Alabama June 12, 2015
Most People Don’t Know These 10 Hidden Gems In Alabama Even Exist
There are so many hidden gems throughout Alabama. You just have to know exactly where to look. Let’s take a look at 10 hidden gems in Alabama that you may or may not know about.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Natural Bridge - Natural Bridge, AL
Alabama is home to the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies - 148 feet long.
2. Harmony Park Safari - Huntsville, AL
The Harmony Park Safari is basically a drive-thru petting zoo. As you drive through the nature preserve, many exotic and endangered animals will most likely peek in your car windows. This unique destination is located at: 431 Clouds Cove Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803.
3. Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House - Florence, AL
This house is the only structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Alabama, and it's located at: 601 Riverview Dr, Florence, AL 35630.
4. Sipsey Wilderness - William Bankhead National Forest / Mt. Hope, AL
The Sipsey Wilderness, a favorite destination among many hikers, is located within the William Bankhead National Forest.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird Town & Museum - Monroeville, AL
If you're a fan of Harper Lee, you must visit this museum, which is located at: 31 North Alabama Ave.,
Monroeville, AL 36460.
6. The Fictional Town of Spectre - Millbrook, AL
Not many people are aware that Tim Burton's movie Big Fish was filmed here in Alabama. In Millbrook, you'll find the film set that was used for the fictional town of Spectre. Sadly, this film set is in ruins today.
7. Bangor Cave - Blount County, AL
Bangor Cave was home to the first underground nightclub in America. It opened in the late 1930s and only remained open for about a year and a half. Supposedly, someone recently purchased the cave and plans to bring it back to life. We shall see!
8. Ave Maria Grotto - Cullman, AL
If you're ever in the Cullman area, stop by to see Ave Maria Grotto (Jerusalem in Miniature). No where else will you see miniature reproductions like these! Ave Maria Grotto is located at: 1600 St. Bernard Drive SE,
Cullman, AL 35055.
9. Coon Dog Cemetery - Cherokee, AL
This is the only cemetery of its kind in the world and it's located at: 4945 Coon Dog Cemetery Rd.,
Cherokee, AL 35616.
10. Joe Minter's African Village in America - Birmingham, AL
You haven't seen yard art until you've visited Joe Minter's African Village in America. His yard is full of sculptures made from found objects. If you're ever in the Birmingham area, you definitely need to stop by for a peek. Mr. Minter's African Village is located at: 941 Nassau Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211.
What hidden Alabama gem(s) did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!