Huntsville, AL is a city full of adventure. Whether you’re appreciating art from nationally acclaimed artists or viewing a spaceship up-close, you’re sure to be amazed. Start planning your getaway to the “Rocket City” — and take a virtual tour below.
Take a Virtual Tour of Huntsville, AL
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Ave. SW, Huntsville, AL 35805 • (256) 830-4447
The Huntsville Botanical Garden is a beautiful 120-acre site with stunning floral collections, inviting woodland paths, broad grassy meadows, aquatic areas, demonstration vegetable and herb gardens, the Nature Center (home to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house!), and a two-acre children’s garden.
Burritt on the Mountain
3101 Burritt Drive SE, Huntsville, AL 35801 • (256) 536-2882
Burritt’s historic park interprets the past by showcasing aspects of farm life from the 19th century, contrasting Alabama Constitution Village’s 19th-century urban life. Step back into the lives of Southern farmers as you visit historic log structures, including the Eddins House (ca. 1808), the oldest known human-made dwelling in Alabama.
Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street S., Huntsville, AL 35801 • (256) 535-4350
Each year, the nationally accredited Huntsville Museum of Art fills its seven galleries with a variety of traveling exhibitions and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The museum’s own 2,522-piece permanent collection also forms the basis for several yearly exhibitions. Additionally, the museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Buccellati silver animals.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 • (800) 637-7223
Huntsville is home to the largest space museum in the world: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Not only is America’s space program on exhibit in Huntsville, but it was also forged here. Huntsville is also known as the “Rocket City” because it is where rockets were developed that put men on the moon. When you visit this attraction, you can’t help but feel the anticipation Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team must have felt as they prepared for takeoff. And now you can learn about NASA’s current plans (and Huntsville’s role in it) to travel to Mars with the world’s most powerful rocket — the Space Launch System (SLS).
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr. SW, Huntsville, AL 35805 • (256) 533-0399
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the largest privately-owned center for the arts in America, but it’s not the only creative hub in the Rocket City. All creative disciplines are represented by artists across the city, including painters, musicians, filmmakers, actors, dancers, designers, photographers and craftspeople from every area of interest.
All photos courtesy of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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