Exterior of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama.


Decatur, a city brimming with historical treasures and vibrant cultural events, boasts the enchanting Old Decatur and Albany Historic Districts, where time seems to stand still amid beautifully preserved architecture. Don't miss a journey into the past at the Historic Decatur Union Depot Museum, where the stories of the city's railroad heritage come to life.

But Decatur isn't just about the past; it's also a hub of artistic expression. Experience the River Clay Fine Arts Festival, a celebration of creativity that showcases the region's finest artistic talent. And for nature enthusiasts, the Festival of the Cranes offers a mesmerizing spectacle of avian wonder, as thousands of cranes gather along the riverbanks. Visitors to Decatur can also visit nearby cities like Athens and Huntsville

Exterior of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama.

The Cook Museum of Natural Science

Explore the 62,000-square-foot Cook Museum, a captivating journey into North American Biomes, featuring interactive exhibits explaining the natural world. Dive into educational programs, marvel at live animals, and discover a treasure trove of wildlife and natural wonders.

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Decatur isn't just about the past; it's also a hub of artistic expression.

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Northern Exposures

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Plan Your Alabama Science and Discovery Vacation

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Splash Around in Alabama.

Five ways to cool off in Alabama when temperatures soar.

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Winter Hiking at its Best in Alabama.

Don’t let the colder weather stop you from getting outside this winter. A hike during the winter months can relax the senses and keep you on track to achieving your fitness goals.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Small Town Alabama.

People in today’s world are looking for ways to enjoy the season with the whole family. Alabama’s small towns have planned a number of events that combine unique, festive activities with Southern charm offering Southern comfort. Here are our top five must-do Christmas events in the state: Candyland - Andalusia ...

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Alabama’s BBQ Restaurants, Sauces and Competitions.

One thing Alabamians know is barbecue, and we’re not talking about the kind where you throw hot dogs and hamburgers on a grill. No, we mean truly authentic, cooked-to-precision barbecue pork, ribs and chicken: the kind you’d travel miles to eat.

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Decatur is accessible from Interstate 65 and Interstate 565 as well as Highway 72 and Highway 31.

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