We’ve said time and time again that we needed to take the boys to Huntsville’s Space Center. Well we went. The final stop on the way back from our New Orleans run, we stopped over for a few hours at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Serendipitously, Educator’s Day (in the form of free admission for each teacher/student) was the very day we were passing through on our route home, (special thanks to the tip from a mother who posted on our home school board!)
As we only had a few hours, we decided to go directly to the items that looked most interesting. We skipped most of the first building and headed outdoors first. The rockets, trucks, tanks, and rides pushed us to the next larger building. This houses the enormous Saturn V rocket, with tons of interactive displays all around. The boys laid back inside a child-sized rocket, checked out a moon buggy, stood under an example of rocket blasts, and so on. We also saw the Airstream that was the quarantine facility for the astronauts returning from the Moon.
When interest waned, we tracked back to the first building to try the rock climbing wall. My older son has done this a handful of times, but never my younger. They both did really well, and enjoyed the opportunity.
A couple of hours from home, we ate locally at El Coyote and pressed on. Dear husband and I have never been to Huntsville before but now see the treasure that it is. It has museums, arts, botanic gardens, state parks and more. I LOVE checking out new places and plan on heading back this summer for sure.