Local Attractions, Things to Do and Places to Eat
This historic park dates back to the early 1800’s. It features the world’s largest man-made natural stone waterfall. The fountain has 51 jets all choreographed to lights and music. The center jet of the fountain shoots over 125 feet into the air. The water show is each Friday, Saturday & Sunday night at dusk. Spring Park is also a great place for a picnic or just to enjoy the outdoors. Children love the Spring Park Train, Carousel, Python Roller Coaster and Splash Pad & playground.
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame, which opened in 1990, is dedicated to over 500 musical achievers in all types of music. Rock, rhythm & blues, gospel, country & western, opera, and contemporary are all represented here. The Hall of Fame is the perfect compliment to the Shoals, once known as the "Hit Recording Capital of the World".
Monday-Saturday 9 am - 5pm; Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
U.S. Hwy. 72 West, Tuscumbia
The Birthplace of Helen Keller (Ivy Green)
The Birthplace of Helen Keller, America's First Lady of Courage, is located in Tuscumbia. Built in 1820, only one year after Alabama became the 22nd State of the Union, Ivy Green is a simple, white clapboard home designed in typical Southern architecture .
Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 pm-4 pm
300 N. Commons, Tuscumbia
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals is home to two 18-hole championship courses and lies between the Wheeler and Wilson dams on the Tennessee River.
990 SunBelt Parkway, Muscle Shoals
W.C. Handy Home & Museum
W.C. Handy, the Father of the Blues, birthplace is in the Shoals. Completely restored, the blues legend's birthplace houses the most complete collection of memorabilia, musical instruments, library, and original manuscripts from some of his most famous works. Handy's famous trumpet and his personal piano are just a few of the items on display.
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
620 West College Street, Florence
The Rosenbaum House
Rosenbaum House This home, designed and built in 1939-40, is the only structure in Alabama designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and is considered his best example of Usonian style. Open for tours only by appointment. A National Historic Property.
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 am; Sunday 1 am - 4 pm
601 Riverview Drive, Florence
Things to Do
Shopping in the Shoals is also a delight. There are specialty retailers here who carry lines not found anywhere else in the South. English Village in Florence is the Rodeo Drive of the Shoals, and downtown Tuscumbia and downtown Florence have unique boutiques and retailers in historic buildings, all of whom cater to you. The Regency Square Mall is also located in Florence. Antique shops abound in the Shoals. The Shoals has long been a retail center, attracting shoppers from miles around, and as a result the offerings here are wonderful.
Art & Culture
The Shoals Symphony at UNA presents a concert season that appeals to the entire family; On Stage, a cultural enrichment organization, has been bringing big names into the Shoals for more than 70 years. Muscle Shoals has long been known for its music, and it's everywhere, especially during the W.C. Handy Festival. The NCAA Division II Championship Game is played at Braly Stadium, and UNA football games are spectacular events. There are theater groups and art centers, galleries and museums; there's even a Usonian home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright which is now a museum. One thing is for sure - there is always something going on here!
There's a lot going on in this part of the world! Area residents enjoy a variety of Festivals and celebrations, among them:
- The Helen Keller Festival, a celebration of the First Lady of Courage who was born in nearby Tuscumbia
- Arts Alive!, an outdoor juried art show in Wilson Park, downtown Florence
- The W.C. Handy Festival, a week of jazz and music all over the Shoals, to commemorate the Father of the Blues, who was born in Florence
- The Alabama Renaissance Faire, the state's Renaissance celebration each October.
Places to Eat
In the mood for a romantic evening high above Lake Wilson in a revolving fine dining restaurant? Try the 360 Grille, located at the Marriott Hotel & Spa. Prefer a more relaxed and casual dining experience? Frank's in Tuscumbia, George's in Sheffield and Ricatoni's and Dale's in downtown Florence are all excellent choices.