As you move through the lush countryside of Alabama on your RV vacation, you may not realize that the opportunity to explore the wonders of space is nearby. In Huntsville, AL you will find amazing museums and centers that give you just that chance. Of course, there are many more things to do in this great Alabama city, so it is an ideal spot to put on your itinerary.
You won’t find any lack of amenities in Huntsville. You can arrive, get settled and get busy with your adventure. First stop is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, one of the most comprehensive museums covering manned space flight around. You can see the restored Saturn V from the Apollo era at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Learn about the Space Shuttle program, trace the evolution of our ventures into space. This is an incredible experience you can’t pass up.
If you make a little effort, you can get a bus tour of the Marshall Space Flight Center. This center is not one where the general public can come, but if you apply for a bus tour you will be able to see the Historic Redstone Test Stand where rocket engines were tested and the Payload Operations Center where activities on the Space Station are coordinated. To get on the bus, you will need picture ID, have no outstanding warrants, and not carry large bags with you.
Next door to the Space and Rocket Center you can change your view as you shift over to Earth’s natural wonders. Huntsville Botanical Garden is a lovely and inspiring place of natural beauty. You can see thousands of butterflies, many little turtles, frogs and many other critters that make their home here. You will thrill to the Garden Railway, a popular miniature display with a European village, ponds, waterfall and forests. Also be sure to enjoy the Washio Ishii Bonsai Display.
Now it is time for some history. The complex of EarlyWorks Museums will fulfill your quest for historical moments. The EarlyWorks Children’s Museum is perfect when you have the kids with you. There is not a child who doesn’t have a ball when coming here. At the Historic Huntsville Depot you will learn all about life on the rails in the mid-1800s. Alabama Constitution Village holds fascination for all ages. Experience the village where the daily tasks proceed just as they did two centuries ago.
A stop at the Sci-Quest Science Center offers many hands-on displays and exhibits that make learning fun. Located on Wynn Drive, you need to make it a point to get over there with the young ones. When you need a little air and want to stretch those travel-weary muscles, go to Blevins Gap Preserve for some hiking. There are numerous trails where you can get in some time in Alabama forests and lush landscapes. Or take off over to Ditto Landing for some fishing or boating. You’ll find RV camping at Ditto Landing Recreational Complex & Marina.