7 Ways to Savor the Last Days of Summer

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Summer is almost over, but there are still ways to savor the last days. Check out our list and let us know what your favorite way to soak up the last days of summer fun.

Point Mallard Water Park

One of the best ways to savor the summer is to spend the day at Point Mallard Water Park in Decatur. What better way to cool off on a super hot day than to splash around in the wave pool or slip and slide on the variety of slides?! There’s a lazy river for doing just that – being lazy. You’ll find snack bars with lots of food choices and an ice cream shop called Duck Duck Scoop.

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Take a stroll through the Huntsville Botanical Garden to see the last blooms of summer before fall sets in. Visit the children’s area where kids can play and splash around in the water. You can take a break from the sun and grab a bite to eat at the cafe and shop in the adorable gift shop for unique gifts.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a great place to spend indoors on a hot day learning all about space exploration. You can see the Saturn V rocket that hangs above you in the Davidson Center or learn about the James Webb Telescope in the theater. There’s also outdoor fun, like riding the G-Force, Sling Shot, or looking at the rockets all over the park.

Cook Museum of Natural Science

The Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur is the perfect place to take a break from the summer sun! You’ll find a 15,000 gallon aquarium with lots of colorful fish, a replica cave to explore, Holosands interactive table, a huge tree to climb up, and so much more! You can even grab a bite to eat at Nature’s Table Cafe and shop in the Museum Store for the perfect gift or souvenir.

Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Visit the Carnegie Visual Arts Center to see a new art exhibit! The Center is always highlighting artists’ work with new exhibits quarterly.

The Cupboard

Grab a cookbook and other supplies from the The Cupboard to make delicious recipes from those farmers market fruits and veggies. You can even pick up some seeds to plant a late summer/early fall garden.


Stovehouse in Huntsville is a fun way to wind down summer! There are a lot of cool restaurants, live music, and other fun games to play at this unique venue on Governor’s Drive.

Memorial Day in Huntsville and Decatur

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Memorial Day Weekend is the kick-off to summer, and we’re here for it! Check out these fun events going on in Huntsville and Decatur.

Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic

The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic is a must if you live anywhere near the Tennessee Valley area! Lots of hot air balloons invade Decatur and provide a magical experience at Point Mallard Park on Saturday and Sunday. For a full list of activities, check out Decatur Morgan County Tourism.

Point Mallard Water Park

Point Mallard Water Park opens for the season on Saturday, May 27! Grab your bathing suits, beach towels, and floaties and hit the water park for some refreshing fun all summer long!

Huntsville Botanical Garden

The Huntsville Botanical Garden invites U.S. service members and their immediate family (active duty & veterans) to visit on Memorial Day because Yulista is offering complimentary admission to enjoy the peaceful garden on Monday.


School’s out for summer, and Stovehouse has a line up of activities that are a great way to kick off the most laid-back season.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

In the Discovery Theater at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on Sunday, May 28 at 2pm, you can discover the story of how America’s first space station came to be. The discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities of launching an orbiting habitat and laboratory and the ingenuity required to see it through. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Skylab, America’s first space station, with free public events scheduled throughout the summer!

8 Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

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Alabama Splash Adventure

Water slides, wave pool, lazy river, kid’s area…there’s so much fun to have at Alabama Splash Adventure this summer! Grab the kids and plan to spend the day beating the summer heat.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Have you considered how exquisite a motorcycle is in its styling, mechanics, and capabilities? Their artistry is what Birmingham native George Barber saw when he began collecting motorcycles in 1988. Six years later, he established the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Today, it is home to the largest collection of motorcycles in the world.

Cook Museum of Natural Science

The Cook Museum of Natural Science, located in downtown Decatur, Alabama, is a hands-on, immersive experience where guests can explore, interact with, and learn about nature.

High Point Climbing

High Point Climbing and Fitness in Birmingham is located in the completely renovated Next Fitness facility on Highway 280. High Point Birmingham brings world class climbing to Alabama with 25,000 square feet of indoor climbing surface featuring up to 52+ feet of climbing. The facility is now completely open with the Kid Zone, Bouldering, Weight, Aerobic, Yoga Room, and Route Area! Climbing Clubs and Team can be joined at anytime.  Yoga is now offered five nights a week and is included with any Membership or Day Pass.Come have fun and get fit at High Point!

McWane Science Center

Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX® Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder — from an amazing collection of dinosaurs to innovative environmental showcases, imaginative early childhood playgrounds, and an awe-inspiring aquarium. The energy and excitement of discovery spring to life through an extensive lineup of science demonstrations performed daily by talented educators. The adventure intensifies in the IMAX® Dome Theater, where wide-eyed visitors experience the sights and sounds of breathtaking films on a 5-story-tall screen surrounded by 3 tons of high-intensity speakers.

Point Mallard Park

The Point Mallard Waterpark is home to America’s First Wave Pool and so much more! There’s also Point Mallard Golf Course, Point Mallard Ice Complex, Point Mallard Camp Ground, and Strike Zone Batting Cages.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Since opening its doors in 1970, nearly 16 million people have toured the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The vast majority of those visitors have been from out of state or from foreign nations. Many of the more than 550,000 annual visitors are school students on field trips to their future. Dozens of interactive exhibits encourage visitor participation, prompting one official to note: “Here, everyone can be an astronaut for the day!”

Home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge® Camp, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is the most comprehensive U.S. manned spaceflight hardware museum in the world. Its large rocket and space hardware collection is valued in the tens of millions of dollars. From America’s first satellite, Explorer I, to next generation space vehicles like Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser, the museum showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight.

The USSRC is more than just artifacts! Experience the physics of astronaut training like never before in simulators like Space Shot and G-Force. Our Spacedome IMAX® Theater transports you to different worlds with amazing documentary films like Hubble, and live demonstrations in the Discovery Theater will have you seeing space science in a whole new light. There’s always something happening at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center!

See an actual moon rock at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Vulcan Park & Museum

What kind of city builds a huge statue of a burly, bearded, bare-bottomed man to tower over its entire population? One that never forgets its roots. Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge, watches over all of Birmingham as a symbol of the city’s iron origins–and the ever-present spark of its indomitable spirit at the Vulcan Park & Museum.

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