- 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.
Considered to be one of the premier recreational sites in the area, Point Mallard Park has an extensive athletic complex, tennis center, batting cages, and golf driving range. The park is also home to the Spirit of America Festival and reenactments of the Battle for Decatur.
Many outdoor activities are encouraged within Wilson Morgan Park, including walking along trails, soccer fields, a tennis complex, and batting cage. There is also an extensive wood playground structure for children.
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The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is home to 47 species of mammals, 115 species of fish, 295 species of birds, and 74 species of reptiles and amphibians. Activities offered include fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, and environmental education.
There are 32 individual lanes offered at the AMF River City Lanes for those who want to enjoy ten pin bowling. In addition to the lanes, this bowling alley has an on-site pro shop, a separate bar area, and a full video game arcade.
Spanning over 35,000 acres, the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge is the home to an impressive number of geese and ducks, besides the numerous species of fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. There are also 288 different species of songbirds which can be spotted out here.
Point Mallard Campground is a 25-acre, wooded campground with free wi-fi, a laundry facility, dump station and grocery store. They also have three covered pavilions with showers, a meeting facility, playground, tables and grills.
With 27 missiles and rockets, a Saturn V rocket, and many other items, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is suited for all ages with its temporary exhibits. It also screens science-fiction movies, such as Back to the Future and Jurassic Park.