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I admit to having grown up in this area and not having heard of Huntsville’s Harmony Safari Park until a few days ago. As the internet says, it is indeed somewhat of a kept secret in town, as I don’t recall ever hearing its name in my social circle. Rocket City is home to a variety of unique experiences, this being one of them.

Folks are split on these sorts of attractions: Harmony Safari Park is home to endangered animals, and regardless of anyone’s take on the matter, it’s undoubtedly a kid magnet and likely an exciting way to .spend a few hours together as a family on the weekend. What kid isn’t fascinated by actual, live baboons and snapping turtles?

HSP’s website doesn’t have a lot of info, but it’s presented interestingly enough, as

I admit to having grown up in this area and not having heard of Huntsville’s Harmony Safari Park until a few days ago. As the internet says, it is indeed somewhat of a kept secret in town, as I don’t recall ever hearing its name in my social circle. Rocket City is home to a variety of unique experiences, this being one of them.

Folks are split on these sorts of attractions: Harmony Safari Park is home to endangered animals, and regardless of anyone’s take on the matter, it’s undoubtedly a kid magnet and likely an exciting way to .spend a few hours together as a family on the weekend. What kid isn’t fascinated by actual, live baboons and snapping turtles?

HSP’s website doesn’t have a lot of info, but it’s presented interestingly enough, as

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The holiday season has ended, and almost everyone is trying to live up to the resolution to be healthier in 2018.  Eating healthy can be challenging if you live a busy life and choose to dine out at restaurants. Rocket City is lucky to have many healthy dining options one crowd favorite is Taziki’s Café.

Taziki’s Café servers Greek inspired food with a Southern Flare. They pride themselves in using simple and wholesome ingredients to make everything from scratch.  The menu is created with a Mediterranean diet in mind and focuses on using fresh produce, as well as herbs and spices to create healthy flavorful food.

The menu offers a wide selection of gyros, deli sandwiches, salads, tacos, rollups and more.  In addition to offering a variety of

The holiday season has ended, and almost everyone is trying to live up to the resolution to be healthier in 2018.  Eating healthy can be challenging if you live a busy life and choose to dine out at restaurants. Rocket City is lucky to have many healthy dining options one crowd favorite is Taziki’s Café.

Taziki’s Café servers Greek inspired food with a Southern Flare. They pride themselves in using simple and wholesome ingredients to make everything from scratch.  The menu is created with a Mediterranean diet in mind and focuses on using fresh produce, as well as herbs and spices to create healthy flavorful food.

The menu offers a wide selection of gyros, deli sandwiches, salads, tacos, rollups and more.  In addition to offering a variety of

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After months of multiple cities vying to be home to the next big automotive plant in the United States, it appears that Huntsville, Ala. has secured the bid to become location to the mega-development.

Multiple sources, including Auto News and Detroit News, were stating on Tuesday night that an announcement is expected from officials from both Toyota and Mazda on Wednesday afternoon. The announcement would confirm  the location choice. A source close to the selection gave word on Tuesday night, that the new plant would be located at a megasite, located in the Limestone County portion of Huntsville.

It Came Down to Two States: Alabama and North Carolina

The plant site location came down to two states, North Carolina and Alabama, at the end of 2017.

After months of multiple cities vying to be home to the next big automotive plant in the United States, it appears that Huntsville, Ala. has secured the bid to become location to the mega-development.

Multiple sources, including Auto News and Detroit News, were stating on Tuesday night that an announcement is expected from officials from both Toyota and Mazda on Wednesday afternoon. The announcement would confirm  the location choice. A source close to the selection gave word on Tuesday night, that the new plant would be located at a megasite, located in the Limestone County portion of Huntsville.

It Came Down to Two States: Alabama and North Carolina

The plant site location came down to two states, North Carolina and Alabama, at the end of 2017.

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Insanity Complex is an interactive entertainment center located in Madison. Insanity has all of the usual attractions like laser tag and an arcade. Though, what really makes Insanity stand out is their focus on “extreme sports”. There are not many place you can find rock climbing, skateboarding, and rollerskating all in one location. The facility offers birthday and team parties, and has activities that appeal to virtually all ages.

The Attractions/Activities

The attractions are broken up into two categories: indoor and outdoor so you and your friends, family or colleagues can spend the day at Insanity rain or shine.

Indoor Roller Skate/Inline Rink
  • Monday-Thursday: $6.00 per person
  • Friday-Sunday: $8.00 per person
  • Skate Rental:

Insanity Complex is an interactive entertainment center located in Madison. Insanity has all of the usual attractions like laser tag and an arcade. Though, what really makes Insanity stand out is their focus on “extreme sports”. There are not many place you can find rock climbing, skateboarding, and rollerskating all in one location. The facility offers birthday and team parties, and has activities that appeal to virtually all ages.

The Attractions/Activities

The attractions are broken up into two categories: indoor and outdoor so you and your friends, family or colleagues can spend the day at Insanity rain or shine.

Indoor Roller Skate/Inline Rink
  • Monday-Thursday: $6.00 per person
  • Friday-Sunday: $8.00 per person
  • Skate Rental:
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If you just moved to the Huntsville/Madison area, you may be wondering about what kinds of family friendly activities there are to do. There’s lots to do around the the area,
but one fun thing you definitely want to do in May is Trains on Main!

Trains in Downtown Madison

Trains on Main, put together by the Madison Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Madison and the Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, is a fun, educational scavenger hunt that will help tourists and newcomers to the city of Madison learn more about the area.

Trains on Main

Trains on Main ​Game Objective

The objective of Trains on Main is to find eight bronze trains, crafted by local bronze sculpture artist, Everett Cox, that have been permanently

If you just moved to the Huntsville/Madison area, you may be wondering about what kinds of family friendly activities there are to do. There’s lots to do around the the area,
but one fun thing you definitely want to do in May is Trains on Main!

Trains in Downtown Madison

Trains on Main, put together by the Madison Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Madison and the Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, is a fun, educational scavenger hunt that will help tourists and newcomers to the city of Madison learn more about the area.

Trains on Main

Trains on Main ​Game Objective

The objective of Trains on Main is to find eight bronze trains, crafted by local bronze sculpture artist, Everett Cox, that have been permanently

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When most people think of food trucks, they think of fast unhealthy food.  It’s usually tacos, burgers, fries, and all things fried.  Rocket City is lucky to have a wide variety of food trucks and even a few that provide healthier options.  One of the local favorites providing healthy cuisine is the Manic Organic Food Truck.

Manic Organic Food Truck   Manic Organic Food

Manic Organic prides itself in providing Rocket City with a full menu of options of healthy food prepared with organic ingredients. All food from the ketchup to the bread is prepared from scratch with food items that have no GMOs, no pesticides, hormones, additives, and no extra unhealthy junk.  This means that you are getting clean food that tastes great. The true flavors of the food aren’t covered by additives and you are

When most people think of food trucks, they think of fast unhealthy food.  It’s usually tacos, burgers, fries, and all things fried.  Rocket City is lucky to have a wide variety of food trucks and even a few that provide healthier options.  One of the local favorites providing healthy cuisine is the Manic Organic Food Truck.

Manic Organic Food Truck   Manic Organic Food

Manic Organic prides itself in providing Rocket City with a full menu of options of healthy food prepared with organic ingredients. All food from the ketchup to the bread is prepared from scratch with food items that have no GMOs, no pesticides, hormones, additives, and no extra unhealthy junk.  This means that you are getting clean food that tastes great. The true flavors of the food aren’t covered by additives and you are

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Indoors, outdoors, little kids, big kids, history buffs … find a variety of options to keep engaged at the EarlyWorks Family of Museums. The “family” comprises three facilities in downtown Huntsville. Click here for the museum Web site.

EarlyWorks Museum

EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum at 404 Madison St. SE. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. This was the go-to place when my family first moved to Huntsville – in the middle of winter. We spent so much time here the boys knew exactly what they wanted to do each visit: haul up flags and feel the pelts aboard the keelboat, “blow up” the mine, play in the water in Biscuit’s Backyard, try on the 1800s clothing, climb aboard the wagon. A room can be booked for children’s parties.

Indoors, outdoors, little kids, big kids, history buffs … find a variety of options to keep engaged at the EarlyWorks Family of Museums. The “family” comprises three facilities in downtown Huntsville. Click here for the museum Web site.

EarlyWorks Museum

EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum at 404 Madison St. SE. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. This was the go-to place when my family first moved to Huntsville – in the middle of winter. We spent so much time here the boys knew exactly what they wanted to do each visit: haul up flags and feel the pelts aboard the keelboat, “blow up” the mine, play in the water in Biscuit’s Backyard, try on the 1800s clothing, climb aboard the wagon. A room can be booked for children’s parties.

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The Auburn-Alabama Football fan feud is one of both viciousness and camaraderie. Much, I am led to believe, like the bickering of siblings. It is mostly good clean fun…mostly. Regardless of which of our football teams you cheer for during the season, or lament the dragging days of their off-season their is no denying the importance of sports in regard to southern culture. While those are our two most recognizable teams in the state, we in the Rocket City have another team: The Huntsville Havoc. Hockey is not the most obvious choice in the south. It’s hot pretty much all off the time, and ours is more commonly a warm Christmas than a white Christmas, but that is what makes the Huntsville Havoc such an exciting experience. There are not many place in

The Auburn-Alabama Football fan feud is one of both viciousness and camaraderie. Much, I am led to believe, like the bickering of siblings. It is mostly good clean fun…mostly. Regardless of which of our football teams you cheer for during the season, or lament the dragging days of their off-season their is no denying the importance of sports in regard to southern culture. While those are our two most recognizable teams in the state, we in the Rocket City have another team: The Huntsville Havoc. Hockey is not the most obvious choice in the south. It’s hot pretty much all off the time, and ours is more commonly a warm Christmas than a white Christmas, but that is what makes the Huntsville Havoc such an exciting experience. There are not many place in

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The Christmas celebrations are done and now everyone is gearing up to celebrate the New Year. After large meals of turkey or ham with all the fixings, many people are ready for lighter fare. Edgar’s Bakery located at 472 Providence Main Street, Suite 100 in the Village of Providence in Huntsville has the perfect breakfast, lunch, and/or dessert.  

The location in the Village of Providence is the picture-perfect place to slow down, meet a friend to catch up with after a busy holiday. Their menu includes a wide selection: salads, soups, quiches as well as a full line of artisan breads, cupcakes, cookies, and cakes.  You will be sure to find a tasty treat to enjoy while in the bakery.  If you are still looking for a gift for someone that you haven’t

The Christmas celebrations are done and now everyone is gearing up to celebrate the New Year. After large meals of turkey or ham with all the fixings, many people are ready for lighter fare. Edgar’s Bakery located at 472 Providence Main Street, Suite 100 in the Village of Providence in Huntsville has the perfect breakfast, lunch, and/or dessert.  

The location in the Village of Providence is the picture-perfect place to slow down, meet a friend to catch up with after a busy holiday. Their menu includes a wide selection: salads, soups, quiches as well as a full line of artisan breads, cupcakes, cookies, and cakes.  You will be sure to find a tasty treat to enjoy while in the bakery.  If you are still looking for a gift for someone that you haven’t

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Downtown Madison makes for a fun afternoon near the Rocket City. Main Street, a  perfectly compact and quaint little strip alongside the train tracks, is anchored by Old Black Bear Brewing Company, and has a lineup of shops familiar to a small town lover: a cafe and a restaurant, a salon, a boutique, keepsake and antique shops, a sweets shop, and a fitness studio, among other tenants like an attorney’s office and artist studio. It’s a diverse group of businesses. Between retail therapy and a bite to eat, it can make for a fun afternoon close to Huntsville, all tucked away in the middle of Madison in under a tenth of a mile’s walk, if that.

 

Main Street Cafe has a menu that looks a little fancier than their name might suggest, some good outdoor

Downtown Madison makes for a fun afternoon near the Rocket City. Main Street, a  perfectly compact and quaint little strip alongside the train tracks, is anchored by Old Black Bear Brewing Company, and has a lineup of shops familiar to a small town lover: a cafe and a restaurant, a salon, a boutique, keepsake and antique shops, a sweets shop, and a fitness studio, among other tenants like an attorney’s office and artist studio. It’s a diverse group of businesses. Between retail therapy and a bite to eat, it can make for a fun afternoon close to Huntsville, all tucked away in the middle of Madison in under a tenth of a mile’s walk, if that.

 

Main Street Cafe has a menu that looks a little fancier than their name might suggest, some good outdoor

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