Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon

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798 Beech Bend Road, Bowling Green, KY
Admission: $31.99 for people 54 inches or taller;
$27.99 those 53 inches or shorter; free ages 2 and younger

Parking: Free

From thrill rides and games to mini golf and an awesome water park, this family owned park has fun for everyone. The Wild Mouse is undoubtedly one of the most fun roller coasters to experience. Who can resist the fast-paced twist-and-turn thrills of a coaster when riding in a colorful, kid-friendly mouse-shaped car?

Beech Bend boasts more than 25 rides, ranging from classic fare to contemporary thrills. Several rides are geared toward tots. Favorites include the Bumper Cars, Tea Cups, the Jitterbug (swings), the traditional Ferris Wheel, the Tilt-a-Whirl and the Hip Hop Drop — a small version of a free-fall ride.

You’ll certainly want to take a ride on the Whitewater Express log flume. Prepare to get soaked at the end!

Older kids will love the Kentucky Rumbler. This massive wooden roller coaster is modeled after classic coasters dating back to the 1920s and ’30s. It’s not surprising that Amusement Today magazine ranked it in the “Top Five New Rides in the World” when it opened in 2006. Traveling at 70 feet per second, this breathtaking ride includes 30 crossovers and 12 points of weightlessness.

Cool off in the Splash Lagoon area and have a blast on the Raging River Water Slides, relax in the wading pool or have fun playing with your kids in the interactive splash pool. Free sunscreen is located throughout the park.

Purchase tickets on the website for a discount. The Daily Sundown Special will save you $10 on a regular ticket or $8 on a child’s ticket after 3 p.m.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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