Alabama the beautiful has a host of great places to explore. Whether you're heading out to see her gorgeous, nature-filled views or just want to have a craft beer in the city, it's all here. But what sites did Alabamians visit the most in 2018? The Alabama Tourism Board has finally released the numbers; this list only includes locations that you must pay to enter.
Read on to learn what places proved most popular.
10. Alabama Splash Adventure
Alabama Splash Adventure has fun for all ages, and is one of the few water parks that Alabamians have access to. It’s located in Bessemer, AL, meaning that they are a short drive for the aspiring Alabama tourist.
2018 attendance: 190,134
2017 attendance: 143,240
Address: 4599 Splash Adventure Parkway, Bessemer, AL 35022
9. Montgomery Zoo
The Montgomery Zoo is one of Alabama’s premiere destinations if you want to learn more about wildlife. They recently added a new stingray exhibit, and are constantly expanding to make your experience even better.
2018 attendance: 245,620
2017 attendance: 246,339
Address: 2301 Coliseum Pkwy, Montgomery, AL 36110
8. Adventureland Theme Park
Adventureland has go-karts, arcade games, putt-putt and more. Like Alabama Splash Adventure, they’re one of the few opportunities you’ve got for thrills inside Alabama state lines.
2018 attendance: 250,000
2017 attendance: 250,000
Address: 3738 W Main St, Dothan, AL 36305
7. Point Mallard Park
Point Mallard Park has activities for everyone, including skating, golf, and – what they claim is – America’s first-ever wave pool. They’ve got a ton of festivals that happen year-round, so check them out!
2018 attendance: 274,448
2017 attendance: 274,170
Address: 6744, 2901 Point Mallard Dr SE, Decatur, AL 35601
6. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
The USS Alabama is perhaps Mobile’s most popular attraction. Visitors can explore a real-life, World War II battleship; there’s also a complete submarine from the same era that you can walk through, as well.
2018 attendance: 343,034
2017 attendance: 335,717
Address: 2703 Battleship Pkwy, Mobile, Alabama 36602
5. McWane Science Center
The McWane Science Center certainly involves science – but don’t let its name fool you. The organization takes fun seriously, too. Kids get a taste of science like they’ve never had before – whether it’s via a perfectly safe bed of nails or a tightrope-suspended bicycle.
2018 attendance: 347,508
2017 attendance: 354,642
Address: 200 19th St N, Birmingham, Alabama 35203
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4. Barber Vintage Motorsports Park
Barber Motorsports Park and Museum is home to a ton of vintage cars. You can get your old-school automobile fix during a visit here, or attend one of the many year-round events that they play host to.
2018 attendance: 352,000
2017 attendance: 350,000
Address: 6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, Birmingham, Alabama
3. Huntsville Botanical Garden
The Huntsville Botanical Gardens have been and will continue to be one of the most gorgeous spots in Alabama to enjoy the outdoors without making a road trip. You can’t go wrong with a visit to this special place.
2018 attendance: 353,841
2017 attendance: 367,953
Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville, Alabama 35805
2. Birmingham Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo is the largest such institution in the state of Alabama – and it’s located inside the largest city we’ve got, as well! Folks flock from around Alabama – and indeed the South – to visit the Birmingham Zoo’s year-round attractions.
2018 attendance: 543,090
2017 attendance: 593,322
Address: 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, Alabama 35223
1. U.S. Space and Rocket Center
It’s a perfect definition of “oldie-but-goodie.” The Huntsville Space and Rocket Center is – without contest – the most popular attraction across Alabama. People come here from across the globe to take part in Space Camp, and the grounds have numerous attractions for the older visitors. Attendance at the center increased by more than 50,000 people in one year!
2018 attendance: 849,981
2017 attendance: 786,820
Address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805
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