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Ave Maria Grotto

1600 St. Bernard Ave. SE, Cullman

Ave Maria Grotto Visit for Two or Four Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids (Up to 60% Off)

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

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3 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
June 17, 2022
It was a great trip for an afternoon getaway with four grandkids (7 to 14 years of age). The admissions attendant was extremely nice and helpful. Very enjoyable!
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 11, 2022
This was our 2nd visit and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. We brought our 2 grand kids and they were amazed. Such intricacy . And time staking talent. We really enjoyed ourselves you should all see it!
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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 10, 2022
This is an amazing place! Highly recommend to everyone!
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 6, 2022
This was my favorite part of our trip. Make sure you grab more than 1 loaf of the bread 😀
16 ratings11 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 30, 2022
Such a beautiful place
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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 29, 2022
We have been to the Grotto more than 10 times and have NEVER been disappointed. The staff has always been courteous, the experience is wonderful, every time we visit, we see something we hadn't noticed before- so fun! We always find something cool in the gift shop and of course, take home a loaf or two of the amazing homemade bread. Our granddaughters love to bring a picnic lunch, and after we eat, take a walk to the chapel. As a bonus, the bathrooms are the cleanest public bathrooms I have ever used - it smells great in there and the toilet paper is soft!
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 23, 2022
It was very educational and appreciated the craftsmanship and detail of all the structures.
26 ratings21 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 17, 2022
This place is amazing! What a remarkable site to see! I loved all the attention to detail!
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About This Deal

Choose from Three Options

  • $7.50 for admission for two adults (up to $14 value)
  • $11 for admission for four adults (up to $28 value)
  • $9 for admission for two adults and two kids ages 6 to 12 (up to $23 value)

In a beautifully landscaped four-acre park, guests view 125 miniature reproductions of some of the world’s famous churches and shrines.

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit(s). Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Learn about Strike-Through Pricing and Savings

About Ave Maria Grotto

The life's work of Brother Joseph Zoettl began as little more than a hobby. Originally born in Bavaria in 1878 as Michael Zoettl, Brother Joseph chose to join the Benedictine order at a young age and ended up at St. Bernard Abbey, where he was tasked with working the power plant. His long days of hard work were only interrupted by the weekly opportunities to attend Sunday Mass, so he decided to make the most of his free time by embracing a hobby: creating miniatures.

Beginning with cement, Brother Joseph patiently constructed a scale replica of a church. Visitors flocked to see his early creations, so Brother Joseph continued his hobby while gradually increasing the ambitious scope of his projects. Over the course of the next 40 years, he would go on to create the 125 miniature reproductions of iconic churches, shrines, and buildings that currently fill Ave Maria Grotto's four acres of park land.

Often made of the marbles, cold-cream jars, broken bathroom tiles, costume jewelry, and pieces of colored glass that were mailed to him by admirers, Brother Joseph's meticulously intricate miniatures include everything from the basilica in Lourdes to a prophetically accurate model of the International Space Station.