Alabama November 11, 2016
You’ll Never Run Out Of Things To Do In This Small Alabama Town
Tuscumbia, located in Colbert County, Alabama, offers many unique things to see and do. From incredible restaurants and unique museums, to local parks and historic landmarks, you’ll never run out of things to see and do in this small Alabama town.
To help get you started, listed below are 10 of Tuscumbia’s most popular places to visit. All of these places are family friendly and offer an unforgettable experience.
1. Ivy Green
Ivy Green is the name of the childhood home of Helen Keller, the "First Lady of Courage." If you visit Ivy Green, which was built in 1820, not only will you have the chance to tour the home where Helen Keller grew up, but you'll also be able to see the pump where she communicated with Anne Sullivan for the very first time. (300 N Commons St)
2. Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Ever since its grand opening in 1990, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame has been showcasing the achievements of Alabamians that have had a huge impact within the music industry. This music museum receives thousands of visitors annually, including students, historians, tourists and music fans. If you're a music lover, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame is an absolute must visit. (617 Hwy 72 W)
3. Spring Park
Spring Park is Tuscumbia's most popular park, and it attracts people of all ages. This family-oriented park is located downtown and is used for a variety of events, including the annual Helen Keller Festival. A few of Spring Park's main features include the train, the carousel, the roller coaster and Cold Water Falls - the world's largest man-made natural stone waterfall that's known to be in existence. Cold Water Falls weighs 77,000 pounds, and each day, more than 4,000,000 gallons of water passes over it. (1 Spring Park Rd)
4. Claunch Cafe
Also located downtown, and near Spring Park, is Claunch Cafe. While visiting Spring Park, walk on over to Claunch Cafe to grab a bite to eat. This local favorite specializes in Southern homestyle cooking. Everything served at Claunch Cafe is remarkably good. However, there's something quite special about their "Pecan Chicken Salad Plate," which happens to be their signature dish. (400 S Main St)
5. Downtown Tuscumbia Shops
Downtown Tuscumbia is home to a variety of retail spaces, including fashion boutiques, antique shops, bookstores, home decor shops and so much more. This historic downtown area is a shopper's dream.
6. Tuscumbia Railroad Historic Depot
At the Tuscumbia Railroad Historic Depot, you'll have the chance to tour a fully restored 1888 depot. A few of the things you'll experience on the tour include train and railway memorabilia, telegraph demonstrations and fun interactive train simulators. This historic depot is quite popular among train lovers of all ages. (204 W 5th St)
7. The Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop
The Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop is located in historic downtown Tuscumbia, inside of a building that was constructed in 1833. Once you enter through the doors of this nostalgic eatery, you'll feel like you've been transported back to the 1950s. The Palace serves up a variety of menu items, but nothing compares to their milkshakes. As a matter of fact, their milkshakes are so good that their signature item is the "Harvey Milkshake" - a delicious chocolate milkshake that's served in a stainless steel cup. More than 30,000 milkshakes are sold each year at The Palace. (100 S Main St)
8. Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve
The Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve is a great place to go hiking in North Alabama. This popular hiking spot consists of waterfalls, creeks, boulders and rock shelters. Within the preserve, there are 15 miles of marked and maintained hiking trails that lead to scenic overlooks, beautiful wildflowers, creeks and so much more. What's great about visiting this preserve is that the landowners go out of their way to make sure you have the best experience. They keep the trails well maintained. Also along the trails, they've provided rest areas with fresh water. Restrooms are also available. Access to the Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve is absolutely free. (251 Loop Rd)
9. Belle Mont Mansion
Belle Mont Mansion is a Jeffersonian-style plantation home that was built between the years 1828-1832. In 1982, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and today it's operated as a historic house museum. Belle Mont Mansion offers tours and events, and it attracts around 5,000 visitors annually. (1569 Cook Ln)
10. Rattlesnake Saloon
In addition to the Rattlesnake Saloon being the most unique restaurant in Alabama, it's also one of the most unique restaurants in the world. At this restaurant, you'll enjoy 'cave dining' at its finest. Located inside of a cave, the Rattlesnake Saloon offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience that you don't want to miss. For more information about the Rattlesnake Saloon, including hours/schedule,
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Have you ever been to Tuscumbia, Alabama? If so, what all did you see and do? Was it worth the visit? Share your thoughts with us!