It’s so nice to step back sometimes and realize all the things you are grateful for. There are so many great things about Huntsville and Madison that it’s hard to narrow it down, but in this video I will discuss five things about the area to be thankful for.
“Letting your nerdiness shine” is something to be proud of in Huntsville! Whether you’re a space nerd who wants to check out the U.S. Space and Rocket Center or Space Camp, a collectables nerd who wants to grab some grub at Toybox Bistro, or a gaming nerd who is ready to crush some high scores at Pints and Pixels, you’ll be in good company. I love seeing the cross-section of Huntsvillians in these places- it just shows how appealing geeky activities or businesses are! Huntsville even hosts an annual Rocket City Nerdcon, as well as TedX talks that share ideas worth spreading!
Ten years ago, there were only a few craft breweries in Madison County. Now, there are NINE amazing breweries, all producing delicious beers and hosting super fun events. As a beer lover, I’m really excited about this! Straight to Ale, Yellowhammer, Salty Nut, Mad Malts, Blue Pants, Rocket Republic, Old Black Bear, Below the Radar, and Green Bus all brew their own beer, and places like Liquor Express, Old Town Beer Exchange, the Nook, and Wish You Were Beer offer a staggering selection of beer choices.
True, Huntsvillians like science and beer, but we also love the arts! The Von Braun Center hosts international acts like Dolly Parton and (Nobel Prize-winning) Bob Dylan, as well as the exceptional Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and local theatre troupes like Theatre Huntsville and Fantasy Playhouse. If dancing is more your scene, I would definitely recommend the Huntsville Swing Dance Society, which meets for lessons every Thursday and has dances on Saturdays. Art lovers will love seeing Huntsville’s extremely talented local artists at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, and the Huntsville Museum of Art brings in exhibitions from all over the world.
We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place! Big Spring Park downtown is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll, and you can’t beat the stunning views from Burritt on the Mountain. Make sure to check out the Land Trust’s hikes. There are so many trails and rivers to explore that outdoor enthusiasts will have no problem keeping busy.
I am, admittedly, a history nerd so I love learning about Huntsville’s past. Alabama Constitution Village downtown takes visitors back in time to 1819, when Alabama became a state, and the gorgeous antebellum homes around town each host a multitude of intriguing stories, which you can learn about on a historic walking tour! I love seeing the Confederate soldier graffiti at the Huntsville Depot and the original store items at Harrison Brothers Hardware, especially when they use the 100+ year old cash register!
What are you thankful for in Huntsville and Madison? Comment below!
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Katie Wright is a southerner, an explorer, a student, and an old lady at heart. She was born and raised in the south, but abandoned her homeland during her early twenties for the allure of places such as New Zealand and Northern England. After completing her studies, she returned to the sweet sunny south and is now an archaeologist by day and a blogger/vlogger by night. Other hobbies include baking, crocheting, researching local history (like I said… old lady), and putting things in her online shopping cart and then never buying them.