Are you a senior citizen considering retiring in Alabama? There are many reasons why the Yellowhammer State is a fantastic place for seniors to spend their golden years; including exceptional senior care providers, world-renowned hospitals, great outdoors, and endless activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Of course, you are going to want to make sure your grandchildren have an amazing time when coming to visit you, which is why we put together our list of 2019’s tops things to do with grandchildren in Alabama…

For the Curious and the Life-Long Learners: The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park offers a look into the history of World War II. Located in Mobile, treat your grandchildren to a self-guided tour of the National Historic Monuments, which include the USS Alabama and the USS DRUM submarine.

The park, which spans 100 acres, also contains artifacts to excite visitors of all ages and interests–all you need is a sense of curiosity to get the trip rolling! Climb aboard the battleship, where the entire family can explore 12 decks containing gun turrets, an interactable Brig, and much more. The park’s attractions also include the USS DRUM submarine, which your grandchildren can explore inside, as they climb below and venture through all the park has to offer. Topped with displays of tanks and artillery, as well as the Aircraft Pavilion (a collection of over 25 aircraft, including the B-52 Bomber, A-12 Blackbird Spy Plane, OS2U Kingfisher, and many more), a visit to the Battleship USS Alabama is well worth the entrance ticket, which starts at just $15 per person.

For the Walkers and the Watchers: The Huntsville Botanical Garden

Looking for a relaxed day of bonding with nature and with grandkids? The Huntsville Botanical Garden is open all year round and offers a wealth of natural beauty and collections to explore. The site includes an aquatic garden, a wildflower and nature trail, and several opportunities to see specialty gardens and unique collections of plants.

For younger children, the Children’s Garden Nature Center contains the largest seasonal butterfly house in the United States, as well as eight different gardens meant for young children to play and explore within. A family-oriented space, the Huntsville Botanical Garden offers up a variety of family festivals, and themed gardens including the dinosaur garden and the storybook garden. Garner up an appreciation for the beauty of nature alongside your little ones and take a trip to the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

For the Adventurous and the Wonder-Seekers: The Secretly Awesome Tour

Board the boat at the downtown Mobile water-front and look ahead toward adventure! This unique and family-fun-filled tour of Mobile’s harbor via boat is a sure-fire trip to discovery. The cruise involves following a friendly guide through the waterways in order to get a close-up view of wildlife like gators and birds, seeing historical landmarks from a new point of view, and getting a peek at naval vessels, cargo ships, and so much more. The tour is quick and jam-packed with adventure, sights, and opportunities to learn about the history and wildlife that makes up the Mobile harbor.

For the Playful and the Young at Heart: Adventure Island

Adventure Island, located in Orange Beach, is a playground for kids and adults alike, complete with bumper boats, laser tag, and an arcade. The theme park has a variety of activities for a variety of interests; and offers up the perfect opportunity to balance between high-energy activities like wall-climbing and go karts, and more relaxed bonding games such as paddle boats, arcade games, and mini golf. Adventure Island is perfect for a family with grandchildren of all ages. Teenagers can find fun in the go karts and arcade games while smaller children can enjoy the bumper boats, and everyone can come together over a game of mini golf! With all the wonderful options, there are plenty of opportunities to bond as a family.

For the Nature-Lovers and Wildlife Wanderers: Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium is the perfect place to spend the morning learning about different habitats along coastal Alabama. Ideal for people of all ages, visitors only need to have a sense of wonder to enjoy all there is to learn at the Estuarium. The site includes the Exhibit Hall (which is about 10,000 square feet in size), a large sting-ray touch pool, and 31 aquariums that contain over 100 species on display to learn about and interact with. As the 4th largest estuary in the U.S., admission is only $10 for seniors and $6 for children under 18. What a great place to take grandchildren of all ages!

For the Sports Nuts: University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

If your grandchildren love sports then there is no better place to take them than the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Only a one-hour drive from Birmingham, this historic campus has magnificent sporting arenas coupled with championship winning teams.

Take the girls to see a women’s tennis, softball or golf match. Spend an afternoon with the boys at a men’s track and field match or baseball game. It’s not often that your state is home to one of the greatest sports dynasties of all time, so don’t miss out on tailgating and watching the Crimson Tide football team play at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Article written by Rhianna DeVries with Senior Directory, LLC.

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