Things to do

  • Tuscumbia Spring Park
    In downtown Tuscumbia, AL, approximately 1 hour from downtown Huntsville, lies the beautiful Spring Park. My family recently visited the park after touring Helen Keller’s birthplace, Ivy Green, and was pleasantly surprised at what this park had to offer. Since 1919, the park has provided a beautiful setting with many attractions, including Cold Water Falls, the largest human-made natural stone waterfall. The waterfall is hidden directly beside the parking lot, allowing visitors only a short, accessible walk. This waterfall, unlike natural waterfalls, is ever flowing, with approximately 4,320,000 gallons of water passing over the falls each day, making it perfect to visit when waterfalls are hard to come by. The park also includes a large spring that forms a beautiful lake supplying the town’s drinking water. The lake features a memorial water fountain dedicated to the memory of Princess Im-Mi-Ah-Key, the wife of Chief Tuscumbia. The fountain consists of 51 jets that shoot water more than 100 feet into the air. The jets are choreographed to lights and music that even run through the night. Visitors can enjoy feeding ducks at the lake. Duck food is available for $0.25. The park also features a large playground to keep the kids active, complete with a slide, monkey bars, swings, and more. There is even a roller coaster, carousel, and a small train that rides along the park. The rides, at the time of my visit, were not running, though they are available on weekends and special events for a small fee. That’s not all; the park contains picnic areas and a stage for concerts in the park and other events. Spring Park is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a fun family day trip in North Alabama More Information: Location: Spring Park Rd, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 Parking: Plenty of parking is available in front of park. Hours: Open daily from 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. Price: Admission is free. Rides are $3.00 each for children or combo $6.00 during special times check there Facebook page for updated schedules of the rides.
  • High Falls Park
    One of my favorite things about Huntsville is its proximity to many other uniquely beautiful areas of nature. Huntsville is an easy drive to some well-known hopping places such as Nashville, Chattanooga, and Georgia. Locals can make day trips to some fantastic surrounding areas. One of my favorite day trips is to High Falls. High Falls Park is the most beautiful waterfall located in Grove Oak, AL, approximately 22 miles south of Lake Guntersville. This makes it the perfect day trip to experience. The waterfall is 35 ft tall and spans over 300 ft depending on the weather. Upon arrival, make your way to the general store to sign in. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The top of the waterfall is a short walk (.2 miles) from there. Visitors can choose to walk directly to the top of the waterfall, which offers the most amazing view. At the top of the waterfall, there are often people wading in Town Creek and even jumping off the waterfall. Pedestrians can cross the bridge to reach the other side, providing another location to enjoy the swimming hole. The trail that leads down to the bottom front view is also on the other side of bridge. he hike to the bottom is intense! It’s a narrow, rocky pathway with a steep descent. Sturdy water/hiking shoes are strongly advised. The challenging hike is not recommended for small children. Although my two kids, ages 6 and 9, were able to complete it, we kept a close watch on them. During my recent descent, I slipped, leading to the dropping of my bag and the breaking of one sandal. Fortunately, a roped section is available to aid you along the path as you make your way down. Upon reaching the bottom, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the waterfall. Furthermore, there are lower jumping points in this area and a sandy beach to enjoy. The park also provides a small playground, picnic areas, and clean restrooms. Additional Information: Location: 969 County Road 144 Grove Oak, Alabama 35975 Hours: Open Daily from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Cost: Free but donations are appreciated May want to call the visitor center ahead to check water levels: 256-659-4683 For more information, visit https://visitlookoutmountain.com/high-falls-park/.
  • Camping at Honeycomb Campground
    Located in Grant, Alabama, just 30 minutes from downtown Huntsville, Honeycomb Campground is one of the places we like to venture to for a relaxing getaway weekend. The campground hosts 141 campsites, with 37 of them being waterfront sites. Primitive and RV sites are available, but if that’s not your style, they also have four two-bedroom fully stocked cabins available for rent; one of them is even wheelchair accessible. All campsites are extremely spacious and come equipped with a picnic table. The campground rests along the banks of Lake Guntersville, providing an amazing sandy swim beach. Other amenities include fishing off the docks, boat rentals, a kids’ playground, a pavilion, clean bathhouses, and a general store. This is one of my family’s favorite places to camp. My kids thoroughly enjoy it here and are often seen frequenting the playground and riding their bikes around. During our last stay, the campground had a dino hunt going on for the kids. Clues about the hiding place were left at the pavilion throughout the day. Whoever found the dinosaur received a free ice cream from the store. My boys were able to find the dinosaur during our stay and were super excited! The camp also hosts many events throughout the weekend, including water wars, movies under the pavilion, and festive activities for the holidays. However, the campground still remains quiet, and the events can easily be avoided if your goal is a peaceful weekend. If you’re into hiking, the TVA Honeycomb Trail is right before you enter the park. The hike spans 9.3 miles and offers a variety of difficulty levels. Day passes are also available for guests who do not wish to stay overnight but want access to the docks and beachfront. However, I highly recommend staying here for the full experience. Overall if you’re looking for a weekend getaway on a lake, Honeycomb Campground is a wonderful place to be. Additional Information: Location: 188 Campground Road, Grant AL, 35747 Website: Honeycomb Campground – Vista Recreation (vista-rec.com) Hours of Operation: (general store and reservations) Costs: Campsites: Day Use: $12 per vehicle Boat Rentals:
  • The Cook Museum of Natural Science
    I recently had the pleasure of joining my kindergartener on a field trip to the Cooks museum in Decatur. The last time I visited the museum was before the pandemic, and I was still amazed by the facility and all that they had to offer. My son and the rest of his class all seemed to have the best of time getting to play and learning new facts about Earth. The Cook museum of Natural Science is a state-of-the-art natural science museum located downtown Decatur, Alabama. The facility host 62,000 square feet of hands-on experiences and exhibits for people of all ages to explore and learn about nature and science.   The nonprofit museum is owned by the John Cook family, who also own Cook’s Pest Control in Huntsville. In the 1960s, the Cooks Natural Science Museum began with a few bug collections used to train employees. Then, in the 1970s, John Cook Sr. took the growing collection of insects and mounted wildlife on the road to share it with others. In 1980, the traveling collection’s popularity had increased so much that the family decided to construct a 5,000 square foot museum and open it to the public. Over 750,000 visitors have walked among its walls. The family later decided to reinvent the museum once again, and it temporarily closed in 2016. The museum reopened in 2019 with even more engaging and educational experiences in natural science for all ages. The museum now features nine amazing exhibits, including a crowd favorite, a huge recreated Alabama cave where children can walk and see the elements and creatures that exist within it. The Wonderful World of Insects exhibit showcases both live and pinned bugs, featuring an ant colony, tarantula, and termite terrarium, as well as showing what termites have done to nature and wood products. There is even a little insect-themed playground for toddlers to play in. The Ocean exhibit boasts a 15,000-gallon saltwater aquarium featuring a coral reef, jellyfish, and fish. The Looking Up exhibit is all about Earth and its place in space, featuring its own Earth globe where kids can see the layers of the Earth and a real meteorite that kids can touch. The Foundations exhibit explores the different conditions on Earth, such as weather and geography. Kids can make their own erupting volcanoes and flowing rivers using the kinetic sand table. After exploring all of the museum’s exhibits, hands-on activities and live animals, guests can also visit the gift shop to purchase educational toys and memorabilia. Additionally, the museum offers a café for visitors to enjoy. The Cooks Museum is the perfect place to spend the day letting kids play and learn about the world around them, and adults may even learn a few things too. Museum Info: Location: 133 4th Ave NE, Decatur, AL 35601 Ticket Prices: Age 15 + : $20 Child (Ages 3-14): $15 2 and under: free Senior and Military: $17 Groups of 15 or more: $17 adult; $13 child Hours of Operation: Monday- Saturday: 9 A.M.- 5 P.M. Sundays: Closed For more information on the museum and upcoming events, visit their website.
  • Strawberry Picking at Brown Farms
    One of my family’s favorite thing to do each year in the spring is to pick strawberries at Brown Farms in New Market, Alabama. They allow the customers to pick their own strawberries, making it a fun adventure for the entire family. Brown Farms has been serving the Huntsville area strawberries since 1950.  The family farm has over 15 acres dedicated to just fresh strawberries. Brown Farms is a perfect place to spend the day picking your own fruit or purchasing the strawberries they have already picked in the store. They also have an amazing jump pad on which children can play on. Be sure to stop inside the store for some sweet treats like snow cones, homemade ice cream and baked goods. They also sell farmhouse home décor and plants in the greenhouse. Picking Info Location: 384 Walnut Grove Rd, New Market, AL 35671 Hours of operations: Monday –Saturday 8 am-6pm; Sunday 12-6pm weather permitting Pricing: You Pick: $17 a gallon |We Pick: (they pick the strawberries) $19 a gallon | Jump Pad: $5 per child unlimited bouncing You can find more information at Brown Farms Website and their Facebook page. Brown Farms Season usually runs from the middle of April to the middle of May.
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