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Along with the natural geographic features, it’s role in space exploration, and world renowned medical facilities, Alabama is home to science and discovery centers that provide guests opportunities to learn through interactive experiences and a wide range of educational materials. Visitors can enjoy the Digitarium Planetarium at Landmark Park in Dothan as well as the 20-acres of wetlands at the Turtle Point Environmental Science Center. The Cleburne County Mountain Center, Jacksonville State University Planetarium, and the Southern Environmental Center also provide unique scientific experiences.
For those interested in nature and wildlife, Alabama zoos and aquariums bring an up-close view into the world’s most interesting creatures and their natural habitats. From drive-through zoos, petting zoos, and aviaries to underwater realities, guests will be able to enjoy a unique natural experience. Spend a day driving through the 350-acre Alabama Safari Park in Hope Hull, Alabama. Visit attractions such as the Critter Creek Farm and Wildlife Center, Brantley’s Petting Zoo, and the Sacred Way Sanctuary in Florence, Alabama, along with many others located around the state.
Amazing native wildflowers, natural and cultivated areas, as well as returning species such as the gopher tortoise are just a few of the many reasons to visit any of Alabama’s beautiful botanical gardens. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers the largest clear-span greenhouse in the Southeast and the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens offers meditation and butterfly gardens as well the Southern Gardens. Diversity is celebrated through the vegetation and species that flourish in the state’s botanical gardens.
Bringing guests from all across the nation and around the world, the state is home to exhibition halls that regularly feature cultural, educational, entertainment, sporting and social events. The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex has 220,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 1,000 seat theater, 3,000 seat concert hall, as well as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The Von Braun Center in Huntsville has held events such as Ringo Star, Ringling Brothers Circus, Sesame Street, and much much more. The state’s exhibition halls provide a sense of community with an outstretched hand to the world.