Interesting Places in Alabama

Alabama, the heart of Dixie, offers more diverse attractions than you might think. Start out your visit with a historical tour of the civil rights memorials in the state. Follow it up with an interactive and intriguing afternoon at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Little people and grown-ups alike will be entranced by the living 1800s village at the EarlyWorks Museum Complex, and the whole family can enjoy escaping the heat and rush in the cool interior of the DeSoto Caverns.
Alabama Civil Rights Museum Trail

From Selma to Birmingham, Alabama, is filled with sites of significance for the Civil Rights movement. The Museum Trail is a way to experience all these memorable moments, starting with a commemoration of the Voting Rights March on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and concluding at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Along the way, you'll experience Brown Chapel, the National Voting Rights Museum, the Rosa Parks Museum and Tuskegee University. The tour is self-guided.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The USSRC opened in 1970 as NASA's first visitor center. It is filled with artifacts, simulators and hands-on activities. You can see a restored Saturn V spacecraft, find out what a rocket launch feels like and catch a show at the Discovery Theater.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805
(800) 63-SPACE

EarlyWorks Museum Complex

Learning has never been this much fun. The complex includes three museums in all: Alabama Constitution Village, Historic Huntsville Depot and the Children's History Museum. You will get to experience life on the train in the 1800s, as explained by a robotic ticket agent. Spend time in a village from 1819 and see what life was like then. Children will love the hands-on activities in the Children's History Museum, where everything is just their size.

EarlyWorks Museum Complex
404 Madison St. SE
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 564-8100

DeSoto Caverns Park

Step out of a hot summer day and into the cool, damp interior of an enormous cave. An hour-long guided tour will show you all the cave formations to see along a 1/3-mile walking trail. Stay the evening for one of the light shows, often seasonally themed.

DeSoto Caverns Park
5181 DeSoto Caverns Parkway
Childersburg, AL 35044
(800) 933-2283

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