38 Free Things to Do in Huntsville this Summer

38 Free Things to Do in Huntsville this Summer

Sometimes we think in order to have a little fun, we have to spend, spend, spend to have a good time. Well, you and your wallet are in luck because we have come up with a list of fun things to do in Huntsville for $0.00. (No, you don’t need glasses, and that’s not a typo).

Whether you want to stay cool inside or enjoy the beautiful sunny weather outside, this cost-free list includes a variety of outdoor, indoor, concerts and movies, and arts and family fun must-tries.

Questions about any items on the list below? No worries! Head on over to our Visitor Center (located at 500 Church Street in downtown Huntsville) or give us a call at 256.551.2230 or 800.Space.4U. 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!

 

Alabama, Huntsville, Big Spring Park, weekly Concert In The Park scenes,

For the outdoorsy types:

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 start hunting for the duck hidden outside.  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

 

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 – Walk across the red bridge and enjoy the cherry trees from Japan, famously friendly ducks, geese, and koi fish.

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

Website: Visit huntsville.org to learn more and see a detailed map.

 

Healthy Huntsville Exercise Classes – Body Combat, Boot Camp, Crossfit, Zumba, and more!

Location: Big Spring International Park

Hours of Operation: varies

Website: For more information on classes provided, visit Healthy Huntsville.

 

Bicentennial Park – Enjoy splashing in the water fountain’s jumping jets in this park where Huntsville commemorates its first 200 years.

Location: Behind the EarlyWorks Museum in downtown Huntsville.

Hours of Operation: Sun up to sun down

Website: Click here to learn more.

Phone: 256-551-2230

 

Lydia Gold Skate Park – 7,500 square foot street section, banks, quarter pipes, boxes, pads, stairs with rails.

Location: 200 Cleveland Avenue NW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Hours of Operation: Sun up to sun down

Website: Click here to learn more.

 

Dog Parks – Dog parks are a perfect fun and free way to spend an afternoon with man’s best friend, and Huntsville/Madison County has several great options to choose from. A few of those options are listed below.

Creekwood Park

City of Huntsville Dogspot

Mill Creek Dog Park

 

Madison County Jogging Trail – A two-mile jogging trail with 20 exercise stations and is comparable to a one-hour gymnastics class.

Location: Off Johnson Road, Huntsville, AL 35803

Hours of Operation: Sun up to sun down

Phone: 256-532-3492

 

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: Sun up to sun down

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

 

The Land Trust North Alabama – Volunteers maintain miles of public trails for hiking, biking, bird watching or picnicking, on 3 nature preserves-Wade Mountain, Monte Sano and Blevins Gap.

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

Hours of Operation: Office: M-F, 8am-4pm, Trails open everyday sun up to sun down

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

Phone: 256-534-5263

 

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

 

Kids Space Playground – Plenty of play areas, picnic tables and shade for a fun afternoon.

Location: On Airport Road, SW Huntsville

Hours of Operation: Sun up to sun down

Website: Our Valley Events will give you a playground guide including great info on Kids Space.

 

Neighborhood Parks – Sport facilities and parks for tennis, volleyball, softball, baseball, and soccer and Frisbee disk golf.

Location: Huntsville/Madison County neighborhoods and sport facilities for Tennis / Volleyball / Softball & Baseball / Soccer / Frisbee Disk Golf.

Hours of Operation: Parks/facilities may vary

Website: Get the full list of area parks with this neighborhood recreation guide.

 

North Alabama Birding Trail – A series of mostly roadside stops throughout North Alabama. Brochure available.

Location: All over North Alabama

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day

Website: Visit northalabamabirdingtrail.com to download a free guide and brochure.

Phone: 866-238-4748

 

SPACES Sculpture Trail – This tour showcases sculptures in locations across Huntsville & Madison. Brochure 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

 

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: Sun up to sun down

Website: More is available here on their website.

Phone: 256-604-3896

 

The Patriot’s Mosaic – A 15 foot x 15 foot patriotic image made up of 1296 5-inch square photographs of veterans. Walk the grounds of the depot daily, 9am-5pm at no charge.

Location: Historic Huntsville Depot and Museum in downtown Huntsville off Church Street

Hours of Operation: Daily 9 am-5 pm at no charge. Admission is charged for depot tours.

Website: Check out the Vision of Vets website for more information on the display.

 

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: 8am – 8pm

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

Phone: 256-851-6276

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 smart phone and the Digital Huntsville History Tour or a brochure available at the Visitor Center.

Location: Huntsville historic districts

Hours of Operation: Find the full list of walks and times here.

Website: Get a list of areas guides here.

 

Historic Maple Hill Cemetery – Established in 1818, Maple Hill is the largest cemetery in the state of Alabama.

Location: 202 Maple Hill Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801

Hours of Operation: Dawn to dusk

Website: Visit their website for more info here.

 

Foundations of Faith Trail – Madison County has 15 churches over 100 years old.

Location: All across Madison County

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day

Website: Click here for more information or come by and receive a brochure at the Visitor Center.

 

Bridge Street Town Center – There is a walking trail around a 5 acre lake, pet-friendly (dogs must be leashed), three waterfalls, two fountains and interactive Pop Jet Fountain for kids.  Weekend musical entertainers, free WiFi service, bicycle racks as well.  Brochure available at the Visitor Center.

Location: 365 The Bridge Street #106, Huntsville, AL 35806

Hours of Operation: Store and restaurant hours may vary. Sunday-noon-7 pm, Monday-Thursday-10 am-9 pm, Friday & Saturday-10 am-10 pm

Website: Map of stores, restaurants, and special events can be found here.

Phone: 256-327-8400

 

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Harrison Brothers Hardware Store

 

For those not working on their tans (indoors):

Antique Stores – Here are 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

Southern Cottage Designs
4012 Triana Blvd SW
Huntsville, AL 35803
Phone: 256-489-7171

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

Hours of Operation: Hours vary by shop

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

 

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-9:30am-5pm, closed Sundays

Website: Learn more about Harrison Bros here.

Phone: 256-536-3631

 

Parkway Place Mall – Kid’s play area on the 2nd floor, walking, and window shopping.

Location: 2801 Memorial Parkway S, Huntsville, AL 35801

Hours of Operation: 10am-9pm, restaurant hours may vary.

Website: For maps of stores, restaurants, and the kids play area visit here.

Phone: 256-533-9094

 

 

For those who want to catch the latest flick or jam to great live music:

Concerts in the Park – Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy local talent in the park.

Location: Big Spring International Park downtown Huntsville

Hours of Operation: Mondays from 6:30-8 pm, June-August

Website: For a list of concert dates and bands, visit Art Huntsville’s page for more info here.

Phone: 256-519-ARTS

 

Movies In the Park – Watch a classic film in the fresh air-bring chair or blanket.

Location: Big Spring International Park downtown Huntsville

Hours of Operation: The 2nd Friday, June-August

Website: The Historic Huntsville Foundation page has more info here.

Contact: historichsvfoundation@gmail.com

 

Village of Providence: Concerts & Movies in the Park –  Listen to some great music or catch a great movie at the Village of Providence.

Location: 7 Town Center Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35806

Hours of Operation: Concerts-June-August on the 1st Friday of those months at dusk; Movies-June-August on the 2nd Saturday of those months

Website:  Visit Village of Providence’s site here for more information on movies and concerts in the park.

Phone: 256-704-3333

 

Downtown Huntsville Library – Concerts and movies are available at the library this summer.

Location: 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL 35801

Hours of Operation: Times and days vary

Website: For more info on movie dates and times visit here.

Phone: 256-532-5940

 

Concerts on the Dock – Hear some awesome bands on the dock and bring your own chairs and coolers.

Location: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole DR SW, Huntsville, AL 35805

Hours of Operation: 6-9 pm

Website: To view the calendar, see here.

Phone: 256-533-0399

 

Madison Gazebo Concerts – Local food vendors and music live every Thursday this summer.

Location: Downtown Madison

Hours of Operation: 6:30-8:30 pm, every Thursday from May-July

 Website: More info can be found here.

 

Local Movie Theaters – Free kid’s movies are being played this summer!

Monaco Pictures

Carmike Cinemas Valley Bend 18 + IMAX

Carmike 10

Regal Cinemas Hollywood 18

 

Alabama, Huntsville, Black Arts Festival, stone sculptor Stalin Tafura, boy, girl, watch,

For the art and food lovers:

Artist Market – Shop or just enjoy some local artists work at Lowe Mill.

Location: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

Hours of Operation: Saturdays, Noon-4 pm

Website: Find more information and other events here.

Phone: 256-533-0399

 

Art Walks – All Huntsville area artists are welcome to showcase their art work downtown on the square.

Location: Downtown Square

When: 4:30 pm-8:30 pm, 1st & 4th Friday (rain dates on Thursdays) from June-August

Website: Visit here for more details.

 

Greene Street Market – Farmer’s market, music, kid’s activities, and bikes for use during market hours.

Location: Corner of Greene Street and Eustis Avenue

Hours of Operation: Thursdays from May through October. The hours are 4 pm – 8 pm from May – August, 4 pm – 7 pm in September, and 3 pm – 6 pm in October

Website: Visit their website for more info.

Phone: 256-682-4429

 

Madison City Farmers Market –  Homegrown produce and handmade crafts.

Location: 1088 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758

When: April-November

Website: Get more details here.

Phone: 256-656-7841

 

Battle of the Food Truck All-Stars  – Come grab some grub from one of many local food trucks in downtown Huntsville.

Location: Downtown Huntsville

When: Twelve Food Truck All-Stars will compete twice a month from May to October at various times and locations around downtown Huntsville.  On third Fridays, the event will be held on Church Street.  The other times and locations will be announced on Facebook.

 Website: Visit huntsville.org for more info.

 

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Heather Whiteside

Heather Whiteside

Heather just couldn’t stay away from her beloved hometown of Huntsville after four short college years. She is a recent University of Alabama grad and a current marketing intern with the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. When she’s not working or applying for jobs, she can be found with friends and family, binge watching Netflix or jogging (mostly walking) around Huntsville.

  • […] Downtown Huntsville has “the largest collection of historic houses in Alabama” and apparently “offers every type of residence you could possibly want.” You can jog or hike trails on nature preserves, fish on the Tennessee River, visit the North Alabama Railroad Museum, watch Concerts on the Dock or shop at a handful of antique store – all for free, living in Huntsville. […]

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