Huntsville Things to Do

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    Sure, it's not Notre Dame or St. Pauls. Still....

    by LBKesner Written May 22, 2005

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    The First Baptist Church on Governor's Drive in Huntsville features a space needle-type bell tower and a spacey mosaic of Christ. Venice has St. Mark's, London has St. Paul's, Paris has Notre Dame, and Huntsville has...First Baptist.

    For information about the artwork, visit:
    http://www.fbchsv.org/aboutfbc/mosaic.html

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    Big Spring International Park

    by LBKesner Written May 22, 2005

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    Big Spring International Park is a nice location for a stroll. Pick up a box lunch at one of the local restaurants and enjoy a picnic on one of the park's well-shaded benches. June through September, you can also enjoy a "Concert in the Park" series in this location.

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    The Huntsville Museum of Art

    by LBKesner Written May 22, 2005

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    The Huntsville Museum of Art

    The museum's website states that "American art, with a major emphasis on Southern art, is the core focus of the Huntsville Museum of Art’s (HMA) collection. [....] The Museum has also made efforts to acquire works with special meaning for Huntsville’s large scientific community, such as Warhol’s 'Moonwalk' portfolio, and a group of watercolors of Huntsville and Marshall Space Flight Center painted by Renato Moncini when he worked as a NASA illustrator for the Apollo Program."

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    Walk across the Japanese friendship bridge.

    by LBKesner Updated May 22, 2005

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    Japanese Friendship Bridge

    The Japanese Bridge and the cherry tree in Big Spring International Park were gifts from Mikio Kimata, a retired general of the Japanese Self Defense Forces, to commemorate the US Bicentennial and to recognize "cooperation in the Japanese Air Defense Missile Programs" by "the city of Huntsville, Madison County, and the US Army."

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    US Space and Rocket Center

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 3, 2007

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    Ever since early childhood, I've been fascinated with space, rockets, airplanes, submarines, and the like. Visiting this place was a kind of wish fulfillment.

    The rockets, missiles, and equipment is all here. That includes not only the space rockets, but also US Army anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, a Lockheed SR-71 reconnaissance plane, and a full-size replica of the Space Shuttle. Of course, the first thing you'll see is the giant Saturn V rocket--used in the Apollo lunar missions.

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    Huntsville Botanical Garden

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 3, 2007

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    Less well-known than the Space and Rocket Center, the Botanical Gardens are just as worthy of a visit. This is a beautiful spot, a quiet place of contemplation, and a place to enjoy nature.

    There are thousands of different plants in this 112-acre park. There is also a nice little gift shop, a small cafe, a butterfly house, an outdoor pavilion, and meeting halls. The nature trails are gorgeous. If you enjoyed the National Arboretum, Kew Gardens, or other green places, then check this one out.

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    Buritt on the Mountain

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    1930's Mansion turned museum. The rich of Huntsville built mansions on the top of Monte Sano to escape the summer heat and also malaria and yellow fever. This mansion is preserved on the highest spot of of the mountain.

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    Space Display at I-65 S AL Welcome Center

    by TravellerMel Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    The Saturn IB Launch Vehicle is on display at the AL Visitor Welcome Center, I-65 southbound from Nashville. Due to it's proximity to the NASA Space Center (Space Camp), this display is representative of Alabama's contributions to the U.S. Space program. It is free to view, and a nice break from a road trip.

    The Welcome center also has maps and flyers from various Alabama cities for attractions and lodging throughout the state.

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    Art Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    The art museum has a mix of various art pieces, and some of the more outstanding is hand designed/styled silver art pieces that are magnificent to view. They also have some great glass art pieces of hand blow type. Of course there is also paintings'; some of fame and others done by locals and put on display. There are two floors and the tour may take 1-1 1/2 hours.
    Admission is $10 for adult and times are 11-4PM daily and 1-4Pm Sunday. It is near Big Springs at corner of Church and Williams Sts.

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    Huntsville War Memorial

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    This is a lesser known museum that shows the themes of war times during WWII and through Vitenam era. Not many people come here to really appreciate the dedication of volunteers and the many equipment pieces on display. They should show up and regard the sacrifice people made in war times. Admission is only $5 and it is open 10-5 daily

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    Burrit Museum on Monte Sano

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    Dr. Burritt started the construction of the home in 1934. The shape was unique and roof line flat, an abberation of the time. It is built on the top of Monte SAno mountain; to the east of town about 4 miles. Adjacent to the home are 7 homes and units that were relocated to here for create a village type effect depicting the times of late 1800's. Many have active displays of daily life in the pioneer times of how they lived. The grounds encompasses 167 acres, and upon his death left the home and acres to the city.
    Admission is $10 and opening times are Tuesday-Saturday 10$PM and Sunday 12-4PM

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    Huntsville Railroad Depot

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    The depot is on 32p Church St and covers 2 acres of ground. They have some rail cars, cabooses, and engines; besides the main depot having a display of artifacts. It was a key place during Civil War and before for transport of goods to and through the south. It was a primary depot in 1860. Admission to the site is $12, and that is too much for the tour.

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    Huntsville Botanical Garden

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    The botanical garden began in 1988 and covers 12-0 acres. It is larger than a lot of gardens in other areas, and the presentation of segmented areas well done. They have azalea garden sector, ferns, day lilliies, Japanese sector, aquatic butterfly house, and much more. It was a wonderful tour and took about 2 hours to walk and see it all. Most months of the year it is open 9-6PM Monday -Saturday. Admission is $12 fore an adult.

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    Constitution Village

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    This is where Alabama first got its foundation in 1819 with 44 delegates forming a constitution for the state. It is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4PM, but also open these times in summer months. Admission is $12 and the personalized tour takes about 2 hours. It was very interesting and the homes and shops display the every day workings of Huntsville residents of the time. There are 8 buildings within the compound. These replica buildings were built in 1970's and feature print shop, leather and wood shops, cabinet maker building, post office and lawyer office. From foundations discovered, they rebuilt the buildings close to the real authenticity of the original times.

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    US Space & Rocket Center

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    They have 1500 primary pieces on display throughout the huge facility. There are also a lot of things for youth to do, or participate in , like wall climb, rocket ship ride, solving puzzle type games, etc. The IMAX theater features a couple a great films. The facility began in 1970 for tours and 16 mmillion have toured since then. The rocket center started with Werner Von Braun and gorup coming her eto est rockets and space scenarios.

    Price is addition to the base charge of $20, for another $5 charge. The tour of the sites inside and out would take about 2+ hours to view. Outdoors are many rocket.

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