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Alabama – Alligator Alley

Holding a cute cuddly alligator

When we travel, I try to find unique experiences that you can’t find in other locations. Alligator Alley, in Summerdale, Alabama, certainly fits the bill. You can’t go feed and hold alligators just anywhere. Summerdale, Alabama isn’t exactly a major metropolis, but it is within easy driving distance of Gulf Shores (about 30 minutes), Mobile (45 minutes), or Pensacola (< 1 hour) if you are vacationing in any of those places.

We visited Alligator Alley during the winter, which is not an ideal time. Alligators are less active when the temperature is cold. And it was rather cold that day. […]

Alabama – U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Saturn V rocket model

You may have heard of Space Camp, but did you know that you don’t need to attend camp in order to visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama? Every year on our annual trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama, we drive past Huntsville, Alabama where we see the billboard for the museum. Every year I say to myself, “I wish we had time to stop and visit.” While planning our trip this year, I discovered that the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is part of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, which means that it has a reciprocal agreement […]

Alabama – Mardi Gras Parades

Pearl Float

This was the second year we’ve travelled to the Alabama Gulf Coast in February.  Both trips occurred during the Mardi Gras season and we were able to attend parades. You might be thinking, “Mardi Gras in Alabama? Don’t you mean Louisiana?” Actually, Mobile, Alabama holds the claim for earliest Mardi Gras celebrations, having first celebrated Carnival, or Mardi Gras, over 300 years ago in 1703. New Orleans was founded 15 years later, in 1718. Since national news coverage of Mardi Gras celebrations tends to focus on events held on Fat Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the start of […]