The pools won’t open until the end of the month, but that doesn’t mean the water fun has to wait. A trip down to Bowling Green’s Lost River Cave offers a number of outdoor activities perfect for a day date or family outing. The cave boat tours run seven days a week during business hours on a first come, first serve basis. Visitors will follow their guide through a valley to hear the history of Civil War soldiers that disappeared there, then board the boat to take Kentucky’s only underground boat tour through the cave.
Alternatively, visitors can call ahead to reserve a few kayaks and bring a group of four to 10 people to kayak the cave for a guided trip down the river. Kids can explore deeper underground with the Discovery Cave Crawl, where they’ll be taken on a muddy spelunking adventure (wearing clothes that wash easily is recommended). Outside of the caves, enjoy some fresh, above-ground air on the two miles of nature trails that takes hikers past a natural spring and limestone cliffs, and in late May through September, stop by the butterfly habitat to see some of nature’s most beautiful creatures up close and personal. After all that outdoor exercise, head to Chaney’s Dairy Barn, just 15 minutes down the road, for handmade local ice cream. Go for a scoop of the cold treat, such as peach ice cream made with Jackson’s Orchard peaches, and let the little ones run out their last bit of energy on the barnyard playground before the ride home.
Lost River Cave, 2818 Nashville Rd., Bowling Green (270) 393-0077, lostrivercave.com