By Josie Wachi
Mother’s Day is about spoiling our moms. If you’re a visitor to Huntsville, we’ve got you covered with ideas from Rocket City locals on the ideal gifts and experiences for your mom that will get you that always coveted star-child status.
For any outdoor fanatic mama there is no better way to snag some family time together than a Mother’s Day picnic. Monte Sano State Park promises plenty of fresh air with zero wait time. All you have to do is pack that basket and spread the runner on the picnic table. You’ll get lost in the spectacular views and forget any troubles in no time. After you finish up your picnic atop the 2,140-acre state park, enjoy the therapeutic sounds as you walk by the mineral springs, or hike/ bike along the trails of blooming native azaleas. You can also get some cardio in by playing frisbee at the disc golf course (or throw frisbees to your feline family). For kids, there is plenty of room to run in the playground and pavilion area. This family outing is bound to be your sweetest picnic yet.
What you need to know about Monte Sano State Park
Address: 5105 Nolen Ave, Huntsville, AL, 35801
Cost: Fee for adults – $3, Ages 6-12 – $1, Seniors – $1, Active Military – $1, Kids under 5 are free. For information on other fees including those for renting space, camping, and lodging, call 256.534.3757 or click here.
Hours: Trails close 30 minutes before sunset
Check out the delectable brunch offerings at these Huntsville/Madison County locations.
Holiday Inn Research Park
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: Adults $25.95, Seniors $22.95, Children 5-12 $9.95
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Seating every 30 minutes)
Cost: Adults $28.95, Military $26.95, Seniors 60 + $25.95, Children 6-10 $12.95, 5 and under Free. Buffet includes 1 champagne or mimosa per person for those 21 years or older
*Does not include tax and gratuity.
The Original Public House
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $3 bloody marys and mimosas during brunch. Entree’s $6-$14 based on order
The Eaves Restaurant w/ Live Jazz
Time: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. seatings
Cost: Adults 13 + $39.95, Children 6-12 $16.95, Children under 5 are complimentary
*Children receive Belgian waffle sundaes topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and sparkles! *Specialty drinks from the bar as well as tax and gratuity not included in price
For the mom who adores dessert, bring her by Cafe 153 for some delicious treats. Their homemade chocolate cake and pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting, or the Snow Fruit with Green tea ice cream are most definitely the way to mom’s heart. Then walk to her favorite shops at Bridge Street Town Centre to burn off those calories that were worth every bite.
Address: Bridge Street Town Centre, 355 The Bridge St, 35806
For the tea connoisseur mother who needs a spot of herbal tea jolt to start her day, grab some soothing sips for two at A Cup Of Everything and catch up over pecan praline biscotti. The only question, now: To dunk or not to dunk?
Address: 103 Northside Square, Huntsville, AL, 35801
Phone: (256) 288-3247
If mom likes engineered inventions and all-things space, hit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for the ultimate Mother’s Day field day. Mothers get in free, with one paid admission, to explore and experience all-together America’s space history and future. Don’t forget to try the Mars Mission Simulator, the Mars Climbing Wall and the G-Force Accelerator. You can even catch an IMAX movie while you’re there! Did you hear? Interstellar is playing again for a limited time!
Address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL, 35805
Phone: (256) 837-3400
Cost: Adults (13 and up) – $20, Children (5 to 12) – $15, Children 4 and under – FREE
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Josie was born in coastal Kenya. She has resided in Huntsville, Alabama, for 17 years. While in the Rocket City, Josie launched a clothing line, Josie Wachi, to give women a better tailored modern and classic style. Awarded the ‘North Alabama Emerging Fashion Designer’ by the Alabama Fashion Alliance, Josie is much more than a designer of stylish clothes. A real source of inspiration for style and healthy living, she enjoys blogging and podcasting for people in Alabama. She is a graduate of Leadership/Huntsville Madison County’s Connect Class for young professionals.