Alabama Vacation Spots #1: Blowing Wind Cave Wildlife Refuge is the home of numerous species of bats including the endangered gray and Indiana bats.
The cave interior is off limits so the bats are not disturbed but during the summer, at dusk, you can witness the mass flight of half a million bats as they exit the cave for their nightly search for food.
It's an awesome sight. Besides bat watching you can enjoy hiking, picnicking, and wildlife photography on this 264 acre Alabama vacation site.
#2: Daisy State Park - Enjoy the outdoors with a Barge Tour at Daisy State Park. See eagles in the wild, along with other wildlife .... The park has one of the largest eagle populations in Arkansas and you can see them by barge.
Other Alabama vacation ideas where you can enjoy open barge tours are Lake Catherine State Park, Lake Chicot State, and Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
#3: The U.S. Space and Rocket Center - For a great family vacation idea shoot over to The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, in Huntsville. Among other attractions you will find the Space Museum, Rocket Park, and Shuttle Park (full-scale mockup of the Space Shuttle). There are two Omnimax movies, "Hail, Columbia" and "The Dream Is Alive".
You can take a bus tour of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. There are also several space type rides and interactive exhibits. Interesting and fun for both adults and kids.
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#4: Space Camp - For unusual an vacation in Alabama try training like an astronaut at Space Camp's Advanced Space Academy for Adults. At Space camp, in Huntsville Alabama you can spend a week playing astronaut with some real space age equipment.
You can train on a jet simulator. Experience the 3G centrifuge or 1/6th moon gravity in the Gravity Trainer. SCUBA dive in the camp's Underwater Astronaut Trainer or simulate the tumbling of space flight in the Multi-Axis Trainer.
This is a great vacation idea near Huntsville Alabama. It's some serious fun for adults who really want experience what it's like to be an astronaut.
#5: Edith Newman Culver Memorial Museum is a collection of antiques, Civil War relics, Native American artifacts, and military displays. The building that houses the museum was built in 1872 and contains three chimneys and six fireplaces and is located in Waterloo, one of Alabama's oldest towns.
#6: The Alabama Renaissance Faire draws 35,000 - 40,000 people every year to Wilson Park in Florence. It is held at the end of October but all through the month are a variety of related events .... such as musical programs, public lectures, dramatic performances, art exhibits and dance programs. One of the most popular is the authentic Medieval/Renaissance Feast.
Alabama Renaissance Faire
Alabama vacation spots #7: Village Creek State Park is a good fishing vacation idea .... fish for bass, bream, catfish and crappie .... at the park's two lakes, Lake Austell and Lake Dunn. The park, near Forrest City, offers interpretive programs where you can learn about many different topics and activities such as .... Native Americans, nature hikes, butterflies, wildflowers, deer, bats. Other topics are Dutch-oven stargazing, cooking and astronomy .... There are swimming areas, playgrounds and plenty of places to hike or bicycle.
#8: Cathedral Caverns - See the World's Largest Stalagmite and the World's Largest Frozen Waterfall at Cathedral Caverns, near Huntsville. With some 14 acres of underground caves this is one of the most spectacular places on the east coast. Paved and lighted pathways make exploring the cave easy.
Water Valley Lodge
#9: Water Valley Lodge - You can have a great hunting vacation at Water Valley Lodge, in southwest Alabama. You will hunt mature whitetail deer, eastern turkey and wild boar as wells as predators and varmints. With 30,000 acres to hunt in, this is considered one of the finest hunt locations in the south.
The Water Valley Lodge is a large 22,000 square-feet facility with comfortable and private accommodations. When you are not hunting you can play pool, watch the big screen tv, play cards, or just relax in the beautiful surroundings of Water Valley. The folks at Water Valley Lodge aim to make your stay the hunting experience of a lifetime.
#10: Goose Pond Colony Resort is a spectacular Alabama Golf Vacation resort located on the banks of Lake Guntersville near Scottsboro .... Known mostly for its two 18 hole championship golf courses .... The resort has all the amenities of a waterfront campground and a full service marina. Lakeside cottages, a lodge, swimming pool and beach area plus the whole lake to play on.
Goose Pond Colony Resort
Alabama vacation spots #11: Visit the Moundville Archaeological Park for a look back into the past of 800 years ago. This is the site of the settlement of Moundville, the largest North American city of the time period. The park and the museum are run by the University of Alabama and is located south of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
You can tour the site on your own or there are guides available. The Douglass Nature Trail provides a nice relaxing walk through the park. The Jones Archaeological Museum displays a variety of artifacts that were excavated from the site. Native American artists provide demonstrations at the John & Delia Roberts Craft Pavilion.