SITES & ATTRACTIONS
If you're flying in early or have made room in your schedule to explore, here's our suggestions for things to do and see in Huntsville!
Home of Space Camp, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the largest spaceflight museum in the world. From America’s first satellite, Explorer I, to next generation space vehicles like Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser, the museum showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight. Dozens of interactive exhibits encourage guest participation, prompting one official to note: "Here, everyone can be an astronaut for the day!"
*Current Featured Exhibit: The Science of Rock N' Roll*
This nationally-accredited Museum fills its thirteen galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling exhibits and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists.
Huntsville is home to some AMAZING outdoor adventuring, here's just a few our favorites!
Monte Sano offers some of the best trail hiking in the state and has trails ranging from an easy leisurely walk to a more challenging outdoor adventure. We recommend the McKay Hollow Trail and the Stone Cuts trails for a challenging hike!
*$5 Entrance Fee/Person*
If you're looking to spend a morning or afternoon on the river, NACK offers some excellent trips!
*$35-$45/Person For Rental and Shuttle Service*
HISTORY & HERITAGE WALKS
While Huntsville is known as Rocket City USA, the city has a rich southern heritage that is often overlooked by visitors. Here are two of our favorite ways to explore historic Huntsville:
This self guided digital walking tour will help you explore and learn about our historic downtown area (click on "Huntsville History Walk above to access the tour)
Love exploring old neighborhoods and architecture? Then head downtown to the Twickenham Historic District and explore some of Huntsville's oldest homes. You can even learn more about each house by downloading the National Register of Historic Places form (by clicking on the "Twickenham Historic District" link above). Just scroll down to the address you are interested in learning more about! 603 Adams Street SE is a favorite bit of local lore!
Want to pick up a souvenir or piece of art to take home with you? Here's our favorite spots in town to snag some unique local merch!
Our main dance venue, this complex is America's largest private and independent arts center and is home to over 200 artists and makers ranging from painters, sculptors and jewelers to cigar box guitar makers and chocolatiers!
This traditional mercantile store has been in business in the Huntsville area since 1917 and specializes in home goods, gifts, locally made jams, sauces and jellies, outdoor gear, vintage toys and candy by the pound!
Harrison Brothers Hardware started as a family-owned business founded by brothers James B. and Daniel T. Harrison, and their store has operated on the courthouse square since 1897. Today, Harrison Brothers Hardware is a store unlike any other you will visit. Specializing in locally made gifts, home goods and art, the store retains its original appearance, and all the counters, display shelves, wood floors and fixtures are all intact.