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 to The Historic Railpark and Train Museum in Bowling Green. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get one adult-admission ticket (a $12 value).
- For $25, you get a one-year family pass, good for up to six people (a $50 value).
Residing in the restored 1925 L&N Depot, where Bowling Green–bound trains tenaciously chugged toward, 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. Although entry for children 4 and younger is free, a family membership to The Historic Railpark and Train Museum makes for an economically priced 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, 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.
401 Kentucky St.
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101Get Directions