Sightseeing in Pell City

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (Half Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Fountain Heights

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$8 for Visit for Four to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (Up to $20 Value)

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Birmingham

$20 $8

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33,000 sq. ft. museum showcases more than 5,000 sports artifacts; gift shop peddles local college team regalia

Tour and Wine Tasting with Lunch for Two or Four at Vizzini Farms Winery (Up to 55% Off)

Vizzini Farms Winery

Calera

$32 $16

Tours lead groups through picturesque winery before tasting of wines from West Coast and Alabama grapes and lunch of Italian-style deli food

Winery Tour for Two or Four with Tastings, Stemware, and Wine Stoppers at Hidden Meadow Vineyard (Up to 70% Off)

Hidden Meadow Vineyard

Hidden Meadow Vineyard

$60 $19

Family-run winery churns out batches of fresh fruit wine and southern muscadine wine on scenic property

$20 for $36 Worth of Wine Tasting for Two, with Glasses and Wine Tote — Jules J. Berta Vineyards

Jules J. Berta Vineyards

Albertville

$36 $20

Wine tasting with choice of two designer wine mugs or wine glasses packaged in a dandy wine tote.

Ave Maria Grotto Visit for Two or Four Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids (Up to 52% Off)

Ave Maria Grotto

Ave Maria Grotto

$14 $7

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Landscaped four-acre park holds 125 miniature replicas of the world's famous churches and shrines

Admission for Two or Four or Individual or Family Membership to Chieftains Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Chieftains Museum

Rome

$10 $6

Major Ridge's home in Georgia is now a site that celebrates Cherokee history and culture at large

$147 for a Hot-Air-Balloon Ride for One from Fly High Balloons ($245 Value)

Fly High Balloons

Huntsville

$245 $147

Float over the Tennessee River Valley in a hot air balloon to enjoy a bird's-eye views of the picturesque surroundings

$119 for Introductory Flight Lesson Plus Flight Certificate and Koozie from Box Aviation ($199 Value)

Box Aviation

Montgomery

$199 $119

Introductory flight gives neophyte pilots their first wings as they soar alongside a trained instructor above Alabama's open skies

Creamery Tour with Goat Cheese for One or Two, or $15 for $18.99 Worth of Cheese at Belle Chevre

Belle Chevre

Elkmont

$18.99 $10

Folks get a behind the scene look at how goat cheese is made at creamery housed in an old town cotton warehouse

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The sleek, dark body of the A-12 Blackbird is invisible to radar detection, but that doesn’t stop it from attracting the attention of every visitor to the Southern Museum of Flight in sight. The retired bomber is just one of the aircrafts in the Southern Museum of Flight’s outdoor collection, and it gives visitors a glimpse of what’s to come. Stepping inside, you can almost hear the purring engines from the Korean War jet or 1920s Huff-Daland crop duster.

Not only does the museum bring high-flown feats of engineering artistry down to earth, it sets its impressive collection of airplanes into realistic dioramas. The exhibits, designed to give life to the history of southern aviation, sprawl across 75,000 square feet and includes photographs, models, original engines, and the tiny gnomes that power them. The Korean War Jets exhibit, for example, uses mannequins and a surprisingly realistic mock-up of Kimpo Air Force Base to tell the story of No Kum Sok, a North Korean lieutenant in the Air Force who defected.

4343 73rd St N
Birmingham,
AL
US

In one corner, kids practice cracking a safe. In another, tiny hands sift through sand to find ancient fossils, with no archaeologists in sight. Toddlers, meanwhile, wander through a surreal dreamscape of 10-foot milk cartons and car-sized paper towel rolls. But these aren’t scenes from a zany summer movie about all the adults disappearing: they're snapshots of the McWane Science Center, whose dozens of fun, interactive exhibits enliven science.

Notable exhibits include a collection of Alabama dinosaur skeletons that help us understand what life was like in the state millions of years ago. An aquarium area boasts a Shark & Ray Touch Tank, delighting visitors with an aquatic petting zoo. Interactive contraptions such as the pulley chair lift—which lets kids learn about simple machines as they hoist themselves aloft—convey abstract concepts with fun activities.

200 19th St N
Birmingham,
AL
US

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is a stately 33,000-square-foot museum, where more than 5,000 sports artifacts are displayed in glass cases and frames. Memorabilia, jerseys, and photographs commemorate the great baseball players, football stars, and basketball players from across the ages, including Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays. The museum gift shop features an eclectic array of souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, and local college team regalia.

2150 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
Birmingham,
AL
US

Sips n Strokes gifts paintbrush-wielding neophytes the tools and confidence to create, with a mélange of masterpiece-making tutorials and a bring-your-own-beverage policy. Artists can elect a class from the shop's calendar to hone the painting style that best complements their home, office, or neighbor's windshield, including picks of imagery from Parisian scenes to funky roosters. Each course, led by an instructor well versed in the trade, pairs well with the liquid inspiration of each student's choosing. Silence-seeking artists or easily corruptible mimes may opt for an afternoon or weeknight session, as the weekends generally garner 20 to 50 rowdy rookies.

522 Cahaba Park Cir
Birmingham,
AL
US

Run by master picturemaker Jennifer Harwell, a self-taught painter popular for her angel series, jenniferharwellart's weekly classes help sprouting artists' talents grow and blossom. In a laid-back, relaxed setting, students unleash their furor artisticus upon a 16"x20" canvas while the swaddling wraps of a smock-frock protect their soft innards. Usually the gallery provides wine and snacks in addition to all the necessary artistic supplies. Students get to keep their magnum opus once their paint guns stop smoking.

1901 6th Ave N
Birmingham,
AL
US

Major Ridge is a polarizing figure in Cherokee history. He was one of the signers of the Treaty of New Echota, which sold Cherokee lands to the United States in exchange for Oklahoma, and led to the forced Native American migration know as The Trail of Tears. Today, though, Major Ridge's erstwhile home in Georgia is the Chieftains Museum?a site that celebrates Cherokee history and culture at large, not just his controversial contribution to it.

  • Size: Sprawling mansion-sized. Extensions have been added since Major Ridge's tenure there, reflecting key moments in Georgia's architecture history.
  • Key credential: The location has been listed on the National Historic Register since 1973.
  • Eye Catcher: The two-story dogtrot-style log cabin at the core of the house, where Major Ridge lived centuries ago.
  • "Dogtrot-Style" Means: The cabin is really two separate cabins, connected by a breezeway a dog could, hypothetically, trot down, especially if there's a steak at the other end and someone yelling "Here, boy!"
  • In the Giftshop: Visitors can stock up on jewelry, dreamcatchers, and replica arrowheads before they hit the road.
501 Riverside Pkwy. NE
Rome,
GA
US