The Shoals area of Alabama is overflowing with amazing people, places and things. Chances are your favorite musician was influenced by the Muscle Shoals music scene. History buffs can find plenty too!
1. George H. Carroll Lion Habitat
University of North Alabama: The George H. Carroll Lion Habitat is a 12,764 square foot, climate-controlled facility that houses the only two live lion mascots in the United States, Leo III and Una.
2. Helen Keller Birthplace
Christopher Ivie: Visit the birthplace of Helen Keler !
3. Frank Lloyd Wright - Rosenbaum House
Christopher Ivie: Come visit the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in the State of Alabama!
4. Fame Recording Studios of Muscle Shoals
Jeremy Britten: An integral part of American popular music from the late 1950s to the present. Major music acts have recorded here throughout the years and the local talent can't be beat!
5. Billy Reid
Bradley Dean: Men's and Women's southern-bred luxury clothing, shoes, and leather. Read more.
Jake Clemons: Chicken salad and a grilled cheese!! You'll never go wrong!
7. Pope's Tavern
Jeremy Britten: Pope's Tavern is one of the the oldest structures in Florence and full of history. Now a museum.
8. University of North Alabama
University of North Alabama: The University of North Alabama first opened its doors as LaGrange College on January 11, 1830. It was the first state-chartered college in Alabama..
9. Ricatoni's Italian Grill
Seth Turner: Words cannot describe how amazing this place is. I don't even think they have a single bad item on the menu. Plus they sell the herbs to go. Top pick for Florence.
10. Rivertown Coffee
Jennifer Coleman: Meet a friend or date at Rivertown for the most amazing coffee in Florence. Local musicians, poets, and artists often showcase their work here.
11. Forks Of Cypress
12. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals
Stephanie Tate: Great value, friendly staff, and the best greens and fairways on the trail in my opinion!
13. On the Rocks
Jace Windom: Great environment, good drinks and food! Great staff as well!
14. Crocodile Ed's
luke b: There is now a Fresh Fish market in Eds. They offer a good variety of fresh seafood and other related items, although they are quite pricey. Expect to pay $20 a pound for most of the fish. Overall OK.
15. Truly Cigars
Garrett Calhoun: AVO Heritage or Z-Class are cigars you should be leaving with if you are looking for a complex medium body cigar. Hell stay and smoke one and have a drink in their beautiful lounge
16. Spring Park
Towner Blackstock: Our young kids love the carousel, train, and mini-coaster. Great way to spend at least a couple of hours. We always stop here when traveling through.
17. Ritz Theatre
18. WC Handy Museum
Brandon Static: The father of the blues.
19. GAS Design Center
20. Coldwater Books
21. Stagg's Grocery
David Sharp: This is where you get a burger hands down.
22. Peck Ace Hardware
Jeremy Britten: This truly is 'the helpful place'! So friendly & knowledgeable.
23. Rosie's Mexican Cantina
John Pounders: Try the white cheese dip.
24. Southern BBQ
William Lenz: A Barbecue Plate is a must, but If you aren't very hungry, get a "Wookie" Snack.
25. Wesleyan Hall
Jeremy Britten: General Sherman coined his famous phrase, "War is Hell" here.
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