209 apartments for rent in Bowling Green, KY
Guide to Bowling Green
Bowling Green Apartments For Rent
A beautiful and mysterious cave with a turquoise river, a historic downtown with wide sidewalks and a variety of shops and restaurants, the excitement of a major university – combine all of these and the result is Bowling Green, Kentucky. Add in sleek Corvettes and that famed Kentucky bluegrass and it becomes quite obvious why Bowling Green was named a “top 25″ great place to retire by Forbes Magazine in 2014.
But it’s more than a great place to retire – Bowling Green has a large student population as home to the state’s second-largest public university, Western Kentucky University. And with its terrific location, small-town atmosphere, and beautiful parks, it is also a family-friendly community.
Bowling Green was the inspiration for the 1967 Everly Brothers song of the same name, and it is home to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant –the source of all Chevrolet Corvettes built in the world since 1981. This city is cool, from its unique name to fun and funky Fountain Square to its historic and beautiful Lost River Cave and Valley.
Find your new apartment in Bowling Green and soon you might be humming the lyrics to that classic Everly Brothers tune … “The fields down in Bowling Green have the softest grass I’ve ever seen, a man in Kentucky sure is lucky to lie down in Bowling Green!”
Things to Do in Bowling Green:
Contrary to its name, you won’t find any lawn bowl games taking place in Bowling Green. While the name brings to mind that old European tradition of outdoor bowls, Bowling Green probably wasn’t named for the sport – some early spellings have it as Bowlingreen. But despite its lack of lawn bowls, there’s still plenty to do in Bowling Green!
As you look at Bowling Green apartments, be sure to check out some of the local attractions. Start with the Lost River Cave and Valley! This gorgeous park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was discovered about 11,000 years ago by Native Americans. The valley formed when a large cave system collapsed. The park covers 68 acres and includes a hardwood forest, limestone bluffs, wetlands, blue holes, springs, and a river. That river disappears … deep into the largest cave system in Bowling Green! Take the boat tour and enjoy this remarkable ride on a winding river surrounded by the steep cave walls. After the boat tour, explore the 2.5 miles of Blue Hole Trails, where you’ll find Kentucky wildflowers, birds, butterflies, and wildlife.
The National Corvette Museum is across from the GM Corvette Assembly Plant. This is a must-see for any car lover – and even those that aren’t. There are special exhibits, events, and Motorsport Park. There’s even a Corvette Store, where you can get Diecast models, gifts, and accessories. Then, head across the street to the Assembly Plant – they offer public tours!
If the Corvette Museum and plant inspires you, head over to Beech Bend Raceway, an amusement park with terrific rides that include the Kentucky Rumbler – a top-rated wooden rollercoaster.
If you prefer airplanes, then Aviation Heritage Park may be more your “speed.” This park features a variety of aircraft, including an F9F-5 Panther and a F-4D Phantom II. Are trains more your style? Then you’ll want to visit the Historic Railpark and Train Museum, housed in a restored 1925 train depot. The exhibits include the region’s largest model railroad display – guaranteed to bring out the kid in you!
The Riverview 1872 House Museum is another Bowling Green attraction. This beautiful house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an official site on the Civil War Discovery Trail. The house was used to store Confederate munitions during the war and is a beautiful example of a Victorian mansion in the mid-1800s.
Bowling Green offers 895 acres of parks and open green space, ideal for hiking, biking, and picnicking. The parks include playgrounds, skate parks, community centers, and aquatic centers. Be sure to visit Fountain Square Park, located in Downtown Bowling Green. This park has a historic fountain, benches, statues, and plenty of trees and flowers. It is the location of summer concerts, art and craft shows, festivals, and other events.
Circus Square Park offers an outdoor amphitheater, making it popular for festivals and events, as well. This park also has a water feature popular during the summer, and is host of the Bowling Green International Festival every September.
Bowling Green is home to several farmers markets and farms, as well. Be sure to visit the Southern Kentucky Farmers Market, the Bowling Green Farmers Market, the year-round Community Farmers Market, the Indoor Holiday Market, and the Beech Bend Indoor Farmers Market, an indoor market that opened in 2014.
Once you’ve settled into your new Bowling Green apartment, be sure to travel to nearby Mammoth Cave National Park, about 28 miles from the city. This park is one of Kentucky’s most popular attractions and is the longest recorded cave system in the world. The park offers cave tours, hiking, horseback riding, biking, camping, canoeing, fishing, and picnicking. Be aware – Mammoth Cave has been called possibly the “largest haunted place in the world” by Ghosts of the Prairie. Accounts include mysterious movements, strange sounds, and even apparitions.
What to Consider When Moving to Bowling Green:
Bowling Green is, first and foremost, a college town. Western Kentucky University sits atop a hill with sweeping views of the valley below. WKU enrolls about 21,000 students and dates back to 1875. The WKU Hilltoppers have a mascot known as Big Red. The university is in Conference USA and participates in basketball and football.
Downtown Bowling Green sits along the Barren River and is a terrific shopping and dining location. It also offers terrific nightlife, complete with a pub crawl, dance clubs, and live music venues. Capitol Arts Center is located in the historic downtown district and includes an 800-seat auditorium and two art galleries.
Major employers in Bowling Green include WKU, the GM Corvette Assembly Plant, Fruit of the Loom/Russell Athletics, Holley Performance Products, Camping World, and Houchens Industries.
Why Bowling Green Apartments Are Hot:
Bowling Green accolades are plentiful. It was named one of the top 50 “Best Adventure Towns” in 2007 by National Geographic adventure Magazine, It was listed as one of the “Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers” every year between 2008 and 2011 by Forbes magazine, and Fountain Square was recognized as a “Top Ten Great Public Space” in 2010.
With amazing attractions such as the Kentucky Museum, the Downing Museum, Lost River Cave, Corsair Distillery, and the National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green is a beautiful city filled with fun things to see and do. Find an apartment in Bowling Green now and soon you’ll be singing about how lucky you are to be living in this dynamic city.
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Why Bowling Green?
- The National Corvette Museum is located across from the GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant.
- Bowling Green is home to the only cave boat tour in Kentucky, the Lost River Cave.
- Beech Bend Park, open since 1898, offers campgrounds, a drag strip and oval track, and an amusement park.
- Bowling Green is home to Western Kentucky University, Daymar College, and Bowling Green Technical College.
- Home to dozens of parks, Bowling Green features playgrounds, skate parks, aquatic centers, and more.
- Riverview at Hobson Grove is a historic house museum that was built during the 1850s.