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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.

Author: Melea Hames

Melea is the Social Media Manager for Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association.

Free Parks in North Alabama

Thursday, June 13, 2019 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

Summer is here! And before long the kids will be saying they’re bored. Maybe you need a weekend getaway just the two of you or a girls weekend. Whatever the case, we’ve got the perfect list to keep y'all busy all summer long.

spring valley beach

If you love the outdoors…

1. Have a blast in America’s first wave pool at Point Mallard Waterpark in Decatur
2. Go for a swim at Red Bay Waterpark and Guin Waterpark
3. Ride

May Festivals in North Alabama

Saturday, April 20, 2019 by Melea Hames

May is a fantastic month for festivals in north Alabama! From balloons to barbeque and catfish to coal, there's street festivals and a small-town celebrations that are sure to be a fun time for you and your friends or you and your family.

Downtown Gadsden First Friday – May 3 - 6pm-9pm

Broad Street will be closed from 1st-7th Streets starting at 4pm and will reopen after the event. Classic cars

April means spring is here and trees are blooming and the weather is warming up, which makes it a perfect month for guided walking tours all over north Alabama. Check out the list of walking tours and go explore and learn more about the history of several towns in north Alabama. Tours are free to the public.

Athens Saturday Walks

Athens tour options are unique - offering a choice from multiple

Spring Festivals in North Alabama

Monday, February 25, 2019 by Melea Hames

In the South, everything is cause for a celebration. We celebrate art, barbeque, catfish, flowers, music, people; you name it! And with spring approaching, warmer weather means that people are getting back 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.

Jerry Brown Arts Festival in Hamilton

March 2-3

A must see for this spring is Hamilton’s highly acclaimed art festival where one-of-a-kind creations and masterpieces from juried artists from across the Southeast will be on display. Now in its seventeenth year and designated an official Alabama Bicentennial event, the Jerry Brown Arts Festival (JBAF) is set for March 2-3, 2019, and confirmed for this year’s event are over 60 artists from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina and South Carolina who will be creating and demonstrating throughout the weekend.

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First Fridays Florence

March 1

First Fridays Downtown Florence is now entering its 13th year of bringing together people of all ages for a music, art and cultural celebration. In 2018, festivalgoers can expect to see some of their favorites, including the pumpkin drop in the fall in the center of Court Street and Mobile Plaza and the popular antique and vintage car shows. This year will also have special events and themes to correspond with the state of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. and admission is free. The event will go on rain or shine. Parking is available on surrounding streets and in the City of Florence public parking garage (behind Ricatoni’s Restaurant).

We live in a social media world, and we have learned to look at our surroundings through the lens of social media. It's like we've all become mini photographers looking for the best setting to create the best-looking post on our social accounts. Check out our list of the most Instagrammable places - one from each of the 16 counties we represent - in north Alabama that were chosen by our followers.

As friends and family select the perfect gifts, they imagine the look of excitement on loved ones' faces when the package is opened. North Alabama is home to many unique attractions, and when it comes to finding that perfect unique Christmas gift, look no further than north Alabama for one-of-a-kind gifts that are made right here in north Alabama and are sure to bring a smile to loved ones’ faces.

Christmas Events in North Alabama

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by Melea Hames

'Tis the season for lots of merriment! Check out these fun north Alabama Christmas events and add them to your must-do list this holiday season.

Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville – November 23 through December 31

Galaxy of Lights Candy Canes

Santa’s Village in Huntsville – November 23 through December 23 from 5-9pm

Santa's Village

Christmas at the Falls – Noccalula Falls Park – November 22-December 23 and