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Fall Home & Garden Show – Huntsville, Alabama

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Fall Home & Garden Show? – Huntsville, Alabama.

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The one, must-do thing in Alabama? U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville

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You know those “if you have this much time in a city, here’s what you should do” lists? Well, Huffington Post has come up with a list of the “one thing” that must be done in each of the 50 states. For Alabama, that’s U.S. Space Camp at Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

“Space Camp” is a place for “aspiring astronauts ages 9 to 99″ to come “for a chance to sleep in bunks, spin in the Multi-Axis Trainer, and handle a crisis on simulated intergalactic missions.”

More than 27,000 kids from 83 countries attended the week-long Space Camp in 2013 alone, Tim Hall, the center’s spokesman said.

The site makes the HuffPost list along with a drive along California’s coastal highway, visiting the Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair, and sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Listening to the blues at The Lyric in Oxford, Miss., and spending the night on the floor of the Grand Canyon in Arizona also made the list.

HuffPost editors came up with list by talking among themselves and asking friends to come up with what they call “the ultimate American travel guide.” It’s not a comprehensive list, the site assures, just one that’s a good place to start for those who want to “travel back to your American roots.”

The folks at Huffington Post aren’t the only ones who think the Space & Rocket Center is a pretty cool place to go. The center was the most visited paid tourism destination with more than 584,000 visitors in 2013, according to Alabama’s Tourism Departmen

The one, must-do thing in Alabama? U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville | AL.com.

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Cedar Park Open House – This Weekend

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Stop by this weekend to see most of the 12 floor plans offered on the ground in different stages of construction. Plans and pricing for all 12 designs will be available in the model home on Belltown Drive. We build these homes all over Madison County so if you like a plan but want a different location we can do that as well. Any move-in-ready home purchased this weekend in Cedar Park or Bell Grove Manor will receive a FREE wood fence for the back yard (a $3000 value)!

Directions – South on Memorial Parkway. Right on Hobbs Rd. (At Chick-fil-A). Left on Bell Rd. Cedar Park will be ½ mile on the right

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U.S. Space & Rocket Center, other destinations among top Huntsville attractions on TripAdvisor

Fireworks with the Saturn V at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (file photo by Dave Dieter | The Huntsville Times)

Fireworks with the Saturn V at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (file photo by Dave Dieter | The Huntsville Times)

Recently ranked the No. 1 attraction in Huntsville, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is among destinations to be featured on a list of 29 recommended Huntsville hot spots on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.

Following closely behind the U.S. Space & Rocket Center are second-place Monaco Pictures at Bridge Street Town Centre and third-place Harmony Park Safari, located on 431 Clouds Cove Road S.E. The rankings are based on online reviews on Trip Advisor, which sees more than 200 million unique monthly visitors and over 100 million reviews and opinions.

To see the list of all 29 recommended attractions and where they stand, visit TripAdvisor’s website. Listed below are the top 10 Huntsville attractions, according to TripAdvisor.

1. U.S. Space & Rocket Center; One Tranquility Base, Huntsville; 389 TripAdvisor reviews. The well-known aviation destination has 210 excellent and five terrible visitor ratings.

2. Monaco Pictures; 370 The Bridge Street, Huntsville; 95 TripAdvisor reviews. The upscale movie theater, restaurant and Prive’ VIP Experience have 60 excellent and zero terrible visitor ratings.

3. Harmony Park Safari; 431 Clouds Cove Road, Huntsville; 50 TripAdvisor reviews. The nature preserve has 31 excellent and zero terrible visitor ratings.

4. Huntsville Botanical Garden; 4747 Bob Wallace Ave., Huntsville; 109 TripAdvisor reviews. The botanical, woodland, wildflower and flower gardens have 67 excellent and only two terrible visitor ratings.

5. Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain; South Shawdee Road, Green Mountain, Huntsville; 17 TripAdvisor reviews. The trail has 13 excellent and zero terrible visitor ratings.

6. Von Braun Center; 700 Monroe St. S.W., Huntsville; 43 TripAdvisor reviews. The multi-purpose facility and event center has 22 excellent and zero terrible visitor ratings.

7. Monte Sano State Park; 5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville; 31 TripAdvisor reviews. The park has 18 excellent and zero terrible visitor ratings.

8. Sci-Quest; 102 Wynn Drive, Huntsville; 35 reviews. The hands-on science center has 12 excellent and one terrible visitor ratings.

9. Huntsville Museum of Art; 300 Church St., Huntsville; 29 TripAdvisor reviews. The art museum has 14 excellent and one terrible visitor ratings.

10. Burritt on the Mountain; 3101 Burritt Drive, Huntsville; 35 TripAdvisor reviews. The public, mountain-top facility has 17 excellent and zero terrible visitor ratings.

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via U.S. Space & Rocket Center, other destinations among top Huntsville attractions on TripAdvisor (poll) | al.com.

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First night of Huntsville’s new Arts & Entertainment District (Video)

(Huntsville, AL) – The City of Huntsville is launching two new Arts & Entertainment Districts on Thursday, June 20, in downtown Huntsville. The City is taking advantage of the State’s new open container legislation to develop cultural districts where street performers, block parties, concerts, live art demonstrations, art strolls, outdoor movies and more will occur in the Quigley and Meridian Arts & Entertainment Districts. This downtown entertainment will showcase the arts in Huntsville while supporting restaurants and bars as they participate in the new district by serving drinks “to-go.”

The districts will begin with a 90-day “soft roll out on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 – 10 p.m. During that time, patrons may purchase a beverage at one of the participating bars and restaurants, and stroll downtown to experience the entertainment.

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Concerts in the Park return to Big Spring Park each Monday night for 11 weeks

People enjoy the music during a Concerts in the Park event in this file photo. This summer's series begins June 3 with concerts planned each Monday for 11 weeks on the Huntsville Museum of Art outdoor stage in Big Spring International Park. (File photo)

People enjoy the music during a Concerts in the Park event in this file photo. This summer’s series begins June 3 with concerts planned each Monday for 11 weeks on the Huntsville Museum of Art outdoor stage in Big Spring International Park. (File photo)

A staple of Huntsville summer entertainment returns on June 3 with the start of the 2013 season of the Concerts in the Park in Big Spring International Park. The Arts Council and the City of Huntsville’s Department of Parks and Recreation put on the annual concerts, which will be held for 11 weeks every Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Huntsville Museum of Art outdoor stage.

The series will showcase a mix of musical genres from rock and roll, pop and top 40 to light classical, bluegrass, folk and jazz. The series is free, picnics are welcome and there will be food vendors onsite with items available for purchase.

This year’s concert lineup includes 22 performance groups, including eight acts that are new to the series:

June 3 – Big Daddy Kingfish and JUICE

June 10 – Cristina Lynn and Tangled String Band

June 17 – Tropical Breeze Steel Band and The Brakers

June 24 – The 911 Reporters and Groove

July 1 – Strings of Pearl and Olde Towne Brass

July 8 – Jimmy Henderson and Bourbon & Shamrocks

July 15 – The Ben Parker Project and DiscOasis

July 22 – U.S. Army Materiel Command Bands

July 29 -Step Heavy and Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn Band

August 5 – Winslow Davis and Mambo Gris Gris

August 12 – Ashley Smith and Rocket City Jazz Orchestra

The July 22 concert with the U.S. Army Materiel Command Bands is part of Huntsville’s Armed Forces Week celebrations, and the evening will end with a downtown fireworks display.

“The music scene in Huntsville is vibrant and growing,” Arts Council Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken said. “We are proud to join with the City of Huntsville’s Department of Parks and Recreation to showcase some of our city’s outstanding talent every Monday night at Concerts In the Park. The concert series offers something for everyone, and it’s all free, fun and family-friendly.”

For more information on the 2013 Concerts in the Park series visit artshuntsville.org or huntsvilleal.gov.

via Concerts in the Park return to Big Spring Park each Monday night for 11 weeks | al.com.

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WhistleStop Weekend

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Come have a toe-tappin, barbeque-eatin’ good time and best of all it’s all for a good cause. All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and educational programs for area children.

May 3rd & May 4th

Friday – 4pm – 11pm

Saturday – 10am – 11pm

Historic Huntsville Depot

320 Church Street

Huntsville, AL.

Parking is downtown street parking.

Gateways are at the Church Street and Monroe intersections, the Church Street entrance of the Depot and on Meridian Street across from Walker Avenue.

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