Hot-Air Balloons and Spaceships

Spend Memorial Day weekend in North Alabama and enjoy top flight fun and entertainment at the annual Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic. Visitors can also train like an astronaut at Earth’s largest space museum, learn about a great American Olympian, feast on award-winning barbecue and much more!

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Day 1

Old State Bank
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Old State Bank
Community | Historic Site or District

Through more than 178 years of often turbulent history, the Old State Bank has survived as a proud monument to Decatur’s past and the development of banking in Alabama.  Built in 1833 to house the Tennessee Valley branch of the state bank, the…

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Carnegie Visual Arts Center
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Carnegie Visual Arts Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Art Gallery or Studio

Originally constructed in 1904 as The Carnegie Library with funding from the Carnegie Foundation, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center is one of the few remaining original Carnegie Library buildings in the nation. Located in historic downtown Decatur,…

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Day 2

Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
Festival or Event | Festival Event

Always held the weekend before Memorial Day, the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic in Decatur, Alabama, offers top flight fun and entertainment.  The Jubilee’s entertainment is centered on 60+ colorful balloons filling Point Mallard Park…

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Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que
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Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que
Food or Drink | Restaurant

This fourth generation owned family business has racked up over 50 barbeque awards in the last 16 years including three Memphis in May Grand Champion titles, eight state championships, and ten world championships.  Smoked pork, tangy, peppery…

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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
Festival or Event | Festival Event

Always held the weekend before Memorial Day, the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic in Decatur, Alabama, offers top flight fun and entertainment.  The Jubilee’s entertainment is centered on 60+ colorful balloons filling Point Mallard Park…

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Day 3

Cullman County Museum
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Cullman County Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Cullman County Museum tells about Cullman’s German heritage and its founder, Colonel John G. Cullmann, through interesting exhibits and artifacts.  Housed in a replica of his home, the museum is filled with items spanning two centuries.  In…

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Ave Maria Grotto
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Ave Maria Grotto
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Known throughout the world as "Jerusalem in Miniature," Ave Maria Grotto is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and…

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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

A pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament provides a place for prayer and quiet contemplation. Modeled on the great Italian churches of the 13th century, The Shrine is a house of prayer open to people of every faith and tours,…

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Day 4

Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum
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Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum preserves, protects, and presents artifacts dating as far back as 10,000 B.C. and ancient geological evidence of the settlement and evolution of the people of this region of Alabama. Creek (Muskogee), Yuchi (Uchean),…

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Jesse Owens Memorial Park
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Jesse Owens Memorial Park
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Jesse Owens Memorial Park, located in Oakville, Ala., honors the life and accomplishments of the Olympic sprinter and gold medalist and has a mission to educate the public of the legacy of his contributions to athletics and humankind.  See…

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Salty Nut Brewery
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Salty Nut Brewery
Food or Drink | Brewery or Brew Pub

Salty Nut Brewery is an up and coming microbrewery in Huntsville, specializing in craft beer.  The taproom has been renovated using recovered barn wood and tin from an old tobacco barn in Kentucky, while the beer garden has seating, a fire pit,…

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Day 5

U. S. Space and Rocket Center
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U. S. Space and Rocket Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Earth’s largest space museum, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.  Here, visitors can train like an astronaut, get an unclose look at an…

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Burritt on the Mountain
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Burritt on the Mountain
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Situated on a magnificent 167-acre site overlooking the city of Huntsville, Alabama, Burritt on the Mountain encourages visitors to explore the natural beauty of ‪Round Top Mountain, learn about its ecology, ‪revisit the lives of farmers whose…

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1 Old State Bank
2 Carnegie Visual Arts Center
3 Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
4 Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que
5 Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
6 Cullman County Museum
7 Ave Maria Grotto
8 Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
9 Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum
10 Jesse Owens Memorial Park
11 Salty Nut Brewery
12 U. S. Space and Rocket Center
13 Burritt on the Mountain