Alabama is one state which rich in historical sites of the nation’s past documents of triumphs and trials. It is also the birthplace for some momentous events in the country. The historical sites include the Civil War Battlefields, Civil Rights Movements, and even the birthplace of the famous Helen Keller. With the long history, Alabama may not include in most people traveling list and stays off the radar.
The Yellowhammer state actually offers plenty tourist attractions throughout the state. Most people interested in the broad history of Alabama, but the natural attractions are also plentiful. The beautiful Dauphin Island is a beautiful coastal island which also holds an important role in preserving its natural ecosystem. Speaking of Alabama, make sure not to visit the state without using this article as a handy guide. Below are some tourist attractions in Alabama which are worth a visit.
Huntsville Botanical Gardens
There is always a great feeling to visit the botanical garden. The green and peace view of the garden are incomparable. The Huntsville Botanical Garden offers serene space for unwinding and relax. Get the chance to walk in between woodlands, flower displays, and also wild flowers. Make sure to also check the Garden of Hope which is dedicated for cancer patients. Rated number one in TripAdvisor as the most visited place, Botanical Garden makes it as a perfect outdoor and picnic destination.
USS Battleship Alabama
One great attraction to visit in Alabama is the USS Battleship, Memorial Park. Located in Mobile, the USS Alabama is the 1940s battleship which is docked in the waterfront. The ship was permanently placed in Alabama in 1964 after a successful campaign to bring back the vessel. The remarkable battleship was nicknamed ‘the Mighty A’ and it also features other attractions. There are military vessels and aircraft from numerous wars including the B-52 Bomber. In addition, the park is the battleship memorial for those served in World War II and also other recent operations.
Mobile Bay (pronounced MOB-EEL) is located in the Gulf of Mexico. The place is one of the most scenic coasts in Alabama. The area has both historic and beaches area which attracts people from both local and international all year round. The closest island in the Bay is the Dauphin Island is a beautiful barrier island with the laid back small town. There is also historic Fort Gaines which was built in the 1800s. To top it off, Mobile earns the title for Mardi Gras as the oldest carnival celebration in America.
Dauphin Island is a family-friendly tourist attraction in Alabama. It features walking trails to beautiful Audubon Bird Sanctuary and short paths to popular attractions such as Sea Lab Estuarium and Historic Fort Gaines. There also walking trails headed to secluded beaches. Close to the popular attractions, the Gulf State Park is another great destination. It boasts about having more than 3.5 miles of gleaming white sands and sparkling crystal clear water. The beach can be accessed through beach pavilions which have private showers, shady spots, snack bar, and also an enormous fireplace.
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is originally built to promote science literacy for people in Gulf Coast region and South Alabama. There are over 150 interactive exhibitions which are fun and better than IMAX film. The Gulf Coast Science Center is classified as the 495 professional science centers around the world. It also holds the Technology Centers and Association of Science membership.
Visit Alabama’s caves
Visiting Alabama is incomplete without visiting the caves. It is the home for numbers of caves. The Shelta Cave, located in Huntsville was once a party site and underground boating back then in the 19th century. The National Speleological Society relocated it’s headquartered in 1971 in Huntsville because Alabama is so rich in caves. Further, in 2007, there are over 4,200 caves are discovered in Alabama which includes Sequoyah Caverns and Cathedral Caverns. The caves are open for public visitation to provide access to education about the stunning subterranean world. Another great cave is the Desoto Caverns which is kids and family friendly. It is a touristy and fun theme park around the caves which is featured for children.
Fairhope is a vibrant town lies on the gulf coast of Alabama. It has long been known for the breathtaking scenery of Mobile Bay and lovely parks. The upscale vibe features more than 100 unique stands, antique stores, art galleries, and not to mention hundreds of eateries. The city indeed has beautiful parks and the small town ambiance with perky culture and trendy coffee shops. In addition, Fairhope Municipal Pier is also a great place for some fun with lots of picnics spots, walking trails, and also fishing spots.
Frank Lloyd House Museum
The Frank Lloyd House Museum was built in 1939. It was made for the newlyweds, Mildred and Stanley Rosenbaum. The house is located in Florence and it is the only house in Alabama which was originally designed by Wright. The house construction consists of glass, brick, and cypress. It features Usonian design with a multi-level and flat roof with board walls. The Rosenbaum house features its original furniture designed by Wright. The house was the occupants of Rosenbaum until 1999 until the City of Florence purchased and restored it into a museum. In addition, the Rosenbaum museum is the only Wright’s house which is open for public visitation in the southeast.
Birmingham Art Museum and Civil Rights Institute
The Birmingham Art Museum is claimed to be Alabama’s finest art museum. The museum features exclusive permanent collection and also exhibitions as well. It is indeed a great place to visit for the fine art lover. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute features the look of civil right movement in 1960 and the continuing issues. The struggle began in Birmingham and it becomes the part of the larger social movements which led to changes. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute displays temporary and permanent exhibitions of various things in relation to the topic.