Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bowling Green KOA - Bowling Green, Kentucky

We have a history of passing through Bowling Green, Kentucky, while traveling up and down I-65. Sure, there are iconic buildings along the Interstate that catch our attention, but not enough to lure us off the highway until now.

Iconic Corvette Museum, which is easily seen from I-65

Our goal was to meet up with a group of fellow Airstream owners all planning to share an adventure touring Kentucky on a Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) caravan and Bowling Green was the first stop.

The timing was fortunate in that a national rally for Corvette owners was also taking place in Bowling Green that week. Why Bowling Green? Starting in 1981, all Corvettes were built there.
The rally brought thousands of Corvettes and their owners back to Bowling Green and it seemed as if most were on display in the parking lots surrounding the National Corvette Museum.

Corvettes in the parking lot

You cannot go to Bowling Green without going on the Corvette Factory tour. Even car skeptics are impressed after seeing how Corvettes are assembled.

National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky

The Corvette Museum is next to the factory and houses many Corvette models and concept cars. The museum made the news a while back when a sink hole opened up and swallowed six rare Corvettes worth more than $1 million. The building has been repaired, but several of the cars could not be restored.

Windows on the floor allowing you to see the sinkhole that opened up in the Corvette Museum

One of the Corvettes that could not be repaired after falling into the sinkhole

Another Corvette that could not be rebuild after it fell into the museum's sinkhole

If you find yourself in Bowling Green, you don't want to miss the Corvette factory tour nor the museum.

Another Corvette at the museum
Corvette Concept Car

If you have read through some of the past postings in this blog, you probably noticed that KOA campgrounds tend to puzzle me. We have stayed in KOA parks that range from pitiful to nice with more on the negative side of the ledger than on the positive. So, I approach all KOA campgrounds with low expectations.

KOA in Bowling Green, KY

This particular park falls in the better than average group for KOA campgrounds.

Some of the positive things about this park are that most of the sites are pull-thrus, many sites had shade and there was a reasonable amount of distance between campsites.

Rosie, our Airstream trailer, parked at the Bowling Green KOA

Some of the things we felt could be improved were the views. It didn't matter where you looked outside your RV, all you saw were other campers. Also, you were left with the impression that the franchisee wanted to pack as many amenities in as possible.

Yes, there is a miniature golf course here, but you need to emphasis the word miniature. Yes, there is a fenced dog park here that is a miniature. Yes, there is a children's playground here. You guessed it, the playground is miniature. You can check off the park's features and write "tiny" next to each.

Here are some specifics about this park:
  • Our site had 20 and 30 amp electrical service. Some sites had 50 amp service.
  • Our site also had water and sewer connections. It was nice to have full hookups.
  • Our site was gravel and not level. It took multiple tools to take the left-to-right lean out of Rosie, our 25 foot Airstream trailer.
  • There is a dump station at the front of the park. We didn't need to use it since we had full hookups.
  • There were two bathhouses in the park that we found. One was next to the campstore and the other was in the middle of the park. It seemed that every time we went to one of these bathhouses, it was clean and the floor was freshly mopped.
  • The dumpster is near the front of the park. Some sites have a long walk to get to the dumpster.
  • AT&T placed a strong 4G signal over the park for both voice and data.
  • There was WiFi service, we think, in the park. The password we were given didn't work.
  • The park had cable TV service. We elected to bypass the cable and watch over-the-air TV signals. We were able to pickup ABC, CBS, FOX, PBS and NBC stations. Plus, we saw digital signals from Antenna-TV, GET, GRIT, BUZRZ, ION, CW, MY-TV, ESCAPE, COZI, LAFF and several others I failed to record. Missing was ME-TV, one of our favorites.

Downtown Bowling Green

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