As one of the battlegrounds of both the Civil War and the civil rights movement, Alabama is filled with historical sites and monuments to the giants of America's struggle with equality. Visitors can also enjoy the natural beauty of the state's sandy white beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, and adventurous individuals can enjoy exploring some of the state's numerous caverns.
- Rhodes and Caldwell Parks Birmingham, AL 35203 in BIRMINGHAM, AL
Do Dah Day is an annual parade and music festival held to benefit animal shelters in Jefferson County. People come from all over the United States with their pets to participate in the festival for a day of fun. Proud dog owners dress their pooches in outrageous outfits and enjoy a day filled with music, food and a parade.
The games bring together thousands of amateur student athletes every June for the honor of competing in over two dozen sports and over 100 events ranging from archery to wrestling. The festival begins with a gala opening ceremony parade complete with music, lighting of the cauldron and the procession of athletes.
- Athens State University, Athens in ATHENS, AL
Fiddlers come from all over the country every year to this North Alabama town to compete in 18 different categories for the coveted trophy and prize money. Children compete in separate categories. The winner is awarded the title "Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion."
Hundreds of thousands flock to the picturesque Alabama gulf beaches in the middle of October for three days of entertainment, competition and great food. Activities include sand sculptures, foot races, arts and crafts displays and kid orientated fun.
- Kentuck Park 3501 5th Street Northport, AL 35473 in ATMORE, AL
The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is held every year during the third weekend of October and has gained national recognition for its local artists and craftspeople. Kids will enjoy creating their own art and listening to wonderful stories being told. The exhibits, interactive art, music and Southern cuisine attract people from across the region.