The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum is a nationally-famous war museum. It exhibits artifacts of the American Revolution War and is famous for preserving the Ford Pygmy, which is also recognized as World War II jeep. The museum showcases some of the oldest military vehicles as well as documents and information regarding the various wars in history. The onsite library is extremely informative with an in-depth detailing of facts and sources.
Big Spring Park is a beautifully landscaped park in the city of Huntsville. The park is located on the site of an underground spring that was a source of water during the 18th century. The park features the gifts received by the city from other counties and cities. Some notable ones include the Red Bridge from Japan, a Fog Bell from Norway and a park bench from Britain. The park hosts a popular arts festival and a happening music festival annually. This is a tranquil place to relax in the afternoon and soak up the sun.
The historic Weeden House has occupied its current location since the early 19th Century. A fine example of the Federal architectural style, this property served as the residence of Maria Howard Weeden among its many owners. Today the historic building as been converted into a museum that lends valuable insights into the life of the Maria Howard Weeden, through her poems and other memorabilia. The surrounding garden ,too, is a peaceful retreat that's perfect for some quiet contemplation after a tour of the house.
Hunstville Botanical Garden is an oasis of calm and tranquility. The garden has winding roads surrounded by trees, flowers, streams and waterfalls. This beautifully landscaped garden offers garden tours with guides and also has picnic tables if you wish to get food from home. This 112-acre garden is an ideal venue for weddings, parties and meetings and is available for rent.
Located inside a site that used to function as a factory, the Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment basts of seven galleries, a community garden, several performance venues, a theater and approximately 152 studious that are used by nearly 200 artists. Thanks to these aforementioned features, the privately managed facility is regarded as one of the largest in the South.
A part of Earlyworks Museum Complex, Alabama Constitution Village consists of a post office, cabinetmaker's shop, law office, land surveyor's office, print shop and also a residence. These structures provide the visitor an insight into the life of the 19th century. Moreover, this site also serves as a host to the Santa's Village event annually, which is known to attract people all over from Alabama. These aforementioned features led to the inclusion of the Alabama Constitution Village in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in October 1975.
From a stable to a vaudeville playhouse and finally as a performing arts center, the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts has seen a lot in its long standing history. A heritage building, this art deco monument stands out not only for its architecture but also for being an esteemed performance venue in the city. Home to children's theater, dramas, musicals and more, the Princess Theatre has hosted a luminary of stars such as Ray Charles, Arlo Guthrie, Dianne Reeves and Ricky Skaggs.
Frazier Park and the Daikin Garden bring together Southern and Japanese cultures to create a space that is tranquil and inviting. Admire the austere beauty of the Daiken Japanese tea garden, or stroll along winding paths that will lead you past a fountain, iron work and brick plazas.
The Blue & Gray: North Alabama Civil War Museum offers a glimpse into the history of the American Civil War. It is located in the historical area of Decatur. The museum contains a rich collection of artifacts including documents, letters, family weapons of soldiers as well as a Colt 1851 Navy revolver used by Union Brigadier General Joseph Mansfield. An interesting exhibit are two bullets that are said to have crashed into each other in mid-air.
The Old State Bank building is one of the very few of Decatur's buildings to have survived the ravages of the Civil War. Built in 1833, the building boasts a splendid Jeffersonian design that has been carefully restored to its former glory. Marks left behind by the Battle of Decatur are still visible around the building even today. The Old State Bank building continues on as a reminder of the price of freedom.