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Twickenham District: Guided Walking TourTwickenham District

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Group Size: 30 participants. Leisurely stroll for approximately 2 miles.
Length: 2 ½ hour guided experience
Attire: Casual with comfortable shoes for walking

Description: Stroll through time with a guided tour walking by some of Alabama’s most beautiful antebellum mansions. Van Brown of the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association will share stories about the homes’ owners as well as recognizing each site’s distinctive style.

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. Wear comfortable shoes & dress according to the weather forecast – will walk rain or shine as long as it isn’t stormy.

 

History & Halos Tour: Cullman CountyHistory & Halos Tour

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Group Size: 4 participants
Length: Day-long tour and activities (Lunch and transportation included)
Attire: Casual with comfortable shoes for walking

Description: Cullman County has many attractions to pique the interest of history buffs.

Ave Maria Grotto, known throughout the world as “Jerusalem in Miniature,” the Ave Maria Grotto is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey.

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and its Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adorations keep a constant prayer vigil at the Shrine, inviting people from all walks of life and faiths to see what the Lord has accomplished here. The Shrine grounds consists of: Cloistered Monastery, Upper and Lower church, near life-sized Nativity scene, Lourdes Grotto, John Paul II Eucharistic Center, and the Castle which houses the Gift Shop of El Nino.

The Crooked Creek Civil War Museum is home to a host of Civil War memorabilia. Located on a battle site from the war, the area’s rich history and heritage has afforded it an abundance of character. The area is even rumored to be the hotspot of paranormal activity, with several guests sighting ghosts. The Paranormal Research Alliance has even conducted test on the property confirming the appearance of apparitions. With over 40 acres of land with historical significance, a museum of rare collectibles where you can actually handle the artifacts, and a quaint bed & breakfast on the property, this attraction will ensure that you receive a remarkable history lesson coupled with fun.

Cullman County Museum is located within a replica of Cullman’s founder’s home, the museum has something for all ages and interests. From Native American presentations to the Main Street Displays which focus on Cullman’s German heritage, there are many interactive displays of interest to the young and the young at heart.

Lunch provided at Johnny’s BBQ

 

Birds, Glow worms, and Horses…oh my! Get Outdoors in Franklin CountyBirds, Glow worms, and Horses

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Group Size: 4 participants
Length: Day-long tour and activities (Lunch and transportation included)
Attire: Casual with comfortable shoes for walking

Description: If the great outdoors is what you love, take a trip to Franklin County, Alabama.

Cypress Cove Farm, situated on the Northwest Loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail it features two wooded birding observation areas as well as three ponds and six miles of nature trails divided into 10 paths. Along with the bird observation sites and a bird sanctuary, existing farm structures at Cypress Cove Farm have been modified for use as bird blinds and educational facilities. The farm includes a working gristmill, antique tractors, and blacksmithing demonstrations for groups.

Dismals Canyon is an 85-acre Natural Conservatory privately owned and operated. It is not a State Park or National Park. However, it was designated a “National Natural Landmark” in 1975 by the National Natural Landmarks Program. Through the heart of the canyon flows “Dismals Branch,” a winding stream that enters the canyon with a roar through “Rainbow Falls.” A 1.5 mile hiking trail on the canyon floor follows the stream through sky reaching boulders, past thundering waterfalls, into a secret world of mossy-green and pearl gray filled with ferns and giant trees. Summertime finds Dismals Canyon cool and inviting. The temperature runs some 14 degrees below Alabama’s summer average. There are no mosquitoes, flies, or poison oak. Guided night tours allow visitors to view the glow-in-the-dark creatures known locally as Dismalites.

Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park is a horse trail located in Hodges, Alabama with miles of picturesque trails winding through acres of woodlands and canyons with points of interest and overlooks. For the adventurous rider there are challenging trails and for the rider who likes to take it nice and slow we have less challenging trails for a more leisurely ride. While the park is an equestrian trail, they also offer walking and hiking trails with beautiful waterfalls where you can relax. Walk across the natural rock bridge, which is 100 feet high and 82 feet long. Experience a breathtaking view 285 feet above the canyon from atop the largest rock in Alabama. The park currently has over 27 miles of trails with more in the process of being developed.

Red Bay Museum showcases various displays of artifacts of Red Bay’s past and also a display of items donated by country music legend, Tammy Wynette.

Lunch at The Mason Jar on Main a quaint, southern café on Main Street in Red Bay, Alabama.

 

Free The Hops & Redstone MWR presentFree The Hops & Redstone MWR present

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Group Size: Max 75 participants.
Description: Ability to sample an array of local brews on the grounds of Redstone Arsenal*
Length: 4 hour experience (includes transportation to and from the event location and local craft beer samples)
Attire: Casual

Description: 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. FTH will bring all nine of our local craft breweries together in one spot for you to sample, where it won’t take long to see why our brews are garnering national recognition and taking the south by storm. While enjoying a brew, get a glimpse of how well we tackle the Welfare, Moral, and Recreational needs of our military and retired veterans stationed here on Redstone Arsenal.

Redstone Arsenal is a 38,125 acre Army base located in the Tennessee Valley and bordering the Tennessee River. The Arsenal employs over 35,000 employees, 14 Flag Officers, 100 Senior Executive Service (SES), 1,000 Active Duty Military, 19,500 Civilians and 15,000 Contractors. Redstone Arsenal’s Department of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) encompasses over 20 facilities dedicated to providing valuable quality of life programs to the Redstone Arsenal Community. These programs include activities such as Golf, Bowling, Fitness, Outdoor Recreation, Arts & Crafts, Childcare, and social events such as Wine & Beer Tasting, concerts and one of the largest annual Oktoberfest festivals in the United States. Our Oktoberfest includes authentic German beer, food and glassware along with an ever growing Craft Biergarten featuring local breweries.

*U.S. Citizenship required for this event. Identification will be verified upon confirmation of registration.

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Brewery and retailers:
Blue Pants Brewery
Green Bus Brewery
Salty Nut Brewery
Free The Hops
Old Black Bear Brewery & Pub
Party Life Bus, LLC
Yellowhammer Brewery
Below The Radar Brewhouse
Straight To Ale Brewery
Mad Malts Brewery
Rocket Republic Brewery

 

“Curators Tour” of North Alabama’s Premiere Fine Arts MuseumCurators Tour

Time:  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Group Size: 25 participants
Length: 2 hours with wine and light hors d’oeuvres
(Reception to follow tour)

Description: You won’t be able to sit down at first, but you won’t want to with all you’ll be taking in! Enjoy show-stopping chairs in The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design with fascinating pieces by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Stickley Brothers, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry, and more. Next, you’ll enjoy the surrealistic paintings with enlarged flowers and animated landscapes by celebrated Memphis, Tennessee, artist Beth Edwards. You’ll then journey through Our Living Past: A Platinum Portrait of Music Makers with photographs by Tim Duffy, who has immortalized the South’s musical heroes and the world in which they live.

But wait, there’s more! You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Museum’s 3,000+ permanent collection, a sight which most are not able to see. THEN rest your feet in one of our beautiful rental rooms, while you enjoy a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

Located in the heart of Downtown Huntsville in Big Spring International Park, the Huntsville Museum of Art is the perfect setting for art education, fun-filled events, shopping and dining, and viewing amazing works of fine art. With 14 galleries filled with regional and national works, plus two interactive education galleries, the Museum is here for visitors of all ages.

 

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
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Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Group Size: Max 50 participants.
Overview: Behind the scenes tour of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Length: 3 hour experience (includes transportation to and from the event location)
Attire: Long pants and closed toe shoes

Mandatory Requirement: Must be a U.S. Citizen to attend the tour, and show two forms of government issued identification.

Description: For more than 50 years, the unique capabilities and expertise at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has been used to design and build the engines, vehicles, space systems, instruments and science payloads that make possible unprecedented missions of science and discovery throughout our solar system.

Marshall minds designed, built, tested and helped launch the giant Saturn V rocket that carried astronauts on the Apollo missions to the moon. Marshall developed new rocket engines and tanks for the fleet of space shuttles, built sections of the International Space Station and now manages all the science work of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station from a 24/7 Payload Operations and Integration Center.

Today, Marshall is home to development of the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever designed to carry human explorers, their equipment and science payloads deeper into space than ever before. Guests to our historic NASA center will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about Marshall’s current contributions to NASA’s journey to Mars, including progress being made on SLS, the science work being done aboard the International Space Station, and see first-hand some of the state of the art facilities and test areas making all of this possible. Participants will also have the chance to interact with rocket scientists and tour the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Marshall’s official visitor’s center and one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Alabama.