Alabama Top 10 Attractions

Like most Southern States, Alabama has a rich history and mix of cultural traditions. The state was colonized for thousands of years before Europeans reached the country and it quickly became one of the largest cotton producing states in the US. With such a rich history, the state is truly beautiful with several natural and man-made attractions distributed all over the state. If you are planning to visit the state, do take the time to visit these top 10 must-see attractions at least once.

1: US Space & Rocket Center

US Space & Rocket Center

The US Space & Rocket Center is located in Huntsville and the city will always be remembered as the birthplace of America's space program. It was Dr Wernher von Braun who adopted the city as the final place to refine and set up the Apollo rocket. The event is memorialized in the form of a permanent exhibit at the US Space & Rocket Center. Nearly 16 million people have visited the Center since them and dozens of interactive exhibits are held in the Center all through the year. The Center also hosts the extremely popular Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp, and Robotics Camp that are attended by thousands of competitors every year.

Address: 1 Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805

2: Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo
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The Birmingham Zoo is truly beautiful. Spread out over more than 122-acres, the beautiful zoo is home to more than 800 animals from all over the world. The Zoo has more than 50 different exhibits that are open all through the year. Apart from the exhibits, the Zoo also holds education classes for children and adults. Special classes are also available for teachers, preschoolers, and students. Special classes like bird photography training, after school labs, etc. are also held depending on availability and interest. During the summer vacations, the Summer ZooFari Camps are very popular with children and the camps are often booked well in advance.

Address: 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

3: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Bill Sutton

What's the big deal about golf courses, right? Well, that just means you are not a golf enthusiast because the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is pretty popular with golf fans. The Trail is a collection of championship-level courses spread out over Alabama and they are perfect for golfers. The trail now involves more than 468 holes spread out over eleven sites and two of the courses now host the LPGA Tour. If you are a hardcore golfer, do take the time to try the championship route at least once.

Address: 3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, AL 36801

4: Point Mallard Park

Point Mallard Park

Point Mallard Water Park is a wonderful place for families. The Park has lovely outdoor facilities that include wave-making swimming pools, diving boards, a flume slide, a sky pond, a duck pond and many more. Apart from these water activities, the Park also offers a 200-acre golf course with a driving range, clubhouse, restroom, showers and concessions area. You can use the attached campgrounds with campsites with all attached facilities, the Ice Complex, and the Tennis Center. Other great amenities include the Soccer Park, Almond Recreation Center, the Bill J. Duke Athletic Complex, and Spirit of America Stage. It's also a great place to have fun on the hiking, jogging, and biking trails that wind about the park and campsite.

Address: 2901 Point Mallard Dr SE, Decatur, AL 35602

5: Cheaha State Park

Cheaha State Park
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If you like nature, the Cheaha State Park is a must-visit. The park is one of the oldest nature parks in the city and it offers scenic locales and overlooks, hiking, biking and camping trails, campsites, restaurants, and lodges in and around the State Park. The overnight facilities are truly impressive with more than 73 campsites fully equipped with water, sewage and electric hook-ups.

Address: 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258

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