Time: 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Group Size: Max 15 participants. Ability to hike (with elevation changes) for at least 1.5 miles.
Length: 3 hour guided experience (includes boxed lunch)
Attire: Casual with comfortable closed-toe shoes for walking
Description: Do you have a heart for nature? Join the Land Trust of North Alabama as you explore a portion of the 1,100 acre Monte Sano Nature Preserve – the green backdrop for downtown Huntsville. This oasis is just two miles from downtown and is one of the largest urban nature preserves in the U.S.
Wildflowers are abundant on the mountain in May and the hike will be led by a botanist and birder. You will also tour Three Caves, a former limestone quarry where the natural “air conditioning” is 65 degrees year round.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Group Size: Max 25 participants
Length: 1.5 hour guided experience (includes coffee and light breakfast)
Description: Enjoy a light breakfast and coffee aboard a 1920’s vintage-inspired trolley bus while touring downtown Huntsville and the Twickenham historic district.
Twickenham Historic District was the first historic district designated in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, with a boundary increase in 2015. The name derives from an early name for the town of Huntsville, named after Twickenham, England, by LeRoy Pope. It features homes in the Federal and Greek revival architectural styles introduced to the city by Virginia-born architect George Steele and contains the densest concentration of antebellum homes in Alabama.
Narrated by Historic Interpreters, you’ll hear stories about people and places from Huntsville’s past, some definitely worth repeating!
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Group Size: 15 Participants (ability to stand, walk, and endure 65-degree temperatures for 3 hours)
Attire: Long pants, long sleeve shirt or jacket, socks, tennis shoes
Length: 3 hours guided tour and instructional experience (includes lunch)
Description: Did you know Huntsville is the Hockey Capital of the South? Did you know National and Olympic level figure skaters have, and still do, skate at this very facility? The Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex is pleased to offer you a behind the scenes look at how a chemical engineer named Ben Wilcoxon brought ice to Huntsville, a chance to meet one of the men who started the hockey program here in Huntsville and 50 years later still plays competitively, a look at how we make ice and keep it frozen here in the south, and of course the chance to put on some skates and learn the basics of ice skating. We hope you will leave with a greater understanding of the rich hockey and figure skating history here in Huntsville, “The Hockey Capital of the South.”
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Group Size: Max 40 participants
Length: 6 hour guided experience
Attire: Casual and Comfortable
Description: Bikes and Brews, usually a First Friday event in Huntsville is a leisurely ride among friends/drinking companions between various spots around town. The ride is usually about 5-7 miles with 4-5 destinations, stopping for about an hour at each location. Any type bicycle and rider fitness level can complete the ride. We try to support local business, especially local breweries and craft beer. (Local organizations Bicycles Etc., Trailhead, Blevins Bicycle, Downtown Huntsville Inc. and Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa will provide bicycles for TBEX event use.)
Bikes and Brews ride will mount up at 4:30 p.m. with 45 mins per stop and 15 mins transit between.
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Group Size: Max 60 participants
Length: 2 hour guided walking tour
Attire: Casual with comfortable shoes for walking
Description: Led by Jacquelyn Procter Reeves, Huntsville historian and author of twelve books including “When Spirits Walk” and “Wicked North Alabama,” has extensively researched the history of this area and uncovered little known facts as well as rumors of haunted places featured in Ghost Walks.
Huntsville’s original Ghost Walk, the Old Town District tour contains stories such as the “Fraternity House for Ghosts,” the children of Walker Street, the ghost in the courthouse, and the murder of Judge Thomas Lawler. These buildings are mostly Victorian-style (late 1800s).
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Group Size: Max 75 participants. Ability to sample an array of local brews and tasty morsels from local food vendors in an outdoor setting on the grounds of the beautiful Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology
Length: 4 hour experience (includes transportation to and from the event location via local party bus, local craft beer and food samples, in outdoor setting with live local music.)
Attire: Casual with comfortable shoes for short walks and some standing
Description: Huntsville is the crossroads where science meets artistry, in the form of great craft beer! We are home to the most local breweries (9), out of the roughly 40 across the state. Alabama has seen vertical growth in the six years since Free The Hops changed the first of three Prohibition-era laws that gave birth to the craft beer boom. Join us to sample from all nine local craft breweries, in one spot, to see why they are garnering national recognition and taking the south by storm. If that weren’t invitation enough, tasty morsels will be offered from local eateries to nosh on with your brews, and live music from a local artist will waft on the breeze of this outdoor event. All of these are cornerstones of Free The Hops’ ninth annual Rocket City Brewfest. (www.rocketcitybrewfest/com) At RCBF we host the largest sampling event in North Alabama each year as our fundraiser. While we offer 350 of the very best craft beers, meads, and ciders from around the globe, our local breweries are the stars of the show. Allow us to give you the exclusive introduction to all of the wonderful breweries, taprooms, and eateries you will want to explore with your taste buds, while in Huntsville!
Brewery and retailers:
Blue Pants Brewery
Das Stahl Bierhaus
Green Bus Brewery
Salty Nut Brewery
Free The Hops
Old Black Bear Brewery & Pub
Party Life Bus, LLC
Old Town Beer Exchange
Below The Radar Brewhouse
Straight To Ale Brewery
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Group Size: 16 Participants
Overview: Live the adventure of a lifetime and try your hand at the ultimate camp experience – Space Camp!
Description: Huntsville, Alabama is home of the world-renowned Space Camp. Since 1982, Space Camp has provided life-changing science and technology opportunities for students and adults from around the globe. With over 700,000 alumni and counting, Space Camp continue to be a global destination for future astronauts and science fans.
Spend the day going through the highlights of one of the world’s best-known camps. Take on simulated space missions where you’ll be an administrator in mission control, an astronaut on the orbiter, or a scientist aboard the International Space Station!
Conquer training simulators like the ones used by NASA, including the famous Multi-Axis Trainer, used to simulate a tumble-spin in space.
Lunch is provided in the Space Camp Crew Galley.