The birthplace of America's space program, Huntsville is rich in history and technology. As the fourth-largest city in Alabama, it's also loaded with museums and cultural opportunities. From the North Alabama Railroad Museum and the city's remarkable Twickenham Historic District to Monte Sano State Park and Bridge Street Town Centre, Huntsville offers a nearly endless list of recreational activities, dining experiences, outstanding shopping and much more.

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What To See & Do


U.S. Space & Rocket Center

See the historic Saturn V rocket and exhibits about the space program's past, present and future at this fully interactive museum.


EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum

Enjoy a hands-on experience with a talking tree and a 46-foot keelboat.


Huntsville Botanical Garden

Spread over 112 lush acres, the Huntsville Botanical Garden boasts 14 themed herb gardens and 675 varieties of day lilies.


Burritt on the Mountain

Experience 1800s farm life with log cabins and barnyard animals, hike one of the many nature trails or tour Dr. Burritt's mansion.


Huntsville Museum of Art

Located in downtown Huntsville, the museum boasts four to six major exhibitions each year in addition to its permanent collection.


Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Hampton Cove is the northern terminus of the RTJ Trail, featuring 54 holes and the only Robert Trent Jones layout without a single bunker.


Alabama Constitution Village

Costumed guides lead tours of the bakery, trade shops, library and post office located at the site of the 1819 Constitutional Convention.


Monte Sano State Park

Explore 2,500 natural acres of Huntsville complete with rustic cabins, campgrounds and trails for hiking and biking.


Big Spring Park

Visit with ducks and fish at the lagoon and see the namesake limestone spring that John Hunt settled the city around in 1805.


Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

Visit the nation’s largest privately owned arts facility that includes artist studios, independent businesses, restaurants, performance venues, and a mix use classroom.

Where To Stay


Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa

This downtown Huntsville hotel and spa is adjacent to the Von Braun center and only a minute from Hampton Cove Golf Course.


U.S. Space & Rocket Center RV Park

The RV park features 27 lots, Wi-Fi, full power and water hookups, laundry and bathrooms.


Dogwood Manor

Experience Southern hospitality in an elegant English atmosphere. Dogwood Manor is perfect for business travelers and honeymooners.


The Westin

The Westin is a AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel with 210 guest rooms surrounded by the bustling Bridge Street Town Centre.

Where To Eat & Drink


Cotton Row Restaurant

Seasonal and local ingredients dictate the menu at James Boyce's Cotton Row, which is housed in an 1821 historic building.


The Original Greenbrier Bar-B-Que

A family favorite for nearly 50 years, the restaurant is known for its barbecue chicken, catfish and hushpuppies.


Big Spring Café

You can still get a cheeseburger and fries for less than $5 at Huntsville's oldest restaurant, which is also known for its signature slaw dog.


Humphrey's Bar & Grill

Arrive early for dinner to beat the crowd at this eclectic hangout, or stick around to enjoy a beer and live music.

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Area Towns

  • Athens


    Located in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Alabama, Athens is home to friendly people, thriving businesses and a host of leisure activities.

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  • Decatur


    Decatur has several Civil War sites and is well known for its historic homes, commercial buildings and parks.

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  • Harvest


    In Madison County in North Alabama, Harvest has a population of more than 5,000 and was part of Cherokee lands until about 1810.

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  • Madison


    Located a convenient 11 miles from Huntsville in North Alabama, Madison has a population of more than 43,000. The city has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “10 Best Places to Grow Up” and by CNN Money as one of the “100 Best Places to Live.”

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  • Mooresville


    Located in Limestone County in North Alabama, Mooresville was the primary filming location for Disney’s Tom and Huck.

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  • Owens Crossroads


    Located in Madison County, Owens Crossroads was named for Thomas P. Owens, the first postmaster appointed in 1869. It was incorporated in 1967.

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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train

Huntsville International Airport is served by seven airlines and offers nonstop service to and from nine destinations in the United States, including Atlanta, Dallas/Forth Worth, Charlotte and Chicago.

Huntsville International Airport
1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd.
Huntsville , AL 35824


Huntsville is accessible via Interstate 565, a spur that connects to Interstate 65 in Decatur.

Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Huntsville. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.

601 Monroe St.
Huntsville , AL 35801