Madison County is a captivating destination, fusing innovation, history, and beauty into one. It was founded in 1808 and named after founding father, James Madison. It is home to nine towns, including the vibrant city of Huntsville, known for its aerospace and technology achievements. It played a pivotal role in space exploration, which led to its nickname, The Rocket City. Today, the county offers a wide variety of destinations and attractions for all ages.
One of the highlights of Madison County is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. It includes an inspiring museum that educates visitors about space exploration and the world famous Space Camp; as well as interactive exhibits, a pathway under towering rockets, and simulators that give the thrill of space travel. For nature lovers, the Monte Sano State Parkprovides scenic hiking trails, camping facilities, and breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys.
We cannot forget about the fantastic art and music experiences Madison County brings! Arts Huntsville offers various events all year long, including Concerts in the Park and Panoply Arts Festival, which showcases many art forms, including painting, sculpture, dance, and more. Located in a renovated historic factory, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment Is the biggest independently owned arts facility in the U.S. With a focus on visual arts, this grand building houses over 200 artists and makers in 152 working studios. It also contains 7 art galleries, a theater, community garden, and performance spaces.
A new addition to the County is the Orion Amphitheater, which has already hosted big names like Stevie Nicks, Earth, Wind & Fire, Styx, Chris Stapleton, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. When the Orion is not throwing concerts it hosts winter festivals and other events. With Madison County’s consistent growth, there’s always something new to check out!
Don’t forget, Huntsville was named the#1 Place to Live in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report in 2022 based on quality of life, the competitive job market and more. Madison County has something for everyone.
written by Brooke Frazier and Natalie Edwards