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Huntsville, AL

Five things to love about Huntsville

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postedJanuary 26, 2023
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If you haven’t found the time to explore Huntsville, Alabama, here is your invitation. And if it has been a while since your last visit to the Rocket City, there’s plenty new to explore. Everything from Southern charm to scientific discovery coexists beautifully in our north-Alabama home. So, whether you are looking for ample hiking trails, top-rated dining, a thriving arts and entertainment culture, rocket science, or a simple glass of Southern sweet tea, you’ll find it here. 


US Space & Rocket Center
U.S. Space & Rocket Center

We’ve reached the stars 

America’s space program was forged here, which is why Huntsville is known as the “Rocket City.” Take a look at humanity’s journey into space and stand under the awe-inspiring Saturn V Rocket at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC). Voted The South’s Best Museum 2022, the USSRC houses the most extensive collection of space artifacts in the world! Here, you can feel the anticipation Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team must have felt as they prepared to put the first man on the moon, and you can peer inside NASA’s most recent mission to the moon with ARTEMIS I. See a piece of the moon, catch an interactive presentation in the INTUITIVE Planetarium, or go all out and enroll in adult Space Camp.


We’ve got history 

In downtown, step back to 1819 at the oldest house open to the public in Alabama at Weeden House Museum and Garden, which served as the living quarters for federal officers during the Civil War. Tag along with a local expert on a guided tour to learn about our storied past and see the largest concentration of antebellum homes in the state. Immerse yourself in the life of early-1800s Alabamians and see where the first state constitution was signed, at Alabama Constitution Hall Park. Plan a stop at the state’s oldest continuously operated hardware store, Harrison Brothers Hardware, and make your “American-made” purchase on a 1907 cash register. Check out the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial and the grounds at the Historic Huntsville Depot, one of the oldest surviving railroad depots in the U.S. The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, one of the premier military museums in the country, has memorabilia, artifacts, and military equipment that range from the American Revolutionary War to the present. The museum is home to the first Jeep ever made, which still runs after 80 years! 

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We’ve got views 

Overlooking the city, Burritt on the Mountain offers the best view of the valley and natural beauty of Round Top Mountain. Here, you can learn about its ecology, revisit the lives of 1800s farmers, and tour the eccentric Burritt Mansion. Explore miles of hiking and biking trails offered by the Land Trust of North Alabama and Monte Sano State Park, sitting on 2,140 acres with spectacular vistas and spots for picnicking.


Performance venue in Huntsville
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

We’ve got art 

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, one of the country's largest privately owned arts facilities, is a historical textile mill turned workspace for 200-plus local artists, makers, and small businesses, where you are sure to find something one-of-a-kind to take home. See our passion for the arts by discovering the Downtown Secret Art Trail, SPACES Sculpture Trail, and the Huntsville Museum of Art. This nationally accredited museum fills its 14 galleries with a permanent collection of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists as well as traveling exhibitions. 


Huntsville brewery
Mad Malts Brewing

We’ve got food and booze 

Our diverse culinary scene guarantees you'll find something out of this world for your taste buds! We've got everything from award-winning restaurants and food truck rallies to mom-and-pop eateries. Dine inside or have a meal with your furry friend at one of many locations offering outdoor seating. And what pairs better with great food than great beer? We boast 13 breweries around the city. Sip some suds on the Craft Beer Trail or get fancy on the Craft Cocktail Trail. No pun intended, but we've got food down to a science here in Huntsville.


Huntsville Botanical Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

We’ve also got … 

More! There is so much to experience, enjoy, and explore in Huntsville, like the No. 4 Best Botanical Garden in the U.S., sports, and our growing music scene with the new The Orion Amphitheater. Check it out at huntsville.org and make plans to visit soon.

Photos by Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau