U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville

Science & Discovery

From the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville to the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama is a destination for explorers who want to savor the wonder of science and discovery.


Science & Discovery Centers U.S. Space & Rocket Center

As a state known for medicine, manufacturing and natural beauty, it makes sense that Alabama's science museums and education centers would provide a wide range of information and interactive experiences.

Spend a day at McWane Science Center, home of an IMAX dome theater and four floors of interactive exhibits. Visit other unique attractions such as the Southern Museum of Flight , the Southern Environmental Center , and the Moundville Archaeological Park.

Huntsville's role in the U.S. space program began in the 1950s, when a team of scientists designed and tested the rockets that eventually put man on the moon. This led to the establishment of NASA's first public location for visitors, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which opened in 1970.


Zoos & Aquariums Montgomery Zoo

For an up-close look at nature, visit one of Alabama's zoos, wildlife centers, aquariums, estuariums, aviaries or petting zoos. For example, while visiting the beach, take a trip to the Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab for a primer on the key habitats of coastal Alabama and the creatures who inhabit them, or stop by the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for a close up view of over 500 animals.

And of course no trip to central Alabama is complete without a stop at the Birmingham Zoo, our state's most popular attraction. More than 500,000 people visit the 120-acre zoo each year to experience life on the African savannah, splash in the children's fountains and see hundreds of species from around the world. Or see North American animals in realistic settings at the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum in Montgomery, where three-sided viewing provides personal encounters.


Higher Education Based Offerings Donald E. Davis Arboretum

From wildlife to outer space, Alabama's science and education scene offers a little something for everyone – whether you're looking to learn a little or just have a lot of fun.

Visit the region's premiere astronomy education facility where images of the sun, moon, planets, stars and other celestial objects are projected on the domed ceiling at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium at Troy University. Or the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham which features a large collection of rare books on medical history.

For more than 150 years, the Alabama Museum of Natural History at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has celebrated Alabama's rich and varied natural history. And don't miss the Donald E. Davis Arboretum at Auburn University featuring a core collection of oaks, carnivorous plants, and native azaleas.