This past spring we travelled to Bowling Green, Kentucky to visit the National Corvette Museum (a destination my husband had been wanting to visit for a long time!).
Bowling Green Kentucky is about a ten-and-a-half hour drive from the Toronto area. The quickest route (according to Google maps) is to cross into the US at Windsor/Detroit and take the I-75 south to Bowling Green. The other option (which we chose to take because we wanted to make a couple stops along the way) is to cross the border at Fort Erie/Buffalo.
A 10-11 hour drive is doable in one day, however, we decided to leave after work on the first day (at approx 4pm) so we could get a few hours under our belts and have a shorter drive the second day. We stayed over night at the Home2Suites in Erie, PA (we only stay at Hilton properties to earn our Hilton Honors points). This was a great stop and made the drive the next day quite a bit shorter.
To be perfectly honest, the kids and I were not that interested in the Corvette museum. We were more focused on the second leg of our journey – a visit to Nashville, just 60 mins south. However, the Corvette museum was fantastic.
The kids loved all the cars – and there were cars on display everywhere. The museum had a great foot print and interesting, interactive displays.
Our only complaint was that the kids area in the museum was really small – and meant for much younger kids. At 9 and 7 we were way too big for most of the activities. However, the kids did enjoy changing the tires in the mini garage!
If you don’t know the history of the National Corvette Museum, five years ago, in 2014, part of the museum – including several extremely valuable corvettes – was “swallowed” by a sink hole.
The museum was re-built and most of the cars were rescued and restored. The sink hole site is on display – including a video with a re-enactment of the event. It was really interesting.
The boys also tried “driving” a corvette (in quotations because the car was stationary). You had to pay extra for this experience, however, it was pretty neat to drive a corvette in the museum. Note that there is also an outdoor track where you can have a real driving experience- either as the driver or as a passenger. The track isn’t open every day and the museum suggests arranging this in advance.
We arrived at the museum early to beat the crowds so by noon we were ready for lunch. We decided to try the restaurant onsite – the Corvette Cafe. The food was just so-so, however, the milkshakes were AMAZING. We watched the staff prepare the milkshakes using real ice cream and whipped cream – so good!!!
In the afternoon there was a car show in the museum parking lot – which meant more cars for hubby to look at while the rest of us patiently waited to return to the hotel…
Bowling Green was a really nice place to visit. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn (we almost exclusively stay at Hilton properties so we can collect our Hilton Honors points) and the Bowling Green HGI was great! Upon our arrival the previous night we were hungry and the hotel recommended we try the restaurant next door, Montana Grille (independently owned – not the chain). Our dinner was fantastic. The grown ups started with Kentucky bourbon watermelon cocktails and jalapeño cornbread right out of the oven. They had a number of delicious steak options (I believe I had the bourbon tenderloin filet) and you could choose to have it grilled over charcoal or hickory. So good!
Kentucky, we will be back!