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Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Fun Things to do in North Alabama in 72 Hours!

With so much to see and so little time, follow our guide on how to maximize your long weekend finding fun things to do in North Alabama!

Experience the artistic side of Alabama and see where art and culture meet!

Alabama, you had me at hello! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Alabama, you had me at hello!

THE WHOLE OBJECT OF TRAVEL IS NOT TO SET FOOT ON FOREIGN LAND, IT IS AT LAST TO SET FOOT ON ONE'S OWN COUNTRY AS A FOREIGN LAND - G. K. CHESTERTON

Get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty Northern Alabama has to offer. Soak in the greenest of the greens, the bluest of the blues, and the best nature has. And then, with so much to see, you’re bound to work up an appetite. So make sure you treat yourself along the way!

SEE

Kamama Gallery

If you like art, history and the cutest couple going around, this is the place for you. Meet Sandra and Ray, gallery owners and operators. Locals of Mentone and married for over 50 years, they have a wealth of stories and experiences to share. Kamama is the Cherokee word for "butterfly" so come spread your wings and enjoy your time at one of Metone's classics! Grab a cup of coffee from the café and take your time exploring the gallery. Reservations are appreciated, but not required.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

Gallery

  • Friday - Sunday 11am - 4pm & by appt

Cafe

  • Monday 8am - 8pm
  • Thursday - Sunday 11am - 4pm & 5pm - 8pm

Spa

  • Thursday - Monday 11am - 4pm
Aunt Sandra & Uncle Ray ;) - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Aunt Sandra & Uncle Ray 😉

Miracle Pottery

Meet Belinda Miracle, potter extraordinaire. When life threw her lemons, she decided to throw pots. Explore the magic of Miracle Pottery and hear about Belinda’s story. Be sure to ask about “Breaking Free.” A true inspiration, it is absolutely worth your time to stop by and check it out! And while you’re there, why not pick something up as a gift for someone back home.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 days a week!
  • 10am - 6pm
Welcome to Miracle Pottery! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Welcome to Miracle Pottery!

PLAY

DeSoto State Park

Depending on the amount of time you have on your hands to explore this 3,500-acre State Park, prepare yourself for an adventure. Stop by the visitors center to get an overview of the Park, pick up a map and watch a video showing the highlights the Park has to offer. The rest is up to you! Explore the waterfall, take it all in by the canyon, or see what kind of plant and wildlife you discover in the area. Camp, hike, fish, golf, eat and stay – they have it all! We loved our time exploring!

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 Days a Week!
Check out the incredible, carnivorous, pitcher plant! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Check out the incredible, carnivorous, pitcher plant!

Little River Canyon

Park at the top and enjoy a short stroll down to the falls. Soak up the serenity of the falls. Listen to the crashing waters and witness the beauty of the area. Restrooms and picnic areas available, so plan some time to really experience it. If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out the trail that’s leads you to Martha’s Falls.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 Days a Week!

Winter

  • October - April
  • 8am - 5pm

Summer

  • May - September
  • 8am - 7pm
Little River Canyon is calling! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Little River Canyon is calling!

EAT

Wildflower Café

With a sign out front saying, “All you need is love,” you know you’re in for a treat! Voted the best restaurant in Alabama and one of the 100 places you have to eat before you die, Wildflower Café is not to be missed. The food is fresh and made with lots of love. Something to suit everyone at a price you can not beat. After you’ve finished eating, browse throughout the store. Find a mixture of handmade jewelry to soy candles to original souvenirs from the area. Reservations are appreciated, but not required, though be prepared to wait if you are not booked in.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 Days a Week!

Cafe

  • Monday - Wednesday 11am - 2pm
  • Thursday - Saturday 11am - 3pm & 4-8pm
  • Sunday 11am - 3pm

General Store

  • Monday - Wednesday 10am - 3pm
  • Thursday - Saturday 10am - 9pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
  • On holiday weekends, open an extra hour on Sunday
Love is all you need! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Love is all you need!

DeSoto State Park Mountain Inn Restaurant

Stop in for some good Southern home style cooking! Take advantage of the Friday night seafood buffet April-November. Saturday & Sunday, load up on the breakfast buffet or stick around for the lunch buffet offered each Sunday.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

Restaurant

  • 7 Days a Week!
  • Breakfast 7am - 10am
  • Lunch 11am - 2pm
  • Dinner 5pm - 8pm
  • January & February – restaurant is closed on Tuesday & Wednesday
You won't leave hungry! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

You won't leave hungry!

SHOP

Unclaimed Baggage Center

Have you ever lost your baggage? Wondering what happens to it if it goes unclaimed? Well, come explore the only place of its kind – the Unclaimed Baggage Center. Welcoming over a million visitors a year from all 50 states and over 40 countries, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Be prepared to hunt to find the best deals. However, unlike thrift stores, remember, these are things people wanted but lost, not things they freely gave away! They make giving back and important part of their culture, so come experience it for yourself. Plan to be around at 2pm daily when they do the Baggage Experience. Get involved for your chance to win a gift card for your shopping pleasure. Stop by Cups Café and grab a coffee to sip on while you shop, or take a break from the deals and enjoy a delicious bite to eat. This was THE most fun thing to do in North Alabama! Get ready to shop til you drop!

Contact Details

  • 509 West Willow St.
    Scottsboro, AL 35768
  • (256) 259-1525
  • https://www.unclaimedbaggage.com/

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday 8am - 7pm
  • Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas
You never know what's inside! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

You never know what's inside!

STAY

Goosepond Colony Resort

Take in the sounds of Mother Nature as you wake up on the Tennessee River. Stay in either a 4-bedroom private cottage, or set yourself up in a room in the lodge. Come play golf at one of their two 18-hole courses, go fishing, or just enjoy some quality time away from it all, soaking up nature. Enjoy a restful nights sleep before you prepare for the next leg of your journey!

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 Days a Week!
Wake up to this! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Wake up to this!

To extend your fun, head on over to Huntsville to experience more fun only an hour away!

Tell us, have we missed something – what’s your favorite thing about Northern Alabama?

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Simply Travelled is a travel blog dedicated to helping people like YOU break the mold. We want to inspire you to question the status quo and get the most out of life! In short, Simply Travelled encourages people to take a LEAP! – an adult gap year, career break, sabbatical – call it what you will. We’re leading by example and want to motivate you to take 6-months or 1-year out of your daily routine to travel the world and really experience life!

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