Rocket City Mom’s Outdoor Play Guide

Enjoy some fresh air and get your daily dose of Vitamin D with this helpful guide to all things outdoor in Huntsville, Madison, and North Alabama.

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Outdoor Fun in and around Huntsville, AL

Fishing, hiking, camping, and that’s just the start! Parents in Huntsville were hanging outdoors long before it became fashionable (and necessary) because our community is full of opportunities to enjoy sun and fun with kids. Playgrounds, area farms that are open to the public, ziplines, disc golf courses and more. If it’s outside and family-friendly it’s in this guide.

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Water Fun

Living in the south means very little cold and a whole lot of hot which means water related activities are often year-round.


Kids love animals. Animals love kids. It’s a match that just works. Unfortunately, not every family can accommodate ALL the animals a child might want to interact with, and that’s when you go searching for a local farm or outdoor space that can. We know. We’ve been there and done that. Here you’ll find our experiences and those of other local parents so you can see what you’re in for before you go.

Flowers, Foods & Farms

Parks & Playgrounds

Who doesn’t love a good park? Much like Leslie Knope, we feel they are the backbones of a great community. Before you pack up the minivan and search for the perfect location for playground fun, check out these write-ups from area parents.

Hunts & Tours

As Huntsville has grown so have the opportunities for unique outdoor fun. These walking tours, public art displays, and scavenger hunts are a great idea for when you have visitors or when you just want to be a visitor in your hometown.

Sports & Rec

Big or small, people sometimes just need to get outside and run around. Whether you are looking for an organized sport or something a little more low-key you’ll find plenty of ideas here.