With its big city conveniences, scenic beauty and pleasant climate, Madison, Alabama offers plenty of year round family-friendly activities. Whether you spend the day exploring a local museum or taking a leisurely nature walk, you family will have numerous opportunities to learn new things, have fun and make memories in this city.
Enjoy a family game of bowling at the family-oriented Madison Bowling Center -- a bowling alley and entertainment complex near Madison Square Mall. Visit the bowling alley on Wednesdays for half off regular daytime rates. The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system has several branches that host a variety of family-friendly events and programs. Bring your child to a weekly story time geared for his age group where he will have opportunity to listen to stories and rhymes, sing music and put together a craft. Or, you can attend a monthly family movie night, themed puppet show or live concert at one of the local branches.
For a family game of miniature golf, visit Madison's Insanity Complex with slopes, sand traps and water hazards. After you finish practicing your putting, stop by the center's batting cages and practice your baseball or softball skills. For a more peaceful outdoor experience, take a hike along the Madison County Nature Trail. The 72-acre park is high above the city and surrounds Sky Lake. Walk the 1 1/2-mile walking trail, fish in the lake, enjoy a picnic at the pavilion, and take a few family photographs along the covered bridge and near the largest and oldest Champion Winged Elm tree in the state of Alabama.
At the EarlyWorks Family of Museums, your family can take in the Alabama Constitution Village, the Historic Huntsville Depot and EarlyWorks Children's History Museum all in one stop. The Children's History Museum is hands-on and interactive -- perfect for your little explorer. At the Historic Depot, your family can experience what life was like on the rails in 1860. The Constitutional Village is a living museum that embodies the Alabama of 1819, when it was organized as the 22nd state. You can also take the family to see a huge collection of space memorabilia and rockets at Madison County's U.S. Space and Rocket Center, where you can enjoy the exhibits and view a film at the full-dome IMAX Theater.
The Play Place, located in the Madison Publix Shopping Center, is an indoor play facility where you can bring your little one to hang out in ball pits and run, climb and slide on inflatable bouncy houses while you relax in the adult area. A similar facility, Pump It Up has indoor play areas with bouncy houses and obstacle courses. It hosts weekly family jump activities to allow families a safe and clean area to play while they connect with one another. Southern Adventures, a family-oriented water and amusement park, offers plenty of activities in which families can participate including a climbing wall, bumper cars, go-kart racing and water slides.