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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

A 1995 Auburn University graduate, Melea has been a social media manager in the tourism industry for 12 years at Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. At AMLA, Melea is responsible for creating content on Visit North Alabama’s social media platforms, writing blog posts on the website, coordinating the North Alabama Ambassador Program, and speaking at various events and meetings about social media. Recently, Melea has become the host of Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama, AMLA’s new podcast.

Prior to working for AMLA, Melea received her Masters at UNA in Secondary Education and taught middle school English and coached middle school cheerleaders for three years. She also taught English at Calhoun Community College for 8 1/2 half years. Before that she worked in public relations for an advertising agency in Atlanta, a minor league baseball team in Columbus, Georgia, and for Auburn University in the development office. Just last year, Melea created her very own social media marketing agency with a friend called M and M Social. She loves to write, travel, walk in the park (she walked over 600 miles in 2020), go to Auburn games, and read books about WWII.

There is nothing quite like fresh vegetables and fruit that are grown locally, and north Alabama has some of the best farmer's markets and farms where you can get the ripest, juiciest, freshest produce around!

Athens Saturday Market

Visit Athens Saturday Market every Saturday during the summer to buy fresh produce, meats, eggs, and flowers from local growers, buy prepared foods from local

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 swimming…

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

3. Have fun at the three

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

3rd Friday Downtown Decatur

Each third Friday from April 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 or food truck and then stroll Second Avenue

Water Parks in North Alabama

Thursday, May 19, 2022 by Melea Hames

Water parks are amazing, am I right? The twisty water slides or the speed slides that send you rushing down are exhilarating! And if speed isn't your thing, you can sit by the pool or relax in the lazy river. Whatever you enjoy, you'll find it at the exciting water parks in north Alabama. Check these out and let us know which one is your favorite. Most water parks open Memorial Day weekend.

Natural Bridge Park

Thursday, May 12, 2022 by Melea Hames

Natural Bridge Park in Winston County features a 148-foot sandstone bridge that towers 60 feet above winding pathways, and it's the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. It's definitely a majestic sight to see! We recently recorded a podcast episode about Natural Bridge Park, and when we asked our Facebook followers what questions they wanted answered, there was a great list! So here's a

Bear Creek Lakes Clean Up

Friday, May 6, 2022 by Melea Hames

We along with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and professional angler Timmy Horton in partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) are hosting the Bear Creek Lakes Clean Up on Saturday, May 21 from 10am-1pm, and you're invited to help! This is a river stewardship event to collect litter from Bear Creek Lakes and is designed to help clean the Bear Creek Lakes system while raising

It is National Travel and Tourism Week 2022, and this year it's all about the #FutureOfTravel! When we at Visit North Alabama think of the future of travel, we think of sustainability. We partnered with Leave No Trace during 2020 when the outdoors saw an influx of people. While this was great that so many new-to-the-outdoors people were getting outside to explore, a new set of issues arose. These

May Festivals

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 by Melea Hames

Ahhh, May, you bring with you warmer weather, fun festivals, and lots of delicious homegrown fruit and veggies! Check out these fun (and even delicious) festivals and make plans to live your best life in May in north Alabama.

Moulton Strawberry Festival

Moulton’s berry delicious event returns at the end of this month for two days of family fun, fresh strawberries and live music. Now in its 7th

Art in North Alabama

Friday, April 22, 2022 by Melea Hames

Leonardo da Vinci said, "A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not." There are many places in north Alabama where you can find a variety of works of art that have lived for years and years and new art that will continue on for years to come. Check out these remarkable museums, shops, murals, and festivals for some beautiful pieces of art to view and to purchase.

Huntsville Museum

Caves in North Alabama

Thursday, April 14, 2022 by Melea Hames

There are 4,014 discovered caves in North Alabama, making North Alabama a caving hotspot. These are just several of the ones that are the most accessible. When you are hiking in the woods, be sure to stay on trail because of the possibility of a known or unknown cave.

Cathedral Caverns State Park

Cathedral Caverns State Park is located down a winding road off of Highway 72 in the Woodville