Things to do in Huntsville, Madison, and North Alabama
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Concerts in the Park – This popular series of free outdoor concerts of diverse musical styles takes place each Monday evening in Big Spring Park through the summer. Those who attend are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic…you’ll really enjoy this casual evening of entertainment!
U.S Space & Rocket Center – This space attraction features interactive exhibits and simulators surrounding the Apollo, Mercury, Gemini and space shuttle exploration, as well as artifacts. Rockets developed in Huntsville range from the U.S. Army booster that put America’s first satellite and astronauts in orbit to NASA’s Saturn V moon rocket and the space shuttle. Feel the power if 4 Gs of force aboard the Space Shot ride and the G-Force to experience three times the force of gravity.
Huntsville Botanical Garden - The garden offers year round festivals. This beautiful 112-acre garden has floral collections, inviting woodland paths and broad grassy meadows. The Tessman Butterfly House is the largest open air butterfly house in the United States and is a showplace for color on the wing June through September.
Early Works Children’s Museum – is a history complex in the heart of downtown Huntsville. Children will like talking to the 16-foot talking tree as it spins traditional folk tales, and the touchable displays encourage creative, educational play.
Alabama Constitution Village – Explore Alabama’s 200-year-old heritage as villagers in period clothing take time from their daily chores to guide you through eight reconstructed Federal-style buildings.
Burritt on the Mountain, A living Museum – is a museum of regional history housed in the former mountaintop home of Dr. William Henry Burritt. This remarkable 14-room mansion built in the shape of an X in the 1930’s is insulated with 2,200 bales of wheat straw. The grounds offer a panoramic view of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley.
Harrison Brothers Hardware – This landmark store, established in 1879, is a combination museum and operating business selling rocking chairs, hardware, garden ornaments, old-fashioned toys, souvenirs and other gifts.
Historic Huntsville Depot Museum – Built in 1860, the three-story Historic Huntsville Depot Terminal is one of America’s oldest railroad structures. Tour the building to examine Civil War graffiti and period artifacts. Outside, climb on locomotives and ride the Depot Express around the spacious grounds.
Huntsville Museum of Art – Tour the leading visual arts center in North Alabama. The museum has a growing collection of painting, prints, sculpture and art objects. Five galleries accommodate changing original exhibits and traveling exhibitions.
Sci-Quest –. Sci-Quest is a hands-on science center with more than 125 permanent, interactive exhibits in seven different subject areas. The exhibits are designed to engage, educate and entertain
State Black Archives Research Center and Museum – View exhibits, documents and artifacts on black history and culture and gain a greater awareness of their achievements and contributions. The museum strives to educate individual on racial and cultural diversity.
Weeden House Museum – The Weeden house, built in 1819, is Alabama’s oldest building open to the public. It is the birthplace of 19th century poet and artist Maria Howard Weeden. This residence is the only home in the Twickenham Historic District open as a museum and is a superb example of Federal architecture
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy – For more than 40 years Fantasy Playhouse has been bringing the magic of theater to young people in this area. Children of all ages participate and s so do many adults. Fantasy also offers year-round theater classes for all ages and a Kindermusik program at its arts center.
Broadway Theater League – brings to Huntsville each year a line up of top touring shows, classical musicals and cutting edge new shows. All shows are presented in the Von Braun Center Concert Hall
Theater Huntsville – Theatre Huntsville, formed in 1997 by a merger of The Huntsville Little Theatre(1950-1997) and The Twickenham Repertory Company, Inc. (1979-1997).
Renaissance Theater - Located in a renovated old building in the mill village, the theater presents a diverse season of plays each year.
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra - Long considered the region's premiere performing arts group, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra has set the standard in North Alabama for artistic quality, community support and service through education. For over five decades, the HSO's acclaimed concerts and award-winning education programs have inspired performers, audiences, children, benefactors and the entire community.
Community Ballet Association – The ballet is now in its 41st season of presenting dance in Huntsville. Top guest dancers are brought to town yearly. The ballet company’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is a local holiday tradition that usually sells out.