Great times don’t have to cost a fortune. As a matter of fact, there are many fun things you can do here in Alabama for $10 or less. I’ve listed 11 of these fun things below.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens--Alabama's largest living museum with a variety of more than 12,000 plants in its living collection. It's also Alabama's most visited FREE attraction. Birmingham Botanical Gardens is located at 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223. Hours: Daily - Dawn to Dusk
2. Ivy Green: Helen Keller Birthplace
For less than $10, you can take a tour of Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller. The cost of this tour is $6 for adults, $3 for students (ages 5-18) and $5 for seniors/military. This historic home is located at 300 N Commons Street W, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-4:00pm
3. McWane Science Center: IMAX Dome Theater
The IMAX Dome Theater at the McWane Science Center is wonderful for kids and only costs $9 for adults, $8 for kids (ages 2-12) and $8 for seniors (age 65+). The McWane Science Center is located at 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203.
4. Southern Adventures
For a fun family outing, check out Southern Adventures in Huntsville. For only $6, you can play a round of mini golf or ride go-karts. There's no entrance fee. You simply pay as you play. Southern Adventures is located at 2150 Leeman Ferry Circle, Huntsville, AL 35801. Hours: Thurs 12:00pm-8:00pm / Sat 10:00am-10:00pm / Sun 1:00pm-6:00pm
5. Rosenbaum House
Go on a guided tour of the Rosenbaum House--Frank Lloyd Wright's only Alabama building, and the only Wright design that's open to the public in the Southern U.S. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. The Rosenbaum House is located at 601 Riverview Dr, Florence, AL 35630. Tour Hours: Tues-Sat 10:00am-4:00pm
6. Hank Williams Museum
If you're a country music fan, you simply MUST visit the Hank Williams Museum. Not only will you learn all about the first country music superstar, you'll also get a chance to view many pieces of memorabilia such as Hank's 1952 baby blue Cadillac, cowboy hats, boots, microphone and stand, 1947 Gibson guitar, etc. Admission to this museum is $10 (age 15+) and $3 (ages 3-14). The Hank Williams Museum is located at 118 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:30pm / Sat 10:00am-4:00pm / Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm
7. Farmers Markets
For less than $10, you can select some delicious produce from a nearby farmers market. Farmers markets have some of the BEST fruits and vegetables you'll ever eat!
8. Street Festivals
Attend one of Alabama's many street festivals. These are normally free to attend, but don't forget to bring along a few bucks for a funnel cake. YUM!!!
9. Huntsville Museum of Art
Huntsville Museum of Art is the perfect museum to visit if you're an art lover. This nationally-accredited museum is filled with a variety of exhibitions that change throughout the year. The admission to this museum is quite affordable. The cost for adults is $10, seniors and active military are $8, children (age 6+) and students are $5, and children under 6 are free. Huntsville Museum of Art is located at 300 Church Street S, Huntsville, AL 35801. Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 11:00am-5:00pm / Thurs 11:00am-8:00pm / Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm
10. Gulf State Park Pier
If you're in the Gulf Shores area and love fishing, I suggest fishing from the Gulf State Park Pier. This pier is the second longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama's only public pier on the Gulf. For only $9, you can fish from the pier all day. Gulf State Park is located at 20115 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542.
11. Old Alabama Town
Old Alabama Town is a 19th-century village featuring authentic 19th and early 20th-century homes and buildings that have been carefully restored and reopened to the public as a history museum. If Alabama history interests you, you'll love Old Alabama Town. The cost of admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18.) Old Alabama Town is located at 301 Columbus Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-4:00pm
What other fun things can you do in Alabama for $10 or less? Let me know in the comments below!