U.S. Space and Rocket Center top tourist destination


IF you are starting to make spring and summer travel plans for you and your family... you might not have to leave the state to have a great encounter with some special destinations.

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is the number one tourist destination in the state of Alabama with more than 600 thousand visitors last year.... The Birmingham Zoo was also at the top of the list. The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile placed fourth with 414,934 visitors and the McWane Science Center in Birmingham was fifth with 367,995.

Point Mallard Park in Decatur was sixth with 291,016. The Huntsville Botanical Garden ranked seventh with 246,900 and the Montgomery Zoo was eighth with 230,992. The National Voting Rights Museum in Selma was ninth with 228,670. EarlyWorks Museums in Huntsville was tenth with 165,000.

Beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast were the number one natural destination in the state, attracting 5.9 million visitors last year. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens attracted 350,000 visitors to make it the most attended free attraction. More than 1 million people celebrated Mobile's Mardi Gras making it the most attended event.

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