Alabama September 13, 2017
The 11 Coolest Attractions In Alabama That Not Enough People Visit
Alabama is home to several tourist attractions. Many of these attractions receive visitors from all across the state, and even U.S., while other attractions receive less visitors because they’re not as well known. Listed below are 11 of Alabama’s most underrated attractions. And even though they’re lesser known, they’re still some of the state’s coolest attractions.
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. Natural Bridge - Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, which is nestled away in a tiny town with the same name, is one of Alabama's most fascinating natural wonders. Measuring 60 feet high and 148 feet long, Natural Bridge is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. It's also believed to have formed more than 200 million years ago.
(County Rd 314)
2. Holmes Medical Museum - Foley
Holmes Medical Museum is located inside Baldwin County’s first hospital. This former hospital was in operation from 1936 to 1958, and the museum features several interesting items such as medical instruments, operating room machinery, framed memorabilia, and even a human skeleton.
(111 W Laurel Ave)
3. Orr Park - Montevallo
Orr Park is one of Alabama's most unique parks. What gives Orr Park's its uniqueness is its popular Tinglewood Trail, which features quirky tree carvings. Some of these carvings consist of whimsical faces, storybook characters, dragons and more.
(277 Park Dr)
4. Old Alabama Town - Montgomery
Old Alabama Town is an authentic 19th-century village that features more than 50 restored structures from the 19th and early 20th-century. While at this attraction, visitors will learn how people lived and worked in the central part of Alabama.
(301 Columbus St)
5. Old Courthouse Museum - Monroeville
The Old Courthouse Museum is such a great attraction because it inspired the fictional courtroom that was used in Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird." It was then recreated for the film version, which was released in 1962. Harper Lee was from Monroeville and her father used to practice law in this courtroom. Visitors are able to tour the courtroom and view the exhibits.
(31 North Alabama Ave)
6. Burritt on the Mountain - Huntsville
Burritt on the Mountain, which is situated on 167 acres, is an open-air museum that overlooks the beautiful city of Huntsville. Its main feature is the historic mansion that once belonged to local physician William Burritt. With such a variety of activities, this attraction is perfect for the entire family.
(3101 Burritt Dr SE)
7. Fort Payne Depot Museum - Fort Payne
Fort Payne Depot was built in 1891. Prior to becoming a museum in 1986, the depot served the Alabama-Great Southern Railroad for 85 years. The Fort Payne Depot Museum celebrates DeKalb County and Fort Payne history, and it receives 2,500 to 3,500 visitors yearly.
(105 5th St NE)
8. Harmony Park Safari - Huntsville
Harmony Park Safari is one of Alabama's most unique animal attractions. It's a "drive-thru" petting zoo that allows visitors to feed different types of animals from the comfort of their car.
(431 Clouds Cove Rd)
9. The Fitzgerald Museum - Montgomery
If you're a book lover, you'll enjoy The Fitzgerald Museum. This wonderful house museum, which celebrates the lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, is one of Montgomery's hidden gems. The house is also where the Fitzgeralds last lived as a family.
(919 Felder Ave)
10. Old State Bank - Decatur
Built in 1833, Old State Bank is believed to be Alabama's oldest standing bank building. The historic building, which survived the Civil War, is currently operated as a museum that features teller cages, the original walk-in vault and more.
(925 Bank St NE)
11. Wilderness Park - Prattville
Tucked away in Wilderness Park is one of Alabama's best-kept secrets - a bamboo forest. This beautiful bamboo forest contains stalks as tall as 60 feet, and it was once used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War for training purposes.
(800 Upper Kingston Rd)
Have you been to any of these attractions? If so, share your thoughts with us!
Another attraction in Alabama that’s lesser known is Dismals Canyon. You can read all about this incredible nature spot