From the houses on the bluffs overlooking the Tennessee River to the beautiful and historic homes in the city's downtown area, life in Florence is full of beauty. Florence is an outdoor lover's dream. Golfers pick from a variety of public and private courses. The river and its system of lakes offers a variety of recreational activities. Nature lovers and bird watchers find much to enjoy in the area's public parks, camping areas, and walking trails. In the spring, neighborhoods come alive with flowering dogwoods and azaleas, and the downtown areas buzz with activity as restaurants move tables to the sidewalk and enjoy another change of season.

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Pickwick, Wilson & Wheeler


Florence and the Shoals offer a range of fishing options. Cast a line from a pier or a boat or fly fish in rivers and creeks. Here’s an overview of where to fish nearby:

The Tennessee River flows throughout the area, and a series of dams has created three lakes that are fishing hot spots: Lake Pickwick, Wilson Lake, and Lake Wheeler. Head to the lakes to find smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, salt water stripe, sauger, and bream.

WC Handy Statue

Woodrow Wilson Park

Harbor at McFarland Park

McFarland Park

Deibert Park Walkig Trail

Deibert Park

Florence Sports Complex

Florence Sports Complex

Joe Wheeler State Park - Activities and Amenities

Joe Wheeler State Park

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The General at Joe Wheeler State Park

Joe Wheeler State Park : Nautical Wheeler Scenic Lake Tours

Wheeler Lake Scenic Cruises

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Blackberry Trail Golf Course

Cypress Creek Access

Cypress Creek Public Access Area

Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway

Things to do in Lauderdale County

No matter what type of things you’re interested in, Lauderdale County has things of interest for you. The wonderful thing about this corner of the state of Alabama is the variety of fun activities and attractions.

Kennedy Douglas Center for the Arts

Kennedy Douglas

Sacred Way Sanctuary

Sacrad Way Sanctuary Interpretive Center & Museum

Downtown Rogersville

Downtown Rogersville

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Worthy Vessels

Cypress Creek Indoor Range

Cypress Creek Indoor Range

Shoals Gold Record Room

Shoals Gold Record Room

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Muscle Shoals National Heritage

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Downtown Florence Alliance

Singin’ River Brewing

Singin' River Brewing

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Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Tom's Wall Tennessee River

Tom's Wall

W.C. Handy Home and Museum

W C Handy Birthplace & Museum

Pope's Tavern & Museum

Pope's Tavern & Museum

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Children's Museum of the Shoals

Carley’s Adventures: Helen Keller’s Birthplace

Birthplace of Helen Keller Ivy Green


Fame Studios


Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Indian Mound & Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright Home

Rosenbaum House

North Alabama Medical Center Florence

North Alabama Medical Center Florence

Senior Services & Organizations

Lauderdale County is home to some excellent health care facilities. Lauderdale County residents don’t need to go that far to get quality heath care.

Florence Lauderdale Senior Center

Florence Lauderdale Senior Center

Health & Wellness Programs

YMCA of the Shoals

Helen Keller Hospital

Helen Keller Hospital

Shoals Hospital

Shoals Hospital

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport

I can’t imagine a more perfect place to retire.

My wife and I have traveled the world but Florence is where we choose to call home! We enjoy boating and fishing on beautiful Wilson Lake, golfing at Blackberry Trail, and RTJ Trail and are avid pickle ballers. We plan our year around the W. C. Handy Music Festival in July and enjoy hearing world-class musicians almost any day of the week during the year. I can’t imagine a more perfect place to retire.

- Richard Pflueger

Alabama Resident


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