Planning Your Tuscaloosa Staycation
Spring Break is here and, thanks to COVID 19, travel is being discouraged. What does this mean for you? Consider planning a Tuscaloosa staycation for your 2020 Spring Break. To help you make the most of your vacation time we’ve put together a list of ideas to help you plan.
Enjoy the great outdoors at Lake Lurleen State Park. Located only 9 miles from T-town, you can spend the day enjoying all that Lake Lurleen has to offer. If you love to fish you can choose to fish from the shore or use one of their convenient boat ramps. Don’t own a boat? No problem. They actually rent them there. Wishing you were on the beach? They have one of those too, complete with a bathhouse. There are picnic tables, playgrounds, and more at this stunningly beautiful state park. Spend the day relaxing with your favorite people.
Visit the Barnyard
The Tuscaloosa Barnyard is a place where you can take the whole family for a day of interacting with animals from the farm. You can feed the fish and ducks in the pond, hold baby chicks, ride in a tractor-drawn wagon, ride ponies and so much more. You’ll find a ton of activities that your children will love. This is a great staycation destination for that child that loves animals but is bored with the zoo.
A fantastic way to enjoy your staycation is with an entertaining, yet educational, museum visit. Consider doing a museum each day for a Spring Break museum tour. Here are some local favorites to check out.
Visit the University of Alabama campus to visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History. This museum houses a large variety of specimens from every area of scientific research. You will find everything here from dinosaur bones to bug exhibits, to a large chunk of meteor. It’s a very cool place to spend a few hours exploring.
If you are a fan of the Crimson Tide, spend the day at the Paul W. Bryant Museum. Here you will find exhibits that tell the story of the University of Alabama football program. You will be filled with Bama pride as you browse the memorabilia and watch video clips of the coaches, players, and games that have made the Crimson Tide a force in college football.
At the Warner Transportation Museum, you can learn all about Tuscaloosa’s local and regional history and natural resources. The mission of the Warner Transportation Museum is to broaden the knowledge of transportation-related topics that gave rise to the City of Tuscaloosa’s development and human culture through exhibits and quality programs of research, instruction, and service.
For a really exciting day of hands-on activities, take children to the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa. Children learn through play and here they will be encouraged to engage in educational play as they interact with the exhibits. 3 floors of exhibits make for hours of fun learning. There are even special exhibits with areas specially designed for those ages newborn to 13 years old.
Lastly, if you like your museums to be both indoors and outdoors, visit Moundville Archaeological Park. This Native American Heritage site is only 13 miles from Tuscaloosa. Stand in awe of the large mounds constructed by native Americans 800 years ago. The beauty of the area makes for a relaxing day while the many exhibits created from artifacts discovered onsite provide an educational element to your visit. There are picnic areas, so be sure to pack a lunch.
Topic of the Day
Another idea for planning a staycation is to let each member of the family name one or two topics that interest them and build a day around each person’s topic. For instance, if your 9-year-old is really into bugs right now you could plan a day where you watch A Bug’s Life on your tv, eat “ants on a log” for a snack, craft a watercolor ladybug, learn 5 fun facts about creepy crawlies.
If mom loves Paris, you could have some crepes for breakfast, create a mosaic of the French flag from cut-up construction paper, and have each person talk about someone famous born in France.
The point is to have fun together and learn about something new each day. At the end of Spring Break, everyone will be armed with just a few more fun facts for the next trivia game.
Another way to get the feel of a vacation without leaving the city is to do a restaurant tour. Plan to go to a different restaurant every day during your staycation. This is a great way to discover restaurants you haven’t tried yet to visit old favorites that you know and love. Some good places to start include Dreamland BBQ, DePalma’s Italian Cafe, and the Half Shell Oyster House.
Enjoy Your Staycation!
I hope you use these ideas to have an amazing staycation. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey and who you take with you. Enjoy your Tuscaloosa Spring Break staycation!