- TripBuzz found 70 things to do with kids in or near Athens, Alabama, including 63 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Decatur, Huntsville and Madison.
- From Tennessee Valley Zoo to Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, the Athens area offers 47 different types of family activities, including: Hiking Trails, Walking Trails, Zoos and Movie Theaters.
- Athens acts as the midway point between the metropolitan areas of Nashville and Birmingham along Interstate 65. It is even adjacent to Huntsville but offers more outdoor recreation opportunities than the larger city. The undeveloped areas within the city limits serve as parks that offer hiking, walking, wildlife viewing, and bird watching.
Ivy Green is the birthplace of Helen Keller where visitors see artifacts from her life. The home and museum room are decorated with much of the original furniture of the Keller family, including her complete library of Braille books and her original Braille typewriter.
Located in downtown Cullman, Sportsman Lake Park offers a place for family gatherings. The park has picnic areas and pavilions. Visitors can walk shady trails or feed fish from the lake's shore or small dock.
Cullman County Parks is a collection of parks and other facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy. Guests commonly visit Smith Lake Park or Sportsman Lake Park, with both locations offering campsites, playgrounds, and boat rentals, among numerous other amenities.
A family-oriented bowling alley, the Cullman Bowling Center offers a variety of specials and deals throughout the week. In the evenings, it hosts Glow Bowling, and is available for parties and special events.
Part of the Carmike Chain, Cullman's Carmike Cinema is a movie multiplex that features first-run films with digital video and sound. It offers specials on tickets and concessions, including a refillable popcorn bucket.
The Tennessee Walking Horse Museum provides visitors access to documents, photographs and artifacts that are a part of the history of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. The museum offers group tours by special arrangement.