Your ultimate Huntsville summer bucket list + insider tips

Jessica Easter who's pursuing her nursing doctorate
Cheers to summer in Huntsville. (Lacey Muenstermann / Hville Blast)

There’s a difference between knowing about your city and truly knowing your city.

This summer, we want you to experience all Huntsville has to offer, and that’s why we put together the ultimate summer bucket list. We promise that after you complete it, you’ll love the Rocket City even more.

1. Complete the Huntsville Craft Coffee Trail

citrus espresso tonic
Check out the current summer coffee specials while you’re at it. (Curtis Venetta / Hville Blast)

Did you know that Huntsville has its own craft coffee trail? Just visit any of the shops below and grab a craft coffee card. After you get it stamped nine times, you can turn it in for a free Downtown Craft Coffee Trail Mug!

  • Canadian Bakin’
  • Charlie Foster’s
  • Dragon’s Forge
  • Green Bus Brewing
  • Honest Coffee Roasters
  • Mason Dixon Bakery + Bistro
  • Old Towne Coffee Shoppe
  • Piper + Leaf Constitution Hall Park
  • Pizelle’s Confections
  • The Moon Bakeshop
  • Turbo Coffee
  • More details

2. Try a downtown progressive dinner

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  • Grilled amberjack and jumbo shrimp from Commerce Kitchen
  • Bread pudding at The Poppy and Parliament

One of my favorite things about downtown Huntsville is the walkability. There are so many options for planning a full progressive dinner with friends, but here’s one agenda we suggest:

  1. Drinks + appetizers at BeeZr | Our rec: Crawfish tail + Sausage Cheesecake with a Lemon Ginger Spritz
  2. Dinner at Commerce Kitchen | Our rec: Coffee Crusted New York Strip with a glass of Zinfandel
  3. Dessert at The Poppy + Parliament | Our rec: Bread pudding with a shot of espresso

3. Go to at least one concert

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Summer is the best season for concerts. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

From concerts in Big Spring Park to Fridays after Five in Athens, Huntsville’s live music season is in full swing. Here are a few to keep your eye on:

4. Take your dog to a Trash Pandas game

At a Trash Pandas game. (Will Harbison)

Wednesdays are for the dogs! Your pups are welcome at Toyota Field every Wednesday the Trash Pandas play at home. Check out their schedule and all the details about bringing your furry friend.

5. Take an art or cooking class

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Art class at Pinot’s Palette. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Summer is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby, and Huntsville has an incredible creative scene. Check out some upcoming art and cooking classes:

6. Do a vintage bar hopping night

Two drinks at The Library Piano Bar
The Library Piano Bar offers such a cozy atmosphere. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

If you’re an old soul like me, you’re going to love checking out these old-fashioned bars in Huntsville. Check out our agenda for a vintage bar hopping night:

  1. Start off at Catacomb
    • Insider tip: Reservations are required
    • Know before you go: Catacomb doesn’t have a set menu; you list three things you like in a cocktail, and the expert bartenders take it from there.
  2. Keep the party going at SiP Fine Spirits + Cigars
    • Insider tip: They have a cigar shop inside
    • Know before you go: They’re known for their extensive Old-Fashioned menu
  3. Finish the night at The Library Piano Bar
    • Insider tip: They’re only open Thursday-Saturday, 10AM-1PM
    • Know before you go: The Library features live jazz every night

7. Watch the sunset from a lookout

View from Monte Sano
View from Monte Sano lookout. (Huntsville Adventurer / Facebook)

One of the best ways to end a summer day is soaking in the sunset. Here are some spots we recommend checking out:

8. Hit all of Huntsville’s bookstores

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Books, zines, comic books + more. (Burnwater Gallery / Facebook)

Whether you’re traveling to the beach this summer or staying in the Rocket City, it’s always a good idea to bring a book along. Here are some of our favorite bookstores in Huntsville:

  • 2nd & Charles
  • Bookshelf
  • Bootlegger Used Books
  • Burnwater Books
  • Friends of the Library Bookstores
  • Infinity College Bookstore
  • The Snail on the Wall
  • More details

9. Play tourist for a day

First Presbyterian church in Huntsville—one of the oldest churches in Huntsville
All of Huntsville oldest churches are located in downtown + Twickenham. (Lacey Muenstermann / Hville Blast)

Did you know Huntsville was founded in 1805? This place has a lot of history! Here’s how we recommend spending a day as a tourist:

  1. Stroll through Twickenham + admire the historic architecture
  2. Check out Huntsville’s oldest churches
  3. Visit Harrison Brother’s Hardware (in operation since 1897)
  4. Take a walk through Maple Hill Cemetery
  5. Take a tour of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

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