It can be tough for teens to find fun, safe places to spend their free time, especially those between the ages of 13-16. They aren’t little kids anymore and can do the basics when it comes to taking care of themselves in public places. But they aren’t old enough to drive and still depend on family to get them from point A to point B. That’s why we decided to put together a list ofHuntsville teen hangouts – mainly where it’s OK to drop them off and pick them back up in a few hours.
NOTE: It’s important to have big conversations about safety, behavior, and responsibility before leaving your teen unsupervised. Of course, every kid is different and you know your kid best. We encourage teens to visit these places with a buddy or in small groups, and not to go alone.
Free Huntsville Teen Hangouts
Teens don’t have huge amounts of cash – here are the places that don’t cost much if anything at all!
Public Library Teen Events
Some of the library branches in the Huntsville Madison County Public Library system offer stellar programming specifically for teens. Craft & movie nights, trivia, book clubs, and fandom events are hosted for ages 13-18 by librarians who know how to work with teens, tweens, & YAs. You can even filter their event calendar by age!
Downtown Huntsville Library | 256-532-5940
Madison Public Library | 256-461-0046
Bailey Cove Library | 256 -881-0257
Huntsville Skate Park
The Lydia Gold Skatepark is open sunup to sundown for boarders and bladers. Helmets required.
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
View Website | 256-533-0399
Full of amazing art studios, restaurants, and a great coffee shop, Lowe Mill A&E often features shows & special events open to teens ages 13-18. (We especially love Out Loud Hsv!) This is a private Arts facility and unaccompanied teens are expected to behave responsibly.
Speaking of Lowe Mill… a great list of free summer concerts around Huntsville (and beyond!) can be found here. Be sure your teen brings along suncreen, bug spray, and something to sit on.
Parks & Trails
Costs Some Cash Hangouts
View Website | 256-270-4667
Whacking a few balls with friends is a super fun thing for teens to do! Any guest under 16, or under 18 after 9:00 PM, must always be supervised by a guest over 21.
Stars & Strikes Bowling Center
View Website | 2560272-4626
Teens will love the arcade, bowling, bumper cars, laser tag, Escape Room, and restaurant. Check their website for daily deals.
Huntsville Escape Rooms
View Website | 256-469-8428
A team of 4-7 people must solve the puzzles and “escape” in an hour. The complexity and difficulty of escaping the room is geared toward participants 15 years of age and older. Tickets can be purchased for children 8-14, but they must be accompanied by a paying adult. Teens over 15 can be there unsupervised.
Altitude Trampoline Park
View Website | 256-690-5005
An indoor jump space that also has a climbing wall. Altitude teen nights are on Saturdays from 8-11 PM. Those under 19 must have the waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian and kept on file.
Insanity Skate Complex
View Website | 256-319-0000
Teens can enjoy the skating rink, arcade, indoor climbing wall, mini-golf, and outdoor skate park. They can also see the local roller derby teams play. A signed waiver must be on file for the skate park.
We’ve put together a great list of all the local movie theaters in Huntsville & North Alabama to make it easier to find one near you.
It’s still a great place for kids to hang out – just like when you were a teen.
Huntsville Iceplex | 256-883-3774
Insanity Skate Complex | 256-319-0000
Roller Time Skate Center | 256-489-7655
Skate Castle in Decatur | 256-355-0561
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