Spring Break is a time when the weather starts warming up, the kids are out of school, and they are ready to go! Huntsville was just named one of the best US road trips for the entire family and is a fantastic option for spending a few days on Spring Break. Here are 5 reasons Rocket City Mom thinks you should choose the Rocket City for your destination!

Geek out over Space

Children at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL

The US Space & Rocket Center has a new state of the art INTUITIVE®️ Planetarium with 8K resolution. See the stars and then go stand under the rocket that put man on the moon. Along with a new Playing with Light Exhibit that is great for the whole family, you can find family restrooms, the Mars Grill, and places for the kids to climb and get out the energy. Don’t forget to try out the Space Shot or Gravitron!

Tip* If you're unsure if the kiddo(s) will like it, go on a Thursday night. They have a biergarten that will let you into the Davidson Center for free!  Have some authentic German food and drink under the Saturn V rocket!

Get Outdoors

Family Hikes Black Adventure Crew

Huntsville may be known as the Rocket City, but we have space to play. Hiking, Greenways, and more are throughout the area. Explore on Monte Sano Mountain and see the beautiful views. They even have easy hikes like at Green Mountain Nature Trail if you want an Instagram worthy shot to post online. Our Huntsville Botanical Garden always has something "growing on!" April 3  - May of 2020 they will have a ZimSculpt Exhibit that will be featured throughout their entire 112 acres.

Sculpture at ZimSculpt in Huntsville, AL


Don’t forget about Huntsville Big Spring International Park downtown. Feed the ducks and see the koi fish. The Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt is a free activity that is perfect for families. Start your scavenger hunt journey at the Downtown Huntsville Visitor Center on Church Street!

Tip* If your family likes wildflowers, check out the Land Trust of North Alabama’s Wildflower Trail for a fun hike for the whole family!

Bring the Past to Life

Elephant sculpture at Whimsical Woods in Huntsville, AL

Places like Burritt on the Mountain and EarlyWorks Children’s Museum not only let the kids have a great time, they teach about the past, too!  The view at Burritt on the Mountain can’t be beat. Plus, what kids don’t want to see barnyard animals! The living history museum Burritt on the Mountain will host their Whimiscal Woods Flip-Flopped starting March 27th - Labor Day. 

EarlyWorks is fantastic if it’s a little cool outdoors or you need someplace to let your child’s imagination run free! If you want to visit an artistic space of a historical place Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is family friendly. They have artists that work with kids on projects and encourage STEAM inside the restored cotton mill turned artist complex.

Tip* If you stop by the Huntsville Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor Center, you can pick up coupons for most attractions.


EarlyWorks Children's Museum in Huntsville, AL


Play/See a Game

Child and Huntsville Havoc hockey player
Credit: Chris Shimek and Bill Aycock with Huntsville Havoc

The Huntsville Havoc is an SPHL team that won the championship in 2018 and 2019. They are defending their title and usually have themed nights for an inexpensive treat. Kids don’t have to worry about being loud because that’s encouraged! If hockey isn’t your style, you can always head to Stars and Strikes for a one stop shop fun time. Bowling, escape rooms, arcades and more are part of the appeal of this complex! They are usually even running a deal. Plus, across the street, you can play TopGolf if that is what floats your boat!

We are also excited to have the Rocket City Trash Pandas Opening Season happening starting April 15th! You can see their schedule here.

Tip* Make sure to check out the All Star Sports Pass or Arts Coupons for shows happening in the area!

Trash Panda Sprocket



It won’t break the bank

Huntsville, AL skyline

Huntsville is a fantastic city that is fairly spread out. You’ll have to drive most places but everything is within 20 minutes of each other. You can find great room rates online and if you stay someplace like Drury Inn, you get a view of the Saturn V Rocket that took man to the moon along with free drinks and snacks for the family. The best part about the Rocket City is that while we have big city amenities, we keep our southern charm. We invite you to spend a few days and enjoy what we have to offer.

Tip* Exploring Huntsville has never been easier - we even have an app for that! It includes all this family fun - and more - while you're on the go this Spring in the Rocket City.




5 reasons to spring break in Huntsville, AL