There is nothing like getting out for some fresh air after a long cold winter. Fortunately, in Huntsville we don't have to go far. Monte Sano Mountain is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. That is with good reason; it offers something for just about everyone.
Starting with Monte Sano State Park, there are hiking trails, picnic tables, a playground, cabins, and camping facilities. The scenery is terrific and whether you prefer a nice leisurely picnic with nothing to worry about except the view, or you yearn to pull out a mountain bike and hit the trails, it's there. A breakfast picnic at the playground is another time honored family favorite. If you would like something a little slower paced, and maybe even contemplative, try a stroll through the Japanese Garden. The entrance is just behind the park store. Admission to the park is $3 per day, $1 for senior citizens. Trail maps are available at the park store.
The facilities of the Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) are also located on Monte Sano. They have two observatories, an astronomical library, a solar telescope, and a planetarium. There is a program every Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Check their website for details, the programs vary. When the weather permits, they open the observatory after the show for a telescope viewing of the night sky. $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for members and children under 6.
Burritt on the Mountain, an old favorite city treasure, at "The Burritt," you will find a mansion and museum, an historic park with reconstructed log cabins, hiking trails, a real old time church, and any number of community events. There are old time days when history is brought back to life in reenactment, summer camps for the kids, outdoor concerts overlooking the city lights, Paint the City art classes, old time Sacred Harp Singings, and many more events throughout the year. As a bonus, the walkway in front of the museum has a most incredible view of the city. Just to get out for a couple hours, the museum is a must see. The historic park is kid friendly and the little ones love running from cabin to cabin. The hiking trails here are a little different and generally a little shorter than the ones down the road in the State Park. Admission to the museum and park is $7.00 per adult, $6.00 for seniors & military, $5.00 for students, and $4.00 per child (3-12).
For more information see:
- Huntsville Visitor's Center
- Burritt on the Mountain
- Monte Sano State Park.
Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS)