Field trips are listed alphabetically by city.
Wind Creek State ParkAlexander City
Virtual field trip onlineThis park spans 1,445 acres along the shores of scenic Lake Martin, which is a 41,000-acre clear-water reservoir perfect for fishing, swimming and boating. Park facilities include the largest state-operated campground in the United States with 626 sites, many of which are waterfront sites allowing campers to fish, swim and boat right out their back door. Other facilities include a marina, campstore, fishing pier, hiking trails, playground and picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters. Ten camping cabins will be constructed at Wind Creek State Park, five of which are now open to the public.
Explore the wilds of Africa, the wonders of the North American wilderness, and the mysteries of 2,000 year old mummies in the seven fascinating exhibit halls of the Anniston Museum of Natural History. Open-air exhibits place you face to face with majestic--and often deadly--animals! See one of the country's oldest exhibits of birds in their habitats, and explore the children's discovery room for hands-on experiences with Alabama's natural wonders. Visit the Changing Exhibit Gallery for a look at how artists interpret nature. Stroll along outdoor nature trails and enjoy global shopping in the Museum Store.
Berman Museum of World HistoryAnniston
The Berman Museum features works of art and historical objects that span over 3,000 years and that have been collected from around the world. There are programs for Girl Scouts, Teachers, Home School Programs, Members, Volunteers and Interns.
The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives opened its doors in 2000 with a few primitive displays and much renovation work still to be done. We have heard it commented by visitors who have seen military museum throughout the U.S. that the charm of this museum is that it celebrates the accomplishments and sacrifices of the common service person and his family on the home front, rather than extolling the oft-told glory of their commanders.
Chewacla State ParkAuburn
Virtual field trip onlineChewacla State Park's 696 scenic acres are a delightful pause from nearby interstate traffic. Facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, and newly renovated cabins. Nearby Auburn University makes Chewacla the perfect place to stay on football weekends.
The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center hosts a variety of programs, including Community Theatre, Ballroom Dancing, Featured Regional Artists, and Traveling Exhibitions.
Virtual field trip onlineJCSM offers free tours for groups. The permanent collection is focused primarily on representative work from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including American modernism.
Ft. MimsBaldwin County
Ft. Mims Massacre, Baldwin County, Alabama August 30, 1813. Creek Indian War took place Most brutal massacre in American history. Indians took fort with heavy loss, then killed all but 36 of 550 in the fort. Creek Indians had been armed by militia in Pensacola for this phase of the War of 1812.
Rikard's Mill Historical ParkBeatrice
An operating water-powered grist mill and museum. Rikard's Mill is nestled in the piney woods along the banks of the picturesque Flat Creek which flows through Monroe County and into the Alabama River. First built in 1845, the mill has served residents of North Monroe County ever since. Visitors to the mill can watch as corn is ground into cornmeal and grits. The museum stages many activities in the park and is dedicated to the preservation of past folk traditions, such as gristmilling, blacksmithing, cane syrup making, and more.
Tannehill Ironworks State ParkBessemer
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic roadways. Artifacts of Alabama's 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill's awe-inspiring centerpiece.
Bessemer Hall of HistoryBessemer
The Bessemer Hall of History is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 pm (closed from 12:00-1:00 for Lunch) and offers something for everyone. Plan to visit the Hall soon to "relive" the history of the area through photographs, machinery, books, and many other artifacts. Special exhibits and events are planned throughout the year; call (205) 426-1633 for up-to-date information.
Home of Splash Beach Water Park and Magic City USA Theme Park, Winner of Alabama's "2007 Attraction of the Year!" Whether it is Rides, Slides, Shows or Attractions you're looking for, we have them all.
Birmingham Civil Rights InstituteBirmingham
The website of the Civil Rights Museum includes a virtual tour of the museum as well as teacher resources.
Birmingham Zoo Home School AcademyBirmingham
The Birmingham Zoo Education Department has home school science classes for children in 1st-12th grade. They also offer home school art classes and day classes for 2nd-12th grades.
Sixteenth Street Baptist ChurchBirmingham
On Sunday morning, September 15, 1963, the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls. This murderous act shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement.
Southern Museum of FlightBirmingham
Military, civilian, and home-built aircraft on display at the Museum include one of Delta Air Line's first planes -- the Huff Daland crop duster, a full-size Wright Flyer replica, a 1912 Curtiss Pusher replica, a Fokker VII, a VariEze experimental home-built, and two US Air Force fighter jet cockpit simulators. Indoor and outdoor displays.
Virtual field trip online"Vulcan Park and Museum is home to the world's largest cast iron statue and features spectacular panoramic views of Birmingham. We tell the story of Birmingham's past, present and promise for the future."
McWane Science CenterBirmingham
McWane Science Center is the South's premier science center and IMAX Dome Theater. The museum features four floors of exciting interactive science exhibits and daily live shows. Highly recommended!
Birmingham Museum of ArtBirmingham
Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast. More than 17,000 objects represent a rich panorama of cultures, including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American. Highlights include the Museum's collection of Asian art, considered the finest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, and its collection of Vietnamese ceramics, one of the finest in the world; a remarkable Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the late 13th century to the 1750s; the collection of 18th century European decorative arts, which includes superior examples of English ceramics and French furniture; and the Museum's world-renowned collection of Wedgwood, the largest outside of England.
Alabama Historical Radio MuseumBirmingham
The Don Kresge Memorial Museum. The Museum is now open in the Alabama Power Building at 600 N. 18th Street.
The Alabama Jazz Hall of FameBirmingham
This art-deco museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. While furnishing educational information, the museum is also a place for entertainment. Exhibits convey the accomplishments of the likes of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Erskine Hawkins and the music that made them famous. Within this fine musical collection, visitors travel from the beginnings of boogie woogie with Clarence "Pinetop" Smith to the jazz space journeys of Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Space Arkestra.
The Alabama Men's Hall of FameBirmingham
The Alabama Men's Hall of Fame exists to recognize those men native to or identified most closely with the State of Alabama who have made significant contributions on a state, national or international scale within their professional fields of activity and concern.
Alabama Museum of the Health SciencesBirmingham
The Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is dedicated to the preservation and display of equipment, instruments, and objects that represent the history and development of the health sciences in the areas of education, research, and practice in the United States with special emphasis on the state of Alabama and its contributors to the practice of medicine. The scope of the collection includes, but is not limited to the following fields: medicine, nursing, ophthalmology, dentistry, public health, and allied health.
Virtual field trip onlineThe Alabama Theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios as an Alabama showcase for Paramount films. It was used primarily as a movie palace for 55 years, with the exception of the annual Miss Alabama pagent and the weekly Mickey Mouse Club. In 1987, the owners of the facility declared bankruptcy and the theatre was purchased by Birmingham Landmarks Inc., a non-profit corporation.The new Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts hosts many live events, as well as films. Each year the Theatre hosts over 300 events attended by a half million Birmingham area citizens.
Barber Vintage Motorsports MuseumBirmingham
Dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, exhibition and history of motorcycles, vintage vehicles and motorsports. The collection now has over 900 vintage and modern motorcycles and as well as a substantial collection of Lotus and other racecars. It is considered the largest in North American and possibly the world. There are approximately five hundred motorcycles on display at any given time. (There are over 900 in the collection.) These bikes range from 1904 to current-year production. There are bikes from 16 countries that represent 143 different marques. The common street bike is represented, as well as rare one-off Gran Prix race machinery. Bikes have been purchased from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden, but also as close as down the street.
Birmingham Botanical GardensBirmingham
Virtual field trip onlineBirmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 10,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 25+ unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and a Japanese garden with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and over 10,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually.
Birmingham-Jefferson History MuseumBirmingham
The organization currently owns 412 separate collections, containing 8,200 artifacts. Of those, about half are single photographic negatives of local retail, industrial and city scenes from the 1960s and early 1970s. Others range from the 3,300-lb. terra cotta nameplate from the former Birmingham News building, to documents, personal correspondence of Birmingham's prominent citizens, vintage restaurant menus, patent medicine and pop bottles made in Birmingham, and the Blach's Knight -- a 1963 suit of armor used as an advertising symbol by Blach's Department Store.
The Birmingham Zoo is home to 700 animals from many continents, including many endangered species nestled on 122 acres.
America's oldest baseball park.
Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and our nation.
Sixteenth Street Baptist ChurchBirmingham
On Sunday morning, September 15, 1963, the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls. This murderous act shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement.
Samuel Ullman MuseumBirmingham
The Samuel Ullman Museum was created to advance Ullman's vision by examining his civic, educational, and religious ideas and endeavors. The museum is a facility of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and exists through the efforts and contributions of citizens and corporations in Japan and the United States. The Samuel Ullman Museum provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the life of the poet and to be inspired by his work.
Southern Environmental CenterBirmingham
Virtual field trip onlineThe largest educational facility of its kind in Alabama and can handle groups of up to 200 visitors at a time. In addition to its award-winning Interactive Museum and EcoScape Gardens, the SEC is also active in the community. It has initiated a number of model partnerships targeting water quality, smog, and urban sprawl.
Committed to critically considering and representing a diverse range of arts practices. The Gallery serves as a site for artistic innovation and interrogation through exhibitions, both contemporary and historical, which contribute to discourses on contemporary culture. Of particular interest are experimental practices, installation, film, video, time-based works, performances and digital media.
Ruffner Mountain Nature CenterBirmingham
This 1,011 acre forested urban nature center and certified wildlife habitat offers educational programs, weekend activities, and over 11 miles of footpaths for hiking and bird watching.
The cave shelter archaeological site contains the most complete record of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast.
Russell Cave National MonumentBridgeport
Prehistoric Cultures - For more than 10,000 years, Russell Cave was home to prehistoric peoples. Russell Cave provides clues to the daily lifeways of early North American inhabitants dating from 6500 B.C. to 1650 A.D. The cave shelter archaeological site contains the most complete record of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast.
Welcome to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, the official railroad museum of the state of Alabama. We're located just south of Birmingham in Calera, Alabama. Our museum features operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, and an outdoor collection of railroad cars, locomotives, and cabooses. The museum is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historically significant railway equipment. Our exhibits, operating railroads, and educational programs function as both a unique means of tourism and recreation, and also a way to preserve the rich history of Alabama and our nation.
Roland Cooper State ParkCamden
Rolling along the 22,000-acre Dannelly Reservoir, this 236-acre park features a nine-hole golf course with clubhouse, spacious vacation cottages, modern campground with bathhouse and laundry, and a scenic picnic area with tables, grills, pavilions and comfort station. With fishing so popular in the reservoir, the park also provides boat launching facilities.
DeSoto Caverns ParkChildersburg
Resting at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, DeSoto Caverns Park offers a unique destination for those seeking a fun and educational experience. At our park, we offer guided tours of Alabama's big cave. It's main room is twelve stories high and larger than a football field. The caverns is decorated with thousands of formations making it one of the most concentrated collections in America.
Fed by a crystal-clear underground spring, the park's spring pool is the center of attention in this 103-acre park in southeast Alabama. Facilities include modern and primitive campgrounds, picnic shelters, tables, grills, comfort stations, and playground. Blue Springs is open from Memorial Day - Labor Day, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. during the other months.
Virtual field trip onlineLake Lurleen State Park is named after Alabama's only female governor. Lurleen Wallace, the wife of former Governor George C. Wallace, was a native of Tuscaloosa County. As Governor she was instrumental in funding a major renovation project of Alabama State Parks.Lake Lurleen State Park is located 9 miles Northwest of the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, Alabama and is 14 miles from the campus of the University of Alabama, home of the "Crimson Tide."The 1,625-acre park is a scenic lakeside retreat set on the banks of a 250-acre lake. Facilities include a modern campground, activity building, picnic area, play area, pavilions, beach with bathhouse, fishing piers, boat rentals and boat-launch areas.
The Museum displays many old Shelby County photographs and artifacts from the Indian era through WWII; including such items as the bell from the Alabama, a well-known railroad engine during its time, Creek Indian artifacts, the 1906 Shelby County Courthouse cornerstone contents removed 24th June 2006, and three chestnut wood cars and several feet of wood track that were found on the 4th May 1974 in the forgotten Confederate Gurnee Coal Mine in West Shelby County.
Founded in 1982 by Karl C. Harrison, a Columbiana banker and philanthropist, the Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington has become an important forum for learning about America's first First Family. Through the foresighted efforts and encouragement of Martha Washington's granddaughter Eliza Parke Custis, family heirlooms have been lovingly passed down through generations. In the early 1980's, Shelby County resident Charlotte Smith, Weaver, a sixth generation granddaughter of Martha, decided to share her legacy with the public, providing the basis of the museum.
Ave Maria GrottoCullman
Ave Maria Grotto, known throughout the world as "Jerusalem in Miniature," is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. Begun as a hobby, with various materials he could find, and infinite patience and a remarkable sense of symmetry and proportion, Brother Joseph re-created some of the greatest edifices of all time.
Cullman County MuseumCullman
Interactive displays and modern exhibits stand ready for you to experience the rich German heritage, native American lifestyles, adventure of early pioneers and Deep South folklore when you visit with us. The Cullman County Museum opened in 1973 during Cullman's Centennial, and has been collecting and preserving items from the county's unique past ever since. Housed in a replica of Col. Johann G. Cullmann's home (our founding father), the Museum brings the past to life in its displays, paying tribute to the families that made the area their home. Each gallery showcases a different aspect of life in early Cullman.
Jesse Owens Memorial Park MuseumDanville
In the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, a single man captured the attention of the world, winning 4 gold medals, an Olympic first. Sixty years later, thousands gathered to honor this man with the dedication of a park named in his honor, the Jesse Owens Memorial Park. The Jesse Owens Memorial Park Museum immortalizes Owens' memory by depicting the moments that made Owens great and portraying the people who shaped him as an athlete and as a man. The museum's mini-theater shows the movie "Return to Berlin" in which Owens narrates the 1936 Olympics. The museum offers The Decatur Daily Resource Center. Equipped with computers and printers, the center allows visitors to do their own research of this Olympic gold medalist.
The museum is free to the public. There is a small fee for the park. The park and museum offer educational, archeological, genealogical and sociological perspectives of the onsite mounds.
The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), located on the campus of the United States Sports Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art and literature. Founded in 1984, ASAMA has recognized the importance of the cultural connectivity of athletic competition and artistic expression since its inception. The gallery preserves the performance and movement of man by creating an awareness of the role art mediums play in capturing our sports heroes and perpetuating their performances for posterity. Arguably one of the most aesthetically pleasing structures in higher education, the museum is located in an artistic atmosphere in the architecturally acclaimed main campus building.
Fort GainesDauphin Island
Virtual field trip onlineHistoric Fort Gaines is located on Dauphin Island. The property boasts a wildlife sanctuary and campgrounds created from sand dunes excavated out of the walls of the fort. Families can experience three centuries of history while enjoying nature walks, a scenic lake, beaches and fishing piers.
Dauphin Island Sea LabDauphin Island
The lab offers marine science education, marine science research, coastal zone management policy and educating the general public through the Estuarium and public aquarium.
Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin IslandDauphin Island
The Sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and dunes, including a lake, a swamp and a beach.
The Battle of Horseshoe Bend can be viewed as a multi-national struggle between the forces of the Creek, the Cherokee, and United States.
Carnegie Visual Arts CenterDecatur
The Carnegie Visual Arts Center offers the community the opportunity to experience the visual arts in a personal, relaxed and meaningful way. The Carnegie presents eight to ten (8-10) exhibitions annually showcasing the works of local, regional and national artists.In 2007, the Carnegie was given a collection of Alabama Folk Art which is the basis of a permanent collection to be exhibited at various times throughout the year. While the Carnegie is considered a "non-collecting" institution, this contribution now allows the Carnegie to reach a very special audience that embraces the significant contributions of self-taught artists from the great state Alabama.
Point Mallard ParkDecatur
Offers the great outdoors like you've never experienced it before. Hidden among North Alabama's wooded pines, the 500-acre family park lets you stay in tune with nature 365 days a year. Come play 18 holes on one of the South's best golf courses, stay in a 25-acre, wooded campground, visit America's first wave pool at the seasonal Waterpark, and cool off year round at the indoor ice skating rink.
Cheaha State ParkDelta
Virtual field trip onlineLocated in Clay and Cleburne Counties, Cheaha State Park is the pinnacle of natural beauty and awe in Alabama. Surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, this foothill of the Appalachian Mountains holds the reputation of the highest point in Alabama. Standing 2,407 ft. above sea level, it is no wonder why the local Creek Indians named this place "Chaha," meaning high place. Its continuous operation since 1933, makes Cheaha, Alabama's oldest continuously operating State Park.
ne of America's finest Greek Revival houses, Gaineswood is a masterpiece. Exceptional interior spaces have domed ceilings, elaborate plasterwork, and a facing pair of gilt mirrors that endlessly reflect each other. Designed by owner and amateur architect General Nathan Bryan Whitfield, Gaineswood was constructed during 1843-1861. Some of the elaborate work was executed by African American slaves. The house museum contains many original Whitfield family furnishings and objects. The grounds feature a gazebo, a slave house, and a small building that was most likely a detached kitchen.
Located in 1935 gym built by WPA. 1900s train, mining cars, one-room Black school, Old Wyatt Elementary School, 1900s Kellerman Post Office, Oakman Depot.
The Wiregrass Museum of Art & Conference Center provides a wonderful experience for children and grown-ups alike. Kids will be inspired and entertained by interactive exhibits while adults explore six galleries of changing exhibitions of traditional and contemporary works of art and decorative art.
The official Agricultural Museum for the State of Alabama is Dothan Landmark Park in Dothan, AL. Landmark Park is a 100 acre facility dedicated to preserving the cultural and natural heritage of the wiregrass region of Southeast Alabama. Owned and operated by Dothan Landmarks Foundation, the park features an 1890s living history farm, a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, and a turn-of the-century church. The park also includes elevated boardwalks, nature trails, wildlife exhibits, a planetarium, and a picnic area. In addition, Landmark Park also serves as headquarters for the Alabama Agricultural Museum Board.
The museum is a tribute to Dr. Carver as a proud symbol of achievement. His role as a catalyst for southern agronomic prosperity and his creative genius which opened new scientific and financial vistas continues to enrich us. Major features include an overview of the historical scope of contributions and achievements of African and African descended cultures as reflected by Dr. Carver. The Gallery of Black Scientists, Inventors, and Explorers will feature major historic events in these areas by African Americans. The strong presence of blacks in each military event in United States history and the heroes of social progress events are depicted in the Gallery of Heroes.
The Wiregrass Museum of Art & Conference Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing art, art education and art experiences to the Wiregrass region. Our focus is American and Southern fine, decorative, and design arts from 1945 to the present; American works on paper from 1945 to the present; both areas emphasize, but are not be limited to, Alabama Artists and women artists.
Go-Karts, Batting Cages, Bumper Boats, Arcade, Snack Bar, Team Party, Miniature Golf, Parties and Water Wars.
A museum is a way of seeing. Exhibits tell a story with objects and images. The Baldwin County Heritage Museum is not filled with elaborate antiques or expensive collections -- it holds bits and pieces collected from the daily lives of the men and women who built this county. BCHM represents the grass roots of our society. Over 20,000 square feet covering 5 acres provide a place for visitors to reconnect with the early history of Baldwin County. The museum believes that individuals who are allowed to reach out and touch the past will hold the future with greater care. Experience the heritage -- and share the culture of Baldwin County.
Biophilia Nature CenterElberta
Year round you will see well over 100 species of interesting labelled plants and many more yet unmarked. Learn about North American wild edibles, butterfly gardening, wildlife, carnivorous plants, wetland values, and uses for native plants. We'll show you plant and animal artifacts, from magnified butterfly wings to fern fossils. Our carnivorous plant collection includes 7 kinds of pitcher plants, 5 types of sundews, bladderworts and more. In the Plants That Do Tricks department, our sensitive plants respond to touch just as dramatically as the Venus flytraps.
Lakepoint Resort State ParkEufaula
Virtual field trip onlineThis picturesque 1,220 acre park is located on the banks of 45,000 acre Lake Eufaula, otherwise known as the "Bass Capital" of The World". The park has a lodge, convention center, modern campground, vacation cabins and lakeside cottages, picnic areas, 18-hole golf course and a marina complete with launch facilities and boat slips.
Eastern Shore Art CenterFairhope
The Eastern Shore Art Center is located in beautiful downtown Fairhope, Alabama and houses five galleries with exhibits that change monthly, as well a gallery featuring member artists' work for sale. The Academy offers a wide variety of classes and workshops in five spacious studios. Classes are offered on a quarterly basis to both adults and children. The Art Center is open to the public Monday - Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Fairhope Museum of HistoryFairhope
For an exciting view into Fairhope's past, please visit the Fairhope Museum of History. The museum is full of artifacts from old Fairhope. You can see displays on Clay City, the Single Tax Association and the Civil War. You can also see personal belongings from some of Fairhope's first families. The museum is located in downtown Fairhope at 24 North Section Street. The museum is open Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the museum, call 929-1474.
Florala State ParkFlorala
Stretching along the shores of beautiful 500-acre Lake Jackson, this compact 40-acre park offers swimming, paddleboat rentals, fishing and picnicking, as well as a complete community building and a modern lakeside campground. Water skiing and personal watercraft are allowed on the lake. Located on the Alabama/Florida state line, this park has the perfect climate for campers seeking to avoid those harsh winter months up north.
Children's Museum of the ShoalsFlorence
The Children's Museum of the Shoals, Inc. offers hands-on exhibits and programs geared specifically to the developmental stages and needs of children. Our mission is to further classroom education and compliment existing cultural and educational resources. Exhibits and activities encourage children to imagine, make choices and create. These exhibits enable children to discover different cultures, values and occupations, as well as to demystify science, technology and the arts.
An American architectural treasure, this house was built for newlyweds Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum of Florence, Alabama, in 1939. The house is the only structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the state of Alabama, and the only such house in the southeast that is open to the public.
Indian Mound and MuseumFlorence
Located near the banks of the Tennessee River, the Florence Indian Mound is the Tennessee Valley's largest domiciliary mound. It is a typical example of the work of the early Native Americans who lived in Alabama before the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Creek nations inhabited this region. It is a 42 foot high quadrilateral mound with a summit measuring 145 x 94 feet. Early settlers in the region found steps on the east side and evidence that the mound had been enclosed by a semi-circular earthen wall. The museum contains Native American artifacts dating back over 10,000 years, arranged in chronological order from Paleo to Historic periods.
"Where the Tennessee River, like a silver snake, winds her way through the red clay hills of Alabama, sits high on these hills my hometown, Florence." William Christopher Handy begins his autobiography, Father of the Blues, with these words. W.C. Handy was born in a small log cabin in Florence on November 16, 1873. Handy became famous for his blues compositions such as "Memphis Blues" & "St. Louis Blues". He was also a musician, band conductor, and author. The museum houses a collection of memorabilia, musical instruments, personal papers and original sheet music. Handy's famous trumpet and his personal piano are just a few of the items on display. W.C. Handy died in New York in 1958. His hometown of Florence honors the legacy of the "Father of the Blues" with a birthday party at the museum each November 16th and with the week-long W.C. Handy Music Festival during the summer.
Houses the administrative office for the Florence Department of Arts & Museums and functions as a center for cultural activities including the Kennedy-Douglass volunteers meetings, the Shoals Artist Guild meetings, Arts Alive administration and activities, W.C. Handy Festival activities, and much more. The center also houses a permanent exhibit of historical artifacts and memorabilia, and offers a variety of traveling art exhibitions. The center consists of two adjacent houses with an added walkway connecting them, and a carriage house to the rear. The buildings are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Pope's Tavern MuseumFlorence
At one time a stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, Pope's Tavern is one of the the oldest structures in Florence. Located on the military road that connected Nashville to the Natchez Trace and on to New Orleans, the tavern was an ideal stop-over for weary travelers in the 1800's. Legend has it that Andrew Jackson stopped here on his march to the Battle of New Orleans.It served as a hospital for both Confederate and Union wounded during the Civil War. The wounded were brought here from as far away as the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, and Shiloh. Later home to the Lambeth family, it remained a private residence until purchased by the city in 1965.The museum houses beautiful antiques and fascinating artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries illustrating the uses of the structure as a tavern, inn and private residence. The second floor is filled with artifacts from the Civil War and items of local history.The museum is operated for the purpose of displaying, teaching, and interpreting the cultural history of Florence and the Shoals area. The annual Frontier Day Celebration takes place at the museum the first full weekend of June with demonstrations of pioneer crafts and dulcimer music.
Little River Canyon National PreserveFort Payne
Little River Canyon National Preserve is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities. Natural resources and cultural heritage come together to tell the story of the Preserve, a special place in the Southern Appalachians.
Little River Canyon National PreserveFort Payne
Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities. Natural resources and cultural heritage come together to tell the story of the Preserve, a special place in the Southern Appalachians.
DeSoto ReSort State ParkFort Payne
Virtual field trip onlineNestled atop beautiful scenic Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama, this 3,502-acre park also provides modern chalets, cabins, and campground, as well as a picnic area, swimming pool, tennis courts, nature center with Interpretive programs and live animals, hiking & mountain biking trails, and hotel and meeting rooms in the DeSoto Resort State Park Lodge.
Fort Payne Depot MuseumFort Payne
Virtual field trip onlineAlabama showcasing Indiant artifacts, historical memorabilia from all wars since the Civil War, and more!
Alabama River MuseumFranklin
Travel back in time to an early 1800s camp on the river. Visit with Indians, frontiersmen, traders and travelers. Enjoy music, demonstations and food.
To serve as a catalyst for developing and implementing plans for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Central-Carver Legacy Museum, which will preserve and enhance the culture of the African American community.
Gadsden Museum of ArtGadsden
The goal of the Gadsden Museum of Art is to support and maintain a museum of local history of the Gadsden and Etowah County area and to support and maintain a museum dedicated to Southern artists.
The Center is home to three galleries that feature a wide range of changing national and local exhibits. Centerstage Presents sponsors dinner theaters, courtyard concerts, chamber music and more. Imagination Place Children's Museum located adjacent to the Center for Cultural Arts in the historic Kyle Building. IPCM reaches thousands of children through museum visits and educational outreach. The Gadsden Community School for the Arts which offers instruction in ballet, lyrical jazz dance, strings, woodwind, brass, voice and more. The nationally celebrated Etowah Youth Orchestras featuring 300 talented young musicians.
Chickasaw State ParkGallion
Rambling in rural Marengo County is Chickasaw's 520-acre roadside park. Complete with modern campsites, wading pool, hiking trails, a barbeque grilling pavilion, plus other large pavilions and picnic areas makes this small park perfect for group-sized cookouts and gatherings. The Park is also located adjacent to the handicapped-accessible, state-operated hunting facility "Turnipseed-Ikenberry Place Physically Disabled Hunting Area".
Magnolia Grove HouseGreenboro
Magnificent magnolia trees and a beautiful boxwood garden surround the home. The mansion is filled with original family furniture and the walls are lined with portraits of the Croom and Hobson families. The site includes a detached kitchen and a slave house. Magnolia Grove is a historic house museum located on 15 acres at the west end of Greenboro's historic district. The Greek Revival home was built around 1840 by Colonel Isaac Croom. It is also the boyhood home of Richmond Pearson Hobson, a Spanish-American War hero and a progressive statesman.
Clarke County Historical MuseumGrove Hill
Included on the National Register of Historic Places, the Clarke County Historical Museum is a treasure trove of local history. Housed in an 1854 Plantation Plain-style home, the museum has permanent displays about the county's rich history. One of the most popular exhibits is the fossils of the Zeuglodon, a prehistoric whale than swam in the ocean that covered Clarke County some 50 million years ago. The museum also features exhibits about Native Americans, the Civil War and World Wars, the county's rural life, and an antebellum kitchen. Traveling exhibits are also featured. Visitors may also tour the other historic buildings on the museum grounds.
Buck's Pocket State ParkGrove Oak
As legend goes, Buck's Pocket is where all the defeated public officials go to lick their wounds after an unsuccessful election. This 2,000-acre park in northeast Alabama is secluded in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountains chain. The park's picnic area offers a canyon rim natural vista into the pocket below. The pocket itself, on an upstream tributary of Lake Guntersville, hosts an improved campground, complete with tables, grills, shelters, laundry, comfort station, playground and hiking trails.
Gulf State ParkGulf Shores
Virtual field trip onlineLocated in the city of Gulf Shores on the coast of Alabama, white sun-kissed beaches, a surging surf, seagulls and seashells greet you at Gulf State Park. Consisting of 6,150 acres with two miles of sugar white sand beaches, Gulf State Park has modern and primitive camping, cottages, trails and fishing. There is also tennis, group pavilions, 18-hole golf course, 900 acre lake for fishing, swimming, and water skiing, nature programs and picnic areas.
Alabama Gulf Coast ZooGulf Shores
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo - opened in June 1989 as Zooland Animal Park. The zoo, just blocks from the beach, is home to more than 290 animals. Lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and macaws are just some of the creatures that inhabit this Gulf Coast oasis. There's also a petting zoo, reptile house, aviary and daily animal shows in the summer.
Waterville USAGulf Shores
Waterville USA is a 20 acres waterpark and amusement park. Waterville is heavily involved in school programs and charities all over the local area.
Lake Guntersville State ParkGuntersville
Virtual field trip onlineNewly renovated and once again open to the public, Lake Guntersville Resort State Park is located along the banks of the Tennessee River in NE Alabama. The park overlooks the majestic 69,000-acre Guntersville Reservoir, and ranges over more than 6,000 acres of natural woodlands. The park has an 18-hole championship golf course, a beach complex, fishing center, hiking trails, nature programs and a day-use area. Modern campground and lakeview cottages on the lake, coupled with a resort lodge on the pinnacle of Taylor Mountain, and chalets on the ridge-tops provide a selection of overnight accommodations beyond comparison.
Guntersville Museum & Cultural CenterGuntersville
Welcome to the Guntersville Museum & Cultural Center, now located in our brand new home at the historic rock Armory. With its location at the southernmost point of the Tennessee River, Lake Guntersville provides a unique vantage point on history and the culture of the region. As a living repository, the Museum offers visitors a chance to explore everything from Native American artifacts to interesting local personalities.
Established by Congress in 1996 to commemorate the events, people, and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama. The website offers historical information about the march for those who cannot visit in person.
Located near Courtland, Alabama, Pond Spring was home to Joseph Wheeler, former Major General of Cavalry of the great Confederate western army, The Army of Tennessee. Wheeler was also a long-time U.S. Congressman following the Civil War, and yet again became a Major General during the Spanish-American War (U.S. Army this time). A man with a well-earned name, "Fightin' Joe" Wheeler became a national symbol for reunification and reconciliation following the Civil War and throughout the latter half of the 19th Century. As the U.S. Congressman, he largely contributed toward the progressive economic direction the northern section of Alabama would pursue during the 20th Century.
US Space and Rocket CenterHuntsville
From Space Camp to exhibits, there is something for everyone at this great museum.
Early Works MuseumsHuntsville
Civil War soldiers, a Talking Tree and whimmy diddles - see them all at the EarlyWorks Museums- Alabama Constitution Village, the Historic Huntsville Depot and EarlyWorks Children's History Museum.
Sci-Quest is a hands-on science center with more than 125 permanent, interactive exhibits in seven different subject areas. Unlike a typical "museum," Sci-Quest's exhibits are designed to engage, educate and entertain. In addition to permanent and traveling exhibits, Sci-Quest offers public education programs for children, age four through sixth grade.
Monte Sano State ParkHuntsville
Virtual field trip onlineMonte Sano, Spanish for "Mountain of Health," rises more than 1,600 feet above sea level. The mountain has attracted visitors since the mid 1820's with the establishment of the town of Viduta, a derivative of the Spanish word "Vida," meaning life. Viduta was home to a sanatorium and a hotel resort, Hotel Monte Sano, which opened its doors in 1887 and closed in the early 1900s due to a declining economy
Huntsville Museum of ArtHuntsville
Visit the Huntsville Museum of Art in our beautiful location in Big Spring International Park. Take a stroll through our latest exhibitions, admire student artwork in the Children's Community Gallery, sign up for an art class at the Museum Academy, and shop for local artwork in SPACE 300.
Burritt on the MountainHuntsville
Burritt on the Mountain -- A Living Museum has been referred to as a "Jewel on the Mountain." Start with Dr. William Henry Burritt's eclectic mansion, add a historic park with restored 19th century houses including barnyard and animals, and finally throw in the artistic side with concerts, plays and exhibits, and you have a delightful mixture of old and new for young and old! Stroll through the park and enjoy the sights and sounds of the barnyard. Listen carefully and you may hear the fiddler on the front porch. Meticulously restored historic buildings, authentic 19th Century crops, and living history interpreters demonstrating common lifeways of the past will add to your educational visit. Please ask lots of questions. Our interpreters are always pleased to share their knowledge with you. Offer daycamps, programs for homeschoolers and educators.
Huntsville Botanical GardenHuntsville
The Garden provides a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups to expand their knowledge of plants and nature. Programs are offered for adults and children, individually and in groups. The Nature Center/Butterfly House is open May through September.
The North Alabama Railroad MuseumHuntsville
A facility reflecting a love of trains and a desire to preserve railroad history.
The Veterans Memorial MuseumHuntsville
Educational institution for the purpose of historical preservation, public display, and public education. The Museum is dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women. Our emphasis is on participants of World War I and subsequent conflicts, whose survivors and families can use the Museum facilities to reminisce on their own experiences and those of parents, grandparents, and other close relatives.
SIFAT- CARES ProgramsLineville
SIFAT offers interactive field trips or CARES Programs to public, private, Christian and home school students, as well as youth groups and scout troops. Our curriculum provides students of all ages an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities with an international perspective.Where else can students (and chaperones) sample cultures from Asia, Africa and Latin America? Make bricks from clay and straw? Explore sources of alternative energy--and much more? CARES field trips are cross-culturally oriented, take place within SIFAT's Global Village and are available throughout the year.
The primary objective to the Black Belt Museum is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit natural history specimens and historic artifacts, craft, and artworks from the central Black Belt. The collection includes a number of objects from Native American, European American, and African American cultures, such as fossils, rock and minerals, plants and animals, historical and archaeological artifacts, and archives. The current activities of the Black Belt Museum include, but are not limited to, digital documentation of the art and fossil collections, creation of a database for the information, accessioning archival materials in possession of the Museum, and solicitation of archival materials for the Museum's collection.
Lee County Historical SocietyLoachapoka
On the second Saturday of every month, a group of history re-enactors gather at the LCHS Museum in period attire to demonstrate their arts and crafts. Blacksmiths are usually working at the forge, spinners and weavers are in the log cabin, and someone is always cooking up a meal in the fireplace or outdoors. On most Second Saturdays, a dulcimer class and jam session is held at 2:00 pm. The Museum is always open on Second Saturdays.
The Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, which occupies the main floor, was established to provide a permanent place of honor for Alabama's most outstanding women and a place for people to visit and learn about the significant contributions that these women have made to our state and nation.Visitors will have the chance to meet women from the past--some well-known and some who have been overlooked in the history books. Stories of Helen Adams Keller, Julia Strudwick Tutwiler, Amelia Gayle Gorgas, Tallulah Bankhead, Mildred Westervelt Warner and others are told through portraits, photographs, letters, and bronze plaques.
Dedicated to preserving the rich and dramatic heritage and tradition of the enlisted corps of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Aeronautical Division, Air Service, Air Corps and Air Forces in the development of air power to defend the United States.
The Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama is a southeastern regional interpretive center on 19th century iron making technology featuring both belt driven machines of the 1800s and tools and products of the times. It focuses on the Roupes Valley Ironworks at Tannehill which operated nearby, first as a bloomery beginning in 1830 and later as an important battery of charcoal blast furnaces during the Civil War. The ironworks gave birth to the Birmingham Iron & Steel District. Along with Tannehill artifacts that have survived, museum exhibits graphically demonstrate how iron was made during the Civil War when 14 different iron companies and six rolling mills made Alabama the arsenal of the Confederacy. During the last two years of the war, Alabama furnaces produced 70% of the Confederate iron supply. Exhibits include a display of rare CS artillery projectiles manufactured at the Selma Arsenal and Gun Works, a part of the Steve Phillips Collection, along with Civil War weaponry actually used in battle including a 52 Cal. U.S. Spencer Repeater.
Gulf Coast ExploreumMobile
With more than 100 interactive exhibits, thought-provoking larger-than-life IMAX films, and fun, hands-on educational programming, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center aspires to increase science literacy among the people of south Alabama and the Gulf Coast region, residents and visitors alike. The Exploreum includes exhibits for all ages, including infants & toddlers.
Mobile Museum of ArtMobile
The mission of the Mobile Museum of Art is to provide a place where people enrich their lives through interaction with the visual arts in thought-provoking and creative ways that nourish and delight the mind and spirit. For the fundamental purpose of education, the Museum collects, conserves, exhibits, interprets and researches art.
The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is open to the public for guided tours. Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 - 4:00, Last tour begins at 3:00, 1855 Mobile's grandest Antebellum mansion.
Archaeologists are rediscovering the lives of ancient people of the Gulf coast, the towns of early colonists, and remnants of historic Mobile beneath the streets of the modern city. Explore our website to see what the Center for Archaeological Studies has unearthed.
The Conde-Charlotte Museum House stands as an impressive link between the present and Mobile's earliest history. It was built in 1822-24 as the City's first official jail between the south bastions of Fort Conde. When the Historic Mobile Preservation Society purchased the house in 1940 and began partial restoration, they discovered the outline of 4 small cells (6x8) in the two foot thick brick floor with hand wrought eye bolts still anchored on one. The jail doors were removed when the building became a residence and at least two were used in the kitchen wing the owner added. The exposed jail floor and these jail doors can still be seen in the house.
Mobile Carnival MuseumMobile
Highlights the history of Mardi Gras in its true birthplace - Mobile Alabama.
Mobile Medical MuseumMobile
The collection of artifacts and documents now comprising the Mobile Medical Museum began in 1962 with a gift donated by Patricia Heustis Paterson as a memorial to her father, James F. Heustis, M.D. (1828-1891), a native Mobilian with an outstanding medical career. Samuel Eichold, II, M.D. encouraged Mrs. Paterson to designate that her gift be used to start a museum in her father's name. There were approximately 100 artifacts and documents in the initial collection.
Historic Fort Conde was founded in 1702 at 27-Mile Bluff up river, and relocated in 1711 to the current site where a temporary wooden stockade fort was constructed to protect the town. Fort Conde protected Mobile and its citizens from 1723-1820. It was built by the French as a defense against British and Spanish attack on the strategic location of Mobile and its Bay, the eastern most part of the Louisiana colony. The military importance of Mobile and Fort Conde was huge. The fort and town protected access into the strategic lands between the Mississippi River and the Atlantic colonies along the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers.The Phoenix Fire Museum is in the restored home of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company No. 6. This building houses turn-of-the-century horse-drawn steam engines and early motorized vehicles. The gallery on the Second Floor recounts the history of the volunteer fire companies of Mobile from their organization in 1838.
Historic Mobile Preservation Society was founded in 1935 as a grassroots membership group dedicated to preserving the tangible links to the past for the benefit of present and future generations. HMPS's mission includes curating the Oakleigh Historic Complex, a 19th-century museum and archives campus in the heart of one of Mobile's most beautiful historic districts.
USS AlabamaMobile Bay
Virtual field trip onlineCourage comes alive at Battleship Memorial Park, one of America's finest military parks. Here, along the shores of Mobile Bay, you'll experience heroism spanning more than seven decades from World War II to Desert Storm. View the battleship USS Alabama along with a submarine and many aircraft.
Fort MorganMobile Bay
Construction began 1819, completed 1834. Large brick fort serviced the Civil War, Spanish-American War and both world wars. It played a major role during the Battle of Mobile Bay (1864). Museum details fort's history.
The Old Courthouse MuseumMonroeville
The Old Courthouse Museum serves as an important link between the county's colorful past and the events of today. Located in the Old Monroe County Courthouse on the Monroeville town square, the museum provides a variety of events and activities to attract people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the year.Monroeville is best known as the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee and her childhood friend, Truman Capote. Each year, in May, a production of "To Kill A Mockingbird" is presented at the Old Courthouse Museum by a local amateur group, the Mockingbird Players.The museum houses 3 permanent exhibits: Celebrating 100 Years: Old Monroe County Courthouse, Truman Capote's: A Childhood in Monroeville , and Harper Lee.
Burnt Corn Baptist ChurchMonroeville
The history of the Burnt Corn area begins hundreds of years ago. Since this was part of the Creek Indian Nation, Burnt Corn was probably an Indian village. The Three-Notch Trail went through the area, leading to Pensacola, a major trading post. The U.S. Government, with Indian permission, widened the path for mail wagons traveling from Washington to New Orleans and the route became known as The Old Federal Road. In 1813, the Battle of Burnt Corn opened the Creek Indian War. After the 1814 treaty at Fort Jackson (Toulouse), travelers on the Old Federal Road began settling in Alabama, then under the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Territory.
Monroe County Heritage MuseumsMonroeville
Home of the Monroe County Heritage Museums' office, the Old Courthouse Museum sits on the historic downtown square of Monroeville, Alabama.
The American VillageMontevallo
Virtual field trip onlineOver a quarter of a million students have made history at American Village, experiencing the past with a visit to this unique interactive colonial classroom. Students from every grade level participate in experiential learning every day. American Village is unique in its mission to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government through citizenship education. More than a field trip, American Village educational programs are tied directly to objectives in the state course of study and graduation standards. Lesson plans can be downloaded from our website.
Rosa Parks Library and MuseumMontgomery
The only museum dedicated to the civil rights icon.
Montgomery Museum of Fine ArtsMontgomery
For seventy years, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has been a showcase for the visual arts in Central Alabama. A primary focus of the Museum's mission is collecting and preserving works by some of history's best known, and some of our region's best loved artists.The key word for education at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is interaction. Programs follow the philosophy that people learn by doing and by interacting with materials, objects and other people.
Alabama Department of Archives & HistoryMontgomery
Virtual field trip online"To tell the story of the people of Alabama by preserving records and artifacts of historical value and promoting a better understanding of Alabama history."
he church where Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. pastored from 1954-1960 and began his quest for civil rights. Currently pastoring is Reverend Michael F. Thurman. Guided tours of the church and parsonage are available. Here you can find hours and historical information about the church and the Civil Rights movement. In this National Historic Landmark, see the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood. This church was also a center point of the Montgomery bus boycott. A large mural in the church depicts King's civil rights crusade from Montgomery to Memphis.
Hank Williams MuseumMontgomery
Containing the most complete collection of memorabilia, the Official Hank Williams Museum is located in Downtown Montgomery where Hank lived from 1937 - 1953. Come and visit the place where the man who left his mark on the Musical world, will inevitably leave his mark on you.
Penetrate deep into the jungles of South America. Travel the savannahs of Africa or the hilltops of Asia. Venture the tall grasses of the North American plains. See the Zebras graze on the plains while white tigers roam nearby. Or just visit your Montgomery Zoo and see it all. If you haven't been to the Zoo in a while, you are missing out on a fun-packed and educational adventure. Our residents include over 500 animals from five different continents, all housed in natural, barrier-free habitats. The Zoo spans over 40 beautifully landscaped acres, offering you a magnificent view of exotic wildlife and endangered species. By leisurely stroll, or with a ride on the miniature train, the Montgomery Zoo is a sight to see!
Mann Wildlife Learning MuseumMontgomery
Located at the Montgomery Zoo, the museum includes one of the nation's finest collections of professionally presented North American wildlife. The collection also includes freshwater and saltwater fish, reptiles, birds, small mammals and more. visitors can see families of North American bear, deer, fox, skunk and cat.
Virtual field trip onlineThe MOOseum opened in 1995 and offers a fun and interactive way for people of all ages to learn about Alabama's $2 billion beef cattle industry. Each year, about 10,000 school children and adults tour The MOOseum.
Virtual field trip onlineThe Centers focuses on documenting and preserving memorabilia from the civil rights period, Montgomery black history and the history of Alabama State University.
Old Alabama TownMontgomery
The South's premier history village. Old Alabama Town is a collection of authentically restored 19th and 20th century structures. Step back in time and experience over 100 years of history as you embark on a journey where you will see meticulously restored and furnished buildings reflecting the lives of the people who settled and developed Central Alabama. Each building creates its own distinctive image of living and working in Alabama's past. You will see a cross-section of the way life was from the elegant townhouse lifestyle to rural pioneer living.
W. A. Gayle PlanetariumMontgomery
The W.A. Gayle Planetarium features over 200 theater style seats and is one of the largest Planetariums between Atlanta and New Orleans. During the past five years, close to 100,000 K-12 students have attended a variety of daily educational shows offered at the Planetarium. See displays from NASA, and visit the Planetarium Gift Shop. It's Out of this World!!!
Good Food DayMontgomery
Good Food Day is a fun, educational, hands-on field trip designed for students to experience the entire seed to plate process at EAT South's Downtown or Hampstead Farms. All Good Food Day activities are based in Alabama state content standards for grades K-12.
MOWA Choctaw Cultural CenterMt. Vernon
Geronimo Room, Choctaw Room and Cherokee Room featuring various artifacts relating to the Indians of Mobile and Washington counties. The first treaty made under the provisions of the 1830 Indian Removal Act was the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek with the Choctaw that same year. Mass confusion reigned among the Choctaw of southwestern Alabama and Mississippi as they were forced to leave their homes and lands. Cold, cholera, hunger and despair were their constant companions on the trail to Oklahoma. Some Choctaw were able to escape of avoid removal and they formed the nucleus of the tribe today. They adopted the name "MOWA Choctaw Indians" to identify the Indians in Mobile and Washington Counties who are descended from several Indian tribes including Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee, Mescalero and Apache.
Natchez Trace ParkwayNatchez Trace Parkway
The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River, through Alabama, to salt licks in today's central Tennessee. Today, visitors can experience this National Scenic Byway and All-American Road through driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping. The website offers historical information about the parkway for those who cannot visit in person.
Kentuck Art CenterNorthport
It's the place between tradition and tomorrow, nurturing our Southern folk art roots while showcasing emerging American craft artists. How has this West Alabama enclave on the banks of the Black Warrior River become a favorite destination for collectors worldwide? Come see for yourself.
Northport Heritage MuseumNorthport
This 1907 Victorian era home was the residence of the Josh Palmer family for many years. Restoration efforts began in 1998 and the facility was completed in October 2001. The Museum has many exhibits and photographs detailing the history of Northport from 1816 to today. Among the special exhibits are the Bean World Photographic Collection and the Peterson Military Uniform Collection.
Museum of East AlabamaOpelika
The museum now houses over 5,000 artifacts including both 19th, and 20th century local, state and general history items. Noteworthy collections at the museum include Roanoke Dolls, Camp Opelika items (a WW II POW camp), and area business history.
This 2,050-acre park is proud to serve as a premier fishing destination with its 1,000-acre stream-fed lake. As the primary park attraction, Lake Jackson, in addition to providing outstanding fishing and swimming opportunities, also features shoreline picnic areas. Lakefront RV camping sites with cable TV hookups and a nice modern bathhouse make it a great camping destination. There's also a natural island, with a boardwalk and walking path.
"Alabama's most famous Ghost Town". Cahawba was once Alabama's state capital (1820-1826) and a thriving antebellum river town. It became a ghost town shortly after the Civil War. Today it is an important archaeological site and a place of picturesque ruins. Nature has reclaimed much of Old Cahawba, but historians and archaeologists from the Alabama Historical Commission are working hard to uncover Cahawba's historic past and to create a full time interpretive park.
Oak Mountain State ParkPelham
Virtual field trip onlineAs Alabama's largest park, Oak Mountain provides 9,940 acres of pine-studded ridges and lush green hardwood bottoms. The park offers vacation cottages, golf, pro shop with snack bar, improved camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain bike trails, backpacking, a demonstration farm and horseback riding facilities. With the largest area and variety of outdoor recreational pursuits, Oak Mountain is sure to provide excitement for every member of the family!
Alabama Wildlife CenterPelham
The Alabama Wildlife Center is Alabama's oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center, providing care annually for nearly 2,500 native birds, mammals, and reptiles of over 100 species, in order to return them to the wild. Located in the heart of Oak Mountain State Park, the Center's educational mission is to arouse awareness and concern for Alabama's native wildlife and the problems they face because of the rapid spread of human activity. Visitors are welcome to tour the Center and experience the fascinating details of wildlife rehabilitation.
Joe Wheeler State ParkRogersville
Virtual field trip onlineJoe Wheeler Resort State Park, located on Wheeler Lake, offers many types of boating, resort lodge, restaurant, cabins, camping, fishing, golf, tennis, and swimming. Whether you're boating along The Great Loop and looking for a place to stop for a night, or you're looking for a great place for recreation and relaxation, this resort park has everything to offer!
Heritage Center MuseumScottsboro
The Heritage Center, opened in 1985, is both a historical and a cultural museum dedicated to representing the rich history, customs, traditions and art of Jackson County. The museum is composed of three separate exhibit areas: The ante-bellum "Brown-Proctor House," the pioneer village named "Sagetown," and the "Little Courthouse." A complete tour begins by taking visitors back in time over 12,000 years to the period when Native Americans first entered Jackson County. Visitors are able to view artifacts from this period. Visitors learn the technological and cultural advances that brought the Native Americans from the Paelo and Archaic periods through the Woodland period and finally to the Mississippian Period. Visitors then learn about various tribes that were in the area when the first explorers arrived and, later, when the first settlers arrived.
Tranquility prevails in this beautiful 1,080-acre park as visitors enjoy the relaxing atmosphere around the park's 100-acre lake. Recreational opportunities include swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and camping.
Trail of Tears National Historic TrailSoutheastern US
The park commemorates the survival of the Cherokee people and their forced removal from their homelands in the Southeastern United States in the 1840s.
Meaher State ParkSpanish Fort
This 1,327-acre park is situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay and is a day-use picnicking and scenic park with modern camping for overnight visitors. A boat ramp and fishing pier will appeal to every fisherman. A self-guided walk on two nature trails includes a boardwalk with a up close view of the Mobile Delta.
Stevenson Railroad Depot MuseumStevenson
The Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum is located at the heart of downtown Stevenson, Alabama, situated between the tracks of two major railroads. Its mission is to preserve an important part of railroading history through the display of related artifacts. In addition, the museum, which also chronicles modern times, displays hundreds of artifacts from other parts of the area's past to teach young and old alike, including artifacts recalling Native American culture, pioneer life and Civil War events. The largest of these artifacts is the historic depot building itself. The depot, which was built in 1872 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, stands on the ruins of Stevenson's first railroad depot, which was built around 1852 for common use by the Nashville & Chattanooga and the Memphis & Charleston Railroads. That original depot was destroyed either during, or shortly after, the Civil War. Bricks salvaged may have been used in the building of the present structure.
Sylacauga is known as "The Marble City", because its marble is the hardest and whitest in the world. That is why Giuseppe Moretti, a famous Italian sculptor, chose Sylacauga marble for his sculptures. In the display case, you will see samples of his work, along with the work of his student, and talented assistant, Geneva Mercer, and contemporary sculptors, Frank Fleming and Craigger Browne. One-of-a-kind Moretti sculptures are in the lobby. Gallery 5 houses an information exhibit of the geological history and chemical composition of Sylacauga's marble(calcium carbonate).
Bellingrath Gardens and HomeTheodore
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is pleased to offer educational programs and self-guided workshops for field trips and groups of students. Our facility has excellent resources for teaching plant sciences, ecosystems, wetlands and conservation. We have designed our curriculum to help meet state and local standards for teaching students as they are actively engaged in learning experiences in the Gardens.
The building, completed in 1909, is the oldest standing county high school in the state. The Center displays and sells traditional folk art and crafts from across the state. The Foundation was created with six basic goals: To preserve and celebrate rural heritage, To protect and demonstrate diverse cultural contributions to rural heritage, To provide opportunities for cultural enrichment, To encourage economic development which enhances the lifestyle of rural citizens and small town America, To conserve, develop, and promote the unique handicrafts of rural life, and to exhibit and market these crafts, and to improve and enhance the quality of life for citizens of small towns and rural areas.
A living history classroom for thousands of school children who visit and are fascinated by the various demonstrations conducted. The Hands-on-History Program, funded by Alabama Power Foundation in 2004, was developed by the museum in 1997 to provide an opportunity for students to experience life in a log cabin. Activities include cooking at the wood stove and fireplace, churning butter, fetching water, sweeping the yards with handmade straw brooms, feeding the chickens and gathering eggs, and taking a tour of the museum which includes a spinning and weaving demonstration that goes from making thread from raw cotton all the way to the loom.
Children's Hands-On Museum of TuscaloosaTuscaloosa
CHOM's permanent exhibits were designed to stimulate children's curiosity about their community and their place in it, and to involve children, parents, teachers, and others in participatory education. Early exhibits included a Choctaw Indian Village; a historical gallery including a general store, a bank, a print shop, and Grandmother's Attic; a hospital; and a planetarium. Newer exhibits include the replica of the wheelhouse of a towboat; a developmental center for preschoolers called Beavers' Bend; the Japan House; Central Drug; and the Arts Studio. The most recent additions include Once Upon a Farm, Lil' Sprouts Farmer's Market, the Creation Station, a hands-on center for art and creativityand Beyond the Garden Gate.
Mercedes-Benz Visitor CenterTuscaloosa
Virtual field trip onlineThis architectural showcase, adjacent to Daimler's only U.S. automobile manufacturing plant, brings to life the company's vision - to produce nothing less than the most exceptional automobiles in the world. Much more than a museum, the Visitor Center's exhibits propel people down a multimedia path through the past, present, and future of automotive technology.
Moundville Archaeological parkTuscaloosa
Virtual field trip onlineEight hundred years ago, Moundville was the largest city in north America. Experience the winder of the Native American Civilization.
Murphy African-American MuseumTuscaloosa
Home of 1st licensed Black mortician in west Alabama. Period furniture, irons and kettles, combs and curlers used by African-Americans. Exhibit rooms featuring Murphy family memorabilia, displays on local history, African art and artifacts.
The Old TavernTuscaloosa
The Old Tavern has been a fixture in downtown Tuscaloosa since the time of the capital era. Innkeeper William Dunton built the structure in 1827 three blocks from its current site as a tavern and hotel on the stagecoach route that passed through Tuscaloosa. One of the few remaining nineteenth-century inns in the state,the Old Tavern provides visitors with a rare glimpse of early Tuscaloosa commercial architecture. During its operation as a hostelry, it served as the temporary home and meeting place of legislators, Confederate soldiers, and countless people traveling to or through the city. At one time, it was even the temporary home of of Governor John Gayle (1831-1835).
Paul W. Bryant MuseumTuscaloosa
Nothing but a winner. That's how he described himself even before he broke the record that made him the "winningest" coach in the history of big-time college football. Even though he is gone, today's University team shares a secret with Coach Paul William "Bear" Bryant. It's knowing what victory demands of you every day of your life.
University of Alabama ArboretumTuscaloosa
Maintains plant collections for botanical education and appreciation. The Arboretum features walking trails through a native woodland section, a wildflower garden, a collection of ornamental plants, an experimental garden, and a children's garden. Most of the Arboretum's land was donated by the federal government to help support the University's goals of promoting research and providing public education and service. Today the Arboretum is part of a national network that shares plant information with scientists, students and the public.
Alabama Museum of Natural HistoryTuscaloosa
Experience the natural diversity of Alabama through exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs, the Coal Age, and the Ice Age. View extensive collections of geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, ethnology, history, and photography. Explore the Alabama Museum of Natural History housed in historic Smith Hall, one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the region. See the Hodges meteorite, the only meteorite know to have struck a human.
Helen Keller BirthplaceTuscumbia
Ivy Green is the birthplace of Helen Keller.
Alabama Music Hall of FameTuscumbia
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame was a dream to honor all of this state's great music achievers, and to build a facility in which to showcase these talented individuals and their accomplishments.
Tennessee Valley Art AssociationTuscumbia
TVAA's education department collaborates with local educators to develop programs for our exhibits, workshops, festivals and plays that offer students museum and theatrical educational experiences. To name a few - Artists in Residence places artists into the schools to demonstrate their work and lecture on their life experiences, Southeastern Native American Educational Trunks loaned to classrooms aid the elementary teacher in educating pupils about the first inhabitants of the southeastern United States, Lifeways demonstrations on the grounds of the Art Center create a hands-on approach to history and Time Out for Theatre productions present a live theatrical experience for students based on stories they read in the classroom.
In the 1940's Tuskegee, Alabama became home to a "military experiment" to train America's first African-American military pilots. In time the "experiment" became known as the Tuskegee Experience and the participants as the Tuskegee Airmen. Come share their experience!
On the campus of historic Tuskegee University. The site includes the George W. Carver Museum and The Oaks, home of Booker T. Washington.
The Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center preserves the Tuskegee history in Alabama. Tuskegee, well known as the training site of the Tuskegee Airmen, is lesser known as the birthplace of Rosa Parks.
Virtual field trip onlineExperience the thrill of Rickwood's miracle mile of underground caverns! The 260 million-year-old limestone formations, blind cave fish and underground pool are just a few of the natural wonders exhibited in the colorful cavern. The park features an Olympic-size swimming pool, snack bar, picnic area, large and small picnic shelter, hiking trails, playground, campground and gift shop.
The 165-acre park, operated by the Alabama Historical Commission, is open year-round for the public's enjoyment where you can step back in time, wandering through the French and American forts or walking to the Mississippian Mound site. You may choose to visit the William Bartram Nature Trail, named for the famed 18th century botanist. The trail winds through the southern edge of the park to the Tallapoosa River. Browse the bookstore and museum in the Graves House, with archaeological collections featuring French colonial, early American and prehistoric Indian items.
Virtual field trip onlineThe first thing you notice about Cathedral Caverns is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. And it gets even better. Inside the cavern, you will find Big Rock Canyon, Mystery River and some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created. Among them, you will see Stalagmite Mountain, The Frozen Waterfall and Goliath, a huge stalagmite column that reaches the ceiling of the cave some 45 feet above!Cathedral Caverns is the perfect field trip for your school, church or other group. You can visit anytime, as the cave maintains a comfortable 60-degree temperature year round. Call and make plans today and you will see why we are excited about Alabama's newest state park!