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While meandering past more than 250 exhibitors, guests of the Kentuck Festival of the Arts can peruse artful wares during the weekend-long exploration of visual arts, music, and food. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the festival welcomes visitors to amble under a canopy of trees and feast eyes on artisans' endeavors in blacksmithing, split-oak basketry, pottery, colorful found-object sculpture, and accounting. Live music flutters about the festival from eight bands across two stages, delighting ears with surging gospel choirs and twangy country singers. Taste buds, too, bask in artistic attention, salivating over Cajun fare or saucy ribs, or mistaking a still-life gyro for its edible muse.

503 Main Avenue
Northport,
AL
US

Named after celebrated collector Jonathan "Jack" Westervelt Warner, the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art lines its storied interior with hundreds of paintings, sculptures, artifacts, and antiques from the artistic annals of American history. From its woody nest overlooking Lake Tuscaloosa, the museum commemorates significant events and figures in America's history, from posed portraits of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Paul Revere-made silver and furniture designed by revolutionary wood-sculpting beavers. Explore the creative flourishings of world-renowned artists in Westervelt-Warner's various galleries, from Edward Hopper's portrayal of soldiers in Dawn Before Gettysburg, situated in the Mid 19th Century Civil War collection, to the impressionist gallery's Children Playing at the Beach, depicting four young girls frolicking in the summer surf while calculating the market value of their split-level sandcastles. Other galleries include works from the Hudson River School, Native American & Western art, 20th Century oils, and Still Life easel musings.

2700 Yacht Club Way NE
Tuscaloosa,
AL
US

Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.

Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.

520 15th St.
Tuscaloosa,
AL
US

With rides and attractions intended for everyone from young children to thrill-seeking adults, Alabama Splash Adventure provides entire families with a way to escape the heat. All it takes is a quick trip down one of the slides or a dip in one of the pools to help guests cool off. The park hosts a couple of dry rides, too, and a copious supply of complimentary sunscreen helps ensure that nobody's visit is ruined by a sunburn, whether they're in the water or out.

Get Your Pulse Racing

  • Acapulco Drop: Gravity sends visitors on an adrenaline-spiking ride down a slide that starts nine stories above the ground.
  • Neptune's Plunge: Sharp turns and twists take on a new thrill within the pitch-black confines of these four slides.
  • Splashdown: A speedy descent sends guests flying into a fully enclosed, funnel-like tube, where they circle the opening in the center until dropping through into the splash pool.

Cool Off

  • Kahuna Waves: This wave pool's 800,000 gallons of water churn into 4-foot waves that roll gently toward the shore.
  • Warrior River: A light current carries inner tubes along an endless loop complete with secluded caves and passenger-drenching surprises.
  • Mist-ical Maze: 4,600 square feet of dead ends and misleading passages that get a bit trickier when unexpected showers of water drop from above.
  • Castaway Island: Pumps, geysers, and cascades of water keep kids amused at this multi-level play structure.

Stay Dry

  • Wacky Worm Coaster: Feel the breeze on this roller coaster designed for the entire family to enjoy.
  • The Vault: Who can duck and weave through this maze of roving lasers in the fastest time?
  • Grab a Snack: Food choices across the grounds include everything from popcorn and ice cream to funnel cakes and third-pound sirloin burgers.
4599 Visionland Parkway
Bessemer,
AL
US