Kid Friendly Alabama
Kid Friendly City Parks
Joe Tucker Park
Highway 52 East
Shelby County, Alabama
Baseball, Exercise, Fishing, Picnic, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Restroom, Shelter, Tennis, and Walking Trail
Picnic Areas, Lighted Ball Fields, Lighted Tennis Courts, Lighted Paved Walking Track, Playgrounds, Fishing, Pavilions, Open Air Chapel.
The park is maintained by the City of Helena.
Kid Friendly State Parks
Cathedral Caverns State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history preserve located in Kennamer Cove, approximately 5 miles northeast of Grant, Alabama and 7 miles southeast of Woodville, Alabama in Marshall County. In addition to cave tours, the state park offers gem mining, picnicking, and tent camping.The state park’s main feature, first known as Bats Cave, was developed as a tourist attraction in the 1950s. Cathedral Caverns was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972 and opened as a state park in 2000.
The first feature most people notice about Cathedral Caverns is its massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a possible world record for commercial caves. The grand entrance is only the beginning. Inside the cavern are some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created including “Goliath”- one of the largest stalagmites in the world measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. Cathedral Caverns features many amazing sites: a “caveman” perched atop a flowstone wall, a “frozen” waterfall, a large stalagmite forest and a most improbable stone formation – a stalagmite that is 27 feet tall and 3 inches wide!
Complete information can be found at the Alabama State Parks website.
Chewacka State Park is a 696 acre park located at 124 Shell Toomer Parkway in Auburn, Alabama just south of Interstate 85 in Lee County Alabama. The park includes 26 acre Lake Chewacla – great for fishing, swimming, non-motorized boating. The park has an abundance of mountain bike and hiking trails, picnic areas, a playground, RV and tent camping and cabins. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, please click here.
Kid Friendly National Parks
Little River Canyon National Preserve is a United States National Preserve located on top of Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, Alabama, and DeSoto State Park. Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities. Natural resources and cultural heritage come together to tell the story of the Preserve, a special place in the Southern Appalachians.
The National Park Service gives an abundance of information on their website. You will want to visit their Things To Do Page as well as their Tips For Safety page . An added bonus comes from The National Park Foundation website that gives information on other parks close to Little River Canyon. The 14,000 acre preserve spans from Fort Payne, Alabama down to Cedar Bluff, Alabama. The Visitor Center is located on Highway 35. The entrance is located on the left just before you cross the Hwy 35 Bridge (Fort Payne side). Careful planning may fill your vacation days with an abundance of Alabama sights and sounds.
Kid Friendly Vacations
Kid Friendly Beaches
Kid Friendly Activities
DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park
At DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park, you and your family will be able to explore 12-story caverns that are larger than a football field. In addition to cavern exploring, you can also enjoy a butterfly house, maze, gem planning, paddle boats, and a laser light, sound and water show.
Mon – Sat: 10:00AM -4:30PM, Sun: 1:00PM – 4:30PM *Groups may make reservations for hours outside our regular operating hours.
Battleship Memorial Park
Battleship Memorial Park is a military history park and museum located on the western shore of Mobile Bay in Mobile, Alabama. It has a collection of notable aircraft and museum ships including the South Dakota-class battleshipUSS Alabama and Gato-class submarine USS Drum. The USS Alabama and USS Drum are both National Historic Landmarks; the park as a whole was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage prior to that time, on October 28, 1977.
In May 1962, the USS Alabama (BB-60) had been ordered scrapped along with her South Dakota-class sister ships,USS South Dakota, USS Indiana, and USS Massachusetts. Citizens of the state of Alabama had formed the “USSAlabama Battleship Commission” to raise funds for the preservation of Alabama as a memorial to the men and women who served in World War II. Alabama’s school children raised approximately $100,000 in nickels and dimes from lunch money and allowances to help the cause. The ship was awarded to the state on June 16, 1964, and was formally turned over on July 7, 1964 in ceremonies at Seattle, Washington. Alabama was then towed to her permanent berth at Mobile, Alabama, arriving in Mobile Bay on September 14, 1964 and opening as a museum ship on January 9, 1965. Alabama was joined in 1969 by the submarine USS Drum which was moored behind her until 2001, when the submarine was moved onto land for preservation in a permanent display. Visit Battleship Memorial Park website for additional information.
Kid Friendly Museums
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
One of American’s most outstanding Civil Rights museums, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute shows the inequality of public places and schools prior to Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. This is a great place to take school age children, particularly those who have already been exposed to this information in history classes at school. Visit the museum website for more information.
Kid Friendly North Alabama
U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Home to Space Camp, Aviation Camp and Robotics Camp programs, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is the official NASA Visitor Information Center for the Marshall Flight Center.
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is home to the only full-scale Space Shuttle, which of course is no longer in use, but these incredible ships show just how far we’ve come in space travel. You can also tour the Redstone Arsenal, which is headquarters to the U.S. Army Material Command and the place where all scientific experiments on the International Space Station are tested.
Check out their website for a schedule of events. They have all kinds of things like Star Wars exhibits and more!
Kid Friendly Mobile, Alabama
Kid Friendly Montgomery, Alabama
Kid Friendly Zoos
The Birmingham Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo is a zoological park that opened in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama. The 122-acre zoo is home to almost 800 animals representing over 200 species, including many endangered species from six continents.
The Zoo is managed by a private non-profit corporation. It is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), participates in AZA Species Survival Plans (SSP). It is located, along with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in Lane Park, a 200-acre city-owned park near the western terminus of U.S. Highway 280 at U.S. Highway 31 on the southern slope of Red Mountain.