Time to get out your calendar!  We’ve searched the ‘Net to find fun things to do in Madison for each month in 2018.  The goal was to find activities known only to the locals—things that may not be advertised.  

January - Limestone Flea Market 

The Limestone Flea Market is located on the left after you cross County Line/Old Railroad Bed Road.  You may not think it’s much—the sign isn’t that fancy, and all you see is a low, tin building.  But this flea market packs quite a flea market punch.  It is huge!  The Limestone Flea Market has just a little bit of everything:  Avon, homeschool books, rugs, glassware, classic arcade games, toys… We once bought my daughter a pretty, red duffle bag to tote to camp. Free admission.

Open Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 5 pm. | 30030 US-72 in Madison(256) 233-5183

February - Alabama War Museum

While it’s cold outside, take the family to the Alabama War Museum, located right beside the Limestone Flea Market.  The museum is housed in an authentic log cabin with a gift shop on the first floor and exhibits on the second.  Exhibits include medieval crosses, guns, pre-Columbian pottery, coins, and other relics as old as 3000 BC. Group and school field trips available. Admission charged for ages 11 and up.

Open Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm or by appointment. | 30030 USA 72 West in Madison

March - Dog Parks

Let the dogs out!  And let your kids out with them.  Pick one of those sunny March days to take your dogs and kids to this fun park.  They can all run around in the large fenced-in area which provides water and poop bags for the pets.  My Lab loves it because he can make friends with other dogs and run to his heart’s content.  The parks feature a large enclosure for large dogs and another for small dogs.  Madison has two conveniently-located parks: Mill Creek Dog Park (1.43 acre) and the Dog Spot at Creekwood Park. Free admission.

How to get there: Mill Creek Dog Park -Park at the Mill Creek Greenway at the corner of Balch and Mill Road in Madison. Creekwood Park - 360A Harvestwood Ct. in Madison

April – Madison City Farmers Market

One of my favorite seasons is between April and November, when local producers bring out their vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, honey, and baked goods to the Madison City Farmers Market.  You’ll find handmade soaps, plants, jams, cheese, candles, lotions, flowers, to name a few.  

Their goal is to provide the best quality producer-only goods from local farmers and artisans while promoting “community spirit and [keeping] money and energy within the community.”  While Mom and Dad shop, kids can sample everything from home-grown tomatoes to Piper & Leaf tea. Free admission.

1088 Hughes Road in Madison (at Trinity Baptist Church) | 8 am - Noon from April to September & 9 am - Noon from October to November

May - Hike the Rainbow Mountain Preserve 

The Rainbow Mountain Preserve is maintained by the Land Trust of North Alabama.  You can hike this trail any month of the year, actually. The trail never stays the same.  Spring brings on new growth of trees, summer is ripe for a hike, the fall leaves are exquisite, and you can see all the way into Huntsville when the trees shed their leaves for the winter.  You may even try your hand at Geocaching…Where?  (I can’t tell you!)  A playground is also available. Free admission.

Open during daylight hours. | 230 Stoneway Trail

 

June - Insanity Skate Park 

By mid-June, Moms and Dads are tired of hearing their kids say, “I’m so bored!”  Insanity Skate Park has the cure!  Besides their skate park, this entertainment center features laser tag, batting cages, an arcade, roller skating, rock-climbing, and miniature golf.  It’s 28-acres of fun for the whole family! Admission charged.

Visit their website for school, after-school, and holiday hours. | 100 Skate Park Drive in Madison

July - Play in the Creek

I spent hours of my youth playing in the creek on our south Alabama farm.  Lucky for Madisonians, our kids get the same fun!  Take the walking trail at Creekwood Park down to the creek.  They even have a rope where families can swing from the creek bank and into the cool water.  Classic summer fun! Free admission.

Creekwood Park | 360A Harvestwood Ct. in Madison

August - Main Street Café 

Have you ever eaten in a jail cell?  Thanks to Main Street Café, I can say I have, but it’s not what you think!  The two private dining areas in the Main Street Café used to be jail cells when the building served as Madison’s third city hall.  The café opened its doors in 2000.  Now, instead of serving its inmates bread and water, the restaurant serves delicious southern cuisine.

The restaurant is located on Main Street right beside the railroad tracks.  Every time I’ve eaten there (which is a lot) the train comes by, which adds to the charm of this quintessential southern eatery. Private dining parties and outside dining available.

Open Monday-Saturday 11 am - 2 pm, 101 Main Street in Madison | (256) 461-8096

September – Kid’s Kingdom

Just because older brothers and sisters have gone back to school, the fun need not end for our Rocket City littles.  They can meet all sorts of new friends at this colorful playground.  My daughter spent countless hours climbing around this little kingdom and swinging on the big tire swing. Don’t wait for September to take your kids to this fun factory!  Kid’s Kingdom is open during daylight hours, year-round. Free admission.

Dublin Memorial Park | 8324 Madison Pike in Madison

October – Madison Street Festival

One weekend a year, the whole town shows up in Downtown Madison for the Madison Street Festival.  The Firetruck leads the way as local bands, cheerleaders, and many others form a parade route from Insanity Skate Park to the Gazebo on Main Street.  The festival features dozens of information and craft booths, food trucks, live entertainment, and activities for kids. This is one of Madison’s biggest events of the year and is fun for ages 0 to 150! Free admission.

First Saturday in October from 9 am - 4 pm.

November - Shopping in Downtown 

Historic Downtown Madison offers a unique holiday shopping experience.  The downtown area has several local shopping venues, and your moneys go directly back to our local economy!

Truly, these small shops have a quaint vibe along with sales associates with time and energy to help you with your purchases.  You’ll find antiques, collectibles, toys, clothes, pets, photographers, and specialty stores like Hook and a Frog Fiber.

December - Christmas Card Lane 

Walk or drive past the historical homes in Madison, and you’ll get big Christmas wishes on Christmas Card Lane.  The exhibits are illuminated every night until 9 p.m., so you can enjoy the vibrant colors during the day or night.  The exhibit is put on by the Madison Arts Council. Free admission. 

Park on Main Street and use the sidewalks for the walking tour; drive by Front Street and Church Street to see the exhibit by car. Exhibit runs December 1 - 31.

By; Stephanie L. Robertson

Stephanie L. Robertson is a writer and editor who maintains a southern lifestyle blog at www.SweetgumLife.com. A busy Christian wife and mom, Stephanie and her husband of 19 years live in the Huntsville area with their teenage daughter. Stephanie has a self-published short suspense story on Amazon and is working on adding a novel.  When not immersed in mom/wife life, she enjoys photography, Pinterest projects, coffee with family and friends, and immersing herself in a good suspense novel.

 

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