Huntsville Travel Guide

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Huntsville Things to Do

  • Huntsville War Memorial

    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

    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....

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  • Huntsville Botanical Garden

    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...

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  • Huntsville Railroad Depot

    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...

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  • Constitution Village

    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...

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  • US Space & Rocket Center

    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...

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  • Art Museum

    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...

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  • Burritt on the Mountain

    This is the site of a historic home on top of Monte Sano mountain. There are beautiful views from the grounds surrounding the house. There is a walking trail in addition to the mansion to explore. There's also a great historic park on site. It is a unique historic site in Huntsville.

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  • Alabama Constitution Village

    This museum is on the site where Alabama's post civil war state constitution was written and signed. It consists of restored period buildings.

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Huntsville Restaurants

  • If you need a European fix....

    This small restaurant features a lovely display of desserts, a nice selection of sandwiches, a variety of crepes, and good coffees. With tables very close together, a European feel pervades the restaurant; it’s easy to start a conversation here with fellow brunchers, lunchers, or diners. At Cafe Baba, I suggest your starting with an order of...

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  • Great food and service!

    Phil Sandoval's is the newest mexican restaurant in Huntsville. Locally owned with great food and service. They seat over 200 people and are family friendly. The specialty items are all very good- shrimp enchiladas, fish tacos, and pollo con rajas (chicken with pepper strips) are all tasty. The black bean cheese dip is also good. The house special...

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  • Best Homemade Burgers

    This is a small old-fashioned hamburger place. I've been eating there for about 3 years, and I've never been disappointed. It's got real atmosphere and the owner is a super person. They make homade burgers and several nights a week, offer home cooked dinners. A soulburger combo (1/3 lb burger, fries and a drink) will cost you less than $5. If you...

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  • It is really extraordinary thai...

    It is a brand new establishment in town. I would say it's one of the nicest thai restaurant I have seen by far. It got a good combination of thai sand stones and the fine art paintings on the wall. It doesn't look like they can mingle easily, but they do at this restaurant. With lighting, contemporary music, wall colors, the restaurant has a great...

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  • Welcome to Alabama

    There are two Greenbriers, Greenbrier Restaurant and Greenbrier BBQ. I'm not sure what caused them to split up, but basically Greenbrier Restaurant got the cool old building while Greenbrier BBQ really has the original finger-lickin-good food. This food is Alabama in its essence. My favorite item is the big plate of darkmeat chicken. Other things...

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  • What would Grandpa Jones say about this?

    In the South, one often gives directions by "what used to be there," so for locals, this restaurant is located where the Green Bottle Grille "used to be." That is, it is located on Airport Road on the right side of the road if you are coming from South Memorial Parkway. ...nice adult atmosphere with candles on tables, etc. Chicken Masaman with...

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Huntsville Transportation

  • by shadrach Written Sep 8, 2002

    Fly in to Huntsville International Airport (city code - HSV).
    You will need a car. There really isn't a public transportation system. They are trying but it is not developed or reliable enough to depend on for getting around huntsville.

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Huntsville Shopping

  • by mzmyopia Written May 22, 2003

    Burlington Coat Factory offers marked down merchandise (clothes, household items, some have a Baby Depot) & really good coats, too.
    The best idea is go to a department store, note prices, review Wal-mart's limited brand name offers, & finish at Burlington.

    What to buy: coats
    baby gifts
    work clothes

    What to pay: You own a debit & credit card. Be your own judge.

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Huntsville Tourist Traps

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    by kyrzar Updated Mar 30, 2003

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    If you came to Huntsville on purpose, and you're not here to visit somebody specific, you're probably (a few bolts short of a rocket) here to see the Space and Rocket Center. This is huntsville's main tourist trap, and it has a decent amount of stuff. There's a moonrock, a piece of skylab, several rockets, and lots of models, even a moon crater complete with moon grass.

    Unique Suggestions: If you've dreamed about NASA every night since you were 3, you will probably be glad you came. Otherwise, I wouldn't waste much money on this one. If you want a taste of it, you can get in free after at 4 (it closes at 5).

    A lot of the cool exhibits i remember as a kid aren't there any more, although there are a few left. It's turned into an amusement park now. On the bright side, though, there are the rides.

    Fun Alternatives: Alternatives? Go hiking. Monte Sano SP and all the land trust have some good trails.

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    • Theme Park Trips

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Huntsville What to Pack

  • by empos Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Huntsville is hot and humid anytime between April 1 and November 1 and sometimes beyond. During the peak summer months bring light clothes - during the off-peak summertime months you might need a light jacket. Huntsville also gets cold in the winter so you'll need winter clothes and a heavy jacket.

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Huntsville Off The Beaten Path

  • Ave Maria Grotto

    Located In Cullman, a city 50 miles southwest of Huntsville, this is a nice side trip for the sheer wonder of the a priest who. the Grotto is on Saint Bernard Abbey; still active, and it was created by Brother Joseph Zoetl. The Abbey was founded in 1891, and over 70 years, Brother Joseph created 125 stone/cement structures of all types depicting...

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  • The Cliffs

    If you're fortunate enough to get out boating on the Tennessee river, try out the cliffs on the Morgan county side about half way between Ditto and Triana (pronounced "Try Anna" for all you non-locals). They're 30-45 feet tall. There's a rope swing and some people even jump off the cliffs into the deep water at the bottom.

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  • Five Points

    Huntsville doesn't exactly have a real arts district, but if it did, it would be Five Points. This little old milltown is a nice mixture of different houses, little old shops, with a hint of counterculture punctuating the redneck culture.

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Huntsville Sports & Outdoors

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    by LBKesner Updated May 22, 2005

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Double A Team, the Huntsville Stars offer up some great baseball at Joe Davis Stadium. There are frequent promotions, so it's worth a call to find out if free admission tickets are available at any local businesses. With the tickets, you can upgrade to a box seat for only $4--not a bad deal at all!

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Huntsville Favorites

  • Much Nicer Then I Thought

    This area, Huntsville, Cullman is really nice. Mountains, lakes, and the Tenn. river. It's a very clean place from what I could see in the little time I spent there. It's what the rest of America should be like, well governd and a high standerd of living. In this area one can get by without making a lot of money. A house like mine would cost at...

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  • Space Camp

    After you see the museum in Huntsville, take time to go to Space Camp. They offer a 5 day program for young people aged at least 9, and in the 4th grade. tuition includes all meals, lodging (bunk-bed style dorm rooms) and program materials. Here are some of the kids at the Space Camp in action.They also have programs for adults.

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  • Allow at least 4 hours. More is better.

    There's a lot more than the Rocket Garden to see at Huntsville. There are exhibits inside that should not be missed. It would have been nice if we could have explored the simulators but they were reserved for the kids attending Space Camp. Something you can do is make use of the Apollo Command Module simulator. If you have seen movies of men inside...

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