Lost River Cave

Rhonda J. Miller

A Bowling Green attraction that offers outdoor education and recreatonal experiences announced plans Tuesday for a major development project. 

Lost River Cave released architect’s drawings and plans for a new Nature Discovery Center that will provide expanded space for classrooms, exhibits and community events.

Executive Director Rho Lansden said in 2019, before the pandemic disrupted visits, 5,700 students from 60 schools came to Lost River Cave. 

“About eight years ago, when we got real serious into finding out what teachers need help with, to have their children have a better understanding of science, we found out that we can provide that for teachers.,"Lansden said. "And we work hand-in-glove with teachers to establish programs that they need from us.”

Lost River Cave

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said the state will mirror CDC guidelines on COVID-19 announced this week, that people who are fully vaccinated do not need a mask or social distancing in most places.

Beshear said that on June 11 the state will return to 100% capacity for businesses, and no masks will be required for those who have had their shots. 

One popular tourism destination in Bowling Green is preparing to get back to normal.

Lost River Cave has had a silver lining during the pandemic. People flocked to the walking trails as outdoor spaces became a welcome , and safe, change from isolation and indoor restrictions. 

National Corvette Museum

Museums, libraries, distilleries, aquariums, and outdoor attractions opened their doors on Monday for the first time in nearly three months. 

The venues are resuming operations under Kentucky’s phased-in reopening of the economy stemming from the coronavirus. 

New and renovated exhibit spaces await visitors at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. President and CEO Sean Preston says the visitor experience won’t be that different compared to before the pandemic began.

Lost River Cave

The odor of gasoline from an unknown source has closed down cave tours and boat rides at Lost River Cave in Bowling Green. The popular tourist attraction has an additional challenge – rain.

The odor of gasoline first showed up at Lost River Cave at the end of March.  The odor became consistent, so walking and boat tours inside the cave were suspended on April 7.

Annie Holt is director of the Nature Education Center at Lost River Cave. She said meters have shown the vapors have been at zero for several days.