Helen Keller Home

300 North Commons, W.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

The dramatic life and times of Helen Keller are preserved at her birthplace and childhood home, Ivy Green. Built in 1820, the home and birthplace cottage are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   Original furnishings of the Keller family decorate the home and museum, highlighted by hundreds of Miss Keller’s personal mementos, books and gifts from her lifetime of travel and lectures for the betterment of the world’s blind and deaf-blind. (See Events for “The Miracle Worker” play and Helen Keller Festival.)
Hours:  Monday - Saturday 8:30 am – 4 pm. Admission. Gift Shop.

Find out more about Hellen Keller's Home here!
(256) 383-4066; toll free (888) 329-2124


Spring Park

1 Spring Park Rd.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

The park provides the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a family picnic with playground and children’s amusements, including a train, carousel, roller coaster, and splash pad.  Coldwater Falls is one of the most photographed spots in the county. More than 4.3 million gallons of water cascade down this 48-foot tall cliff daily.  Near the falls, an Indian statue, Sacred Tears, stands 12 feet in height and pays tribute to Tuscumbia’s early heritage in commemoration of Native Americans.  An amazing likeness to an American Indian chieftain is expertly carved by a chainsaw artist into an oak tree. Food vendors and restaurant dining available in the park.
Open daily, year round.

(256) 386-5670


Spring Park Light & Water Show

1 Spring Park Rd.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

This show offers a spectacular display of dancing waters, with 51 flumes propelling water 150 feet into the air; choreographed to the music of Alabama’s nationally known artists with a focus on those who recorded in Muscle Shoals. A patriotic show is presented near holidays and a Christmas show is offered during December.

Light & Water Show Schedule

November - February:  Friday - Sunday 7:00 pm

March - May:  Friday - Sunday 8:00 pm

June - August:   Monday - Sunday 9:00 pm

September - October:  Friday - Sunday  8:00 pm


Christmas Schedule

December 1st - December 24th:  Monday - Sunday 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm

Christmas Train Schedule

December 1st - December 24th:  Monday - Sunday 4-8pm

(256) 389-1357


Pathways:  Walk through the  History of Muscle Shoals

2010 E Avalon Ave.
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

The early history of the City of Muscle Shoals, including Wilson Lock and Dam and Muscle Shoals Music, is showcased through visual displays and exhibits located along a special corridor within City Hall.
Hours:  Monday - Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm.  Free. 

(256) 383-5675


Tennessee Valley Museum of Art

511 North Water St.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

This regional art center is a venue for cultural activities.  Galleries provide annual and rotating exhibits, juried fine art and craft shows, workshops for adults and children.  The Martin Petroglyph exhibit is permanent and may be seen at any time.  (See website for Exhibit Schedule.)
Hours:  Monday – Friday  9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 1-3 pm.  Admission. Gift Shop. 

(256) 383-0533


The Ritz Theatre

111 West 3rd St.
Sheffield, AL  35660

This 1920s silent movie house is restored to its Art Deco Style and is used for community theatre.  (See website for Production Calendar.)
Open for productions and for group tours by appointment.

 (256) 383-0533


Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts

217 East Tuscaloosa St.
Florence, AL 35630

This cultural center houses galleries with rotating exhibits and a museum.  It serves as an educational facility and as a center for the coordination and promotion of cultural activity, offering workshops and classes.
Hours:  Monday - Friday 9 am – 4 pm.  Free. Gift Shop. 

(256) 760-6379



Belle Mont Mansion

1569 Cook Lane
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Belle Mont is one of early Alabama’s crowning architectural achievements.  It is one of the most outstanding Palladian-style houses in the Deep South.  The mansion has a raised, two-story central section with flanking, one-story wings and a U-shaped floor plan that embraces a courtyard.  This architecture is reflective of Thomas Jefferson’s early designs; a similar plan is preserved among Jefferson’s drawings at Harvard University.

Open by appointment only.

(256) 637-8513



Coon Dog Cemetery

4945 Coondog Cemetery Rd.
Cherokee, AL 35616

Over 225 coon dogs have been laid to rest in the scenic “Freedom Hills.”  Unique headstones and epitaphs pay tribute to man’s best friend.  Key Underwood’s raccoon hunting dog, Troop, was the first dog buried here on Labor Day in 1937.  (See Events for Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration.)
Open daylight hours, daily, year round.  Free.

Find out more about the Coon Dog Cemetery Here!
(256) 383-0783

Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area: 256-353-2634



LaGrange College Site Park

1461 LaGrange College Rd.
Leighton, AL 35646

Established in 1830 as Alabama’s first college, LaGrange soon became known as “The West Point of the South.”  The college was destroyed by Union forces led by Colonel Florence M. Cornyn and his “Destroying Angels.”   Today, the historic site has been recreated with a pioneer village, including a welcome center and museum, restored cemetery and park with pavilion.  (See Events for Recall LaGrange.)
Hours:  Park open daily from 9 am – 5 pm.  Welcome Center/Museum open  Sunday 1- 4 pm or by appt. Free. Gift Shop.

Find out more about LaGrange College here!
(256) 446-9324



Wright-Rosenbaum House

601 Riverview Dr.
Florence, AL 35630

In 1939 Frank Lloyd Wright designed this house of cypress, glass, and brick to be built overlooking the Tennessee River.  A pure example of Usonian design, it has an open floor plan with an easy flow of rooms.  Wright designed the furnishings and later, an addition for the growing Rosenbaum family.  Alabama’s only Wright design.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday  10 am – 4 pm; Sun 1-4 pm.  Admission.  

(256) 740-8899



Pope’s Tavern Museum

203 Hermitage Dr.
Florence, AL 35630

This building was an early stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, later serving as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers.  Today, it is a local history museum for the City of Florence.
Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. Admission.  Gift Shop.

(256) 760-6349


Indian Mound and Museum

1028 South Court St.
Florence, AL 35630

This large (43-ft tall) domiciliary mound stands in silent testimony to the prehistoric Native Americans who built it by hand, long before the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek tribes inhabited Alabama.  Museum artifacts date back 10,000 years.

Closed for construction of a new museum.

(256) 760-6427


Children’s Museum  of  the Shoals

2810 Darby Drive
Florence, AL 35630

The museum for children features a variety of educational, “hands-on” exhibits which reflect the history, geography, and culture of the Tennessee Valley.
Hours:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-1pm; Sat 10am-1pm.  Admission. Gift Shop. 

(256) 765-0500


Jack-O-Lantern Farms

334 Garage Rd.
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

A year-round market, located at the greenhouses on the TVA Reservation in Muscle Shoals, it offers hydroponically grown and local, “Naturally Certified” fruits and vegetables, imported and domestic cheeses, along with specialty food products from the Shoals Culinary Center.
Hours: Open Year Round.  Tuesday & Thursday  3 - 7 pm; Saturday 9 am – 2 pm

(256) 386-2335


North Alabama Speedway

12200 Hwy. 247
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

This racing facility contains an 1/8th mile asphalt drag strip and a 3/8 mile, semi-bank clay oval. Racing divisions include Super Late Models, Late Model Stock/Crates, Modified Street and Mini Stocks.
Dragway open on Thursday at 5 pm.; Speedway open on Friday at 4 pm.

(256) 349-4328



Wilson Lock and Dam

3985 Reservation Rd.
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

The cornerstone of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Wilson Dam boasts one of the highest, single-lift locks in the world. Construction on the dam began during World War I. TVA was created in 1933. Lock open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Also Open Federal Holidays.

(800) 882-5263


Coldwater Stagecoach Stop

302 South Dickson St.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Built as early as 1815, this small hewn-log cabin served as a stagecoach stop on the Jackson Military Road and is believed to be one of several cabins operated as a hotel by Michael Dickson, the first white settler to Tuscumbia.
Open by appointment.

(256) 383-0783


Tuscumbia Railway Depot

204 West 5th St.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

This 1888 restored passenger depot was utilized by both the Memphis and Charleston and Southern Railway companies.  In it’s early years, the depot was used often by Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan.  Today it is a museum dedicated to rail memorabilia.  A Keller family carriage occupies one room of the museum. Tuscumbia boasts the first railroad west of the Appalachian Mountains. Admission.
Open by appointment. 

(256) 389-1357


Colbert County Courthouse

200 North Main St.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

This stately building, the brick walls of which date back to its construction in 1881, houses county government and serves as the centerpiece of the surrounding Tuscumbia National Register Historic District.  This district is extensive and includes structures from the early days of the town’s history, through the early twentieth century.  The dome and columned porticoes were added when the building was rebuilt in 1908 following a fire.  Visit the U.S. War Veterans Memorial, the Circle of Valor,  on the grounds at the northeast corner and the monument honoring Confederate soldiers of the county that were killed during the Civil War. 
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm. Free.

(256) 386-8500
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