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
Near the Hazel Green area, this forested park has many amenities: a 12 acre fishing lake, Olympic size swimming pool, campground facilities, picnic shelters and pavilions, playground, shooting range, soccer fields, 5k walking/ running course and bathrooms!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buck’s Pizza – Great atmosphere for families with more on the menu then just pizza.
JoJo’s Resteraunt & Catering – Comfortable atmosphere were the burgers and chicken wings are popular…especially with the kids.
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.
Trojan Express – If you’re a Steak-Out fan, you’ll love this delivery option.
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.
Southern Charm Consignment & Boutique – Buy gently used articles, and sell some of your own, in this convenient consignment shop. Located off of 231/431 in Hazel Green.
Richland Golf Center – A great place to expose your child to ‘the green’ and develop the Jr. Golfer within.
Super Wal-mart Enjoy shopping at 5.5% sales tax located in the heart of Hazel Green.
Annual Hazel Green Tractor Pull – Not only is the tractor’s an attraction, but the roasted corn is hard to find and a local favorite!! Find this event in early June.
Hazel Green Public Library – Families don’t have to drive into Huntsville to enjoy the perks of a public library. Take advantage of story time, summer reading programs and drop-off conveniences.
Griners Foodland – If you’re looking for a good sweet potato pie or a great local butcher, this is your place.
Star Market in Meridianville – Not your average Star Market… this one makes its own sausage and meat seasoning – delicious! Plus they carry the infamous Terry’s Pizza in the deli.[themify_box style=”lavender rounded” ]Read our Parent’s Guide to South Huntsville HERE. We want Rocket City Mom to be like your friendly digital new neighbor! [/themify_box]
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