February 27, 2014–If you are looking for a “wild” experience or perhaps looking to sink into science and explore, or venture back in time to learn about efforts to make the world a better place; than three attractions in Birmingham will satisfy your local wanderlust!
The Alabama Tourism Department has released their list of top ten attractions in Alabama. The Birmingham Zoo ranked number two , the McWane Science Center ranked fifth and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ranked tenth.
The rankings were based on the number of people who visited in 2013.
The Huntsville U.S. Space and Rocket Center earned the top spot with more than 580,000 visitors.
You can view the complete list of rankings below in the Alabama Tourism Department’s official Top Ten Attractions.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center is Alabama’s Number One Tourism Attraction
Montgomery, Ala – More than 580,000 people visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville last year, ranking it number one among state attractions that charge admission, followed by the Birmingham Zoo at second with 574,176 and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at third with 530,678, state tourism officials say.
Five of the state’s Top Ten attractions charging admission showed an increase in attendance over previous years, spokesman Brian Jones said. Attendance figures were collected by the Alabama Tourism Department from local tourism organizations.
The USS Alabama Battleship Park in Mobile placed fourth with 371,229 visitors and the McWane Science Center was fifth with 316,918.
Point Mallard Park was sixth with 246,093. The Montgomery Zoo ranked seventh with 244,178 and the Huntsville Botanical Garden was eighth with 225,000. EarlyWorks Museums in Huntsville was ninth with 189,500. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was tenth with 177,055.
The Alabama Tourism Department also released the Top Ten attendance figures for other categories. Beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast were the number one natural destination in the state, attracting 5.5 million visitors last year. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens attracted 350,000 visitors to make it the most attended free attraction. Almost 800,000 people celebrated Mobile’s Mardi Gras making it the most attended event. Bryant-Denny Stadium was the number one sports destination with 710,538 fans attending University of Alabama home football games.
By Deborah Fitts