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Summer Staycation Ideas in Huntsville

Jul 20, 2022

Summertime is the best time for vacationing. The weather is nice and warm, so you can enjoy many outdoor activities as well as indoor activities on especially hot days. The best part is that most of the time, you don’t have to travel far to take a day trip and enjoy the weather. There are plenty of things to do just outside your door.

Stone Martin Builders has communities located in the wonderful city of Huntsville, Alabama. Here, you’ll find a pleasant mix of exciting adventures and peaceful retreats. Let’s take a look at a few staycation ideas you and your family can enjoy in Huntsville.


Weeden House Museum and Garden

Museums are one of the coolest ways to learn about history. At the Weeden House Museum, you can plan an afternoon touring this historic home. It was built in 1819, the same year Alabama became a state! Learn about the residents that once called this place home and view the detailed art by Maria Howard Weeden, the wife of the first owner.

US Space & Rocket Center

There are a ton of events and activities happening at the US Space and Rocket Center. Learn all about how Huntsville received its nickname, Rocket City. Experience the historic moon landing event through virtual reality goggles. Chat with an astronaut about their fascinating explorations. Learn from instructors how to fly an F-18 Super Hornet through a simulated flight. You can easily spend a full day or even plan a whole weekend around the many activities offered here.

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Be at one with nature through a visit to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Since opening in 1988, they have connected the community to plants through tours, events, and programs. Plan a visit to explore 118 acres of diverse ecosystems. Take the whole family to one of their family campout nights where you can enjoy a hot dog dinner, s’mores, bedtime stories, and a chance to take a guided garden night tour.

Star HB Farms

Another great way to get close to nature is a joyful horseback ride through miles of scenic trails. With over 30 years of experience, Star HB Farms has horses with exceptional temperaments ready to carry riders of all experience levels. Catch a gorgeous sunset from atop Drake Mountain, where this facility is located.

Benton H. Wilcoxon Ice Complex

When the days become too hot, you and your family can take advantage of the refreshing cool air inside the Benton H. Wilcoxon Ice Complex. Get fitted for ice skates and have fun free skating around during public skating hours. However, you can also buy tickets to enjoy other special events, like hockey tournaments and figure skating competitions.

Von Braun Observatory

Inspired by a group of high school students interested in astronomy, the Von Braun Observatory brings the stars to earth. Here you can view and learn about the wonders of the universe through planetarium shows and observatories. Every Saturday evening they host a public planetarium program with a telescope viewing afterward, weather permitting.

Harmony Park Safari

Harmony Park Safari is the perfect summer fun adventure for all ages. Rent an SUV to drive through this two-mile stretch of exotic and endangered animal encounters. Grab a $5 bucket of food to feed the likes of deer, rams, bison, emus, giraffes, and more. Afterward, you can hop out of the car to explore the reptile house for more animal-feeding fun.


Staying near your hometown doesn’t have to be boring. There are so many fun staycation ideas right in your backyard. And if you’re not already a resident of Huntsville, consider a move to one of our three amazing communities there. We also have other communities located throughout Alabama with even more fun attractions fit for summer. Give us a call or message us for more information.

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