Alabama Attractions – Big Guide to the USA


Alabama is a beautiful state to drive through.  The people are warm, hospitable, and friendly.  Along the interstates there are several rest stops for you to stop and refresh.  Along the back roads, expect a lot of fruit stands and boiled peanut stands.

While touring the state of Alabama, search the Big Guide to the USA, for activities and attractions along the route.  The activities and attractions listed here are in alphabetical order by city first, region, then activity.  As you travel through or near a city, easily find something fun to do.

We have included the address, phone number, and links to the website of the attraction, to make getting there even easier for you.

It’s a good idea to call or contact each place before you drive there to make sure they are open as some places are open seasonally, and to make sure the business hasn’t relocated.

This list updates often, so check back for even more great adventures.  I update this blog with new attractions and activities daily, Big Guide to the USA, is a work in progress, and a labor of love.  I love travel and always feel rushed to get from one place to the other.   Next time I travel, I am going to enjoy the drive as I stop at various places listed on this blog, as much or more than the final destination.  I am going to take the time to enjoy my trip, and all of the stops along the way.  I plan on leaving the summer of 2019, and will post the entire trip.

To use this blog, simply locate the city you are planning on driving through, find an activity, and visit it along the way.  Big Guide to the USA, makes finding fun along the way, easy.

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Alexander City– East/Central – Wind Creek State Park  One of the country’s largest state parks at 1,445 acres. Features, Campgrounds, cabins, horse camping & trail riding, fishing, hiking, park events, seasonal dining spot.  586 campsites spread over 320 acres. Wind Creek State Park is located at 4325 Alabama Highway 128 Alexander City, AL 35010  (256) 329-0845

Anniston –  North – Berman Museum of World History, Located east of Birmingham, “Ancient treasures and objects from all over the world.” Berman Museum of World History,  840 Museum Drive, Anniston, AL 36206   256-237-6261

Athens – North – Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, Located Near the Tennessee Line, and “Voted as an Attraction of the Year in Alabama by the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association” Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, 100 Pryor Street, Athens, Alabama 35612  (256) 771-7578

Auburn – East –Chewacla State Park  Located near the Georgia Line, there are Cabins, RV Camping, Tent Camping, Group Camping, Lake Activities, Mountain Biking, Geocaching, Picnic Areas.  Chewacla State Park is located at 124 Shell Toomer Parkway Auburn, AL 36830  (334 ) 887-5621

Bessemer -North- Alabama Splash Adventure, Located southwest of Birmingham, this is a Water Park and Theme Park, the theme park is geared toward younger riders, there is a laser maze for older kids.  Alabama Splash Adventure, 4599 Splash Adventure Pkwy, Bessemer, AL 35022  (205) 481-4751

Birmingham – North – Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Founded in 1978, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, went on to add a museum in 1993.  Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, 1631 Fourth Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Birmingham – North – Alabama Sports Hall of Fame,  The Alabama Sports Hall Of Fame has a museum and gift shop.  Alabama Sports Hall of Fame,  2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, Birmingham, AL  35203  (205) 323-6665

Birmingham – North –  Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, “Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens is a former plantation house and 6 acres (24,000 m2) of landscaped gardens near downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The two-story frame structure was built between 1845–50 and features antebellum-era Greek Revival architecture. The house serves as a decorative arts museum, featuring a collection of 19th-century furniture, textiles, silver, and paintings. The garden features a restored garden room that is used for special events. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 1970”  Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, 331 Cotton SW, Birmingham, AL  35211  205-780-5656

Birmingham – North – Barber Motorsports Park, Motorsports, check the website for the latest events and activities.  Barber Motorsports Park, 310 Rex Lake Road, Birmingham, AL 35094  (205) 298-9040

Birmingham – North – Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Information, events, and a gift shop.  Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 Sixteenth Street North  Birmingham AL 35203 1-866–328-9696

Birmingham – North – Birmingham Zoo “The Birmingham Zoo is Alabama’s must-see attraction, drawing more than 644,000 visitors annually. Approximately 900 animals of 230 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, rhinos and endangered species from six continents.” Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223 205-879-040

Birmingham – North – Birmingham Museum of Art, Exhibitions and events, fun for the whole family.  While you are there visit the Museum Store. Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203   205.254.2565

Birmingham – North –  Don Kresge Memorial Museum, A very cool radio museum with several points of interest. Don Kresge Memorial Museum,  600 18th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203  (205) 822-6759

Blountsville – North – Spring Valley Beach  About 60 minutes North of Birmingham, and 60 minutes south of Huntsville.  A 25 acre family owned and operated park, you can bring your picnic basket, or grill right there. They also offer free suntan lotion and parking.  Spring Valley Beach is located at 2340 Spring Valley Beach Rd., Blountsville, AL 35031 (205) 429-2075

Cilo – South/East – Blue Springs State Park  Camping. rental campers, rental cabins, fishing, picnic, swimming, pedal boats, pavilions, playground, volleyball, and a  wiregrass birding trail. Blue Springs State Park, 2595 Highway 10, Clio, AL 36017  (334) 397-4875

Coker – West –Lake Lurleen State Park RV storage, camping, University of Alabama Home Football Weekend Camping, Trail, Golf, Boating, Fishing, Picnic areas, Pavilions, Meeting Room, Swimming, and a Nature Center. Located 12 Miles Northwest of Tuscaloosa-Northport. Lake Lurleen State Park, 13226 Lake Lurleen Road Coker, AL 35452  205-339-1558

Cullman – North –  Ave Maria Grotto,  4 acre park with 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world.  Ave Maria Grotto, 1600 St. Bernard Drive, SE, Cullman, AL 35055  256-734-4110

Decatur – North –  Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Museum with events, Carnegie Visual Arts Center,  207 Church Street, NE, Decatur, AL 35601  256-341-0562

Decatur – North – Point Mallard Park  Water Park,  Ice Complex, Campground, Batting Cages, Bike Trail, Park Pavilions,  Eagle Amphitheatre.  There is something fun for everyone at Point Mallard Park.  2901 Point Mallard Dr SE, Decatur, AL 35601 (256) 341-4900

Decatur – North –  The Blue & Gray: North Alabama Civil War Museum,  An extensive display of artifacts and weapons used during the Blue (Union) and the Gray (Confederate) period. The Blue & Gray: North Alabama Civil War Museum, 723 Bank Street, Decatur, Alabama 35601  256-350-4018

Delta – North East – Cheaha State Park  Hotel, Chalets, Cabins, Camping, Primitive Camping, Lodge, Pet Friendly, Gem Mine, Tour, Trail, Museum, Geocaching,  Picnic Area, Playground, Waterfall Trails, Bike Trails, Pavilion Rentals, Swimming, Rappelling, & Rock Climbing.  Cheaha State Park, 19644 Hwy 281 Delta, AL 36258 256-488-5111

Dothan – South/East –  AdventureLand Theme Park, Putt Putt Golf, Go Carts, Water Crafts, Snack Bar, Game Room.  Adventureland Theme Park, 3738 West Main Street (Hwy. 84 West) Dothan, Alabama 36305  334-793-9100

Eufala – South/East – Lakepoint State Park  Bed & Breakfast Special, Summer Special, Lodge Rooms, Lakeside Cottages, Fisherman Cabins, Campground, The Water’s Edge Dining Room, The Pier’s End Bar & Grille, Lakepoint Marina Grill, Lakepoint State Park, 104 Lakepoint Drive Eufaula, AL 36027  800-544-5253

Foley – Gulf Coast – OWA. A brand new theme park along the gulf coast with 21 rides, food, and fun,  OWA, 10113 Foley Beach Express Foley, AL 36535   251-923-2111

Fort Payne – North/East – DeSoto State Park This 3,502-acre park provides lodging facilities including: Mountain Chalets, Log and Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, and an Improved Campground with 94 full-hookup tent and RV sites. Overnight Adventure Packages, Improved Campsites, DeSoto State Park’s Historic Lodge, Motel Rooms, Log Cabins, Chalets, Rustic CCC Cabins, Camping Cabin, Backpacking Campsites, Primitive Campsites, Wall Tent Campsite, Golfing, Geocaching, Swimming, Fly Fishing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Trail Trekker Hiking Club, Events & Programs, Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, Adventure Excursions, Kayaking & Canoeing, Yoga on the Mountain, Fall Color Trail, Horseback Riding, Spookapalooza! , Nature Center, Desoto State Park, 7104 DeSoto Parkway NE Fort Payne, AL 35967  256-845-5380

Grove Hill – South/West Clark County Historical Museum, A museum of Clark County, they also have other programs.  Clark County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 388, 116 W. Cobb Street, Grove Hill, AL  36451  (251) 275-8684

Grove Oak -North/East – Buck’s Pocket State Park  Fishing, Hiking Trails, “There are 24 modern campsites located in the bottom of the canyon along with a playground and comfort station. Additionally, the park offers primitive camping and overnight camping with horses.” Buck’s Pocket State Park, 393 County Road 174 Grove Oak, AL 35975 1-800-ALAPARK

Gulf Shores – Gulf Coast – Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, They tout themselves as The Little Zoo that Could, and they can.  Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo has a surprisingly large assortment of animals and acreage.  Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542  251-968-5732

Gulf Shores – Gulf Coast – Gulf State Park 2 miles of beaches, this park also has 11 lakeside cottages and 20 modern cabins.  “Located 1.5 miles from the white sand beaches, Gulf State Park Campground offers 496 improved full- hookup campsites with paved pads and 11 primitive sites. Tents are welcome on all sites. All full hookup camping pads are large enough for RVs with pullouts. Campground features 11 modern air conditioned bathhouses, campstore, laundry facilities, swimming pool with splash pad, tennis/pickle ball courts, horseshoes, volleyball, Nature Center and weekly activities.” Gulf State Park, 20115 State Highway 135 Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 948-7275

Gulf Shores – Gulf Coast –Waterville USA Cool off and have fun at Waterville USA, a 20-acre waterpark & amusement park.  Waterville USA, 906 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542  (251) 948-2106

Guntersville – Central – Lake Guntersville State Park  Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge, Camping at Lake Guntersville State Park, Lodge Rooms, Cabins, Chalets, Pinecrest Dining Room, Hickory Lounge, Eagle Awareness Weekends, Golfing at the Eagle’s Nest Golf Course, Zipline the Screaming Eagle, Boating Rentals at Town Creek, Hiking, Biking, and Horse Trails, Fishing Lake Guntersville, Geocaching, Volunteer at the Park, Lake Guntersville State Park, 1155 Lodge Drive Guntersville, AL 35976  (256) 571-5440

Huntsville – North – Alabama Constitution Village Step back in time, visit a village from 1819, with a village that has people dressed in 1819 style clothes.  Visit different shops, very hands-on, experience life in 1819. Alabama Constitution Village, 109 Gates Ave SE., Huntsville, AL 35801  256-564-8100

Huntsville –  North –Monte Sano State Park Monte Sano State Park, 5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville, AL 35801  (256) 534-3757

Huntsville – North – U.S. Space & Rocket Center U.S. Space & Rocket Center.  One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama  800-637-7223  Check the Hours & Pricing page for Discounts

Lincoln – North – Talladega Superspeedway  Talladega Superspeedway. 3366 Speedway Blvd, Lincoln, AL 35096. (256) 761-4976

Mobile – Gulf Coast – Condé-Charlotte Museum, Condé-Charlotte Museum, 104 Theatre Street, Mobile,  Alabama   251.432.4722

Mobile – Gulf Coast – USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park  the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is located at 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36602. Ship’s Store 251-432-0261

Montgomery – East/Central – Alabama State Capitol Alabama State Capitol, 600 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130 · (334) 242-3935

Montgomery -East/Central – Montgomery Zoo Montgomery Zoo is located at 2301 Coliseum Parkway, Montgomery, AL 36110  (334) 625-4900

Montgomery -East/Central – Museum of Alabama  Museum of Alabama, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36130  (334) 242-4364

OppFrank Jackson State Park Frank Jackson State Park, 100 Jerry Adams Drive Opp, AL 36467 (334) 493-6988

Orange Beach – Adventure Island, Adventure Island, 24559 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561  251-974-1500

PelhamOak Mountain State Park  Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Drive Pelham, AL 35124  205-620-2520

RogersvilleJoe Wheeler State Park Joe Wheeler State Park, 4401 McLean Drive Rogersville, AL 35652-2916  256-247-1184

Spanish FortMeaher State Park  Meaher State Park, 5200 Battleship Parkway East Spanish Fort, AL 36577  (251) 626-5529

Theodore – Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Bellingrath Gardens and Home,  12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582  800.247.8420

TuscaloosaAlabama Museum of Natural History, Alabama Museum of Natural History,  427 6th Ave NE, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404  (205) 348-7550

TuscaloosaBryant-Denny Stadium, home of Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Bryant-Denny Stadium, 920 Paul W Bryant Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401  (205) 348-BAMA (2262)

Tuscaloosa – Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa!, Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa!, 2213 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401  (205) 349-4235

TuscumbiaAlabama Music Hall of Fame, Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 617 Highway 72 W, Tuscumbia, AL 35674    256-381-4417

Tuscumbia – Belle Mont Mansion, Belle Mont Mansion,  1569 Cook Ln, Tuscumbia, AL 35674    (256) 637-8513

WarriorRickwood Caverns State Park  Rickwood Caverns State Park, 370 Rickwood Park Road, WarriorAL 35180   (205) 647-9692

Woodville – Cathedral Caverns State Park Cathedral Caverns State Park, 637 Cave Road Woodville, AL 35769 (256) 728-8193

Additional Information

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Welcome to Big Guide to the USA

This is the post excerpt.

Big Guide to the USA, is a Blog on each state’s attractions.  There is a page for each U.S. State.  On each page is a list of cities in alphabetical order, in each city are attractions for you and your family to discover.

This site is new, so far we have Alabama through California, the remaining U.S. states will be added soon, and Alabama through California will have more attractions and activities.

Easily find and navigate each state’s attractions and discover new things to do and adventures to take.  As you travel through each state, check out our Big Guide to the USA, and find attractions and activities along your route.

If you have been to an attraction that’s not listed, let us know in the comments section where it says “Leave a Reply”

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