At Play in the Tennessee Valley
Many residents — whether families or singles — agree that living in the Tennessee Valley is exciting because there are so many attractions, and they’re all easily accessible. You can see a Broadway play, listen to a symphony, visit an art museum and play a championship golf course without being concerned about traffic and parking.
Visitors who want to be “astronauts for a day” can sample astronaut-training activities at the sprawling U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Downtown Huntsville’s variety of museums and attractions and its outstanding symphony orchestra offer rich cultural opportunities involving the arts. Nearby, visit Limestone County’s annual Renaissance Festival, Cullman’s Oktoberfest, or Hartselle’s nationally recognized Depot Days festival.
The Tennessee Valley also delivers a sportsman’s paradise — fishing, hunting, boating, water skiing, picnicking, hiking, biking and more. The legendary Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which encompasses 26 courses in 11 cities in Alabama, begins here at the 54-hole Hampton Cove Golf Course.
Those who enjoy top-flight recreation will appreciate a hiking expedition along one of the area’s numerous park trails or lakes, a kayak trip down a river, fishing in a lake, or another in the wide range of area activities. There also is a Top Golf and a variety of movie theaters, an outdoor mall (Bridge Street Town Center), and ever-growing areas such as downtown, Providence, and MidCity.
Spectator sports are also strong. Huntsville also boasts a minor league professional hockey team, the Havoc. The area will be getting a Double-A baseball team, the Rocket City Trash Pandas, in 2020. Fall Saturdays mean football season in Alabama as locals trek to the University of Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama A&M, UAB, North Alabama, and other top schools to catch the action. The Huntsville Havoc regularly draw thousands of hockey fans to Huntsville’s downtown Von Braun Center during the fall and winter, and you’re only a short drive from professional teams such as the Nashville Predators, Tennessee Titans, and the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, and Hawks as well.
Fine arts are also well represented by dance, theater and museum events throughout the year.
Nashville's Music City; Atlanta's vibrant urban pace; Birmingham's blossoming bustle; Memphis with all its music and food; and Montgomery, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and Alabama's capital city, are all within easy driving distance.
Recreational destinations include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lake Ocoee, and the Cherokee National Forest.