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Family stays on the Alabama Gulf Coast and around Mobile Bay offer plenty to do. The resort towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach feature 32 miles of soft white sand lapped by sparkling emerald waters.

In nearby Mobile Bay family attractions include the USS Alabama Battleship, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, Alligator Alley, Estuarium at Dauphin Island and Mobile Zoo.

Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham offers families a long list of attractions including the Alabama Adventure Theme Park, Birmingham Zoo, Vulcan Park and Museum and Birmingham Children’s Theatre.

Huntsville play in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains is home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, a fantastic museum and theme park as well as Huntsville Botanical Gardens, EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and Sci-Quest Science Center.

6 great swimming holes to visit in Alabama

Little River Canyon in DeKalb County, Alabama can now can rate its beauty alongside a Mayan sinkhole, a blue lagoon in Iceland, a clear blue Jamaican stream and the Fairy Pools of Scotland. The swimming hole at the nature preserve near Fort Payne was named part of Huffington Post's list of 11 great swimming holes around the world. Only three other sites in America made the list.

For more details on Little River Canyon; Wind Creek at Lake Martin, The Icebox at Magnolia Springs, The Devil's Den at Cheaha State Park, High Falls in Guntersville or Lake Tuscaloosa/Lake Nicol please read our Alabama Outdoors page.

US Space and Rocket Centre, Huntsville

It was named the state of Alabama's most frequented paid tourism destination with more than 584,000 visitors in 2013 & this month, the US Space and Rocket Center received a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor for the second straight year. You can go to the moon and back at the US Space and Rocket Center, a fun learning experience for the whole family is guaranteed.

"This award reflects the pride and passion I see in the Center's employees every day," said Deborah Barnhart, chief executive and executive director of the USSRC, in a statement. "This is a well-deserved recognition of the work they are doing to ensure visitors to the US Space & Rocket Center have the experience of a lifetime every time they visit."   

Last year, the USSRC was named Huntsville's No. 1 attraction on TripAdvisor.

You can watch Joey Essex in Space Camp at the US Space & Rocket Center on the ITV Player if you click here.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama is home to tthe Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which now holds the title of the world's largest motorcycle museum according to Guinness World Records. Officials made the announcement recently at Barber Motorsports Park, where the museum is located.

The Barber museum and park are already bringing some positive vibes to the city. Last year alone they drew 270,000 visitors, including more than 3,000 museum visitors from other countries. According to the official Guinness record, the museum houses the world's largest collection of vintage and contemporary motorcycles, with 1,398 unique exhibits. The five-story glass, steel and concrete structure features eye-catching displays of motorcycle towers and machines suspended from walls. The whole place has a cosmopolitan feel, as there are exhibits from more than 100 countries including around 60 Lotus race cars.

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