99 things to do this summer in North Alabama

Summer is here!

And before long the kids will be saying they’re bored. Maybe you need a weekend getaway just the two of you or a girls’ weekend. Whatever the case, we’ve got the perfect list to keep y’all busy all summer long.

[Note: Due to the everchanging circumstances we currently find ourselves in, some of the information listed here may not be accurate. For example, some of the festivals here could be postponed or canceled entirely or the attractions could choose to remain closed. This list will be updated, but you are encouraged to click on the links provided to find the most up to date information.]

If you love the outdoors…

1. Have a blast in America’s first wave pool at Point Mallard Waterpark in Decatur [CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON]
2. Go for a swim at Red Bay Waterpark and Guin Waterpark
3. Ride the water slides at Spring Valley Beach
4. Ride the Screaming Eagle Zip Line at Lake Guntersville State Park
5. Go on a cave tour at Russell Cave National MonumentCathedral Caverns State Park, or Rickwood Caverns State Park
6. Go for a picnic at DeSoto State Park
7. Camp for the weekend at Joe Wheeler State Park
8. Take a guided hike at Lake Guntersville State Park to see eagles
9. Take a hike in Monte Sano State Park
10. Go on the Dash of the Unexpected Geocache Tour
11. Take a hike in Bankhead National ForestLittle River Canyon National Preserve, or Cane Creek Canyon Natural Preserve
12. Go to summer camp at Camp McDowell 
13. Take a night tour to see the glow worms at Dismals Canyon
14. Visit the Natural Bridge of Alabama
15. Visit one or all of the magical waterfalls on the North Alabama Waterfall Trail
16. Go fishing on Weiss Lake or any of the other seven North Alabama lakes (Bear Creek, Guntersville, Neely Henry, Pickwick, Smith, Weiss, Wheeler, Wilson)
17. Watch birds at Cypress Cove or one of the 51 North Alabama Birding Trail sites
18. Take your boat out at Ditto Landing or Coosa Landing
19. Take the kids to an event at Burritt on the Mountain
20. Spend the day seeing the waterfall, riding the miniature train, petting the animals, rock climbing, or camping at Noccalula Falls Park
21. Rent a cabin at Jackson County Parks and Marina or Doublehead Resort
22. Golf at one of North Alabama’s many golf courses
23. Go horseback riding at Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park
24. See beautiful flowers at Huntsville Botanical Garden
25. Take a Wheeler Lake Scenic Cruise or a Smith Lake Pontoon Boat Ride
26. Rent a kayak at Fort Hampton Outfitters or Unphiltered Kayaking
27. Have a picnic at Spring Park in Tuscumbia
28. Take a hike at North Alabama’s Land Trust
29. Go on the Trains on Main Scavenger Hunt in downtown Madison
30. Take a tour at 1818 Farms in Mooresville
31. Kayak or paddle board the Alabama Scenic River Trail
32. Go on the Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt in Huntsville
33. Take a picnic and play in the splash pad at Delano Park in Decatur
34. Spend the day in Cullman at Hurricane Creek Park or at Sportsman Lake Park
35. See amazing wildlife at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur
36. Rappel at Cherokee Rock Village in Leesburg, Palisades Park in Oneonta, or go  on a guided rappel or rock climbing tour with True Adventure Sports
37. Visit Cornwall Furnace Veterans Memorial Park near Cedar Bluff and see where iron ingots were made during the Civil War. You can also hike and have a picnic
38. Visit the tigers, lions, bears, and other animals at Tigers for Tomorrow
39. Visit Cornwall Furnace Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Bluff
40. Spend the weekend fishing, golfing, or relaxing at Goosepond Colony
41. Learn about the history of horses at Sacred Way Sanctuary
42. Drive the Natchez Trace
43. Take a picnic and visit one of the seven covered bridges of North Alabama

If you love festivals…

44. CoalFest in Brilliant – May 24-25
45. Alabama Jubilee at Point Mallard in Decatur – May 25-26
46. 911 Festival in Haleyville – May 31-June 1
47. Miracle Worker Play in Tuscumbia – June 7-July 13
48. Barbarian Challenge in Gadsden – June 15
49. Helen Keller Festival – June 27-30
50. Spirit of America Festival at Point Mallard – July 4
51. W.C. Handy Festival in Florence – July 19-28
52. Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off in Hartselle – July 26-27
53. World’s Longest Yard Sale – August 1-4
54. Main Street Music Festival – August 9-10
55. Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days – August 2-3
56. Watermelon Festival in Russellville – August 16-17
57. Rockin’ the River at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville – August 17
58. First Fridays in downtown Florence and Gadsden
59. 3rd Fridays in downtown Decatur

If you love history…

60. Learn about Huntsville’s role in space exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center 
61. Take a tour of Pond Spring – General Joe Wheeler Home
62. Learn about Alabama’s military history at the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens and world military history at the Ancient Wars Museum in Madison
63. See graffiti from Civil War soldiers at the Historic Huntsville Depot
64. Take a tour of Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia
65. Learn about the history of Red Bay and see Tammy Wynette memorabilia at the Red Bay Museum
66. See the West Point of the South at the LaGrange College Site
67. Learn about the Civil War at Crooked Creek Civil War Museum in Vinemont
68. Take a tour of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
69. Go for a ride on a real train at the North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville
70. Learn about north Alabama’s railroad history at the Historic Decatur Train Depot, the Fort Payne Depot Museum, and the Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
71. Visit the much anticipated new Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur (opens June 7)
72. Learn about Cherokee County’s history at the Cherokee County Historical Museum or the history of Albertville at the Albertville Museum
73. See where hundreds of man’s best friend are buried at the Coon Dog Cemetery outside of Tuscumbia
74. Tour the oldest standing bank in Alabama: the Old State Bank in Decatur
75. Learn about Cullman’s rich history the Cullman County Museum
76. Tour Ave Maria Grotto and pick up some Monk’s Bread in the gift shop
77. See where the Constitution of Alabama was signed in 1819 at Constitution Village in Huntsville
78. Explore the Arab Historic Village and see how life was “way back when”
79. In Oakville, visit the Jesse Owens Museum to learn more about the 4-time gold medal Olympian and visit the Oakville Indian Mound Park and Museum, which is right down the road
80. Learn about Alabama’s First Lady of Courage at Ivy Green – Helen Keller Birthplace
81. See and hear the history of Alabama music at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
82. Visit one of Florence’s many museums: Indian Mound & MuseumKennedy-Douglass Center for the ArtsPope’s Tavern MuseumW.C. Handy Home, Museum & Library, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House
83. Take the kids to explore and learn at the North Alabama Agriplex in Cullman, Children’s Museum of the Shoals and EarlyWorks Museum

If you love food…

84. Visit one or all of the restaurants on the North Alabama BBQ Trail
85. Have lunch or dinner in a cave at the Rattlesnake Saloon
86. Take a tour and taste some goat cheese at Belle Chevre in Elkmont
87. Go on a winery tour to one of North Alabama’s wineries
88. Visit one of all of the craft breweries on the North Alabama Craft Beer Trail
89. Visit the Athens Saturday Market for locally-grown veggies
90. Pick up some tasty pecans at Tennessee Valley Pecan Company in Decatur
91. Treat yourself to some delectable candy at Morgan Price Candy Company in Decatur

If you love art and shopping…

92. Visit Mary G. Hardin Cultural Arts Center and Imagination Place in Gadsden
93. See a performance at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Historic Roxy Theatre in Russellville, Pastime Theatre in Winfield, the Princess Theatre in Decatur, or the Whole Backstage Theatre in Guntersville
94. See the beautiful art at Huntsville Museum of Art, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, or go see the latest exhibit at the Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State
95. Find a bargain and see the museum of strange things lost on airlines at Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro
96. Blow your own glass ornament at Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne
97. Attend Camp ARTselle at the Burleson Center in Hartselle June 18-21
98. Find that perfect art piece or pieces to make art at Southern Accents Architectural Antiques in Cullman
99. Watch how pottery is made at Miracle Pottery and shop for art at Brown & Son’s Pottery in Hamilton, Lowe Mill, or Worthy Vessels in Lexington


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