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9 Amazing Family Day Trips from Huntsville While Social Distancing

9 Amazing Family Day Trips from Huntsville While Social Distancing

day trips from huntsville during the pandemic

If your family is like mine, we are continuing to practice safe social distancing this Fall. But how can we do that and still take a few fun day trips this year? It’s tricky, especially because a lot of attractions we love are still closed. We’re not ready to stay overnight anywhere just yet, so a road trip where we can set out in the morning and be back home by bedtime is ideal.

We found several of our favorite destinations are still open to visit during the pandemic, and all have put social distancing procedures in place. So the next time your family has a free 24 hours and a full tank of gas, grab your masks and set out for a bit of adventure!

Stalagmite Forest at Cathedral Caverns

Covid-19 Notice – September 1, 2021

At the time of publication, all the locations here were open & accepting visitors in some capacity. There may also be some new restrictions placed on the destinations below due to health regulations. Please check with the individual facility for the most current information and to make sure your chosen destination is up to your family’s specific social distancing rules.


Day Trips & Road Trips From Huntsville Kids Will Love

1. Dinosaur World in Kentucky3 hours from Huntsville

2. Visit Ivy Green & the Coon Dog Graveyard in Tuscumbia, AL – 1.5 hours from Huntsville


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3. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari4 hours from Huntsville

4. Raptor Aerial Adventure Park in Hillsboro, AL – 1 hour from Huntsville

5. Tigers for Tomorrow Habitat in Attalla, AL1.5 hours from Huntsville

6. Our favorite North AL waterfalls1-2 hours from Huntsville

7. Noccalula Falls in Gadsden1.5 hours from Huntsville

8. Cathedral Caverns State Park in Grant30-45 minutes from Huntsville

9. Birmingham, AL for Kids1.5 – 2 hours from Huntsville

10. See Rock City or the Tennessee Aquarium or  Ruby Falls in Chattanooga2 hours from Huntsville

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11. Falls Mill in Elora, TN1 hour from Huntsville

12. Exploring Opry Mills in Nashville, TN and lunch at the Rainforest Cafe2 hours from Huntsville


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13. Fall Into Gatlinburg, TN – (Yes, we’ve done this as a day trip!) – 4 hours from Huntsville

14. Rattlesnake Saloon, Ivy Green, & Spring Park in Muscle Shoals, AL  – 1.5 hours from Huntsville

Keep in mind if you’re traveling with toddlers or younger children, we have an excellent resource for you in our Huntsville area travel map. It lists all the places for emergency pit stops if you need them!

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