The National Corvette Museum may have capitalized on the misfortune of losing eight classic cars to a sinkhole in 2014, but they’re definitely not relying on that tragedy alone to carry them into the future.
For the third consecutive year, the Museum and the NCM Motorsports Park finished with increased attendance, with 228,744 visiting the Museum and 60,840 going to the Motorsports Park in 2017.
And little wonder for the ever-growing popularity.
Both attractions have not rested one bit on their laurels, with new hands-on activities constantly being added to the lineup.
For example, the Museum just celebrated Kentucky’s 225th anniversary as a state by telling visitors the story of transportation through the years in a unique way. While we enthusiasts all love our Corvettes, there are still millions of folks out there who have never had the thrill of riding in a Corvette. That is, till now. For just $20 per person, visitors to the NCM can enjoy a ride in classic Corvettes – including a 1966 Convertible 327, 1979 Coupe, 1996 Convertible, and 2003 50th Anniversary Convertible.
Offered seasonally and weather dependent, the rides are available Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Motorsports Park isn’t being left out, either.
Last summer, the Park opened the NCM Kartplex, where visitors who are at least 60 inches tall or have a driver’s license can compete in high-speed go-karts for just $20 a session.
While the Museum just offers rides in a Corvette, the Park takes it a step further, allowing visitors to drive a selection of new Stingrays, both automatic and manual, for a few laps around the track or as part of an in-depth Corvette Experience that combines classroom time and on-track instruction, lunch, and a guided Museum VIP Tour.
Getting to ride in or drive a Corvette is an experience visitors will never forget.
But don’t think the Museum has run out of ideas.
“Visitors love hands-on experiences, so we were thrilled to be able to add several to our repertoire,” Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode says. “The success of our 2017 additions led to us adding a racing simulator at the Museum for 2018. It has already proved to be quite popular, so we are excited to offer it to guests.”
That simulator moves and vibrates like a real car, offering drivers of any age a life-life experience of being behind the wheel of a C6 Corvette. We foresee huge popularity for this attraction, especially since it’s just $10 per session and sounds like loads of fun.
Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 5-12, and free for children age 4 and under. The Museum is open daily, 8am-5pm CT with trip planning information available at corvettemuseum.org. Admission to the NCM Motorsports Park is free (with the exception of select major events) and activity prices vary. Visit the track’s website at motorsportspark.org for a calendar of upcoming events and registration.
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