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21 Things To Do With Kids in Alabama

The Heart of Dixie is a big place, and features plenty of kid-friendly activities from the southern, central, and northern regions to the many attractions of the Gulf Coast.

Here are 21 items to help narrow down your itinerary:


1. Check out the Plymouth Lighthouse at Children's Harbor west of Opelika.

2. Take your little cowboy or cowgirl horseback riding in Little River State Forest near Monroeville.

3. See over 160 animals at Tigers For Tomorrow in Attalla near Gadsden.

4. Hook some bass, bluegill, or bream at Monroe County State Public Fishing Lake in Beatrice.

5. Hit the waterslides at Splash Adventure Water Park in Bessemer.

6. Catch a race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham.

7. Explore the Birmingham-Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo or grab a seat on the Birmingham Zoo Express – both part of the main Birmingham Zoo.

8. Test your skills at the BumperNets Arcade in Riverchase Galleria Mall.

9. Catch the Thunder on the Mountain 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Vulcan Park & Museum during your summer trip.

10. Get some energy out at the Jack Allen Soccer Complex in Decatur.

11. Splash around in an Olympic-size pool at Point Mallard Park.

12. Join the Alabama River Festival at the Alabama River Museum in Franklin.

13. Hit the petting zoo and the Noccalula Mini Golf Course at Noccalula Falls Park.

14. Find your inner surfer with the FlowRider at Waterville USA in Gulf Shores.

15. Check out Rocket Park at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.

16. See the USS Drum submarine at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile.

17. Enjoy a family hike at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham.

18. Stop for a family lunch at Daniella's in the Park Restaurant in Joe Wheeler State Park on your way to Athens.

19. Catch a NASCAR race at the famed Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln.

20. Explore the Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa in, yep, Tuscaloosa.

21. Join a tour of the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International manufacturing factory in Vance.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Athens Inn

1329 US Highway 72 E, Athens AL 35611-4405
Phone: 256-233-4030  |  Fax: 256-233-4030  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Bessemer Hotel & Suites

5041 Academy Ln, Bessemer AL 35022-5250
Phone: (205) 481-1950  |  Fax: (205) 481-2597  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Plus Carlton Suites

140 State Farm Pkwy, Birmingham AL 35209-7186
Phone: 205-940-9990  |  Fax: 205-940-9990  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western River City Hotel

1305 Front Avenue SW, Decatur AL 35603-2675
Phone: 256-301-1388  |  Fax: 256-301-1388  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Gadsden Hotel & Suites

205 Enterprise Drive, Gadsden AL 35904-8239
Phone: 256-570-0569  |  Fax: (256) 952-2650  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western on the Beach

337 E Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores AL 36542-6505
Phone: 251-948-2711  |  Fax: 251-948-2711  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Inn

4419 S Alabama Avenue, Monroeville AL 36460-5639
Phone: (251) 575-9999  |  Fax: (251) 575-9999  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Auburn/Opelika Inn

205 N 21st Street, Opelika AL 36801-5447
Phone: 334-745-6293  |  Fax: 334-745-6293  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Plus Oak Mountain Inn

100 Bishop Circle, Pelham AL 35124-1397
Phone: 205-982-1113  |  Fax: 205-982-1113  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

10

Best Western University Inn

3801 McFarland Boulevard E, Tuscaloosa AL 35405-2403
Phone: 205-556-9690  |  Fax: 205-556-9690  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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