Interesting Facts About Florence Alabama

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Interesting Facts About Florence Alabama

Overview of Florence

Florence Alabama is a small city, with a population of around 40,000, situated near the Northwestern border of Tennessee. As a small city, Florence has plenty to offer. It’s situation on the Tennessee River, which adds to the charm of the city’s historic district.

Historical Influences

University of North AlabamaThe oldest state college in Alabama, North Alabama University is located in Florence. Along with outdoor spaces and parks, Florence offers plenty of historical sites, including a historical home of Frank Lloyd Wright, The Indian Mound and Museum, Kennedy Douglas Center for the Arts, and Ivy Green, the historical home of Helen Keller.

 

 

Parks and Outdoor Spaces

Wilson Dam and its bridge span the Tennessee River. Wilson Lake was created by the dam and offers plenty of fishing for area anglers. Florence boasts four city parks, which is remarkable for a city of its size. Wilson Park is great for walking with children and pets. It offers playgrounds for children and is home to many festivals throughout the year.

McFarland Park is situated on the Tennessee River. It offers plenty of parking, smooth terrain for walking along the river, great fishing spots, picnic areas, and beaches. Deibert Park offers a playground, walking/bicycling trails, and turtles seen throughout the grounds. Deibert Park is also dog-friendly. River Heritage Park provides a lighted water display, which is a great place to spend an evening outdoors.

There are plenty of opportunities for kayaking and canoeing on the Tennessee River and Wilson Lake.Joe Wheeler State Park offers lodging, in the form of cabins and cottages. There are plenty of water activities available, a restaurant, and a marina. Florence Harbor Marina is more than just a place to anchor and service a boat. It offers playgrounds, fishing, campsites, a driving range, picnic areas, running trails, and a restaurant as well.

Natchez Trace Parkway offers tent camping, RV sites, and miles of trails to explore along the scenic byway. Outdoor enthusiasts may also enjoy a round of Frisbee golf or a day of geocaching, which are both abundantly available in Florence.

Other Activities

For animal lovers, there are birding trails to explore and a lion habitat to visit. There are a trampoline park and a miniature golf park for families with children. A children’s museum provides hours of entertainment.

Art museums are not in short supply in Florence. There are several. Some focus on local or trendy artists. Others celebrate the native heritage of the area and tend to focus on Indian art.

Restaurants and Music

Florence offers a few music studios, the symphony at UNA, music heritage tours, and a music hall of fame. Music history buffs can spend an entire day touring the music related sites.

At the end of the day, Florence has plenty of restaurants, with a variety of cuisine types. Asian, Mexican, Barbecue, Southern, Fine dining, and Seafood are among the many choices available for a family meal or a quiet dining experience for couples.

Visitors to Florence Alabama will not run out of things to do or places to eat. Because the city is smaller, visitors won’t be as likely to get lost, making their way to the sites they want to visit. There is something for the entire family and plenty for couples or singles to do. Florence has plenty of choices in lodging, from swanky hotel rooms to full-service campsites.

 

 

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