Monday, May 23, 2011

Staycation Fun in Gadsden, Alabama

With the gas prices rising taking a vacation hundreds of miles from home  may not be in the budget. That doesn’t mean that you have to sit at home all summer. I am going to share some of my favorite inexpensive places to go and things to do in Gadsden.

Nocallula Falls

Under $10 a person

Nocallula Falls

Nocallula Falls is the first stop on our tour. The park, maintained by the city of Gadsden, does charge a small admission fee which includes everything but miniature golf. For $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 4-12 you get unlimited train rides, can visit the Pioneer Village, which includes the Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge, and visit the animal habitat. The animal habitat has llamas, deer, sheep, donkeys, cows,various reptiles, birds and more.



Mary G. Hardin Center for the Cultural Arts

Located in historic Downtown Gadsden the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts is home to three galleries that host national and local exhibits year-round, free live concerts in the Courtyard Concert series, and the Festival of Trees. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children 3-12.

Imagination Place Children’s Museum

The Imagination Place is located next door to the Hardin center. Filled with many hands-on exhibits for children from preschoolers to fifth grade this is a great  place to spend a hot afternoon. Admission for adults is $6 and children 3-12 is $5. If you visit on Tuesdays between 12 and 5 pm admission is free as long as your group has 9 people or less.



James D. Martin Wildlife Park and Walking Trail

Another free activity; the park and walking trail is located behind the Gadsden Mall on the Coosa River. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.


Gadsden Museum Of Art

The Gadsden Museum of Art is located on Broad Street. It is dedicated to maintaining a local history of the Gadsden and Etowah County area and features works of Southern art and artists.Admission is free.


Coosa River Boardwalk

If fishing is your idea of a good time visit the 1,000 foot boardwalk on the banks of the Coosa. There are also benches, gazebos, and picnic areas if you prefer to relax by the water and watch boats. Located off Albert Rains Boulevard/Hwy 411 near Chili’s and the Fish Market.

First Fridays in Downtown Gadsden
Broad Street is filled with a block party atmosphere the first Friday of every month. Featuring classic cars, motorcycles, live entertainment, food and other fun. While there is no admission be sure to bring some spending money for food and the shops that line Broad Street.

Tomorrow I will be bringing a post filled with links to other bloggers who have participated in the Year of the Staycation campaign hosted by Toni from The Happy Housewife and Carrie from Springs Bargains. Almost every state is represented so I am sure most readers will be able to find something fun and inexpensive to do this summer.

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