined with musical shows and events, at Beech Bend, along with a campground that is open 365 days a year. Fun abounds over the 368 acres of beautiful countryside at Kentucky’s No. 1 family recreation spot.
Bowling Green Ballpark
Home to the Bowling Green Hot Rods, this multi-million-dollar ballpark opened in April 2009. The Ballpark offers a state-of-the-art venue for affordable, family-friendly fun all summer long! The Hot Rods joined the Class A Midwest League in 2010 and are currently affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays.
You might think having the world’s largest cave system would be enough, but South Central Kentucky offers more under-earth attractions than just Mammoth Cave. Cave culture and learning activities are plentiful at the Diamond Caverns, Lost River Cave and Valley, and the Hidden River Cave & American Cave Museum.
With nearly 20 golf courses throughout the region, golfing enthusiasts can enjoy the accommodations of various clubs and facilities in each of the ten counties, including communities such as Olde Stone that offer residents the chance to live in close proximity to a premier club.
Water lovers will be right at home in South Central Kentucky with a host of regional lakes and rivers to visit. Located in Barren County, near Glasgow, Barren River Lake is a 10,000-acre lake created on a historic waterway. The third largest recreational lake in the state can be found near Mammoth Cave. With 5,795 acres, Nolin Lake is a key destination for local and visiting fishermen and boaters.
For a complete list of lakes and rivers in the state, click here.
For more information on attractions in the South Central Kentucky area, visit our SCKY Communities page.