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.
Harmony Park Safari
Harmony Park is a federally licensed nature preserve of free-ranging exotic and endangered animals. Remain in your car on a two-mile route to see zebras, zebus, antelope, buffalo, a camel, ostriches, pythons and crocodiles.
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.
Experience Southern hospitality in an elegant English atmosphere. Dogwood Manor is perfect for business travelers and honeymooners.
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.
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