Making memories shouldn't have to break the bank. We have plenty of free and affordable things to do this Spring in Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County. Here are a few of our suggestions, but make sure to keep up with our event calendar for the most up-to-date information. 

Questions about any items on the list below? No worries! Head on over to our Visitor Center (located at 500 Church Street NW in downtown Huntsville) or give us a call at 256-551-2230 or (800) SPACE-4-U. We're open seven days a week and have a team of Visitor Information Assistants that are standing ready to help you explore the Rocket City!

Free Things to Do in Spring in Huntsville

These activities won't cost you a thing. Explore the outdoors and indoors for free. We've worked to split the list up into a few different sections so that you can find what you enjoy most.

Outdoors

All of these activities take place outdoors: scavenger hunts, history, hikes, and more!

Search and Hunt

Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt

Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt - All ducks are located outside, so hunt at your convenience. Start at the downtown Visitor Center to see a sample duck and by finding the one hidden right outside our front door. Clues to begin the Lucky Duck Hunt can be picked up at the Visitor Center and are also available to download at huntsville.org. Stop back by the Visitor Center to pick up a complimentary prize when you complete the hunt!

Location: Hidden all across downtown Huntsville

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day - you can do this on your schedule!

Website: Find out more and receive clues to begin the hunt by clicking here.

Phone Number: 256-551-2230

 

Trains on Main in Madison - Explore Downtown Madison as you hunt for the little locomotives.  Look high and low for these metal choo-choos! 

Location: Hidden all across downtown Madison

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day - you can do this on your schedule!

Website: Find out more and receive clues to begin the hunt by clicking here.

Phone Number: 256-551-2230


Balloon and wind mural with girl holding balloon strings
 

Secret Art Trails - There is a Secret Art Trail in downtown Huntsville highlighting the amazing murals located around the city center. Plus, a new Mae Jemison Segment of the Secret Art Trail just popped up showcasing women in STEM in Big Spring Park.

Locations: All across downtown Huntsville 

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day

Website: For more information on the tour and a guide, click here.

 

SPACES Sculpture Trail - This tour showcases sculptures in locations across Huntsville and Madison. Brochure is available at the Visitor Center.

Locations: UAH, Lowe Mill, Von Braun Center, Downtown Square, Alabama A&M, Madison City Hall, Madison Dublin Park, and Madison Main Street

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day

Website: For more information on the tour and a guide, click here.

Phone: (Arts Huntsville) 256-519-ARTS

Outdoor History 

Buffalo Soldier Monument

Buffalo Soldier Monument - See the monument dedicated to the soldiers who served in Cuba for the Spanish-American War and came to Huntsville to recover for our "Mountain of Health", Monte Sano. 

Location: 2800 Poplar Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35816

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day

Website: Click here to learn more about the monument and soldiers.

 

Madison County Marker Challenge - Historical markers dot city streets and rural roads throughout Huntsville and Madison County telling stories of its people, places, and past events. Visit the website to select one of seven trails, then download a map or use the handy mobile app to find all the markers and map your progress.

Location: All over Madison County

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day

Website: Click here to download a free guide.

 

Twickenham Spring
Photo Credit: @huntsvillepreservation 

Twickenham, Old Town, and Five-Points Historic Districts - Drive or walk through several historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour using your smartphone and the Digital Huntsville History Tour, or a brochure available at the Visitor Center.

Location: Huntsville historic districts

Website: Visit our website for more information here.

 

Historic Cemeteries - Established in 1818, Maple Hill is the largest cemetery in the state of Alabama. Oakwood Slave Cemetery is where you can find Huntsville's connection to Dred Scott. Glenwood Cemetery replaced the original slave cemetery, known as “Georgia,” which had been established in 1818 and located north of the present Huntsville Hospital. 

Location:  Located throughout Huntsville.

Hours of Operation: Dawn to dusk

Website: Visit their website for more info here.

Huntsville Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park - This park recognizes veterans of Madison County, Alabama, and instills a sense of pride and respect for all veterans and visitors as well as their loved ones.

Location: Downtown Huntsville with parking along Monroe Street

Hours of Operation: Sunup to sundown

Website: More is available here on their website.

Phone: 256-604-3896

 

North Alabama Railroad Museum - This is the smallest Union depot in the country. Walk the grounds at no charge.

Location: 694 Chase Road, Huntsville, AL 35811

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm, Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm

Website: Visit the North Alabama Railroad Museum website for more information.

Phone: 256-851-6276

William Hooper Councill

William Hooper Councill Memorial Park –Remember the legacy of Dr. William Hooper Councill and the Councill High School that stood in this spot. The newly built park showcases past students along with their extracurricular activities. You can also find the steps Sonnie Hereford walked to end school segregation in Alabama.

Location: 620 St. Clair Avenue Huntsville, AL

Hours of Operation: Sunup to sundown

Website: Learn more from this article online. 

 

Rocket City Civil Rights Driving Tour –Accessible via smartphone app, the Rocket City Civil Rights Driving Tour highlights areas of significance to the civil rights era in Huntsville. See sites like the Fifth Avenue School, the first public school in the state of Alabama to integrate, Oakwood University, where Dr. Martin Luther King spoke during his visit to Huntsville in 1962, and other points of interest rich in cultural heritage.

Location: Stops located throughout Huntsville

Hours of Operation: Sunup to sundown

Website: Learn more about the self-guided tour here.

 

Picnic and Play

Big Spring Park Picnic

Big Spring International Park - Enjoy the famously friendly ducks, geese, and koi. Walk across the red bridge and enjoy the cherry trees from Japan.

Location: Downtown Huntsville

Hours of Operation: You can enjoy Big Spring International Park any time of day or night!

Website: Learn more about the history here.

 

Sharon Johnston Park - This park in New Market, just 20 minutes outside of Huntsville, has spots for fishing, RVs, playgrounds, picnics, marked walking/running courses, and more. 

Location: 783 Coleman Road New Market, AL 35761

Hours of Operation: You can enjoy day and night.

Website: Learn more about the park here.

John Hunt Park

John Hunt Park - You may know this park as a host to soccer games, sand volleyball tournaments, or cross country courses, but it's one of the best areas to fly a kite during those breezy spring days.

Location:  2151 Airport Road Huntsville, AL 35802

Hours of Operation: You can enjoy day and night.

Website: Learn more about the park here.

 

Hays Nature Preserve - Year-round you can find fun here. It is home to a natural playground, walking trails, and a beautiful lake. It also has an accessible play area and paved for those in wheelchairs. 

Location:  7161 US-431, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763

Hours of Operation: Open daylight until dusk.

Website: Learn more about the park here.

Disc Golf Generic

Disc Golf - Did you know that some of the oldest disc golf courses in the world are in Huntsville? Brahan Spring Park is the 2nd oldest disc golf course with Redstone Arsenal and University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) coming in close behind.

Locations: Huntsville Locations, Dublin Park, Indian Creek Greenway in Madison  

Hours of Operation: Open daylight until dusk.

 

Hiking and Biking

 

 

The hiking and biking in Huntsville is always amazing. Greenways like Aldridge Creek Greenway or Indian Creek Greenway are perfect for those looking to bike. The Wildflower Trail is gorgeous to hike as all of the flowers start to pop up in the spring. Chapman Mountain Preserve is a wonderful spot for those looking for a flat, accessible hike. Springtime is also one of the last chances to see a waterfall on your hikes with "April showers." Finally, you can ride your bikes in Cummings Research Park as the cherry blossoms start to bloom on a paved safe area. Click here for the best mountain biking trails.

The Land Trust North Alabama - Volunteers maintain miles of public trails for hiking, biking, bird watching, or picnicking, on 8 nature preserves including Chapman MountainWade MountainMonte SanoBlevins Gap, and Bethel Springs Preserve.

Location: 2707 Artie St. SW, Huntsville, AL 35805

Hours of Operation: Office: M-F, 8 am - 4 pm, Trails open every day sun up to sundown

Website: Get more details on Land Trust of North Alabama's site.

Phone: 256-534-5263

 

Greenways -

Huntsville: Aldridge Creek, Big Cove Creek, Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Hays Nature Preserve, Indian Creek, Madison County Nature Trail on Green Mountain, Wade Mountain Preserve, and Madison County Lake near Gurley.

Madison: Bradford Creek, Indian Creek, Mill Creek, Rainbow Mountain Preserve.

Location: Huntsville and Madison City

Hours of Operation: Sunup to sundown

Website: Check out the City of Huntsville's website and the City of Madison's website for a complete list of greenways in Huntsville and Madison.

 

Ditto Landing - Located on the Tennessee River. Fish, swim, picnic, and explore along the scenic riverbanks.

Location: Halfway down the Tennessee River at 293 Ditto Landing Rd., Huntsville, AL 35803

Website: Visit Ditto Landing's page for more info and check out the special events.

Phone: 256-882-1057

 

Madison County Nature Trail - With a covered bridge and a huge lake, this 16-acre area is perfect for everyone. You'll find wooded paths, picnic pavilion, chapel, and Braille Trail. Bring your lunch and spend a day enjoying the outdoors.

Location: 5000 Nature Trail Road Huntsville, AL 35803

Website:  Click here to get a trail map.

 

Head to the Market

The Camp Market

Yes, the flowers bloom, but Spring also means the start of farmers market season! Everything sold at these area markets is made, grown, or produced right here in north Alabama.

Greene Street Market at Nativity

WHERE: Church of the Nativity 208 Eustis Avenue, Huntsville, AL

DAY OF THE WEEK: Thursdays

SEASON STARTS: May 6th

TIME: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WEBSITE: http://www.greenestreetmarket.com/


Oakwood Farms Market

WHERE: 5001A Adventist Boulevard Huntsville, Alabama 35806

DAY OF THE WEEK: Fridays

SEASON STARTS: April 2nd

HOURS: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WEBSITE: https://www.youroakwoodfarms.com/

 

Madison City Farmers Market

WHERE: Trinity Baptist Church 1088 Hughes Road, Madison, AL

DAY OF THE WEEK: Saturdays

SEASON STARTS: April - November

HOURS: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

WEBSITE: http://www.madisoncityfarmersmarket.com/index.html

 

Market at MidCity 

WHERE: The Camp 5909 University Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35806

DAY OF THE WEEK: Sundays

SEASON STARTS: March 14th

TIME: 2:00 pm - 6 pm

WEBSITE: https://www.explorethecamp.com/market

 

Listen to Live Music

Stovehouse

Stovehouse Huntsville

Stovehouse is a 13-acre, mostly outdoor, campus with a food and leisure garden that is hosting events six days of the week. Monday Movies, Tuesday Trivia, Dueling Piano Thursdays, Sunday Serenades, and special events can all be found on their website. Located at 3414 Governors Drive, the old Martin Stove factory is being transformed into a village of eclectic restaurants, gourmet cocktail & coffee bars, event & entertainment spaces, boutique shopping, offices, and more.

The Camp at MidCity District

Victoria at The Camp Music

The Camp is also outdoors in the heart of Huntsville with access to all that MidCity has to offer. They bring in regional bands along with locals to fill out their lineups. You can find live music playing almost every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

There are plenty of patios with musicians you can find playing in the evenings, and you can always find the latest lineups from our friends over at HuntsvilleMusic.com. 

If you're looking for an indoor option for live music, Mars Music Hall is hosting local musicians for their Weekend Concert series. 

Mars Music Hall

Indoors

If you are looking to stay inside or maybe it's one of those rainy days, here are a few of our favorite spots.

Harrison Brothers cash register

Harrison Brothers Hardware Store - Established in 1879 and preserved for you to step back in time, Harrison Bros is the oldest operating hardware store in Alabama.

Location: 124 Southside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday - 9:30 am-5 pm, closed Sundays

Website: Learn more about Harrison Bros here.

Phone: 256-536-3631

 

Antique Stores - We have 7 antique stores on the Alabama Antique Trail located in Madison County:

Locations: 

Railroad Station Antiques Mall 315 Jefferson St. Huntsville, AL 35801 Phone: 256-533-6550

Fire House Antiques & Collectibles 10095 S Memorial Pkwy Huntsville, AL 35803 Phone: 256-880-9111

Rivenbark & Roper Antiques 900 Bob Wallace Ave, Suites 111 - 112 Huntsville, AL 35801 Phone: 256-564-9800

The Antique Market 11595 South Memorial Pkwy Huntsville, AL 35803 Phone: 256-270-9636

Vintage Market & Paint Studio 4800 Whitesburg Dr. SW Huntsville, AL 35802 Phone: 256-964-7580

Willowbrook Shoppe 7900 Bailey Cove Rd Se Huntsville, AL 35802 Phone: 256-270-7181

Packards Antiques Center 11110 South Memorial Parkway Huntsville, AL 35803 Phone: 256-881-1678

Hours of Operation: Hours vary by shop

Website: Get the full antique list and shopping trail here.

H.C. Blake Art & History Center William Hampton

HC Blake Art & History Center - This new building houses two local artists along with the Huntsville Revisited History Museum. If you are lucky enough to talk with Mr. William Hampton, he can tell you amazing stories about Huntsville.

Location: 2007 N Memorial Pkwy Suite O, Huntsville, AL 35810

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, closed Sundays

Website: Learn more about HC Blake Art & History Center here.

Phone: 256-4260-9163

 

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment - Shop or just enjoy some local artists' work at Lowe Mill A&E. With more than 150 makers and artists, it's the largest privately owned arts facility in the southern United States.

Location: 2211 Seminole Dr. SW, Huntsville, AL 35805

Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Saturdays, 11:00 am- 7:00 pm

Website: Find more information and other events here.

Phone: 256-533-0399

Worth the Money

Sometimes you need to spend a little to get a lot of fun. The ROI on all of these activities makes it worth the money in our opinion. Don't forget, if you stop by the Huntsville Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor Center, you can pick up coupons for most attractions or get them online.

Outdoors

View Of the Sky Through Two Trees At Dusk

Burritt on the Mountain -This living history museum is beautiful in the spring. With cabins, a gorgeous home, farm animals, and more there is something for everyone. They currently have GeoQuest adventures - Nature Quest, History Quest, Critter Quest, or Letterboxing Quest. Using clues and GPS technology, hunt on their trails and museum grounds to collect sets of Quest Cards. Don't forget each Wednesday night starting April 7th they are bringing back Cocktails at the View. Enjoy the sunset from the Baron Bluff with some wine from 5:00 pm  - 8:00 pm.

Location: 3101 Burritt Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801

Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, closed Mondays

Website: Find out more about the open-air museum on their website.

Phone Number: 256-536 - 2882

 

Huntsville Botanical Garden - Our 112-acre Huntsville Botanical Garden always has something "growing on!"  The flowers are starting to bloom and they have hidden corners to explore and relax. They just opened Tweetsville, a new addition to the Children’s Garden that explores the role that birds play in our ecosystem. Bird watch and learn! 

Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805

Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Website: Find out more from their website.

Phone Number: 256-830-4447

Hubert Family Tulip Farm

Pick Your Own Tulips at Hubert Family Farm - Starting March 20th through the beginning of May, you can drive to New Market, Alabama, to pick your own tulips. The Hubert family has put in the work to bring over bulbs from Holland for an amazing season. Bring a picnic or stop by New Market BBQ and enjoy a beautiful day! 

Location: 432 Narrow Lane New Market, AL 35761

Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Website: Find out more and buy tickets from their website.

Phone Number: 256-759-1099

 

Harmony Park Safari - This drive-through safari allows you to become connected with wildlife directly from your vehicle's window. If you don't want to use your car, you are able to rent one. Be sure to purchase animal feed at the welcome center and you’ll be greeted by lots of friends like ostriches, bison, longhorns, zebras, and a giraffe. Take your time and have your camera ready! Once you are through the safari, stop and see the tortoise area where you can hand-feed large tortoises, which are shockingly speedy when you have lettuce in your hand.

Location: 431 Clouds Cove Rd SE Huntsville, AL 35803

Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday 10:00 am - Sunset

Website: Find out more from our article.

Phone Number: 256-723-3880

Rocket City Trash Panda Toyota Field

Rocket City Trash Pandas - The minor league baseball team will make their debut at Toyota Field starting May 11th. We can't wait to see the team play and explore the gorgeous new stadium. With no bad seat in the house, a few bar areas, a lawn for sitting on the grass or run around, and a playground, the inaugural season is sure to be full of firsts and fireworks!

Location: 500 Trash Panda Way, Madison, AL 35758

Website: Find out the season schedule and look for special events here.

 

Taste of Panoply - Each year Arts Huntsville hosts an outdoor celebration of the arts festival in Big Spring Park. This year, they are scaling it down and making sure it's socially distanced so that everyone can enjoy. Tickets for a Taste of Panoply will go on sale soon. Join the fun April 23 - 25th. 

Location: 420 Church St NW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Days: April 23 - April 25

Website: Find out more from their website.

North Alabama Railroad Museum

North Alabama Railroad Museum Train Rides​ - Take a train ride from the North Alabama Railroad Museum on their special, seasonal rides. Peter Cottontail, an Easter-themed ride, will happen on April 3. The Spring Fling to see all the beautiful flowers will be April 17, and the Mother & Son ride for Mother's Day is May 8. For more details on events and train trips, please go to their Special Events page. Due to limited seating, reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling the museum at (256) 851-6276 (NARM) on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.  The tickets you purchase will list your car number and seat number(s). Please go here for pricing information.

Location: 694 Chase Road Huntsville, AL 35811

Website: Find out about their special events here.

Phone Number: 256-851-6276

 

Topgolf - With three levels of bays, you don't have to be pro to play a round or two at Topgolf at MidCity District. The giant targets make it fun for everyone – Guests of all ages and skill levels can score!

Location: 6100 Topgolf Drive NW Huntsville, AL 35806 

Website: Find out more at their website.

Phone Number: 256-270-4667

Indoors

Dare to Explore USSRC Rocket Center

The state of the art INTUITIVE®️ Planetarium with 8K resolution at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center just celebrated its 2-year anniversary. See the stars and then go stand under the rocket that put man on the moon. Each Friday night they host a special program.

Besides walking under a Saturn V Rocket, you can see the new Dare to Explore exhibit that is great for the whole family, you can find family restrooms, the Mars Grill, and rides like the G-Force Accelerator and Multi-Axis Trainer Experience. They are also offering Sea Trek Helmet diving, DIVR Virtual Reality Snorkeling, and family astronaut training.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center / INTUITIVE®️ Planetarium

Location: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805

Website: Find out more at their website.

Phone Number: 256-721-7141

Huntsville Museum of Art Ariel

Huntsville Museum of Art - Each year, the nationally accredited Museum fills its seven galleries with a variety of traveling exhibitions, and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The Museum’s own 2,522-piece permanent collection forms the basis for several yearly exhibitions. The Museum is also the home of the world’s largest collection of Buccellati silver animals. Our suggestion is to take advantage of the $5 after 5 pm program they have each Thursday night.

Location: 300 Church Street Huntsville, AL 35801

Website: Find out their current exhibits here.

Phone Number: 256-535- 4350

 

Weeden House - Built in 1819, the Weeden House was home to the 19th-century poet and artist, Maria Howard Weeden. Located in the heart of downtown Huntsville, history comes to life through the words and art of Miss Weeden as she captured the spirit of an era across cultural divides. 

Location: 300 Gates Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801

Website: Find out more from our article.

Phone Number: 256-536-7718

Earlyworks WaterTable

EarlyWorks - This Children's Museum is fantastic if it’s a little cool outdoors or you need someplace to let your child’s imagination run free! They currently are hosting their Toys: The Inside Story exhibit. Learn about how toys work, experience Biscuits Backyard, and enjoy interactive play. They have limited ticketed to keep everyone safe along with cleaning between each of their sessions.

Location: 404 Madison St SE, Huntsville, AL 35801

Website: Find out more at their website.

Phone Number: 256-564-8100

 

US Veterans Memorial Museum - The Museum is dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women. The emphasis is on participants of World War I and subsequent conflicts, whose survivors and families can use the Museum facilities to reminisce on their own experiences and those of parents, grandparents, and other close relatives. The Museum displays more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present, including the oldest surviving jeep, the Ford Pygmy. 

Location: 2060A Airport Road Huntsville, AL 3580

Website: Find out more at their website.

Phone Number: 256-883-3737

Huntsville High Point Climbing Kid Zone

Our last few suggestions are places to go indoors and burn off steam, play a game, or use your brain. High Point Climbing is at MidCity. They have climbing walls for all levels from beginners to pros. They even constructed a giant Saturn V rocket to climb in the kid zone. Grab your shoes and chalk and climb some of their massive walls. Across the street you will find laser tag, bowling, and arcade games at Stars and Strikes. This entertainment hub even has a food and a full bar. 

Head over to Campus No. 805 or downtown Huntsville to do a little axe throwing. This indoor sport is fun to try even for beginners. You will feel accomplished when you get that first axe to stick into the target. Click here to learn more about axe throwing.

Think your way out of the Huntsville Escape Rooms. From space themes and aliens, to psych wards and spy themes, you and your friends will have one hour to get out. They clean between each party and allow only those in your bubble to enter the room together.

The final suggestion is great for teens or people just needing to get out some frustration. The Rage Room is full of options for those needing to de-stress. You can break things with baseball bats, crowbars, mallets, hammers, golf clubs, and more. They also offer Splatter sessions with bio-luminescent paint. The Rage Room provides PPE (personal protective equipment) and allows you to pick the music you destroy or create to. When you’re done you don’t even have to worry about cleaning up, they take care of that for you. They are also working on an outdoor Nerf war area and extreme dodgeball.