Not all destinations are family-friendly, and those that often attract the most crowds. When you want a picturesque and quiet destination that is excellent for groups of all ages, Huntsville has a number of fantastic attractions.
Beyond what one would expect of Alabama, Huntsville has museums, gorgeous parks and countryside, and other entertainments to keep everyone engaged and satisfied.
Here are the top 5 tourist attractions in Huntsville, Alabama, to add to your must-see list.
Almost everyone can admit to wanting to be an astronaut sometime in their life. That’s why the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) is a must-go attraction. Not only does it have one of the world’s largest collections of rockets and other space gear, is also has missiles, rockets, and an IMAX Dome Theater. And if you’re not interested in the history, you can check out simulators like Space Shot and the G-Force simulator for an adrenaline rush.
Located near the USSRC, the Huntsville Botanical Garden has 112-acres of stunning foliage throughout the year. The garden is free to enter and open every season, meaning it can put on some seriously creative displays, like seasonal festivals, programs for kids and adults, and much more. Walk through the gardens, trails, and over the wooden bridges while enjoying the wildlife and scenery. Also within the Huntsville Botanical Garden is one of the largest open-air butterfly gardens in the US as well as the Garden Railway.
Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805
Not many places have a federally licensed preserve that includes both endangered and exotic animals. The tour throughout Harmony Park is done safari-style—with your car. As you drive through the area, you might see animals like alligators, buffalo, camels, rams, or zebras. Also on-site are waterfalls, a walkable reptile house (filled with creepy crawlies too) and antique buildings. Bring a camera, follow the park rules, and get ready to a wild ride.
Address: 431 Clouds Cove Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803
Huntsville has many unique museums, but none of them compare to the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, a unique collection of military equipment and artifacts that date back to the Revolutionary War. On display or items like uniforms, weapons, and over 30 historic vehicles used in wars ranging from WWI to the present. You can check out tanks, aircraft, watercraft, and even novelties like a Ford Pygmy, the world’s oldest “jeep.” There’s also outdoor space for picnicking or watching a special event.
Have you ever been curious about what life was like in 1819? Alabama Constitution Village is all about how Huntsville residents lived during the 19th century. You can watch blacksmiths, basket weavers, and woodworkers alongside taking tours of an old print shop, surveyor office, and post office. The best part is that tours are free. Children especially love this attraction, especially during November and December when Santa’s Village arrives.