If you’re gearing up to visit Sweet Home Alabama, you want to make sure you hit the most exciting natural and historic locations in the northern half of the state. These top five places are certainly worth visiting during your stay.
Moundville Archaeological Park
This site receives about 40,000 visitors per year, and you could be the next person to experience the awe and wonders of Moundville Archaeological Park. According to the Chickasaw Library, Moundville contains historic remains of one of the largest Native American settlements in the U.S. Nearly 30 pristine, well-preserved earthen mounds are arranged around an open plaza.
You have the chance to view Moundville’s mounds and the beautiful surrounding landscape when you take the Moundville Aerial Tour in a low-flying helicopter. While there, be sure to visit the remarkable new Moundville Museum, learn about the Native American population at the Archaeological Research Center, hike nature trails, and go camping.
Lake Lurleen State Park
This gorgeous park is situation on a 250-acre lake about nine miles northwest of Tuscaloosa. Lake Lureen State Park offers several outdoor recreation opportunities. Rent a boat on the lake and catch a whopper, enjoy modern camping and picnic areas and take your children to the playground, all while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of northern Alabama.
Rickwood Caverns State Park
The 260 million-year-old caverns at Rickwood Caverns State Park are located north of Birmingham and just west of I-65. The park offers more than a mile of underground geology for the whole family to explore. During a tour of the caverns, bask in the wonder of ancient limestone formations, an underground pool filled with blind cave fish, and fossilized shell fragments imbedded in the cavern walls and ceiling. After your tour, spend time above ground at the picnic area, traveling along hiking trails, browsing the gift shop and swimming in the Olympic-size swimming pool.
McWane Science Center
Step out of the country and into the big city of Birmingham to visit the wildly popular McWane Science Center. Four floors of exhibits bring the wonders of science and nature to life. Learn about dinosaurs that once called Alabama their home, watch the mysterious jellyfish in their tanks, and even pet live sharks and stingrays. Learn about animal life, both modern and historic, from larger-than-life IMAX movies. You’ll find no better way to engage your imagination than a visit to McWane Science Center.
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
This church is significant to Birmingham Civil Rights history. It was founded in 1873 and is the site of the infamous bombing that killed four young girls in 1963. This event brought racial violence under world condemnation and was a turning point in Civil Rights Movement. The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is still open for religious services and all are invited to attend. You can also schedule a tour to learn more about the history of this important site.
There’s nothing more engaging that visiting the natural and historical sites that Northern Alabama has to offer. Document your trip with pictures and leave with priceless memories of a vacation you’ll never forget.