Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail State's #1 Tourist Attraction

By: News Release
By: News Release

Montgomery, Ala – More than 592,000 golfers played the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail last year, ranking it number one among state attractions that charge admission.

Nine of the state’s Top Ten attractions charging admission showed an increase in attendance over previous years. Attendance figures were collected by the Alabama Tourism Department from local tourism organizations.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville ranked second with attendance of 572,650. The Birmingham Zoo was third with 540,816 and the McWane Science Center, also in Birmingham, placed fourth with 413,483 visitors. The USS Alabama Battleship Park in Mobile was fifth with 368,003.

The Montgomery Zoo was sixth with 249,951. Huntsville Botanical Garden ranked seventh with 235,000 and the EarlyWorks Museum Complex in Huntsville was eighth with 192,000. The Alabama Theatre in Birmingham was ninth with 175,000. Point Mallard Park in Decatur was tenth with 155,066.

The Alabama Tourism Department also released the Top Ten attendance figures for other categories. Beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast were the number one natural destination in the state, attracting more than 5 million visitors last year. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens attracted 350,000 visitors to make it the most attended free attraction. More than 800,000 people attended Mobile’s Mardi Gras making it the most attended event. Bryant-Denny Stadium was the number one sports destination with 712,052 fans attending University of Alabama home football games.

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Top Ten - Admission Charged Attractions 2012

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
2012 attendance: 592,021
2011 attendance: 512,044

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
2012 attendance: 572,650
2011 attendance: 553,137

Birmingham Zoo
2012 attendance: 540,816
2011 attendance: 498,623

McWane Science Center
2012 attendance: 413,483
2011 attendance: 380,341

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
2012 attendance: 368,003
2011 attendance: 322,685

Montgomery Zoo
2012 attendance: 249,951
2011 attendance: 216,746

Huntsville Botanical Garden
2012 attendance: 235,000
2011 attendance: 275,000

EarlyWorks Museum Complex
2012 attendance: 192,000
2011 attendance: 160,000

Alabama Theatre
2012 attendance: 175,000
2011 attendance: 150,000

Point Mallard Park
2012 attendance: 155,066
2011 attendance: 146,895

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