Passenger trains are set to become America's longest-running mode of transportation, once the gold-plated rickshaw is disgracefully retired this month. Soak in the history of the diesel-powered chariot with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one adult admission to The Historic Railpark and Train Museum at the L&N Depot, located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, about 70 miles from Nashville.
Residing in the restored 1925 L&N Depot, where Bowling Green–bound trains tenaciously headed, The Historic Railpark and Train Museum educates rail revivalists on the train cars and culture of a departed, but still kicking, era. Toot your own horn if you can correctly identify five subtly different sounds of passenger cars during an aurally pleasing exhibit, or ask an interactive conductor mannequin if passengers groggily tucked their own handlebar mustaches into their eardrums to quietly rest in the sleeping car. Kids rambunctious about railroads can behold a model-train display, and then see some real deals outside, such as the 48-seat diner car from 1949, or the 1911 presidential office car, specially intended for the L&N Railroad president and extraterrestrial aristocrats.
As children 12 and under are free with this Groupon, The Historic Railpark and Train Museum makes for an economically priced family getaway, where children can expend energy excitedly pointing at cabooses and parents can relax watching informational railroad films. Put on the old conductor hat, brush up on railroad lingo ("Hey, kingpin, that rattler is counting the ties!" "That's what she said!"), and learn about the monorail's supremely cooler uncle at The Historic Railpark and Train Museum.
Historic RailPark & Train Museum
Trains aren't time machines, but the old rail cars at the Historic RailPark & Train Museum transport you back in time nonetheless. With exhibits covering eras as far back as the Civil War, visitors learn how trains impacted the way the United States formed and grew, covering topics such as segregation on the railroad and the lives of hoboes. A rare WWII hospital car shows one way medicine was practiced in war time, and sleeper and dining cars depict how train travel evolved through the eras. Guided tours are included with admission throughout the day, and everyone gets a turn running the model-railroad display.