This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alabama Tourism. The opinions and text are all mine.

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When I moved to Alabama 19 years ago, I didn’t realize how lucky I was to be moving to a state with such rich history, beautiful terrain, and diverse culture. Whether you’re a mountain man or a beach bum, this state has the best of both worlds. There is also something for the science geeks, the History nerds, and even those who have been bitten by the adventure bug. Today I’m sharing with you a little bit of all of the above in the 8 best things to do with your family while you’re in Alabama (in no particular order).

McWane Science Center
1. McWane Science Center for Science lovers
Birmingham, Alabama map
The McWane Center is 9,000 square feet of educationally, fun, hands-on exhibits that are not only fun for kids, but adults alike! It’s the home to the world’s 4th largest collection of mosasaurs, as well as the Appalachiosaurus, and Alabama’s state fossil, which is an 80 foot whale fossil called the Basilosaurus cetoides. There in IMAX Dome Theater and an aquarium with a hands-on petting area.

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
2. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park for History and Military lovers
Mobile, Alabama map
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is a military history park and museum located on the western shore of the Mobile Bay. The park displays the eye-catching USS Alabama battleship from War World II, the USS Drum submarine, and a large aircraft collection.

U.S. Space & Rocket Centersource
3. U.S. Space & Rocket Center for Science and Space lovers
Huntsville, Alabama map
U.S. Space & Rocket Center opened in 1970 not long after the second manned mission to the lunar surface. The Rocket Center is home to interactive science exhibits, as well as space shuttles and Army rocketry and aircraft. It is cholk-full of rocketry and space exploration artifacts. The center also hosts a traveling science exhibit that brings great interest. Some previous exhibits have been Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, CSI: The Experience Traveling Exhibit, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Noccalula Falls {Gadsden, Alabama}
4. Noccalula Falls Park for outdoor-nature lovers
Gadsden, Alabama map
Noccalula Falls Park features a 90-foot waterfall that is just breathtakingly beautiful. There’s also a pioneer homestead, a petting zoo, mini-golf, the Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge (1899), and a replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride that takes you around the perimeter of the park.

Civil Rights Institute

5. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for History lovers
Birmingham, Alabama map
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is an informative museum and research center that displays the struggles of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It is also a repository for the collection and preservation of civil rights documents and artifacts.

Mount Cheaha
6. Cheaha Mountain for outdoor-nature lovers
Delta, Alabama map
Cheaha Mountain, also known as Mount Cheaha, is Alabama’s highest point. Cheaha State Park is located near the top of the mountain, which offers a lodge, a restaurant, swimming pool, and beautiful scenic views. This is a great place to hike and enjoy the outdoors.

Palm Trees in Gulf Shores Alabamasource
7. Alabama Gulf Coast for beach lovers
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama map
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama boast beautiful, white-sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico shores, as well as lots of fun activities for those who don’t want to lay on the beach all day. After visiting these beaches, you’ll never want to go anywhere else but Alabama for your beach vacations.

Cathedral Caverns Interior Shotssource
8. Cathedral Caverns State Park for adventure lovers
Woodville, Alabama map
Cathedral Caverns State Park is the home to a large stalagmite forest covering approximately 3 acres. It is a National Natural Landmark, which opened as a state park in 2000. It has the widest entrance of any cave open to the public at 25 feet tall and 128 feed wide. Goliath is the largest column in the world at 45 feet tall and a circumference of 243 feet. WOW! Those are just a few of the amazing statistics that make Cathedral Caverns some of the very best to see in the Southeast!

So that is just 8 of the places you must go to when you visit Alabama! There is so much more to do in this great state. Explore more about Alabama with the website listed below.
Alabama Travel
Alabama Travel App
Civil Rights Destinations
Alabama Tourism You Tube Channel
Alabama Travel on Facebook
Alabama Travel on Twitter

One thing I didn’t mention about Alabama was the food. Investigate all of the amazing restaurants in Alabama by using the sites listed here:
I Love Alabama Food
Alabama BBQ
Alabama 100 Dishes to Eat Before You Die App
Alabama Food on Facebook
Alabama Food on Twitter
Alabama Food on Instagram

Next time you’re planning a trip to the South East, make sure you you plan to spend a few days in Sweet Home Alabama. We always have a glass of sweet tea and a piece of pecan pie waiting for ya!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alabama Tourism. The opinions and text are all mine.