1. U.S. Space and Rocket Center

This Smithsonian Affiliate in Huntsville is also NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center official visitor center.

2. GulfQuest National Maritime Museum

With simulators, interactive exhibits, displays and theaters, GulfQuest National Maritime Museum is a must-see attraction. 

3. Alabama Wildlife Center

The Alabama Wildlife Center is the state’s largest and oldest wildlife rehabilitation facility. 

4. Fort Morgan State Historic Site Museum

Construction on Fort Morgan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began in 1819

5. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham is an educational and cultural research center dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of civil rights developments in the area with an increasing move to emphasize the universal struggle for human rights. 

6. Huntsville Botanical Garden

The Huntsville Botanical Garden is open throughout the year and visitors can see an aquatic garden, a wildflower and nature trail as well as many plant collections and specialty gardens. 

7. Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Each season, something is in bloom at Bellingrath Gardens. Wintertime features more than 400 varieties of camellias.

8. Southeastern Raptor Center

Dr. Milton founded the Southeastern Raptor Center in the mid-1970s when several injured birds were brought to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Auburn University was asked to become a hub for rehabilitation in the Southeast. 

9. Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley is a farm that was established in 2004 and is designed as a natural environment. 

10. Dexter Parsonage Museum

The Dexter Parsonage Museum was home to 12 pastors of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and, in 1982, it earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.