If you like open spaces, home-town friendliness, and fresh-from-the-farm food you’ll love this area! Even though these amenities sound good up front, without ‘insider-information’, the transition to Hazel Green and Meridianville can be a challenge – especially with kids.
Whether you’re new in town or a local, this guide is designed to reveal some of the most tried & true ‘hot-spots’ to make parenting a little easier. If you have favorites of your own, we’d love to hear from you! Leave your suggestions and tips in the comments for everyone to enjoy!
Let’s begin with the outdoors…
Outdoor Play In Hazel Green & Meridianville
Sharon Johnston Park – Located in New Market, this playground has the amenities! You’ll love visiting the playground, feeding the geese, riding bikes, fishing and walking the trails!
This beautiful 1 mile paved, 4.375 miles unpaved hiking trail is surrounded by beautiful landscape. It has a covered pavilion to enjoy a picnic after the walk. Located just south of the Pulaski Pike and Bob Wade Lane intersection.
Mom-Tip: Make sure to take the little ones potty – bathroom amenities are primitive.
From the Farm to Your Table
Bill’s Honey Farm
Purchase honey, bee’s wax, candles, etc. from the 24-hour honey warehouse – perfect for busy moms.
Mom-tip: Inside there’s a kid-friendly area for children to see the bees in action!
Scott’s Apple Orchard
Kids experience several apple delicacies, as well as, learn orchard life and apple varieties. Apples, peaches, homemade jellies and cider are among the selections. Read these tips and learn what to expect before heading out!
Mom-Tip: The Apple cider slushies are worth the trip.
Not just a pumpkin patch, kids experience so much more! Farm animals, barnyard playground, maze, hayride, corn cribs and more!! Mom-tip: Stay all day! Lunch & dinner are taken care of by the on-site Barn Grill. Choose the pumpkin pie for dessert – you won’t regret it! Learn what to expect and check out these parent tips before you head out.
Brown’s Family Farm
Nothing like picking your own produce – spend the afternoon making memories. Locals get their fresh strawberries here and enough to freeze for future use. Be sure to check out these parent tips and recipes before you head out!
Tuesday Farmer’s Market at Meridianville
Meet the local farmers! Buy fresh beef & pork, farm eggs, hand made soaps, honey, etc. at this seasonal market. Located in Meridianville on the lawn of First Baptist Meridianville during season.
Reed’s Farmer’s Market
Thinking of starting a flower or vegetable garden? Get starter and full plants, flowers, canning goods, fresh produce and vegetables from this farmer’s market. Located in Meridianville off of Hwy 231/431.
Family Fun in Hazel Green & Meridianville
Golden Years Ice Cream Parlor
Expect to enjoy delicious ice cream, games, food, classic music and more! Kids are exposed to an overall ‘back-in-the-day’ experience touching all of their senses.
Mom-Tip: Rent the place for a fun & unique birthday party.
Hazel Green Library
Enjoy a storytime, pick up some new books, and have fun at the Hazel Green Library.
- Posey’s Restaurant
You don’t have to be embarrassed about your childs’ growing appetite – seconds are encouraged! The lunch and dinner buffet draws families daily. Read more about this family favorite in this AL.com article.
Ole Dad’s Barbecue & Catering – It’s easy to stay in Pj’s…drive-up and order a pulled-pork potato and call it a day – located in Hazel Green.
Lawler’s Barbecue Express – The extensive menu is sure to please the whole family…drive up or dine-in.
Clothing the Kids
The Pants Barn – Specializing in Levi’s jeans for generations.
Ella Rae’s Children’s Boutique – Your children will be ‘on-trend’ with this one-stop-shop. Find your next special occasion outfit here.
Benita Hampel blogs about home & life organization over at The Wizehouse. A former engineer, she's blessed to be a WAHM, wife, and aspiring entrepreneur. She's a lover of DIY, the DE-cluttered life, sewing for her girls, and creating systems which bring ease & energy to on-the-go family living! You can see more of her home organization tips on Pinterest and by following her on Twitter.