There are numerous vacation spots throughout Alabama. Whether you’re interested in sports, history, or beautiful scenery, Alabama has a perfect vacation spot for you. Let’s take a look at 10 awesome family-friendly vacation spots that are right here in Alabama.
1. Gulf Coast Beaches
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have some of the BEST white-sand beaches in the world! Adventure, fun and relaxation is what you'll experience while vacationing at any of Alabama's Gulf Coast beaches, and just a few of the many activities you can participate in include: deep sea fishing, ziplining and parasailing. Fort Morgan is also a great historical site to visit before returning home. A Gulf Coast beach vacation is definitely the perfect getaway for the ENTIRE FAMILY.
2. U.S. Space & Rocket Center
If space history interests you, the perfect vacation spot for you is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Here you'll get to view rockets and numerous artifacts of the U.S. space program. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is known as "Earth's Largest Space Museum" and is home to the famous Space Camp. This AWESOME space museum is located at: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805.
If you're interested in the history of Alabama, vacationing in Montgomery is the perfect choice. Montgomery is known as the "Heart and Soul of the South" and is the state's capital. In Montgomery, you'll have the chance to visit many different historical sites such as the Alabama State Capital Building, the First White House of the Confederacy, and the Civil Rights Memorial and Center.
4. Cathedral Caverns State Park
Cathedral Caverns was originally called "Bat Cave" and opened to the public during the 1950s. Inside these GORGEOUS caverns, you'll have a chance to view some of the most beautiful formations ever created, including the famous "Goliath" - one of the largest stalagmites in the world, measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. Tours are offered at these caverns and there are numerous campsites located within the park area for those of you who wish to camp overnight. Cathedral Caverns State Park is located at: 637 Cave Road, Woodville, AL 35769.
5. Battleship Memorial Park
Battleship Memorial Park is a military history park and museum that's located on Mobile Bay in Mobile, Alabama. It's also "America's Most Unique Military Attraction." If military history interests you, you'll love vacationing in Mobile and visiting this park, which features a collection of notable aircraft and war ships, with the most popular war ship being the USS Alabama - a WWII era battleship. Battleship Memorial Park is located at: 2703 Battleship Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36603.
6. Town of Mentone
Mentone, Alabama is a beautiful mountain village sitting atop Lookout Mountain. This scenic town features beautiful mountain views, as well as an AMAZING 104 foot waterfall. For a relaxing vacation in Mentone, you'll have the opportunity to rent a cabin or stay at a bed & breakfast. No matter what your choice is, you'll have a GREAT vacation getaway!
There are various attractions in Birmingham should you decide to vacation there. In Birmingham, you'll have the chance to visit popular tourist attractions such as the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, and the Vulcan Park and Museum. Throughout this busy city, there are also many different types of restaurants, trendy hotels, and events always seem to be going on.
8. Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Located on the Fowl River, Bellingrath Gardens and Home offers 65 acres of year-round beauty in a Southern estate garden. These are just a few of the attractions the gardens include: a bridal garden, a rose garden, a nature walk, the Mermaid Pool, and Mirror Lake. This is a beautiful vacation spot that welcomes thousands of visitors annually. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is located at: 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582.
9. Talladega Superspeedway
If you're a NASCAR fan, Talladega Superspeedway is the ultimate vacation spot for you. This famous race track currently hosts the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. With a length of 2.66 miles, Talladega's track is the longest NASCAR oval track. Talladega Superspeedway is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base at: 3366 Speedway Blvd, Lincoln, AL 35096.
10. The Shoals
The Shoals is the metropolitan area in Northwest Alabama, which includes the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia and Sheffield. There are many different attractions in The Shoals area such as Ivy Green - birthplace of Helen Keller (Tuscumbia), the birthplace of W.C. Handy - Father of the Blues (Florence), and FAME Studios (Muscle Shoals) - where many hit songs were recorded by top singers/musicians such as The Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge and Lynyrd Skynyrd. After touring these well-known Shoals area attractions, be sure to check out the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa in Florence. After your relaxing spa treatment, should you decide to get one, make a reservation to dine on some delicious food at 360 Grille, located atop the Renaissance Tower. Not only does this restaurant serve incredible food, it also offers an incredible panoramic view of the Tennessee River. Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa is located at: 10 Hightower Place, Florence, AL 35630.