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.

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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 new water parks in north Alabama: Pirate's Bay Water ParkSand Mountain Park, and WildWater Cullman

4. Ride the exciting water slides at Spring Valley Beach

bankhead waterfall(photo by North Alabama Ambassador Ryan Beverly)


If you love the outdoors…

5. Go on a cave tour at Russell Cave National Monument, Cathedral Caverns State Park, or Rickwood Caverns State Park

6. Go for a picnic at DeSoto State Park or camp for the weekend at Joe Wheeler State Park, Lake Guntersville State Park, or Monte Sano State Park.

7. Go for a ride on the 6.3-mile ORV trail at Buck's Pocket Sate Park

8. Go see a Rocket City Trash Pandas baseball game in Madison

9. Visit one or all of the magical waterfalls on the North Alabama Waterfall Trail

10. Go fishing on Weiss Lake or any of the other seven North Alabama lakes (Bear Creek, Guntersville, Neely Henry, Pickwick, Smith, Weiss, Wheeler, Wilson)

11. Watch birds at one of the 50 North Alabama Birding Trail sites

12. Take your boat out at Ditto Landing or Coosa Landing

13. Spend the day seeing the waterfall, riding the miniature train, rock climbing, or camping at Noccalula Falls Park

14. Rent a cabin at Jackson County Parks and Marina or Doublehead Resort

15. Golf at one of North Alabama’s many golf courses

16. See beautiful flowers at Huntsville Botanical Garden

17. Have a picnic at Spring Park in Tuscumbia

18. Go on the Trains on Main Scavenger Hunt in downtown Madison

19. Take a tour at 1818 Farms in Mooresville

20. Go on the Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt in Huntsville

21. Take a picnic and play at the park at Delano Park in Decatur

22. Spend the day in Cullman at Hurricane Creek Park or at Sportsman Lake Park

23. See amazing wildlife at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur

24. Visit Cornwall Furnace Veterans Memorial Park near Cedar Bluff and see where iron ingots were made during the Civil War. You can also hike and have a picnic.

25. Visit the tigers, lions, bears, and other animals at Tigers for Tomorrow

26. Spend the weekend fishing, golfing, or relaxing at Goosepond Colony

27. Learn about the history of horses at Sacred Way Sanctuary

28. Take a drive on the Natchez Trace

29. Take a picnic and visit one of the seven covered bridges of North Alabama

Carley’s Adventures: Dismals Canyon


If you love to hike...

30. Take a night tour to see the glow worms at Dismals Canyon

31. Visit the Natural Bridge of Alabama

32. Take a guided hike at Lake Guntersville State Park to see eagles

33. Take a hike in Monte Sano State Park and see an amazing view from the mountain

34. Take a hike in Bankhead National Forest, Little River Canyon National Preserve, North Alabama’s Land Trust, Buck's Pocket State Park, or Cane Creek Canyon Natural Preserve

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If you love adventure...

35. Ride the Screaming Eagle Zip Line at Lake Guntersville State Park and DeSoto State Park or take a zip line tour at Vision Ministry Zip Line, Smith Lake Zip Lines, Decatur/Wheeler Lake KOA Holiday CampgroundGoFar USA Park, or True Adventure Sports 

36. Rappel at Cherokee Rock Village in Leesburg, Palisades Park in Oneonta, or go on a guided rappel or rock climbing tour with True Adventure Sports

37. Take a boat cruise with Wheeler Lake Scenic Cruise 

38. Rent a kayak with One World Adventure or True Adventure Sports and go kayaking, or go on an 8-mile adventure on the Cherokee Kayak Trail in northwest Alabama

39. Ride ATVs at Indian Mountain ATV Park

40. Take an agriculture adventure on the Step Out Trail in Morgan County

41. Go on the Dash of the Unexpected Geocache Tour

42. Put out your kayak or canoe at Cypress Creek Public Access in Florence

43. Play games at Stars & Strikes in Huntsville

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If you love festivals…

44. CoalFest in Brilliant - May 24-25

45. Alabama Jubilee at Point Mallard in Decatur - May 26-27

46. 911 Festival in Haleyville - May 31-June 1

47. Downtown Oneonta's Cruise & Croon - June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, & October 5

48. Miracle Worker Play in Tuscumbia - June 7 and July 20 and Helen Keller Festival - June 27-30

49. Downtown Oneonta's June Fling - June 8

50. Estes Field PCA Rodeo in Centre - June 14-15

51. Barbarian Challenge in Gadsden - June 15

52. Guntersville Lake HydroFest - June 24-25

53. Spirit of America Festival at Point Mallard - July 4

54. Rock the South - July 18-20

55. W.C. Handy Festival in Florence - July 19-28

56. World’s Longest Yard Sale - August 1-4

57. Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days - August 2-3

58. Watermelon Festival in Russellville - August 16-17

59. First Fridays in downtown Florence and downtown Gadsden and 3rd Fridays in downtown Decatur

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If you love history, science, and museums…

60. Take the kids to an event at Burritt on the Mountain

61. Learn about Huntsville's role in space exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

62. Visit the Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur and see the 15K gallon aquarium

63. Take a tour of Pond Spring – General Joe Wheeler Home

64. Learn about Alabama's military history at the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens or one of the other museums or monuments on the new Patriot Trail

65. See graffiti from Civil War soldiers at the Historic Huntsville Depot

66. Take a tour of Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia

67. Learn about the history of Red Bay and see Tammy Wynette memorabilia at the Red Bay Museum

68. See the West Point of the South at the LaGrange College Site

69. Visit the Oakville Indian Mound Park and Museum to learn about Native American history

70. Take a tour of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

71. Visit the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center

72. Learn about north Alabama's railroad history at the at the Historic Decatur Train Depot, the Fort Payne Depot Museum, and the Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum or go for a ride on a real train at the North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville

73. Learn about Cherokee County's history at the Cherokee County Historical Museum or the history of Albertville at the Albertville Museum

74. See where hundreds of man's best friend are buried at the Coon Dog Cemetery outside of Tuscumbia

75. Tour the oldest standing bank in Alabama: the Old State Bank in Decatur (currently closed for renovations 2024)

76. Learn about Cullman's rich history the Cullman County Museum

77. Tour Ave Maria Grotto and pick up some Monk’s Bread in the gift shop

78. See where the Constitution of Alabama was signed in 1819 at Constitution Village in Huntsville

79. Explore the Arab Historic Village and see how life was "way back when"

80. In Oakville, visit the Jesse Owens Museum to learn more about the 4-time gold medal Olympian

81. Learn about Alabama's First Lady of Courage at Ivy Green – Helen Keller Birthplace

82. See and hear the history of Alabama music at the Alabama Music Hall of FameMuscle Shoals Sound Studio, and FAME Recording Studio

83. Visit one of Florence's many museums: Indian Mound & Museum, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Pope's Tavern Museum, W.C. Handy Home, Museum & Library, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House

84. Take the kids to explore and learn at the North Alabama Agriplex in Cullman and EarlyWorks Museum in Huntsville

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If you love food…

85. Visit one or all of the restaurants on the North Alabama Barbecue Trail

86. Have lunch or dinner in a cave at the Rattlesnake Saloon

87. Grab a bite to eat at Apple Lane in Decatur

88. Go on a winery tour to one of North Alabama’s wineries

89. Visit one of all of the craft breweries on the North Alabama Craft Beer Trail

90. Visit the Athens Saturday Market for locally-grown veggies

91. Pick up some tasty pecans at Tennessee Valley Pecan Company in Decatur

92. Treat yourself to some delectable candy at Morgan Price Candy Company in Decatur

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If you love art and shopping…

93. Go see all the murals on the North Alabama Mural Trail 

94. See at performance at the Von Braun Center or Mars Music Hall in Huntsville, The Orion Amphitheatre in Huntsville, Historic Roxy Theatre in Russellville, Pastime Theatre in Winfield, the Princess Theatre in Decatur, the Whole Backstage Theatre in Guntersville, or Looney's Tavern Entertainment and Cultural Arts Center

95. See the beautiful art at Huntsville Museum of Art, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, or go see the latest exhibit at the Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State

96. Find a bargain and see the museum of strange things lost on airlines at Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro or shop at Werner's Trading Company in Cullman for all kinds of things

97. Blow your own glass ornament at Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne

98. Find that perfect art piece or pieces to make art at Southern Accents Architectural Antiques in Cullman

99.Visit Mary G. Hardin Cultural Arts Center and Imagination Place in Gadsden