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North Alabama is full of adventure! If you love food, we've got it. If you love festivals, we've got them. If you love the outdoors, we've got plenty of places to explore. Whatever you love, we're sure to have something for you. Check out our blog posts, and you'll see what we mean.

Summer is almost here, and you don't want to miss these fun summer festivals taking place all over north Alabama!

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3rd Friday Downtown Decatur

Each third Friday from May to October, downtown Decatur comes to life at night with live music, vendors, food trucks, vintage cars, and businesses are open later! Grab a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant and then stroll Second Avenue to see the sights.

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The Power of History & Science: The saying goes, "If we don't learn from history, then we are doomed to repeat it." North Alabama is home to many museums that honor the history of the people and the area, and there are several museums that teach us about animals and the world around us...including space!

Alabama Veterans Museum

The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, located in the 100 year old

The Power of Music: We all know how powerful music can be. Just one song can transport us back to a time where we have so many memories! North Alabama - specifically the Shoals area - is home to three world-famous recording studios where many legendary artists recorded chart-topping hits.

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The outstanding achievements and the music of Alabamians are presented in this

The Power of Makers: The ability to create is a powerful thing. Whether it's creating pottery, blown glass, or creating wine and craft beer, the art of making something beautiful and useful is what several small businesses in north Alabama know a lot about.

1818 Farms

Named for the year Mooresville was incorporated, 1818 Farms is home to many happy animals, with whom you can interact upon your

The Power of Water: North Alabama is home to the Tennessee River and because of this amazing river, there are eight beautiful lakes all across the region that are perfect for fishing, boating, kayaking, and swimming. The mighty Tennessee River is also the reason for so many breathtaking waterfalls that are scattered across the 16-county region.

North Alabama Waterfall Trail

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The Power of Adventure: Being adventurous makes life more exciting! Whether it's zip lining through a state park, kayaking down a blueway, or shooting down a waterslide, adventure is a good way to boost your overall wellbeing and give you a great story to tell. Check out these fun ways to add a little adventure to your life in north Alabama:

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Kayaking is a fun way to be in nature and get

The Power of the Outdoors: Nature is a powerful force that rejuvenates us when we connect with the outdoors in meaningful ways. The birds singing, the sweet smells of blooming flowers, the rushing of a waterfall, the trickling of a stream through the forest, and seeing wildlife excite our senses and refresh our body, mind, and soul. North Alabama has a plethora of opportunities to explore the

Spring Festivals in North Alabama

Thursday, April 15, 2021 by Melea Hames

In the South, everything is cause for a celebration! We celebrate art, barbecue, catfish, flowers, music, people; you name it. And with spring approaching, warmer weather means that people are getting outside to enjoy the outdoors, and what better way to do so than at an annual festival. North Alabama is a special place with many unique festivals.

Bloomin' Festival

Arts and crafts will be on

Free Parks in North Alabama

Monday, April 12, 2021 by Melea Hames

Ah, there is no better place to go relax, play, walk, or have a picnic than a beautiful park! There's many tranquil parks all over north Alabama, but here are some parks that are absolutely free to go to. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon!

Big Spring Park in Huntsville

Big Spring Park is nestled in downtown Huntsville in between the Huntsville Museum of Art, the VBC, and the downtown

Wildflower Hikes in North Alabama

Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Melea Hames

Wildflowers are springing up like crazy all over the parks in North Alabama! Bright, vibrant flowers not seen in anyone’s garden spot the trails and provide for a beautiful hike. Wild azaleas, violets, irises, geraniums, blackberry blooms, Quaker ladies, mountain honeysuckles, daisies, etc. are blooming all over. Here are some of the best places to hike to find these colorful beauties.