The grand entrance of the Huntsville Botanical Garden welcomes guests after hours.

Even during the long days of summer, the sun eventually sets behind the horizon. The precious hours between clocking out at work and crawling into bed can be spent exploring outdoor trails, enjoying a drink with friends, or spending time with family. But if you’re looking for something new to break up routine, Huntsville has especially fun after-hours attractions that make any workday feel like the weekend. Whether you’re into delicious food, art, stunning views, or music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy as the sunset takes over the skies.

Here are a few after-hours events that we suggest you try this summer!

Cocktails At The View – Burritt On The Mountain

Burritt on the Mountain features Cocktails at the View for an after-hours evening out.

Wednesday Nights

Burritt on the Mountain boasts one of the best and most beautiful views in Huntsville. Every Wednesday a full-service bar and foods for purchase from a gourmet market complement the scenery below.

The View has been a part of Burritt’s landscape for some time now. A 3,000-square-foot overlook, it’s encircled by a see-through barrier that provides a close look at the treetops and mountains in the distance. You’ll have a front-row seat to Huntsville’s colorful sunsets.

When you go, be aware that the event accepts credit cards only and all tables are maxed out at eight people. Various social distancing protocols are also in place to make the experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Address: 3101 Burritt Drive SE Huntsville, AL 35801

Time: 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

The view at Burritt on the Mountain Cocktails at the View offers great panoramic views of the Huntsville area.

Golden Hour – Huntsville Botanical Garden

Make it a picnic with the Huntsville Botanical Garden Golden Hour.

Wednesday Nights

Admire the hues of blue, orange, pink, and purple in the clouds as dusk takes over at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. From 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Wednesday evenings, guests are invited to experience the flora and fauna that live on the garden’s 112 acres while eating a variety of treats, sipping on drinks, and listening to live music.

It’s a new way to appreciate the landscape and serves as the perfect “wind-down” after a stressful day at work. Tune out the world of emails, phone calls, and copy machines and tune in to birds singing, breezes blowing, and soft sunlight creeping behind the trees.

The Garden suggests bringing your own blanket or lawn chair for extra comfort. As far as food goes, local Good Company Café will provide charcuterie boxes for purchase and a beverage bar offering beer, wine, soda, and water will be on hand. (Note that there are no cash transactions at the bar.)

Remember to purchase your tickets ahead of time online at https://hsvbg.org/tickets/.

Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. SW

Time: 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Huntsville Botanical Garden is a great place to enjoy the setting sun.

$5 After 5 P.M. - Huntsville Museum of Art

Art and wine go hand-in-hand with the $5 after-hours program at the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Thursday Nights

Take in a rush of culture and creativity at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s “$5 After 5 P.M.” event on Thursday evenings. Lasting from 5 P.M to 8 P.M., guests are welcomed inside to peruse works of art, sip on wine, and sample various cuisines.

At this event, admission to the museum is only $5 with an optional glass of wine for $5 more. And, to add to the ambiance, live music will be playing. Depending on which Thursday during the month you visit, you may be privy to different options.

On the first Thursday of the month, anyone can take part in docent-led tours at no extra cost. Every third Thursday means a live performance by the Valley Conservatory. The event is positively packed with art, wine, and fun—not to mention a touch of class and relaxation.

After you’ve enjoyed your evening as an art patron, take a walk to Pane e Vino nearby to get a special menu item by using your museum admission sticker.

Address: 300 Church Street, Huntsville AL 35801

Time: 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

$5 After 5 P.M. - EarlyWorks Children's Museum

Tinker Lab EarlyWorks

Thursday Nights

Each Thursday night families can celebrate the "Summer of Innovation" at EarlyWorks Children's Museum for only $5 after 5pm. In the past year they have opened three STEM related areas and exhibits. Brand new is the Tinker Lab with several different stations set up with experiments for your little scientist. The hands-on activities help teach about science. Bobbi's Think Big Studio is also a new area with a huge life-sized Lite Brite area, large-scale building blocks, and ball and tunnel magnet board. The travelling exhibit, Toys, The Inside Story will stay through the summer revealing how many of your favorite toys work.

Of course you can still enjoy EarlyWorks favorites like Biscuit's Backyard, KidStruction Zone, and the dress up opportunities to be everything from a pirate to a postmaster. Don't forget to play in the Lego River or become a dog vet or groomer! The hands on play is great for kids under 10-years-old and with so many restaurants close by, you can make a night of it.

Address: 404 Madison St SE, Huntsville, AL 35801

Time: 5 P.M. to 7 P.M.

 

INTUITIVE® Planetarium Shows - US Space and Rocket Center

Visitors enjoy an engaging program at the Intuitive Planetarium in Huntsville.

Friday Nights

Friday nights you can navigate your way through what's up in the summer sky in this live, guided tour at the INTUITIVE® Planetarium inside the US Space & Rocket Center. Learn to find stars, constellations, planets, and other far-out objects (such as nebulae and even galaxies) with imagery from telescopes like Hubble. Take your newly acquired knowledge, and explore the night sky from your own backyard.

Address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805

Time: 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

What other after-hours events would you suggest? Are there any we need to include? Let us know in the comments!