Whether groups are looking for an adventure into the galaxy or to enjoy sublime Southern culture, in the high-tech city of Huntsville they can do it all. Known as the “Rocket City” for its contributions to the United States space program, Huntsville also has over 550 restaurants offering delectable, traditional Southern cuisine to fine upscale fare and everything in between.
“Huntsville, the ‘Rocket City,’ is not your typical Southern town; it’s one in which groups can explore their scientific and creative interests, savor Southern cuisine with a twist and find serenity in nature,” said Pam Williams, tourism & education sales manager for the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Huntsville is growing and ever-changing, creating a very exciting atmosphere to enjoy.”
Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Become an astronaut for the day at Alabama’s No. 1 attraction and the world’s largest space museum, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which is NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Visitor Center and the home to Space Camp. Throughout 2019, visit Huntsville for special events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Explore the group’s artistic side at the largest privately owned arts facility in the country at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Once a historic textile mill, visitors can now shop the eclectic artist market, sample artisan chocolates from Pizzelle’s Confections, and sip handcrafted Irons One whiskey and artisanal Piper & Leaf tea.
Did you know downtown Huntsville is home to the largest collection of antebellum homes in Alabama? Step back in time in the Twickenham Historic District, where groups will find Southern architecture. Just in time for the Alabama Bicentennial, witness where history was made at Alabama Constitution Hall Park.
The Huntsville Botanical Garden is a beautiful 120-acre site with stunning floral collections, inviting woodland paths, grassy meadows and aquatic areas. And, it has the largest, open-air butterfly house in the country. The 9,000-square-foot Purdy Butterfly House is home to thousands of native frogs, tadpoles, butterflies, turtles and other animals.