As May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Huntsville is home to several locations you can celebrate. Between bridges and cherry blossoms to tea houses and restaurants with cuisines that take you across the globe, find the spots that help you see how AA and NAPI enrich Huntsville.
Spaces and Places
The Aquatic Garden at the Huntsville Botanical Garden has a large pool, and pergolas cover the pavilion. You can see water lilies, water lotus, and other water plants. There are also water jets that add to the serenity. You can find this at the back of the 118-acre garden.
At Monte Sano State Park, you can find the North Alabama Japanese Garden, built-in 1988. It started as a hobby garden but grew until they added the Tea House in 1991. They host Japanese festivals on the first Sunday in May and October. The area is full of Japanese Maples and native azaleas, and it's a perfect way to enjoy a different side of Monte Sano.
Of course, one of the most iconic images of Huntsville is our Red Friendship Bridge located in Big Spring Park. The iconic cherry trees and red bridge were a gift from a Japanese General. The story is one of Major General Mikio Kimata, who visited Redstone Arsenal from 1964 to 1966. He gifted the trees and later the bridge to celebrate America's bicentennial. In May of 1977, the bridge was formally dedicated, and after it was renovated in 1998 and repainted.
Here are a few locally-owned restaurants that we recommend you try. This list is not exhaustive by any means, but if you are looking for more, check out our restaurant listings.
Maki Fresh is a fast casual Asian restaurant offering a variety of fresh options including rice bowls, sliders, salads...
Sakura offers a variety of dining experiences to suit any tastes. The chef’s skills in preparation are on display almost...