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Best Things To Do In Rocket City – Huntsville, AL

If you've never been to Huntsville, you may have preconceived notions of what Alabama is all about. I'll be honest, being from the south, I grew up thinking Alabama was just full of backwater rednecks. However, during my recent trip, I was pleasantly surprised to find there was MUCH more to 'Bama!

ONCE IN A WHILE IT REALLY HITS PEOPLE THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE WORLD IN THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD TO. – ALAN KEIGHTLEY

Huntsville, the third largest city in Alabama, is full of culture. The food, music and sites make it the perfect introduction to the state and a great place to explore! Follow our tips below on how to make the most out of your experience.

Hello Huntsville

Hello Huntsville

Stay

Holiday Inn Research Park - Situated in a central area, the Holiday Inn makes you feel right at home. With a selection of reasonably priced rooms available, an in/outdoor pool and a fitness center, you're sure to enjoy your time here. They offer a complimentary shuttle which makes seeing the sites a breeze! Also home to the infamous Hopper's Bar and Grill, you can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner here and take in the action happening at the bar every weekend. Everyone is welcome!

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Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

5903 University Dr.

7 Days a Week!

Huntsville, AL 35806

(256)830-0600

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Play

Space & Rocket Center - Ever wanted to go to Space Camp? It's never too late! Or, just visit the home of NASA and take part in and array of interactive exhibits, read up on the history of space expeditions and check out full sized models of rocket . Prices vary, but general admission tickets are $24 for adults & $16 for kids. Prepare for blastoff!

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Hours of Operation (CST)

One Tranquility Base

7 Days a Week!

Huntsville, AL 35806

9am-5pm

1(800)637-7223

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve,

Check out all the fun here!

Christmas Day & New Year's Day

Take me to the moon

Take me to the moon

Lowe Mill - If you enjoying looking at, learning about or creating art, this is the place for you. With over 200 independent artists under one roof, this is a stop you don't want to miss. From painting to jewellery, pottery to culinary art, there is sure to be something for everyone. Explore woodworking, photography and textile art. Since art is such a personal thing to experience, visit and see what will inspire you!

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Hours of Operation (CST)

2211 Seminole Dr.

Wednesday-Thursday

Huntsville, AL 35806

12pm-6pm

(256)533-0399

Friday 12pm-8pm

Get in touch with your creative side here!

Saturday 10am-6pm

Get in touch with your artistic side

Get in touch with your artistic side

Eat

Campus No. 805 - What do you get when you take an old high school and transform it into a funhouse? That's what Campus No. 805 is all about. Blending a mix of breweries, restaurants and retail, this space combines the old with the new. Keeping the history of this 1950's school alive, slide the lockers aside to discover the campus speakeasy, play old school pinball games and hit up the new age food trucks in the process!

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Hours of Operation (CST)

220 Clinton Ave.

11am -10pm Daily

W Huntsville, AL 35805

(256)533-0399

Check out all the fun here!

Be sure to check out the speakeasy!

Be sure to check out the speakeasy!

A.M. Booth's Lumberyard - Keeping the history of Huntsville alive, this 100-year old lumberyard has been transformed into an adult's playground. Explore and be merry as you listen to a variety of live music, discover the range of beers on tap and eat til your hearts content. The eclectic mix of spaces provide the perfect place to relax and unwind. Be sure to check it out for yourself!

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

108 Cleveland Ave.

Tuesday-Friday

NW Huntsville, AL 35801

11am-1am

(256)715-7130

Embrace the history here!

Saturday-Sunday

9am-1am

Soak up the atmosphere!

Soak up the atmosphere!

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. Get ready to shop til you drop!

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Hours of Operation (CST)

509 West Willow St.

Monday-Friday 9am-6pm

Scottsboro, AL 35768

Saturday 8am-7pm

(256)259-1525

Shop to you drop here!

Closed Sundays,

Thanksgiving and Christmas

Ready, set, shop!

Ready, set, shop!

Bridge Street Town Centre - Visit the place where you can shop, eat, play and stay all in one! Choose from a range of name brand stores for men, women, children and home. Catch a movie or grab a bite to eat. Take your time and enjoy this brilliant outdoor mall for all that it has to offer!

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

365 The Bridge Street, Suite 106

Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm

Huntsville, AL 35806

Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm

(256)327-8400

Experience it all here!

Sunday 12pm-7pm

Tips

  • Beware that some of the budget accomodation in the main areas of University Drive leave a lot to be desired.
  • To extend your stay, experience more fun only an hour away in Northern Alabama!

About the Author Rob & KIm

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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