Alabama is a beautiful state rich in culture, history, and wildlife. There are various parks, museums, and historically significant monuments to visit. There is something for everyone in your family to do in Alabama from museums to beach getaways. Come on down and see how they enjoy the sites, food, and weather in the south!
Noccalula Falls Park
Noccalula Falls Park is located in Gadsden, Alabama. It is just two miles from the city center and has a backstory that is as tragic as it is romantic. Legend has it, the Cherokee Indian Princess Noccalula was the daughter of a rich and powerful chief that fell in love with a Brave from her own Tribe. Her wish to marry the brave young warrior went unfulfilled when a Creek Indian Chief offered more bounty for her to marry his son. Her lover was banished and on her wedding day, Noccalula slipped away during the ceremony. Noccalula ventured through the woods and stood at the falls. She decided she would rather jump off and end her life on the rocks below the falls than to be subjected to a loveless marriage. Today, you can camp and stroll through the park’s paved trails. Each year, there is a reenactment of the legend of Noccalula at the falls. There is also a petting zoo and a Pioneer Village in the park where you can learn about the history of the park and area.
Birmingham is known as the “Magic City” because it became a large city center in very little time. If you’re on a budget and looking for somewhere to visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens has free admission and is Alabama’s largest living museum. When it comes to American history Birmingham has a Civil Rights Institute. The landscape is amazing for those of you who like to hike and take scenic photographs. If you happen to stumble and drop your phone there is even a place you can get your iPhone repaired in Birmingham at a reasonable price. There is a uBreakiFix located conveniently at 5492 US-280 Birmingham, AL, 35242. You can also give them a call at (205) 408-1333.
Montgomery is the capital of Alabama and is rich in diversity and culture. The Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks made history in this city by refusing to move to the back of the bus for a white man. Ironically, the confederate was also formed in Montgomery. Today, this city contains the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a diverse art scene and a beautiful cityscape.
Mobile is located at the top of Mobile Bay. Mobile is home to Alabama’s only saltwater port. If you’re headed to Mobile, don’t forget to stop in at Dauphin Island. For all of the bird watchers out there, the island is a good place to catch a glimpse of birds that are migrating to South America. There is also an abundance of bird sanctuaries in the area including the Audubon Bird Sanctuary.
Orange Beach is a city that lies on the Gulf Coast border. It borders the same coast as Florida and is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Alabama and a pretty good seafood and car festival. If you’re looking to spot dolphins, Orange Beach is a good place to do it! You can also visit the Orange Beach Island which is made up of four islands located in Perdido Pass. If you’re a water sports enthusiast, the islands may be your new favorite place. The islands can only be accessed by water and is a good place to spot marine life and seabirds.
No matter which city you decide to make your next vacation destination in Alabama you’ll find arts, diverse culture, plenty of activities to do, and sights for everyone in your family to see. Make your next vacation destination Alabama. You will not be disappointed!