U.S. Space & Rocket Center was Alabama’s most visited tourism attraction in 2018

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (PR) — More than 849,981 people visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville last year, ranking it first among state attractions that charge admission, state tourism officials said. The Birmingham Zoo ranked second with 543,090 and the Huntsville Botanical Garden was third with 353,841.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Park in Birmingham placed fourth with 352,000 and the McWane Science Center in Birmingham was fifth with 347,508. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile was sixth with 343,034 and Point Mallard Park in Decatur was seventh with 274,448.

Adventureland Theme Park in Dothan was eighth with 250,000 and the Montgomery Zoo was ninth with 245,620. Alabama Splash Adventure was 10th with 190,134.

The Alabama Tourism Department also released attendance figures for other categories. The beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast were the most visited natural destination in the state, attracting 6.7 million tourists last year. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens attracted 352,000 visitors to make it the most attended free attraction. More than 890,000 people celebrated Mobile’s Mardi Gras making it the most attended event. University of Alabama home football games played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa had the highest attendance for sports destinations with 609,250, followed by 591,236 at Auburn University.

Attendance figures were collected by the Alabama Tourism Department from local tourism organizations.
(note: Attendance figures for the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Legacy Museum and The Park at OWA were not available.)

Top 10 - Admission Charged Attractions 2018
#1 U.S. Space & Rocket Center - Huntsville - 2018 attendance: 849,981
#2 Birmingham Zoo - Birmingham - 2018 attendance: 543,090
#3 Huntsville Botanical Garden - Huntsville - 2018 attendance: 353,841
#4 Barber Vintage Motorsports Park - Birmingham - 2018 attendance: 352,000
#5 McWane Science Center - Birmingham - 2018 attendance: 347,508
#6 USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park - Mobile - 2018 attendance: 343,034
#7 Point Mallard Park - Decatur - 2018 attendance: 274,448
#8 Adventureland Theme Park - Dothan - 2018 attendance: 250,000
#9 Montgomery Zoo - Montgomery - 2018 attendance:245,620
#10 Alabama Splash Adventure - Bessemer - 2018 attendance: 190,134

Top 10 - Free Attractions 2018
#1 Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Birmingham - 2018 attendance: 352,000
#2 Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment - Huntsville - 2018 attendance: 285,000
#3 Alabama State Capitol - Montgomery - 2018 attendance: 151,156
#4 Birmingham Museum of Art - Birmingham - 2018 attendance:127,693
#5 Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament - Hanceville - 2018 attendance:110,000
#6 Army Aviation Museum - Fort Rucker - 2018 attendance:100,000
#7 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts - Montgomery - 2018 attendance: 94,249
#8 Aldridge Gardens - Hoover - 2018 attendance: 87,372
#9 Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery - Tuscumbia - 2018 attendance: 75,000
#10 Jesse Owens Museum - Danville - 2018 attendance: 59,000

Top 10 - Events 2018
#1 Mobile Mardi Gras - Mobile - 2018 attendance: 892,811
#2 W.C. Handy Music Festival - Florence - 2018 attendance: 300,000
#3 National Shrimp Festival - Gulf Shores - 2018 attendance: 250,000
#4 National Peanut Festival - Dothan - 2018 attendance: 200,000
#5 Gulf Coast Balloon Festival - Foley - 2018 attendance: 165,000
#6 Barber Vintage Festival - Birmingham - 2018 attendance: 79,336
#7 Christmas at the Falls - Gadsden - 2018 attendance:77,333
#8 Magic City Classic - Birmingham - 2018 attendance: 65,906
#9 Ballyhoo Festival - Gulf Shores - 2018 attendance:20,000
#9 Winfield Mule Day - Winfield - 2018 attendance: 20,000

Top 10 - Parks and Natural Destinations 2018
#1 Alabama Gulf Coast Beaches - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/Fort Morgan/Dauphin Island - 2018 attendance:6,700,000
#2 Gulf State Park - Gulf Shores - 2018 attendance:2,320,000
#3 Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge - Decatur - 2018 attendance:670,000
#4 Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham - 2018 attendance: 501,100
#5 Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park - McCalla - 2018 attendance:500,000
#6 Railroad Park - Birmingham - 2018 attendance:395,186
#7 Lake Guntersville State Park - Guntersville - 2018 attendance:295,200
#8 Wind Creek State Park - Alexander City - 2018 attendance: 248,500
#9 Joe Wheeler State Park - Rogersville - 2018 attendance:248,458
#10 J.D. & Annie S. Hays Nature Preserve - Owens Cross Roads - 2018 attendance: 200,000

Top 10 - Sports Destinations 2018
#1 Bryant-Denny Stadium – University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa - 2018 attendance: 609,250
#2 Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn University - Auburn - 2018 attendance: 591,236
#3 Talladega Superspeedway - Talladega - 2018 attendance: 420,000
#4 Birmingham Barons Baseball - Birmingham - 2018 attendance: 391,061
#5 Montgomery Biscuits Baseball - Montgomery - 2018 attendance: 238,538
#6 Veterans Memorial Stadium- Troy University - Troy - 2018 attendance: 147,160
#7 Legion Field Stadium – University of Alabama at Birmingham - Birmingham - 2018 attendance:145,747
#8 Burges-Snow Field – Jacksonville State University - Jacksonville - 2018 attendance:101,421
#9 Ladd-Peebles Stadium – University of South Alabama - Mobile - 2018 attendance: 96,383
#10 Mobile Baybears Baseball - Mobile - 2018 attendance:69,504



 
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