The historic northwest Alabama communities provide a quality tourism destination for the traveler, offering excellent lodging, campgrounds, restaurants and shopping venues.

Notable attractions include the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy, was born in a small log cabin in Florence. A museum in his honor contains an expansive collection of his personal papers and artifacts. Visitors can also see his famous trumpet and the piano on which he composed the famous “St. Louis Blues.”

Other famous attractions include the only structure in Alabama built by noted twentieth-century architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house, built in Florence in 1939, has been meticulously restored and is open as a house museum.

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism

Homeside Restaurant

Address: 4220 Huntsville Rd., Florence, AL 35630 Phone: 256-367-4953

Garden Gate Café

Address: 1917 Florence Blvd., Florence, AL 35630 Phone: 256-349-2569


Address: 311 N Court St., Florence, AL 35630 Phone: 256-764-2225

Curtis’ Restaurant

Address: 8083 US-43, Florence, AL 35634 Phone: 256-757-9066

City Hardware

Address: 105 N Court St., Florence, AL 35630 Phone: 256-275-3294

Big Bad Breakfast

Address: 315 North Court Street, Florence, AL 35630

Alabama Chanin Factory & Café

Address: 462 Lane Drive, Florence, AL 35630 Phone: 256-760-1090

Children’s Museum of the Shoals

The Children’s Museum of the Shoals, Inc. is a unique community resource that offers hands-on exhibits and programs geared specifically to the developmental stages and needs of children. Our mission is to further classroom education and complement existing cultural and educational resources. The museum allows children the freedom both to play and to experience the […]

Tennessee Valley Museum of Art

A visual and theater arts center with rotating exhibits, juried art competitions, workshops for all ages. Includes the Helen Keller Festival of the Arts, a competition of works by Alabama visually impaired, blind, and/or deaf children, a permanent installation of a 3,000-pound petroglyph found in Colbert Country with the images carved by northwest natives 800 […]

Shoals Theatre

The historic Shoals Theatre in downtown Florence, once a movie house, is now home to the Gingerbread Players, specializing in programming for the entire family, and the Zodiac Players, the area’s longest running community theatre. Also hosts various special events throughout the year. Address: 123 North Seminary St., Florence, AL 35630 Phone: 256-764-1700 View Website

Shoals Symphony at UNA

The Shoals Symphony at UNA is a partnership organization under the auspices of the University of North Alabama and supported by the Shoals Symphony Association. The Association is funded by the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors,contributions by alumni and friends, grants, and ticket sales. The Symphony encompasses the perfect balance of UNA faculty and rising students (majors […]

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts

A cultural center with ever-changing exhibits. Housed in two historic homes on the National Register of historic Places, the center features year-round workshops, juried shows, conferences, themed exhibits for all ages. On premise gift shop. Free Admission Hours: Monday-Friday 9 AM-4 PM Address: 217 E. Tuscaloosa Street, Florence, AL Phone: 256-760-6379 View Website

George H. Carroll Lion Habitat

The University of North Alabama in Florence (UNA) boasts the only live Lion mascot in the country living on campus. On July 22, 1974, former UNA president Dr. Robert M. Guillot brought a 35-pound lion cub to the campus and Leo spent the next 14 years “roaring” the school to victory. The original Leo died […]

Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum Museum

A genuine work of art—from the floors to the furnishings to the faucets—the Rosenbaum House grows naturally from its surroundings, cascading down a 2-acre lot facing the Tennessee River. It is one of the purest examples of Usonian design (named for the USA) with open floor plans and rooms that naturally flow from one to […]

GunRunner Boutique Hotel

Located in the heart of the Americana Music Triangle, The GunRunner Boutique Hotel is a “hideaway in plain site” in the heart of historic downtown Florence, AL. Featuring Ten Suites each celebrating the world-class music, fashion, art and history of the Shoals area. Spacious rooms with private balconies, private entrance with keyless entry, rooftop access, […]

John Coffee Memorial Bridge – Natchez Trace Parkway, AL

Milepost 328.6-327.8- John Coffee Memorial Bridge- Span crosses Pickwick Lake formed by Pickwick Landing Dam on the TN River.

Super 8 Motel – Florence, AL

  Phone: 256-757-2167 PLACE TO STAY DETAILS: Capacity: 34 Outdoor Pool Continental Breakfast Kitchenettes Fridge Microwave Boat Parking Internet Access

Budget Inn – Florence, AL

  Phone: 256-764-7621