Post-BEX Tours 5/8

REGISTRATION FOR TOURS IS NOW CLOSED. IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN SIGNING UP, PLEASE VISIT THE TOUR REGISTRATION DESK AT THE VON BRAUN CENTER WEDNESDAY MAY 3rd or THURSDAY MAY 4th.

Unique Adventure: Etowah County
Noccalula Falls ParkTigers for Tomorrow2

Date & Time: May 8, 2017 – 8 am to 5 pm
Group Size: 4 participants
Length: Day-long tour and activities (Lunch and transportation included)
Attire: Casual with comfortable shoes for walking

Description: North Alabama isn’t short on unique experiences, and Etowah County has several within minutes of each other. Legend has it that Noccalula, and Indian Princess, jumped to her death because she couldn’t marry the man she loved. Tigers for Tomorrow is an exotic animal preserve that houses animals such as tigers, lions, bears, etc. North Alabama has seen a boom in craft breweries, with Back Forty Beer Company leading the way. Also close by are two beautiful wineries: Maraella and Wills Creek, which offer locally grown and made wines. Lunch will be provided at Jefferson’s in Gadsden. Noccalula Falls Park features a 90-foot waterfall with canyon, nature trails, botanical garden with more than 25,000 azaleas, a pioneer village, a war memorial, gift shop, children’s playground, and campground. There is also a train that travels around the park. Explore Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain, where life is wild by nature. Untamed Mountain is home to Tigers For Tomorrow. Tigers for Tomorrow is a wild animal park and environmental education center that is home to over 130 animals. During your visit you will get up close and personal with over 70 big cats, wolves and bears. You’ll be closer to lions and tigers that ever before in a safe natural setting. Back Forty Beer Company is a micro brewery focused on local ingredients in downtown Gadsden. They have an air conditioned taproom where visitors may sample and purchase their beers on site. Largest brewery in Alabama and the only brewery to bottle beer and sell outside the state. Maraella Estate Farm Vineyards & Winery are located in the picturesque foothills of the Appalachia Mountains. Established in 2005 by the Lee Family. Maraella Estate Farm Vineyard & Winery is the realization of a dream of a family wine business. Maraella promises the embracement of the principle to make fine wines. Wines of distinction that represent the finest varietals. When you visit Wills Creek Vineyards & Winery, you’ll discover a tranquil and beautiful world away from everyday cares. It’s a destination steeped in history and designed to invigorate all of your senses.

 

 

Legends and Heroes Tour: Lawrence County
Jesse Owens MuseumPond Spring – General Joe Wheeler Home

Date & Time: May 8, 2017 – 8 am to 5 pm
Group Size: 4 participants
Length: Day-long tour and activities (Lunch and transportation included)
Attire: Casual with comfortable shoes for walking

Description: For a community that isn’t even an incorporated town to have not one but two museums within walking distance is a major accomplishment for Oakville, Alabama. The Jesse Owens Museum & Park honors the 1936 Olympic gold medal winner, and right down the county road is the Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum. Lawrence County is also home to beautiful Bankhead National Forest, which has a few majestic waterfalls. In Hillsboro is Pond Spring, which is General Joe Wheeler’s home. Lunch will be provided at Western Sirloin in Moulton. Jesse Owens Museum: The 20-acre park, near Jesse Owens’ birthplace, honors the track great who captured four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The park both educates and entertains with a museum, broad jump pit, life-size bronze statue, 1936 torch replica, Olympic Gold Medal Tree, home replica, playground, ball fields, picnic pavilions, gift shop, and visitor’s center. The Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum features the largest 2,000-year-old Woodland Indian Mound in Alabama. The 8,000 square foot, 122-acre park also has an early settler cemetery, Black Warriors Path, 20-acre fishing pond, walking paths, a Cherokee Council House, gift shop, and picnic shelters. Pond Spring – The General Joe Wheeler Home: Pond Spring was home to Fighting Joseph Wheeler, former Major General of Calvary of the Confederate western army. Wheeler was a U.S. Congressman following the Civil War. “Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler became a national symbol for reunification and reconciliation following the Civil War and through the latter half of the 19th Century. Bankhead National Forest features 180,000 acres with an abundance of bluffs, canyons, waterfalls, springs, and lakes.  Four recreation areas are located throughout the forest offering a wide range of activities.

 

 

 

BAGGAGE BOTHERS = BIG BARGAINS IN SCOTTSBORO, ALABAMA

Date & Time: May 8, 2017 – 8 am to 2 pm (Bus to depart from Von Braun Center at 8 am)
Group Size: Maximum 52 participants
Attire: Shop ‘til you drop casual

Description: Travel to Scottsboro, Alabama to visit the ever-changing and always interested Unclaimed Baggage Center. In 1970 Doyle Owens headed to Washington D.C. with an idea, a borrowed pick-up truck and a $300 loan to pick up his first load of unclaimed baggage. Selling the contents on card tables in an old rented house, the venture was an instant success. Unclaimed Baggage Center is now one of Alabama’s top tourist attractions hosting over a million visitors a year from every state and over 40 foreign countries. Your tour will arrive at Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, home of the world’s only store that buys and resells lost and unclaimed baggage. Adventure shopping at its best! We will greet you with a cup of Starbucks and introduce you to our store with a history and “how it works” session in our Cups Cafe. You will receive a 10% off coupon (a few exceptions) and a lunch certificate to enjoy in Cups Cafe where we serve a delicious selection of salads and sandwiches. Depart at 1 pm to return to Huntsville.