How, where and why to spend spring break in the Rocket City

single-meta-cal March 10, 2023

Spring break is just around the corner – but you don’t have to go far to have fun while out of school! The City of Huntsville offers an array of activities for those staying in town to celebrate. 

Huntsville Parks & Recreation recently released its Spring Program Guide for 2023. Inside, you’ll find a variety of options to keep you busy throughout the season – including spring break. 

“With so many activities available this spring, there’s no reason to leave Huntsville for a big, expensive vacation,” said James Gossett, Parks & Recreation Director. “We have plenty going on right here in the Rocket City!” 

This year’s spring break for Huntsville City Schools is March 13-17. Need something to fill your calendar? Check out these ideas:

Embrace your inner child

You’re never too old to enjoy a playground during a nice day at one of Huntsville’s many public parks. Whether you’re going down the slide yourself or taking a child for a day of outdoor fun, the City’s parks and playgrounds are a great way to burn off energy no matter your age! 

Here are just a few parks where you can find some of the best playgrounds in North Alabama: Brahan Spring Park, the Mark Russell Recreation Center, Hays Nature Preserve and more. 

In addition to those playgrounds, the Spring Program Guide provides specific details on which parks offer other activities like disc golf, softball, splash pads and tennis courts. 

Take a walk in nature

There’s nothing like getting out into nature to lift the spirits and celebrate the warmer weather. 

Several of Huntsville’s public parks are home to prime walking trails, including Sherwood Park, Dallas W. Fanning Nature Preserve, Jones Farm Park and the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial Park. And that’s just the start! 

In addition to park trails, Huntsville is home to many greenways across the City. Take a look at the routes here. 

Get creative

If you’re a fan of staying indoors, look no further than Huntsville’s many community centers where creativity is celebrated through painting, crafting and music. 

Several art and music classes will take place from March to May, including during spring break. 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 7 to May 16, those ages 6 and up can participate in FREE arts and crafts at the Cavalry Hill Community Center. You can also go green at a recycled art class focused on fun, functional and useful crafts at Brahan Spring Recreation Center from March 8 through May 16. 

Dive in

If you’re not planning a beach trip for spring break, take a dip in the pool at the Huntsville Aquatic Center or Dr. Richard Showers Sr. Recreation Center during public swim hours. 

General admission costs $4 per swimmer and is open to anyone wanting to get their feet wet.  

Learn a new sport

Open-play sessions for sports like basketball, volleyball, soccer and badminton are popular at the City’s recreation centers during spring. However, a newer sport has crept in and there’s a chance for you to learn how to play during spring break — pickleball. 

Challenger Gymnasium will host a “guided pickleball” class on Monday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 15, from 1-3 p.m. for those ages 12 and up. The class is open to beginners at no charge and paddles are provided. 

There’s something for everyone

The City of Huntsville strives to be an inclusive place for everyone – that includes our activities. 

From art classes at The ARC to adaptive sports like basketball, dance and swimming, there is truly something for everyone this spring. There are even opportunities for games like bingo from March 9 through May 16 for those ages 6 and up with exceptional needs.  

“Huntsville is the best place to find opportunities that are fun for the whole family,” Gossett said. “It’s truly an outstanding place to explore.” 

The full Spring Program Guide from Huntsville Parks and Recreation can be found here.