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“Better than the museum”

General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Bowling Green
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Owner description: See first-hand how robots weld the steel and human workers add the parts to make a Corvette at this plant, the only one in the U.S. that produces the car. Call ahead as tours will be suspended starting December 1, 2003 through April of 2004.
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Better than the museum”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

The tour took about an hour and a half - and you walk through the factory line of Corvettes being built before your eyes. Since this line of cars is a lower production line than say the Camry you get to see a pretty much the cars moving at a slow pace and how each part of the car is put together. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the whole factory and the process of building the cars. It was very interesting to see a car being made in front of your eyes. A word of warning - no kids under 6 and check the website to ensure that they are doing tours on the day you want to go. Sometimes they close for re-tooling or if a new model is coming out but not shown yet - they will suspend the tours. Remember this is a real working factory and the only place in the world that makes Corvettes.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“A nice opportunity to see great cars put together”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Though the ticketing is a bit tricky (must reserve at least 9 days in advance) and the entrance is hidden, this a pretty cool place. Kids will love the 1 hour tour--there's always action, noise, and amazing cars. Production tours can be a bit hard to find, so it's nice that GM keeps the Corvette factory open to the public.

The tour on its own may not be enough to justify a trip to central Kentucky, but Mammoth Cave is nearby. The two together are good building blocks to an interesting and educational vacation.

Visited August 2012
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Oxford, MS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Everyone should see an automobile factory, or more.”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

We are not Corvette owners, nor do we plan to be. Nonetheless, it was fascinating to see the car being made. Especially since last year we went to a Nissan factory. This plant was not nearly as automated as the Nissan factory, which means you saw a lot of automobile workers involved in the process. We toured in late August which is a less busy time so we were able to get on a tour without a reservation. There were about 20 of us on the tour, and two tours left around 8:30. If you get there early, you will be in the group that leaves first. They try to space out the tours so they don't run into each other so second and subsequent tours need to wait to leave. They show a film for some time before the tours, mostly about the Corvette and racing. The tour guide walks at a slow pace so you can see a lot. He/she answers questions, but only stops 3-4 times during the tour to talk about what you are seeing. Several soon to be owners were on the tour watching their cars be made - which was fun to see. If you pair the tour up with the museum, you will also get to appreciate the history of this American automobile icon. We were a little disappointed that they didn't offer any brochures, or pins as souvenirs, and the gift shop at the end of the tour was much more limited than at the Nissan plant.

Visited August 2012
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Zeeland, Michigan
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“Celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Corvette”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Fun for our whole family. It was a last minute choice, but the added hours after model year change over allowed us to visit on a Friday. (not usually open) The cost was an awesome value! It was exciting for our kids to see the assembly process, They really made you feel like a part of the Corvette family. I'm sure we will visit again.

Visited August 2012
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St. Louis, MO
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“Cool Corvette Tour”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

This was one of our favorite parts of our trip to Kentucky. The tour was well organized and informative. It took you right out onto the plant floor where the Corvettes were being made. You were basically standing right by the plant workers. We walked near the end of the tour so we could walk slowly and see everything. One lady in our group got picked near the end to start a Corvette for the first time. The cost was $7 per person and we booked it ahead of time. The walk to the entrance was a bit long and there is a list of things that you may not bring in, so check the website ahead of time. Tourists must be over the age of 7. We followed our tour with a trip to the National Corvette Museum across the street.

Visited August 2012
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