For the Kids (and Adults Too)

There are plenty of things to do as a family in the Shoals. This area prides itself on being one of the best places to bring a family. Not only are there plenty of parks in our area, we also have a wealth of museums that are educational and kid-friendly.

Make some music at the Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum of the Shoals is dedicated to giving kids the opportunity to learn about the world in which they live. With different exhibits many featuring the Shoals as a prominent feature the museum teaches children about science, history, art and so much more. Check out the museum’s special exhibit that features different musical instruments from around the world. Also, don’t miss Deibert Park located directly behind the museum. Different events are held throughout the year so be sure to check their website, shoalschildrensmuseum.org, for a complete list.

Sit in the cockpit of a real Cobra helicopter at Veteran’s Park
Let your kids learn about all the major wars of the twentieth century while touring Florence’s Veteran’s Memorial. The Veteran’s Memorial is unique in Alabama and has an assortment of wartime memorabilia, including actual guns and ammunition used in battle. Open weekends from 1:00pm-5:00pm For more information call 256-764-4245.

Skateboard with the locals
Let your kids burn off some energy and take a visit to Florence’s Skate Park, located in Florence’s Cox Creek Sports Complex. Whether your kids are experienced skaters or just learning how to stand on a board or ride a bike, they can find something to entertain them while having a great time. Open every day during daylight hours.

Park it!
With Sheffield’s Riverfront Park’s access to fishing on Pickwick Lake, a lighted walking trail, and picnic pavilions, this park is a perfect place to relax as a family. For more information go to Sheffield-rec.com.

With many different facilities, which include indoor and outdoor walking trails and a splash pad for the kids, Muscle Shoals’ Gattman Park is sure to have something for everyone in the family to enjoy. For more information go to cityofmuscleshoals.com.

Built in 2008, River Heritage Park is located right next to the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, and features walking trails, a large 4,000 square foot pavilion, and an interactive water fountain that features lights and music. Don’t miss its state of the art playground and splash pad, which is sure to be a hit with the kids.

If you’re looking for relief from a hot Alabama summer look no further than Funland Water Park. Located just outside of downtown Florence, Funland is a great place to take the kids for miniature golf, arcade games, go-carts, and two water slides that are over 300-ft. tall, as well as three “kiddie” slides and a pool.

Located right next to Funland is McFarland Park. Surrounded by the beautiful Tennessee River, this park has a marina and fishing area, playground, campsite and jogging trail so there is something for all members of the family. For more information go to florenceal.org.

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