Additional Activities

Agriculture/Eco

Belle Chevre Creamery and Cheese Shop
Phone: (256) 732-3577
Alt. Phone: (256) 732-4801
http://www.bellechevre.com
18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road
Elkmont, AL 35620

We at Belle Chevre have opened the doors of our beautiful new artisan goat cheese creamery. You have to see it to believe it (and we still blink twice when we walk into work!). It's a gorgeous, contemporary rustic creamery built in the old town cotton warehouse. We offer both guided and self-guided tours, which include: a peek into cheese making, Belle Chevre history, time to enjoy the outdoor (goats!) and tastings/samples at a Tasting Bar.
Humble Heart Farms
Phone: (256) 777-9268
http://www.humbleheartfarms.com
25235 Moorseville Road
Elkmont, AL 35620

Humble Heart Farms is a family farm located in North Alabama. Humble Heart Farms Goat Cheese is a product of the Tennessee River Valley. The sun, rain, wind, grasses and feed all come together to flavor our cheese. The "girls" come from a long line which produce excellent milk. We take special care that the milk is of the highest quality. No hormones, chemicals or herbacides are used on the farm. Farm tours are available by appointment.
J Sparks Hydroponic Farm
Phone: (256) 776-9881
http://www.jsparksfarms.com
312 Esslinger Drive
Gurley, AL 35748

Tour the most earth-friendly farm in Alabama at J. Sparks Hydroponic Farm. By growing plants vertically in specially designed containers, the Sparks family can plant on approximately two acres what would traditionally take 12-15 acres.
Tate Farms (Cotton Pickin Pumpkin Farms)
Phone: (256) 828-8288
http://www.tatefarmspumpkins.com/
8414A Moores Mill Road
Meridianville, AL 35759

The Tate Farms experience provides exposure to a unique working farm, where memories are planted as well as crops. Tours and activities available seasonally.

Great Outdoors

Harmony Park Safari
Tollfree: (877) 726-4625
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g30620-d2661379-Reviews-Harmony_Park_Safari-Huntsville_Alabama.html
431 Clouds Cove Road
Huntsville, AL 35803

Harmony Park is a federally licensed nature preserve of free-ranging exotic and endangered animals.  Remain in your car on a two-mile route to see zebras, zebus, antelope, buffalo, a camel, ostriches, giraffes, a kangaroo and tortoises, then park to visit the reptile house. Vehicles are available for rental if desired. The park accepts cash only. No pets or service animals are permitted.
Hays Nature Preserve
Phone: 256.427.5116
http://www.hsvcity.com/recreation/hayesnature
7153 Hwy 431 South
Huntsville, AL 35763

The Hays Nature Preserve is one of Huntsville's largest and most undeveloped parklands. There are over 10 miles of trails that wind through bottomlands, swamps, and sloughs, suitable for hiking or mountain biking. Horses are also welcome on the northern trails. Come explore hardwood forest, walk the fields, and discover the wetlands. Wildlife abounds with deer, rabbits, raccoons, and resident and migratory birds; in fact, this natural area is an important part of the North Alabama Birding Trail. Join us in our efforts to preserve this valuable asset for our children and learn something along the way.
Land Trust of North Alabama
Phone: 256-534-5263
Fax: 256-536-6141
http://www.landtrustnal.org
2707 Artie Street SW
Suite 6
Huntsville, AL 35805

Trail Management Work Days offer individuals and groups an opportunity to participate in trail rerouting, raking and chopping and removal of dead foliage and invasive plants. The Land Trust will provide the tools, gloves and water…all they need is you!
Madison County Nature Trail
Phone: 256-883-9501
5000 Nature Trail Road
Huntsville, AL 35803

Green Mountain Nature Trail a.k.a. Madison County Nature Trail, is the perfect place to encounter the elusive beauty of nature in her undisturbed state. 16-acre lake, wooded paths, picnic pavillion, chapel, covered bridge and Braille Trail.

The Nature Trail is open to the public, at no charge, every day (including holidays) from sunrise to sunset, and offers tables for picnickers, picturesque scenery for camera buffs, outdoor classrooms for students, and an abundance of plants and wildlife for all nature lovers in general.

MHC Challenge Course
4040 Memorial Parkway SW #C
Huntsville, AL 35802

Challenging experiences. Experiencing challenges. Use those two words in either order and you are talking about a ropes course. MHC Challenge Course is designed to teach leadership, followship and fellowship. The program gives students challenging experiences to help them communicate, bond, problem solve, laugh and learn. Half day and full day programs are available. Presented by Campus for Change, Mental Health Association of Madison County.
Monte Sano State Park
Phone: (256) 534-3757
Alt. Phone: 256-539-7174 lodge
Fax: (256) 539-7069
http://www.alapark.com
5105 Nolen Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801

Monte Sano offers over 20 miles of hiking trails and over 14 miles of challenging bike trails. The park features campsites and cabins for lodging. Volunteer opportunities are available, such as painting picnic tables and signage, raking leaves and clearing brush from hiking trails.
North Alabama Canoe & Kayak (NACK)
Phone: (256) 529-0357
Alt. Phone: (256) 776-2592
http://www.nacktrips.com
1143 Moontown Road
Brownsboro, AL 35741

We offer a large variety of canoe & kayak rentals, a variety of river tours for groups of any size, shuttle service to all local waterways, guide service to all local waterways & daily information on water conditions.

Caving

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Horseback Riding

3H Stables
Phone: 256.859.1811
Alt. Phone: 256.883.8615
http://www.3hstables.com
4610 Meridian Street
Huntsville, 35811

Trail rides and lessons.

Scavenger Hunts

Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt
http://www.huntsville.org/visitor-info/lucky-duck-scavenger-hunt/lucky-duck-scavenger-hunt/
500 Church Street
Suite One
Huntsville, AL 35801

Can you find all 14 ducks? Search Downtown Huntsville on a scavenger hunt like no other with our latest permanent, free activity.  Get the Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt Clue Card at the Visitor Center or download the clue card by visiting: www.huntsville.org/visitor-info/lucky-duck-scavenger-hunt/lucky-duck-scavenger-hunt/ When you find all 14 ducks, stop by the Visitor Center (500 Church Street, downtown Huntsville) to claim a prize!
Trains on Main Scavenger Hunt
Phone: (256) 325-8317
http://www.trainsonmain.com/
130 Park Square Lane
Inside the Hogan YMCA
Madison, AL 35758

Search Historic Downtown Madison on a free scavenger hunt! Can you find all 8 trains? Stop by the Madison Chamber of Commerce or City Hall and pick up a clue card. Clues on the card provided by the Madison Station Historical Preservation Society will educate and inform each individual who sets out to find the trains. You can also download it by visiting: www.huntsvillemadisoncountycvb.uberflip.com/i/692235-trains-on-main-scavenger-hunt-clue-card. When you find all 8 trains, stop by the Madison Chamber of Commerce (130 Park Square Ln, Inside Hogan YMCA, Madison) to claim a prize!

 

Arts

Broadway Theatre League
Phone: (256) 518-6155
Fax: (256) 551-2990
http://www.broadwaytheatreleague.org
700 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

The Educational and Group Director for the Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville will help you plan a wonderful theatre experience for your group at discounted prices. Choirs and small bands can perform on the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall landing or courtyard area at the Von Braun Center one hour prior to the start of the main show.
Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater & Academy
Phone: (256) 539-6829
http://www.fantasyplayhouse.com
3312 Long Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805

Since 1961, Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater & Academy has brought the magic of theater and arts education to families and youth groups through a production season of live children's theater at the Von Braun Center Playhouse and year-round arts training.
Huntsville Museum of Art
Phone: 256-535-4350
Tollfree: (800) 786-9095
Fax: 256-532-1743
http://www.hsvmuseum.org
300 Church Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

Each Monday night from June through Labor Day, audiences can enjoy an eclectic blend of tunes underneath the stars in Big Spring International Park. Admission is free.
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Phone: (256) 533-0399
http://www.lowemill.net
2211 Seminole Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805

Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment is located in the historic Lowe Mill, a textile mill built in 1900, and supports a diverse community of artisans and businesses dedicated to the free expression of the arts. The vision for Lowe Mill is of a true arts destination, where artisans can practice their trade while educating the public about art and its value. Lowe Mill sponsors weekend events and offers indoor and outdoor performance opportunities.
Madison Gazebo Concerts
Phone: (256) 551-2230
Downtown Madison
Madison, AL 35801

Each Thursday night from early June to late August the City of Madison celebrates the summer with concerts in their downtown Gazebo. Admission is free. Bring your picnic, lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a night under the stars.
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center
Phone: (256) 534-6455
http://www.merrimackhall.com
3326 Triana Boulevard
Huntsville, AL 35805

Merrimack Hall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts center. In addition to bringing a full season of touring productions to Huntsville, we provide performing and visual arts education to children and teens with special needs.
Spaces Sculpture Trail
Phone: (256) 519-2787
http://www.artshuntsville.org/spaces/
700 Monroe Street, SW, Suite 2
Huntsville, AL 35801

SPACES Sculpture Trail features the work of 22 artists from 12 states across the US. Now featuring 39 total sculptures, SPACES is designed to engage and enliven the Huntsville/Madison County community through a large-scale public art installation. You are invited to visit the SPACES sculptures at various locations throughout Huntsville and Madison, and explore SPACES through downloading the SPACES HSV mobile app, walking, GPS and cell phone guided tours. Discover SPACES today!

Entertainment

Southern Adventures
Phone: 256-880-6599
Fax: 256-382-2069
http://www.southern-adventures.com
2150 Leeman Ferry Circle
Huntsville, AL 35801

Southern Adventures is a family oriented water & Amusement Park offering year round wholesome entertainment for the entire family.  Whether you are young or just young at heart, Southern Adventures has activities for you.

Sports

Huntsville Havoc
Phone: (256) 518-6160
Fax: (256) 518-6164
http://huntsvillehavoc.com
Von Braun Center
700 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

The Huntsville Havoc is a professional ice hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League. They play their home games at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville. Season: November-March

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
Phone: 1 800 UAH CALL
http://www.uah.edu
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

State-supported, public, coeducational research university competing in sports such as: hockey, basketball, volleyball, tennis, cross-country and more. All home Charger hockey games are played in the Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center.

Movie Theaters

Carmike Huntsville 10
Phone: (256) 430-0770
http://www.carmike.com/ShowTimes/city/Huntsville/AL/10
1359 Old Monrovia Road
Huntsville, AL 35806

Hollywood 18 Cinemas
Phone: (256) 883-1602
3312 Memorial Parkway SW
Huntsville, AL 35806

Skating

Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex
Phone: (256) 883-3774
http://www.hsviceplex.org/
3185 Leeman Ferry Road
Huntsville, AL 35801

This year-round, dual rink offers daily public sessions, birthday parties, and block ice rentals.  Figure skating and hockey classes are available through the Huntsville Skating School for skaters ages four and up.

Public ice skating on two National Hockey League regulation rinks

Carousel Skate
Phone: (256) 534-8589
http://www.skatehuntsville.com
1201 Winner Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805

The rink at Carousel Skating features 14,000 square feet of solid maple wood skating surface. Skaters will enjoy skating to the latest music, played on a computerized digital sound system, while a colorful disco light show flitters all around.

A fully-stocked snack bar features a variety of hot foods, candy, and soft drinks.

Carousel Skating also features an arcade - complete with the latest electronic and video games, along with an array of redemption games to test your skill.

Bowling

Madison Bowling Center
Phone: (256) 722-0015
8661 US Hwy 72 W
Madison, AL 35758

Pin Palace Bowling Lanes
Phone: (256) 534-8438
2006 Country Club Ave.
Huntsville, AL 35816

Train Rides

North Alabama Railroad Museum
Phone: 256-851-6276
Alt. Phone: 2568813629 (home)
http://www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com
694 Chase Road
Huntsville, AL 35811

The depot offers a display passenger train, an excursion train, a historic watchman’s hut, exhibits and a self-guided tour. Ride on a 10-mile round trip excursion on the museum’s Mercury and Chase Railroad. To charter a 1-1/2 hour train ride over historic 1887 Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway’s Huntsville Branch Road Bed, a three week advance notice plus deposit will be required. Museum is open seven days a week for self-guided tours. The staff is available on Wednesday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aquatics

Brahan Spring Natatorium
Phone: 256.883.3700
https://www.huntsvilleal.gov/environment/parks-recreation/recreation/aquatics/
2213 Drake Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35806

The Brahan Spring Park Natatorium is one of the finest indoor-outdoor swimming facilities in the nation. Amenities include shower and locker rooms, a sundeck and a motorized roof that can be rolled back on warm days. Public swimming sessions are available year-round for persons interested in recreational swimming, lap swimming and springboard diving.
Dublin Memorial Park
Phone: (256) 772-9300
8324 Old Madison Pike
Madison, AL 35758

The Dublin Park Facility includes:
Acreage: 60 Acres, Double court gymnasium equipped for basketball and/or volleyball with an upstairs walking track, 25 yard – Eight lanes heated indoor swimming pool, Meeting rooms and administrative offices, Paved walking trail, Nine soccer fields, Nine hole disc golf course
Seven tennis courts, Community built playground, Outdoor pool with a diving well and kiddie pool.

Shopping

Bridge Street Town Centre
Phone: 256-327-8400
http://www.bridgestreethuntsville.com
365 The Bridge Street, Suite 106
Huntsville, AL 35806

Bridge Street Town Centre is an outdoor lifestyle center with a European design, featuring over 50 upscale shops, many fabulous restaurants and the unique 14-screen Monaco Pictures. The site features many beautiful fountains and green open spaces. Bridge Street is proud to have a Street Entertainment program. Choirs, bands, baton twirlers, etc. are encouraged to call ahead and schedule performance dates!
Harrison Brothers Hardware
Phone: 256-536-3631
http://www.harrisonbrothershardware.com
124 South Side Square
Huntsville, AL 35801

Harrison Brothers is more than a glimpse of old Huntsville. It’s a shoppers delight. Marbles by the scoop, cast iron cookware, locally crafted pottery and jewelry share space with garden gadgets and gourmet food items. Founded in 1879, it is the oldest continuously operating hardware store in the state and is owned and operated by the Historic Huntsville Foundation and staffed solely by volunteers. Private tours available with advanced reservation.
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Phone: (256) 533-0399
http://www.lowemill.net
2211 Seminole Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805

Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment is located in the historic Lowe Mill, a textile mill built in 1900, and supports a diverse community of artisans and businesses dedicated to the free expression of the arts. The vision for Lowe Mill is of a true arts destination, where artisans can practice their trade while educating the public about art and its value. Lowe Mill sponsors weekend events and offers indoor and outdoor performance opportunities.
Madison Square Mall
Phone: 256-830-5407
http://www.madisonsquaremall.com
5901 University Drive
Huntsville, AL 35806

Madison Square Mall is a shopping center in the Huntsville, Alabama area and features great shopping. Madison Square is also home to department stores such as Sears, Seophora and JCPenney. 

Parkway Place Mall
Phone: 256-533-0700
Fax: (256) 533-5631
http://www.parkwayplacemall.com
2801 Memorial Parkway S
Food Court
Huntsville, AL 35801

Parkway Place Mall is the premiere indoor shopping center of north Alabama, with more than 150 specialty stores and eateries including Pottery Barn, Williams and Sonoma, Charming Charlies, Yankee Candle, Forever 21, Build-A-Bear Workshop, francesca’s, Motherhood Maternity, Victoria’s Secret, Sleep Number, Carrabba's Italian Grill and Hallmark. The center is anchored by Dillard’s and Belk. WiFi is available at Chick-Fil-A in the Food Court. Parkway Place also features a children’s play area located on the upper level of the mall near the Belk entrance. Parkway Place Mall is located off Memorial Parkway at the intersection of U.S. 231 and Drake Avenue. Visit parkwayplacemall.com for more information including a complete list of retailers, restaurants, entertainment options and a mall/center map. 

Special Events

Annual Events

Enjoy a Hobo Dinner at the Historic Huntsville Depot with a storyteller and/or magician.

Enjoy Vittles in the Village at the Alabama Constitution Village.

Other

Foundations of Faith Trail
Phone: (256) 551-2230
http://www.huntsville.org
500 Church Street, Suite One
Huntsville, AL 35801

Madison County has 15 churches over 100 years old, on their original sites, and still holding services today. These places of worship define Madison County’s rich and diverse cultural and spiritual heritage.
Green Pea Press at Lowe Mill
Phone: (256) 533-0399
http://www.greenpeapress.com
2211 Seminole Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805

Located on the first floor of historic Lowe Mill, this low-toxicity studio provides access to equipment used to create a variety of fine art print media, including wood, etching, letterpress, screenprint and bookmaking. Green Pea offers many field trip and class opportunities throughout the year such as t-shirt printing and book and paper toy making.
Huntsville and Madison Ghost Walk
Phone: (256) 509-3940
http://www.huntsvilleghostwalk.com
Downtown Huntsville and Madison
Huntsville, AL 35801

Take a walking tour with local historians in period costume to learn what was happening here during the war. Huntsville was occupied, on and off, for three years. Spies, Lies and Alibis is a well-researched compilation of stories such as the pro-Union man who nailed an American flag to his roof and spied on his neighbors; the fate of six brothers who fought for the Confederacy; the Huntsville native who ordered the first shot fired at Ft. Sumter and many more. Take the Civil War Bones tour through Maple Hill Cemetery and see the grave of Abraham Lincoln’s brother-in-law; “General J,” a Union officer who fell in love with a local girl and married her; the man whose dramatic escape from a Union prison was detailed in the secret diary he kept and many more. If something a little lighter sounds more fun, take the Mischief and Mayhem Tour and hear, among other things, about the downtown hamburger restaurant that offered “home delivery” of a different kind; the antics of Huntsville-born Tallulah Bankhead; and a prison break in broad daylight.
Huntsville Public Library
Phone: (256) 532-5940
http://www.hmcpl.org
915 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library offers tours and themed programs for groups. The website offers a calendar of programs for all ages and interests.
Learn Huntsville's Role in the Civil War
Phone: (256) 509-3940
http://mischiefandmayhem.biz/
Tours offered seasonally
Huntsville, AL 35801

Take a walking tour with local historians in period costume to learn what was happening here during the war. Huntsville was occupied, on and off, for three years.
Spies, Lies and Alibis is a well-researched compilation of stories such as the pro-Union man who nailed an American flag to his roof and spied on his neighbors; the fate of six brothers who fought for the Confederacy; the Huntsville native who ordered the first shot fired at Ft. Sumter and many more. Take the Civil War Bones tour through Maple Hill Cemetery and see the grave of Abraham Lincoln’s brother-in-law; “General J,” a Union officer who fell in love with a local girl and married her; the man whose dramatic escape from a Union prison was detailed in the secret diary he kept and many more. If something a little lighter sounds more fun, take the Mischief and Mayhem Tour and hear, among other things, about the downtown hamburger restaurant that offered “home delivery” of a different kind; the antics of Huntsville-born Tallulah Bankhead; and a prison break in broad daylight.
Maple Hill Cemetery Tours
Phone: 256.509.3940
203 Maple Hill Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801

A treasury of Huntsville’s historic past, Maple Hill’s burials date to the early 1800s and this sacred ground serves as the final resting place to many people who shaped Alabama’s future. A guide will take you on a walking tour that reveals the many fascinating, and mostly forgotten, stories behind these people, as well as the headstones that are true works of art.
MindGear Labs
Phone: 256.705.4327
http://www.mindgearlabs.com
8331 Madison Blvd, #200B
Madison, 35758

A public digital fabrication workshop and part of the MIT Fab Lab network, MindGear Labs offers a variety of 1, 2 and 3 hour activities at the late elementary, middle and high school levels. Activities include robotics, stop motion animation, building science and 3D fabrication using a 3D printer.
Pickwick Belle
Tollfree: (877) 936-2355
http://www.pickwickbelle.com
Ingalls Harbor, 802 Wilson Street
Decatur, AL 35601

This authentic paddlewheel riverboat offers cruises on the Tennessee River.
Plantation Tours
Phone: 256.509.3940
Alt. Phone: 256.650.0516
http://www.mischiefandmayhem.biz
Tours offered seasonally.
Huntsville, AL 35801

In the comfort of your motor coach, drive by the Horton Plantation, Cottonhill, The Cedars, Druid’s Grove, and Belle Manor. Then enjoy a traditional high tea served at the historic Donnell House. Entertaining historical guides in period costumes recount the history of these plantations. This tour may be combined with others offered by Avalon Tours.

Factory Tours

Phoenix
Phone: (256) 880-0671
http://phoenixhsv.org/
2939 Johnson Road SW
Huntsville, AL 35805

See where American flags are made on this factory tour and learn how Phoenix works to assist people with disabilities gain training, skills and employment.

North Alabama Attractions

Huntsville is a convenient hub for meeting our neighbors in the beautiful North Alabama MountainLakes region. Take circle tours that extend to the west to see the Alabama Music Hall of Fame andIvy Green, Birthplace of Helen Keller. Birthplace shrines honor “father of the blues” W.C. Handy andOlympian Jesse Owens. Sample cheeses recommended by Food Network and Southern Living at BelleChevre Creamery and Humble Heart Farms. Visit Hamilton where potter Jerry Brown creates “ugly jugs”at his studio and explore the wonders of “The Dismals.” Frolic in the nation’s first wave pool at Decatur’sPoint Mallard. Walk down the shaded streets of historic Mooresville and dine at the Limestone BayTrading Company. Ride east to Cathedral Caverns and see the world’s largest stalagmite, shop theunique Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, visit the mountain village of Mentone and enjoy thescenery and extreme adventures of Little River Canyon. Go south for the charming Ave Maria Grotto inCullman and the magnificent Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville. The scenic beauty ofLake Guntersville State Park, the covered bridges near Oneonta and Gadsden’s Noccalula Falls are worththe drive.

Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau    500 Church Street Suite One, Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: (256) 551-2230 | 1-866-ESC2HSV | Fax: (256) 551-2324

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