Take a Tour around Rocket City with a Charter Bus or Tour Bus
Huntsville is One of Alabama’s Most Iconic and Historic Cities
There are many things that Huntsville is known for but it is more popularly known for its vibrant textile and ammunition factories, home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal. The city is so full of historic sites and events that the National Trust for Historic Preservation called Huntsville ‘America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations’ in 2010. Many indigenous people called the land their home, thanks to its close proximity to a few important bodies of water, and it includes the Muscogee-speaking people, the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw people to the east of Mississippi river. After the 1805 Treaty with the Chickasaws and Cherokee Treaty in 1806, the land was bought up by LeRoy Pope who went on to name the city Twickenham. The name was later changed to Huntsville in 1812. It was a well-planned city with streets organized in and around Big Spring and the developments were welcomed. The cotton textile mills around the city, Lincoln, Dallas and Merrimack contributed largely to further developments and soon, residents had access to grocery stores, theaters, hardware stores (one of them remains to be the oldest one in the state of Alabama, and it continues to operate today), schools and churches after the country’s Civil War. The city is nicknamed ‘The Rocket City’ because of it being home to the U.S. Space Missions and it brought national attention to attractions like Redstone Arsenal and Huntsville and it survived an almost complete standstill in the 1970s because of the closedown of the Apollo program.
But that’s all behind them now as the city thrives as a friendly and charming city with vibrant arts, cultural, dining and night scenes. Visitors will get to enjoy massive shopping malls like Madison Square Mall and Parkway Place and friendly family-run retail outlets, boutiques, gift and souvenir shops to be found especially at the city’s lifestyle center, Bridge Street Town Center in Cummings Research Park. With the rented charter bus, coach, mini bus, school bus or party bus, visitors can are encouraged to head out to historic districts like Twickenham Historic District (which has been restored and meticulously preserved by the city’s historical societies), Old Town Historic District (which is home to large number of Californian cottages, Federal, Greek Revival and Queen Anne buildings), Five Points Historic District and Lowe Mill Village.
US Coachways have worked with countless event planners, wedding organizers, committees, organizations, schools, churches and individuals alike for their events in Huntsville and they could be big and small, be it a wedding reception, birthday party, corporate event, team-building exercise, farm visit, hiking trail excursions, field trips, visits to a science museum or a family vacation. We are convinced that, with our experience in the ground transportation industry, we can help you find the perfect ride. Give us a call today to find out how!
You Can Expect Nothing Short of a Memorable Trip in Downtown Huntsville, AL
The city is full of fun recreational centers, inspiring art galleries and theaters, historical points of interest, science attractions and spacious parks. So, regardless of your age and personal preferences, we are sure you will have a great, memorable time in the following attractions to be found in downtown Huntsville, AL.
Entertainment & Amusement Parks — If you have young children with you during your trip to Huntsville, visiting Sci-Quest is a must simply because this kid-friendly attraction features fun and educational hands-on exhibits designed for kids. You can even have a birthday party or field trip at this wonderful attraction. Visitors can also go bowling or have fun at the shooting and racing games at Madison Bowling Center, cool down and splash around in Decatur’s Point Mallard Waterpark or organize a trip to Earlyworks Museum Complex which is home to the Alabama Constitution Village, the Huntsville Depot and Museum Complex. There’s a train depot, cabinet shop and a 46-foot keel boat to enjoy.
Art & Culture — One of the best places to start your visit in Huntsville is the Huntsville Visitor Information Center; it is a true treasure trove of information related to the city’s best attractions, tours to take on and also places to discover with coupons and discounts. If you love art, however, do not miss the chance to bring the charter bus to Huntsville Museum of Art where there are more than 3,000 paintings on display and it has been named as one of Alabama’s not-to-be-missed destinations according to the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel. In Athens, visitors have favorable reviews and things to say about the work to be found at Carole Foret Fine Art, featuring the works of the local artists centering around animals, religion, still life and much, much more while the collection at Carnegie Visual Arts Center has been winning awards and accolades from various organizations and publications. The art center was built by a philanthropist in 1904 with the history of Alabama as its backdrop; here, there is anything and everything ranging from thought-provoking sculptures to visually stunning paintings. The art lovers in your group should also pop by 3rd Street Promenade to check out an eclectic mix of original artwork from locally and regionally-known artists and for children’s performances, be sure to drop by the Madison Children’s Theater in neighboring Madison, AL. Take on age-appropriate classes and join its educational programs if time permits. Other fun art attractions in and around Huntsville includes the historic and outstanding (in more ways than one) Princess Theater in downtown Decatur and Monaco Pictures which is a fun dinner theater where you can spend an evening out with your family and friends.
Restaurant & Shopping — Without a smidgen of doubt, Huntsville boasts of some of the most versatile and vibrant dining and night scene in the state of Alabama. Visitors should not miss the chance to enjoy traditional American cuisine like short ribs at Cotton Row Restaurant, dig into some Southern soul food like smothered turkey legs and Mac n Cheese from establishments like Betty Maes Restaurant, sample traditional Vietnamese cuisine like spring rolls and steak and meatball soup at Viet Cuisine or sink your teeth into Mexican dishes at food trucks like Taqueria El Cazador. You can then go shopping at the 70-odd shops at Bridge Street Town Center (there’s a nice artificial lake and mini train rides), pop by Alabama’s oldest and continually-running hardware store, Harrison Brothers Hardware, and then bring the charter bus to Straight to Ale Taproom for a free brewery tour and get your favorite ale to end the busy day.
Historical Sites & Landmarks — There’s a massive collection of military memorabilia, equipment and artifacts at the Veterans Memorial Museum in downtown Huntsville and it is also home to the Ford Pygmy, the world’s oldest jeep! The collection is from various wars fought around the world by the United States military. You can also head out to U.S. Space and Rocket Center to learn more about the 27 different missiles and rocket, including a Saturn V Rocket and many temporary exhibits from other museums and centers that are suitable for people of all ages or you can bring the charter bus to Twickenham which is home to countless historic homes with ageless signs that depict the region’s history. Twickenham was the original name chosen by Pope LeRoy for the city, it was later changed to Huntsville when the city was incorporated. Burritt on the Mountain is more than just your regular historic district and home; on the spacious land, there is a mansion which was named after its former owner, Dr. William Burritt, a beautiful park and scenic hiking areas for outdoor lovers to explore while learning about the place’s history. The Alabama Constitution Village is a part of the Earlyworks Museum Complex and this is the place to find out more about, not just Huntsville, but also how and when Alabama officially became a state or you can explore the spacious grounds of Huntsville-Madison County Public Library which is the state’s oldest operating library containing more than 500,000 volumes of documents, books, artifacts and printed material in its 123,000 square feet building. For a field trip, we think a trip to Huntsville Depot Museum will be an enriching and educational experience for the kids. Let them learn about Civil War graffiti, climb onto historic rail engines and understand a little bit more about the country’s railroad history.
Parks & Outdoor Activities — Huntsville Botanical Garden is home to the country’s largest open-air butterfly house and because of its insane beauty, this is where many types of special events are held and it includes birthday parties, social gatherings, corporate functions, bachelorette parties and even baby showers. While spring is the best time to hit the trails of Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain, any time of the year is a good time to visit the oldest and largest Champion Winged Elm Tree in Alabama and once you see it, the 1.5 mile hike will be worth it. Monte Sano State Park measures up to more than 2,000 acres in total and has picnic areas, hiking and biking trails and modern campsites for RVs and you might want to trek your way around Blevins Gap Preserve, Wade Mountain Preserve and the Rainbow Mountain Trailhead too. Historically, there is nothing more iconic to the city of Huntsville than the Big Spring Park. It is, after all, the very place the city was built around. The attraction is a gorgeous place to visit all year round but it chimes with more life than usual during the Panoply Arts Festival which is traditionally held in the month of April. During summer, many families will bring their kids out to Bicentennial Park in downtown Huntsville to enjoy the splash area, playground or just to take pictures of the unique sculpture garden.
Zoos & Aquariums — Being one of the only open drive-through zoo in the region, one should not miss the chance to bring the charter bus for a drive around Harmony Park Safari where visitors will get to enjoy watching animals in their most natural habitat. There are buffalos, ostriches, crocodiles and many other wild animals to watch out for and to take pictures of. Trained professionals are at hand to provide advice and guidance.
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