They called it Muscle Shoals. Earliest history noted the thunderous stretch of shallow rapids where the Tennessee River flowed through the hills and valleys of northwest Alabama. Mussels were found in abundance among the river rocks and American Indians used “much muscle” to power their canoes through the swift waters. They called the place “Muscle Shoals.”

Today the treacherous waters have been stilled and the area is home to four towns as diverse in character as the attractions and amenities they offer.  Come visit Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Florence, collectively called “The Shoals.”
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Swamp John’s – Muscles Shoals, AL

210 Woodward Avenue, Muscle Shoals (256) 381-2722 Open 7 days a week: 10:30 am – 9 pm Need a seafood fix? Get southern fried catfish and shrimp with all the fixins’, a local favorite. Full menu available.

Garden Gate Restaurant – Muscle Shoals, AL

 701 Avalon Ave, Muscle Shoals  (256) 383-6905  Mon. – Fri. 10:30 am to 8 pm; closed Sat. & Sun Family dining at it’s best. Homestyle, traditional southern meat and three (one meat and three veggies). Full menu available.

Rancho Viejo – Muscle Shoals, AL

3402 Woodward Avenue, Muscle Shoals (256) 386-0470 Sun. – Thurs. 11am-10pm; Fri – Sat. 11am to10:30pm. A real flavor of old Mexico in the Shoals, Rancho Viejo offers traditional Mexican cuisine.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals – Muscle Shoals, AL

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals, 990 Sunbelt Parkway, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661.  Two, 18-hole, championship courses overlooking Wilson Lake and the Tennessee River are included on Alabama’s RTJ Golf Trail. The links-style Fighting Joe measures an astounding 8,092 yards, offering simple, straight-forward golf that challenges both the amateur and the PGA pro. The […]

Fiesta Mexicana – Muscle Shoals, AL

2517 Avalon Ave East, Muscle Shoals (256) 389-8282 Open daily 11am – 10pm. Have a craving for Mexican? Visit Fiesta Mexicana of the Shoals. Offering fajitas, quesadillas, cheese dip, and freshly made tortilla chips. Kids menu available.

Sweet Peppers Deli – Muscle Shoals, AL

619 Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals (256) 383-8800 Mon.-Thurs. 11am- 9pm; Fri.- Sun. 11 am-10 pm Sweet Peppers Deli offers an array of menu items including soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and stuffed potatoes. Something for everyone, whether you want something hot or cold. Children’s menu available.

Papa John’s Pizza – Muscle Shoals, AL

316 Woodward Ave., Muscle Shoals (256)-389-9989 Mon. – Thurs. 10am to 11pm; Fri. & Sat. 10am to Midnight; Sun. 11am to11pm. Staying in the Shoals and don’t feel like going out? Pick up or order in Papa John’s.

Wilson Lock and Dam – Muscle Shoals, AL

Wilson Lock and Dam, 3985 Reservation Rd., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661.  The cornerstone of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Wilson Dam boasts one of the highest, single-lift locks in the world.  Construction on the dam began during World War I. TVA was created in 1933.  (800) 882-5263.  

Pizza Hut – Muscle Shoals, AL

400 Woodward Ave., Muscle Shoals (256) 386-0080 Mon. – Thurs. 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat. 11am – 1am; Sun. 11am-11pm. Drive thru, carry out, or eat in Pizza Hut is a family favorite and what better place to eat pizza than in the Shoals.

Ruby Tuesday’s – Muscle Shoals, AL

1704 Woodward Avenue, Muscle Shoals (256) 383-7031, Mon.–Thur. 11am -11pm; Fri.- Sat.; 11am-12pm; Sun.11am-10pm. Quick and familiar, Ruby Tuesday’s offers an array of items for the whole family. Full bar available.

The Pillow Factory Outlet – Muscle Shoals, AL

The Pillow Factory Outlet, 298 River Road, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 Enjoy shopping in the outlet of this locally-owned manufacturer of quality European down pillows, comforters and featherbeds.  Enhancing overnight stays at luxury hotel chains across the country, these items may be purchased onsite at discounted prices.  (256) 383-8507; (888) 834-0613.  Hours: M – […]

Quizno’s Classic Subs – Muscle Shoals, AL

 1500 Woodward Ave, Muscle Shoals (256) 386-7849 Mon. – Sat. 10:00am to 9pm; Sun. 11am to 9 pm Traveling through the Shoals and need something quick and familiar? Stop and get a sandwich at Quizno’s

Jack-O-Lantern Farms – Muscle Shoals, AL

Jack-O-Lantern Farms, 334 Garage Rd., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661  A year-round market, located at the greenhouses on the TVA Reservation in Muscle Shoals, it offers hydroponically grown and local, “Naturally Certified” fruits and vegetables, imported and domestic cheeses, along with specialty food products from the Shoals Culinary Center.  (256) 386-2335. . Hours: Year Round. Tu […]

FAME Recording Studios, Inc. – Muscle Shoals – Natchez Trace

FAME Recording Studios, Inc. “Where it All Began”  603 East Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661.  FAME, established in 1959, was the first successful professional recording studio in Alabama. Arthur Alexander’s 1961 hit, “You Better Move On,” cut here, launched the famous Muscle Shoals sound. R&B classics by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Otis Redding, […]

Pathways: Walk through the History of Muscle Shoals

Pathways: Walk through the History of Muscle Shoals, 2010 E Avalon Ave.  Muscle Shoals, AL 35661.  The early history of the City of Muscle Shoals, including Wilson Lock and Dam and Muscle Shoals Music, is showcased through visual displays and exhibits located along a special corridor within City Hall.  (256) 383-5675. Hours: 8 am […]