Alabama is home to many different types of attractions, so there’s always something to do here. Whether you want to see the place where lost luggage ends up or see a space shuttle up close, Alabama has you covered. If you live here in Alabama or plan on visiting, take the time to visit these 16 attractions.
1.) U.S. Space & Rocket Center - Huntsville
If you're anything like me, you dreamed of going to Space Camp as a kid. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center hosts Space Camp for kids, and even adults, every year and will always be remembered as the birthplace of America's space program. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is located at: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805.
2.) Vulcan Park & Museum - Birmingham
At Vulcan Park & Museum you can see the world's largest cast iron statue, which is also among the nation's tallest - standing at 56 ft tall. The only statue in the U.S. that's taller is the Statue of Liberty. The Vulcan provides a beautiful view of the city of Birmingham and the Vulcan Park & Museum is located at: 1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209.
3.) Birmingham Zoo
From rhinos to hippos, and flamingos to sea lions, the Birmingham Zoo has every type of animal imaginable. Many are even endangered. Sitting on 122 acres, the Birmingham Zoo is located at: 2630 Cahaba Road,
Birmingham, AL 35223. If you love animals, you should definitely check this zoo out!
4.) Ivy Green - Tuscumbia
Ivy Green, built in 1820, is the birthplace of Helen Keller. It was at this house the "miracle" we're all familiar with occurred. If you're ever in the area during the summer, be sure to stop by Ivy Green. Not only can you take a tour of the house, you can also watch The Miracle Worker play that's performed on the grounds. Ivy Green is located at: 300 N Commons St. W, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.
5.) Birmingham Museum of Art
You'll enjoy exhibitions of paintings, pottery, sculptures, drawings and decorative arts that date from ancient to modern times at this wonderful museum. The Birmingham Museum of Art is one of the greatest regional museums in the nation and is located at: 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203.
6.) Alabama Music Hall of Fame - Tuscumbia
If you're ever in the Tuscumbia area, be sure to take a tour of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame to see, hear and learn all about the many contributions Alabamians have made that make the music industry what it is today. Alabama Music Hall of Fame is located at: 617 Highway 72 W, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.
7.) Point Mallard Water Park - Decatur
Point Mallard Water Park may look like every other water park but there's something special about it. It's the home of AMERICA'S FIRST WAVEPOOL! Pretty cool, huh? Point Mallard Water Park is located at: 2901 Point Mallard Drive, Decatur, AL 35602.
8.) USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park - Mobile
Here at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park you can explore the USS Battleship, the USS Drum Submarine, an aircraft collection, and some of America's finest military equipment. This very popular attraction is located at:
2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, AL 36602.
9.) Harmony Safari Park - Huntsville
Take a drive on the wild side when you visit this very unusual petting zoo. After purchasing a bucket of food, you'll drive through Harmony Safari Park and the animals, such as ostriches, zebras and llamas, will walk to your car and stick their heads through your open window so they can eat from your hands. Harmony Safari Park truly is a "drive-through" petting zoo and it's AMAZING! This very unique attraction is located at: 431 Clouds Cove Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803. Don't forget your camera!
10.) Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Huntsville Botanical Gardens, sitting on 112 acres, is fifth on the list of Alabama's top paid tourist attractions. It's not surprising! After all, the gardens are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Their 2-acre Children's Garden will entertain children for hours with garden themes that include dinosaurs, rainbows and outer space. Kids can even cool off in their very own wading pool that was recently added. Huntsville Botanical Gardens is open year-round and is located at: 4747 Bob Wallace Ave.,
Huntsville, AL 35805.
11.) Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House - Florence
If you love architecture, the Rosenbaum House is a definite must-see. The Rosenbaum House, built in 1939 for newlyweds Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum, is the only structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the state of Alabama, and it's the only structure in the southeast that's open to the public. This AMAZING house is located at: 601 Riverview Dr,
Florence, AL 35630.
12.) Gulf Shores
If you enjoy ziplining, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, parasailing or just simply relaxing on the beach - Gulf Shores has you covered. Gulf Shores is the perfect vacation getaway that's great for the entire family.
13.) McWane Science Center - Birmingham
Experience the wonder of science at this hands-on museum. Complete with an IMAX Dome, a bubble room, and a ray touch tank - learning has never been so much fun. Kids and adults alike love the McWane Science Center - located at: 200 19th St. N,
Birmingham, AL 35203.
14.) Alligator Alley - Summerdale
You'll have an AWESOME alligator experience here at Alligator Alley! On this guided tour you'll see over 450 alligators in their natural habitat. You may also see turtles, ospreys, bull frogs and owls. Here at this gator farm you can also feed the alligators, and even hold one if you're brave enough. Alligator Alley is located at: 19950 County Road 71,
Summerdale, AL 36580.
15.) Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
To learn all about the struggles during the American Civil Rights Movement, this museum is a definite must-see. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a part of the historic Civil Rights District and is located at: 520 16th St. N,
Birmingham, AL 35203.
16.) Unclaimed Baggage Center - Scottsboro
Have you ever wondered what happens to luggage lost in flight? It ends up in Scottsboro at Unclaimed Baggage Center. Unclaimed Baggage Center was incorporated in 1978 and is considered to be one of the greatest bargain centers in the nation. Tourists flock here annually to see what bargains they can find or to look for their lost luggage. From minks to ski equipment, Unclaimed Baggage Center has a little bit of everything and is located at: 509 W Willow St., Scottsboro, AL 35768.
This is just a short list of the many attractions Alabama has. What are some of your favorite attractions?