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Visitor guide to Huntsville

Monday, April 18, 2016


Most tourists who visit Huntsville, AL are here to see the US Space and Rocket Center, but there is a lot more to do here! I've lived in Huntsville my entire life and here are my recommendations for visitors.

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Concerts on the Dock with Finn

1. Free concerts! These events are all dog friendly!

  • Mondays: Concerts in the Park from June-July, 6:30pm, located in Big Spring Park, sponsored by Arts Huntsville. Check the schedule here.
  • Tuesdays: April-July, 6pm, located and sponsored by the Main Library. Check the schedule here.
  • Thursdays: June-August, 5-7pm. Sounds of Summer on the Square, located on the downtown square, sponsored by Downtown Huntsville.
  • Fridays: From April-June and October, 6-9pm, Concerts on the Dock at Lowe Mill. Check the schedule here.
  • Saturdays: Grotto Lights Concerts, 6-9pm. This was a new event in 2015, so I'm not sure if they have a regular schedule yet. Sponsored by Downtown Huntsville. Check the schedule here.
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photo taken at the last Grotto Lights concert in 2015

2. Not free, weekly events

  • Thursdays: Greene Street Farmer's Market, it doesn't cost anything to get in but obviously it costs money to buy food and drinks. May-October, 4-8pm. They also have free music. See pictures from our perfect date at the Greene Street Farmer's Market here. Dog friendly.
  • Thursdays: Biergarten at the Space and Rocket Center. April-October, 4:30-7:30pm. Admission is free but the food and drink cost money. Beer and wine is available. Dog friendly.
  • Saturdays: Concerts at Three Caves. May-August, 7pm, $45. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Free parking is available at Huntsville Hospital parking lots at Adams and Lowell streets, with shuttles to the caves commencing at 5:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at landtrustnal.org.
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 Finn at Biergarten. He looks pitiful because I wasn't feeding him.

3. Attractions

Huntsville Museum of Art. My favorite local museum. Discounted tickets are available after 5pm on Thursday.
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Lowe Mill. The largest artist facility in the US. Over 200 artists work here. My favorite spaces are Pizzelle's Chocolate, Piper and Leaf, Vertical House, and Rusted Willow.
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Botanical Gardens. I only go for the special exhibits. My favorite is the Scarecrow Trail in the Fall (top photo). The bottom photo is from an Alice and Wonderland exhibit in the Spring.
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Monte Sano State Park. Lots of hiking trails. $5 parking fee.

4. Breweries

In 2010 we had one local brewery. Now we have 9. Here's my top three:
Straight to Ale
Yellowhammer
Blue Pants
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5. Shopping

In no particular order:
Vertical House Records. Over 20,000 new and used records.
Sweet Pineapple. Gifts and home decor.
Bridge Street. Outdoor shopping mall.
Funky Monkey. Antiques, painted furniture, home decor.
Flucy Lucy. Antique booths, art, and paint
Harrison Brothers. Oldest operated hardware store in Alabama. Sells gifts and souvenirs.
Sweet Pineapple Huntsville

6. Best Restaurants



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