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Summer Is For Family Time in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Tuscaloosa may be most famous for college football, but it also has plenty for the pint-sized set to enjoy, too. With summer break getting into full swing, the tiny tots of Tuscaloosa are out of school, making this the perfect time to make some special memories with the kids in your life. Take the grandkids (or grandnieces, nephews, or great grandkids!) out for an adventure. Tuscaloosa is chock-full of family friendly activities for active senior living, but we picked just a few to give you some ideas:

The Bama Belle is a reproduction paddle wheel riverboat that is sure to spark the imagination of children of all ages. It provides tours of the Black Warrior River, offering scenic views of the area in addition to a taste of history from yesteryear, when riverboats were a crucial part of the region’s infrastructure. Tickets are reasonably priced and snacks are available, making the Bama Belle a great afternoon attraction.

The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa has endless exhibits where children can learn, play, and explore. From the Lil’ Sprouts Farmer’s Market where they can learn about food and money to an arts studio with puppets and a floor piano to even a replica beaver lodge, the Children’s Hands-On Museum is sure to provide hours of entertainment. There are dress up clothes, slides, and other equipment that will lets kids burn off energy and open up their imaginations.

The Tuscaloosa Barnyard is a petting zoo where kids can not only interact with different types of animals, from pigs to baby chicks to pet bunnies. There are also spaces to go fishing and feed animals. It’s wonderful for all ages, and your grandkids will love getting to take care of animals they may have only read about and never experienced in person.

The Alabama Museum of Natural History features dinosaur bones found in the Alabama region as well as many other exhibits. The entry fees are extremely affordable for kids and seniors and you can learn more about the amazing history of Alabama. Millions of years ago what is now Alabama was once under the sea. After viewing the museum you can grab a bite to eat at Mellow Mushroom and talk about all the exciting things that have happened since dinosaurs walked the earth.

There are no shortage of great stories at the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art. Featuring over 100 art works that were originally part of a private collection owned by the Westervelt Company, the Museum of Art has everything from paintings of beautiful ladies in old fashioned dresses to exciting battle scenes and landscapes. You never know which works could be a jumping off point in conversation and what stories they might inspire in conversation, letting you share stories of days gone by with the special little people in your life!

There’s so much more to see and do, but this is just the beginning, of summer, and all the adventures ahead!