A hardwood maple skating rink shines beneath the glow of neon lights at Funtime Skate Center. In the middle of the rink, a checkered zone invites beginners to get a feel for their wheels as experienced skaters make laps around the rink's outer edge. The rink also does double duty on select days, hosting the Tragic City Rollers as they slingshot and skate their way toward victory and the pride that comes with never wearing shoes. In addition to skating and snacking at the on-site Funtime Café, the center houses four party rooms primed for birthday parties large or small. And, on Friday and Saturday nights, cosmic lighting and sound effects transform the facility into a world of wonderment and gossip-worthy handholding.
During the week, the lot at The Drive-In sits vacant—but it's far from abandoned. A bit before the clock strikes 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, cars start to crowd into empty spots. The carloads of families and couples on date night are there for the feature, which usually includes one kid-friendly movie—think Planes—or one for grownups, such as Wolverine. Plus, audience members can munch on buckets of popcorn as films unfold.
Voted Best Bowling Alley in the Valley by readers of the Valley Planet in 2010, Plamor Lanes houses gleaming floors for rented shoes to squeak over and polished lanes to send multicolored orbs sliding down. Feast on a cheese-laden pizza and quench powerful thirsts with two large drinks, which motivate arms to continue performing twisting trick shots and fuel mouths' attempts to convince rivals that the lowest score wins. Comfortable pairs of rented shoes are included with this package, which can be redeemed during open hours, Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight or Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.,
except during league play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wheels whirl and records spin every night at Roller Time, as the DJs unreel a slamming mix of R & B, rock, hip-hop, country, and the classic retro skating jams for cycle-shod revelers. Groupon holders can make a skate date for two with their favorite friend or ventriloquist dummy, or plan two solo days of freewheeling fun. The glimmering disco ball casts its old-school sparkle on graceful skaters and sated snackers alike, who fuel up for their next bout around the rink with the included fountain drinks as well as scrumptious snacks and temptingly wheel-shaped pizzas (not included with this Groupon).
The Huntsville Museum of Art's collection and exhibitions provide an aesthetic roost for predominantly Southeast American artwork, housing more than 3,000 artistic objects by national and regional artists. Sporting spacious galleries and the recently added Davidson Center for the Arts wing, the museum woos wayward gazes with more than 400 paper works of 19th- and 20th-century American masters, including James McNeill Whistler, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and John Sloan. Current exhibitions include Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of Automobiles, which documents the post-war history of American automobile design through primary sketches and drawings, rather than with rejected robot lecturers from Epcot's Hall of Presidents, as well as Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass, which displays 53 black-and-white images used by the photographer to illustrate Walt Whitman's famous poem.
Star HB Farms’ prime perch atop Drake Mountain affords it not only sweeping panoramas of greater Huntsville, but also positions it for dramatic horseback trail rides down the rolling, leafy slopes. Managed by the Baker family since the 1970s, the farm employs 22 gentle horses ranging from ponies to barrel racers. The steeds excel as modes of transport for rides through the rolling wilderness or enthusiastic audiences for a recently purchased pair of rhinestone chaps. After hanging out with their equine partners, visitors can pair their trail rides with humans-only activities such as cookouts, birthday parties, or bonfires.