Top Things to Do in Alabama: Beaches to Botanical Gardens

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Alabama has a rich diversity of nature and history to learn about. But we were curious which sites in the Yellowhammer state draw the most internet search interest. covers efforts to legalize Alabama sports betting, but we also write about lifestyle topics. So we put together this list of the top 10 attractions for folks traveling to the state, or for Alabama residents to enjoy near home, based on search volume according to Semrush.

Top Things To Do In Alabama

Rank Attraction Search Volume
1 The Wharf 49.5K
2 Gulf State Park 18.1K
3 Alligator Alley 14.8K
4 McWane Science Center 8.1K
T5 Huntsville Botanical Garden 5.4K
T5 USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park 5.4K
T5 Birmingham Botanical Gardens 5.4K
T5 Little River Canyon National Preserve 5.4K
T9 Legacy Museum 4.4K
T9 Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum 4.4K

Top Alabama Attractions

Our research shows that The Wharf is the best place to visit in Alabama. The attraction, in Orange Beach, offers shopping, dining and drinking, entertainment and even a Ferris wheel among its diversions. Orange Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico, about 30 miles west of Pensacola, Florida. The Wharf registered nearly 50,000 searches.

In second place on our list is Gulf State Park, at just over 18,000 searches. If you’re already at The Wharf, you can easily combine that site with a visit to the great outdoors at Gulf State Park, which is just a few miles south. The park has beaches, trails and a fishing pier plus other outdoor activities on the gulf.

The third spot on our list of Alabama attractions belongs to Alligator Alley, not to be confused with the stretch of Interstate 75 in Florida that carries that name, albeit informally. But Alabama’s Alligator Alley is a real alligator farm in Summerdale between I-10 and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s yet another draw in southern Alabama, with more than 150 gators on site.

Birmingham’s McWane Science Center is No. 4 on our list. The museum boasts four floors of interactive exhibits, including an aquarium and an IMAX dome theater. 

There are four sites tied for fifth in search volume: Two botanical gardens (one in Huntsville, one in Birmingham), Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne and the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile.

Keep following for ongoing coverage of efforts to bring legal Alabama sportsbook apps to folks in the state.


Jim Tomlin has more than 30 years of experience at such publications as the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturday Down South and Saturday Tradition. He now lends his expertise in sports, betting and the intersection of those two industries to, among other sites.

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