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

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

8. Go to summer camp at Camp McDowell

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

desoto falls kayaking carley and melea


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

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. Spend the day exploring and playing at GoFar USA 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. Go horseback riding at Hodges Equestrian Park

43. Play games at Stars & Strikes in Huntsville

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If you love festivals…

44. CoalFest in Brilliant - May 26-27

45. Alabama Jubilee at Point Mallard in Decatur - May 27-28

46. 911 Festival in Haleyville - June 2-3

47. Miracle Worker Play in Tuscumbia - June 2-24 and July 7-15

48. Barbarian Challenge in Gadsden - June 17

49. Helen Keller Festival - June 22-25

50. Guntersville Lake HydroFest - June 24-25

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

52. W.C. Handy Festival in Florence - July 21-30

53. World’s Longest Yard Sale - August 3-6

54. Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days - August 4-5

55. Watermelon Festival in Russellville - August 18-19

56. First Fridays in downtown Florence

57. First Fridays in downtown Gadsden

58. 3rd Fridays in downtown Decatur

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If you love history, science, and museums…

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

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

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

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

63. Learn about Alabama's military history at the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens 

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

65. Take a tour of Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia

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

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

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

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

70. Go for a ride on a real train at the North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville

71. 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

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

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

74. Tour the oldest standing bank in Alabama: the Old State Bank in Decatur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

82. 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

83. 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…

84. Visit one or all of the restaurants on the North Alabama BBQ Trail

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

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

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

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

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

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

91. Treat yourself to some delectable candy at Morgan Price Candy Company in Decatur or delish baked goods at Dogwood and Magnolia Bakery in Mooresville

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If you love art and shopping…

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

93. 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, or the Whole Backstage Theatre in Guntersville

94. 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

95. 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

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

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

98. Watch how pottery is made at Miracle Pottery and shop for art at Brown & Son’s Pottery in Hamilton, Lowe Mill, or Worthy Vessels in Lexington

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