About Huntsville Alabama
Huntsville: Something for Everyone
Balmy days almost year-round and an attractive cost-of-living index combined with a diverse culture make Huntsville, AL a prime spot for those seeking to relocate. Huntsville is located at the heart of the Tennessee Valley, and features the best of the region’s fertile offerings. Mountains, lakes, and woodlands provide outdoor enthusiasts with abundant prospects, while the metro area houses universities, great local restaurants, a thriving arts community, churches, and attractions such as the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Quality of Life
Abounding beauty and an excellent quality of life make Huntsville a great place to raise a family. Fun activities, fresh air and education can all be found in the Rocket City. According to Southern Living Magazine, “Huntsville has one of the most favorable salary-to-cost-of-living ratios in the Southeast”.
The Huntsville Community
Huntsville is part of the greater Tennessee Valley Region and Madison County, Alabama. It is nestled between the Tennessee River and the Appalachian Mountains, and as such, provides a varied terrain of mountains and valleys and holds valuable water resources. Huntsville is home to Redstone Arsenal and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The Huntsville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a population of approximately 425,480 persons; while the area’s regional population consists of over 830,742 residents. The area’s climate is seasonal and tends to be family-oriented.
An enduring economic success story is that of the City of Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal. Both have lived, worked, and grown together for more than sixty years. Their relationship has developed into a synergistic partnership that strongly supports the U.S. Army mission and the quality of life of the soldiers and civilians who call this region home.
Early Works Family of Museums
The Early Works Family of Museums is just that…a family comprised of three different museums to bring out the child in every adult, and the adult in every child. The Alabama Constitution Village, the Huntsville Depot and Museum, and the EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum are located in the heart of historic downtown Huntsville and will take you on a journey back in time.
Huntsville Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden offers year-round festivals including the Spring Festival of Flowers in April, a summer exhibit with kids in mind, Scarecrow Trail in the fall, and the nationally recognized holiday light show Galaxy of Lights. The beautiful 112-acre garden has floral collections, inviting woodland paths and broad grassy meadows.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
From incredible artifacts of our nation’s space program, to hands-on interactive exhibits and space travel simulators, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center experience is unlike any other. Home to Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and X-Camp, The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is recognized as one of the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museums in the world. Facilities include Spacedome Theaters, Rocket Park, NASA’s Educator Resource Center and more.
Bridge Street Town Centre
Located just minutes from HudsonAlpha, Bridge Street Town Centre is a 2.1 million sq. ft. mixed-use development that features over 70 upscale shops and restaurants, the 210-room Westin Huntsville, a 14-screen Monaco Pictures and a six-story office tower. The property also features a man-made lake, carousel, train ride, pedi cabs, watercraft rentals, outdoor dining options, beautifully landscaped grounds and fountains.
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the Southeast’s largest center for the arts. With more than 100 working artists, small businesses, restaurants, and live performance venues, this huge historic textile mill is now a rising home for music, art, and culture. Visitors are encouraged to enter the studios and speak with artists to learn about their work processes, inspirations, and to purchase work.
Parks & Recreation
Located in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains, Huntsville is the ideal place for outdoor fun for the family. Whether you are hiking the mountaintop trails of Monte Sano State Park, playing 18 holes on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, or enjoying the thrill of Southern Adventures theme park, Huntsville has something for everyone. Additionally, the City of Huntsville has developed more than 26 miles of existing greenways and trails for use by local pedestrians and bicyclists. Visit the greenways to enjoy open spaces and to exercise along paved and winding paths, reserved for pedestrian use only.