Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock/Rob HainerU.A.H. CampusHuntsville's historic districtnice downtownSaturn 5 rocket, like the ones that carried the Apollo astronaunts into space and the moon.  LocRound House Behind Depotprovided by: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Rocket

Families will love:

  • The U.S. Space and Rocket Center
  • Lots of historic sites and interactive attractions
  • Merrimack Hall performing arts center

Originally named Twickenham when it was settled in 1805, Huntsville was renamed in 1811 to honor its first settler, John Hunt. Although the city originally found its footing on cotton, it soon established a firm foundation in the race to explore space. Starting with German rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun in 1950 and moving forward with the Marshall Space Flight ... more
Originally named Twickenham when it was settled in 1805, Huntsville was renamed in 1811 to honor its first settler, John Hunt. Although the city originally found its footing on cotton, it soon established a firm foundation in the race to explore space. Starting with German rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun in 1950 and moving forward with the Marshall Space Flight Center on Redstone Arsenal, the people of Huntsville played an integral part in launching men into space and landing on the moon.

Today, that tradition continues in the "Rocket City," along with an admirable diversity usually found in much larger metropolitan locales. From historic sites and interactive attractions to a strong arts community and quality shopping and dining districts -- and everything in between, Huntsville offers more than enough entertainment to turn any family vacation into a recurring family tradition.

Written by Karon Warren less

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