Decatur offers birdwatchers the new North Alabama Birding Trail that features over 50 sites across the Tennessee Valley where visitors will see some of the most diverse and scenic landscapes of the south. Decatur is located on the Central loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail and has eight sites in the Decatur area. The birding trail is a great place to view eastern woodland birds and waterfowl and at times, you may be able to catch a glimpse of nesting Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, or the gulls, sea ducks, loons and other migratory birds from the gulf coast.
The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge lets visitors experience wildlife in its natural habitat form the large comfortable observatory. Self guided tours; displays and films are featured within the center. Hiking and biking trails are also open for visitors at a choice of distance. The Wheeler National Wildlife Refue covers over 34,000 acres of preserved woodlands and also features one of the largest educational centers for wildlife and waterfowl study in the South.
Take a trip to the Old Decatur and Albany Historic Districts of Decatur while taking the Civil War Walking Tour. This self-guided tour takes you through the four-day struggle between advancing Confederates and Union troops in 1864. While in the Old Decatur and Albany Historic Districts, head over to the Alabama's Painted Ladies on this 116-acre mostly intact, Victorian-era neighborhood. The Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau can give you a map free of charge to describe and guide you through these two historic tours of Decatur.
History isn't the only attraction in Decatur. The Cook's Natural Science Museum is one of the finest museums in the south with over 2,000 exhibits and artifacts. Admission is free into the museum where visitors of all ages will enjoy learning about the rich wildlife common to the Tennessee Valley through talking, live and hands-on exhibits.
Point Mallard Park is a great way to spend the day with innovative family activities both in and out of the water. An 18 hole, par 72 championship golf course is a great past time for the "older" children. Camping serves as a great way for the whole family to get back to nature in the wooded campground.
Once known as one of the largest theaters in North Alabama for more than a century, is the Princess Theatre. The theatre is again an important part of the area with many familiar names of artists being showcased at the theatre. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is also featured at the Princess Theatre. Decatur is a great place to go on a treasure hunt. Regardless of what your personal treasure may be, you'll probably find it in the numerous shops and galleries along the Morgan County Antique and Collectible Trail. This trail offers unique antiques, collectibles and relics of everything imaginable and caters to novice as well as seasoned pros that enjoy shopping for that one little treasure they've always wanted.
Decatur is a great destination for your next charter bus tour as a place for the family or a group who wants to enjoy a quiet get away, or an exciting event filled vacation in the Tennessee Valley.