Attalla, Alabama is home to unique attractions such as Tigers for Tomorrow, where visitors can see wild tigers, lions, leopards, and more in a safe environment. Wills Creek Vineyards offers a relaxing atmosphere to try many different wines, and Back Forty Beer Company allows guests to try a taste of beer. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Tigers for Tomorrow
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The Tigers for Tomorrow is a Wild Animal Preserve and Environmental Educational Center located at Untamed Mountain. The grounds are home to more than one hundred and sixty different animals, including African lions, mountain lions, tigers, black leopards, wolves, bear, and many more. The animal preserve is a “last stop preserve,” meaning that the animals who call the place home stay there for the remainder of their lives. Tigers for Tomorrow spans across one hundred and forty acres of Dekalb County and is open to visitors of all ages to come and safely see animals in their natural habitat.
708 County Rd 345, Attalla, AL 35954, Phone: 256-524-4150
2.Noccalula Falls Park & Campground
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Visitors can spend the day exploring the Noccalula Falls Park and choose to stay the night in the campground. Noccalula Falls cascades down more than ninety feet before the water arrives at the Black Creek ravine. Walking paths wind their way through main part of the park beginning at the Admissions Pavilion. The Petting Zoo lets kids get up close and personal with several animals, while the Pioneer Village offers a chance to learn about the past. Other features of the park include a playground, a souvenir shop, picnic pavilions, a miniature golf course, and the campground with more than 120 campsites.
1500 Noccalula Rd, Gadsden, AL 35904, Phone: 256-549-4663
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3.Wills Creek Vineyards, Attalla, Alabama
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The Wills Creek Vineyards is a part of the region’s North Alabama Wine Trail, which consists of six different wineries along the Appalachian Mountains. Visitors can pick up a Wine Trail Passport at Wills Creek. The winery is a place where Southern charm meets European tradition. The Tasting Room offers more than twenty different wine varietals for guests to try for free, as well as wine available to buy. Tours are also provided to give a glimpse into the winemaking process, in addition to monthly classes in winemaking and other special events. The outdoor deck offers great views of the Appalachian Mountain hills.
10522 Duck Springs Rd, Attalla, AL 35954, Phone: 256 538-5452
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4.Mountain Top Flea Market, Attalla, Alabama
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Visitors at the Mountain Top Flea Market will find a large assortment of different products throughout the massive market. Among the many food items, customers can try red hot chili peppers, hamburgers, hot dogs, and homemade ice cream. Other items include found at the flea market include toys, DVDs, CDs, games, fishing poles, hate, shoes, clothes, purses, accessories, name brand fingernail polish, and even birds among much more. The Mountain Top Flea Market opens at five in the morning, and includes places where visitors can have breakfast and lunch. The market first started in 1973 with only a handful of vendors.
11301 U.S. Hwy 278 W, Attalla, AL 35954, Phone: 800-535-2286
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5.Big Wills Outfitters, Attalla, Alabama
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Big Wills Outfitters is a full-service kayaking outfitter in the city of Attalla, Alabama. The company uses its years of kayaking experience to guide its customers in choosing the proper equipment. Big Wills offers both single and two-seat kayak rentals, as well as canoe rentals. They will also shuttle your kayak or canoe for a small fee. A kayaking trip can be a fun way to for families to spend a day together, and Big Wills Outfitters can make sure everything is taken care of for visitors. Special rates are also typically offered for group reservations.
2881 Wesson Gap Rd, Attalla, AL 35954, Phone: 256-538-3226
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6.Characters Entertainment, Attalla, Alabama
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CharACTers Entertainment was founded in 2007 by Santana and Cody Carlton with a primary mission of promoting cultural curiosity. The first production performed by the organization was High School Musical in Alabama City at the Historic Ritz Theatre, with the help of the Theatre of Gadsden. The following year, Annie was performed by CharACTers as a sole production of the group. Shows were first held in Gadsden at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center, as the organization had no permanent home. Since then, CharACTers has branched out and established the CharACTers Academy of Fine Arts and the Children’s Theatre.
101 Rainbow Industrial Blvd, Rainbow City, AL 35906, Phone: 256-490-4282
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7.Back Forty Beer Co, Attalla, AL
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Back Forty Beer Company gets its name from an old term in agriculture that refers to the forty acres of land located furthest from the barn. The back forty acres of land were historically the most difficult to maintain and end up being overlooked due the remote location. The state of Alabama is similarly viewed as a wasteland for America’s craft beer. Since light beer is a more popular drink in the South, the craft beer market in Alabama has largely been ignored. Back Forty produces several different beers, and donates to local charities trying to change The Deep South’s cultural landscape.
200 North 6th St, Gadsden, AL 35901, Phone: 256-467-4912
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8.Jack's, Attalla, Alabama
Jack’s first began back in the year 1960 when the grill was fired up the first time in Homewood, Alabama. The first location was simply a hamburger stand offering 20-cent shakes, 15-cent fries, and 10-cent sodas. The popularity of Jack’s started to grow from neighborhood to neighborhood and from town to town. The eatery has grown throughout the Southeast with over 145 locations across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. While several things have changed over the years, Jack’s still serves quality-food with friendly service and smiling faces. The menu features larger burgers, shakes, hand-breaded chicken, and homemade biscuits.
215 3rd St NW, Attalla, AL 35954, Phone: 256-538-5632
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8 Best Things to Do in Attalla, Alabama
- Tigers for Tomorrow, Photo: Courtesy of selezenj - Fotolia.com
- Noccalula Falls Park & Campground, Photo: Noccalula Falls Park & Campground
- Wills Creek Vineyards, Attalla, Alabama, Photo: Wills Creek Vineyards
- Mountain Top Flea Market, Attalla, Alabama, Photo: Courtesy of PhotoSG - Fotolia.com
- Big Wills Outfitters, Attalla, Alabama, Photo: Courtesy of anetlanda - Fotolia.com
- Characters Entertainment, Attalla, Alabama, Photo: Courtesy of thanasak - Fotolia.com
- Back Forty Beer Co, Attalla, AL, Photo: Back Forty Beer Co
- Jack's, Attalla, Alabama, Photo: Jack's
- Cover Photo: City of Attalla Facebook Page
Attraction Spotlight: Tigers for Tomorrow
Tigers for Tomorrow is a non-profit animal preserve in Attalla, Alabama. Home to over 175 animals, Tigers for Tomorrow occupies over 140 acres of Untamed Mountain and also serves as an Environmental Education Center. The goals of the organization are to promote conservation and preservation through education.
Tigers for Tomorrow is home to much more than just the thirty tigers who live there. The Animal Preserve is a permanent home for over 90 predatory animals, including eight lions, two leopards, nineteen wolves, thirteen cougars, bears, bobcats, lynx and foxes who could not survive in the wild due to injury, or a personal history that prevents life outside of captivity. Among the bears are four black bears and one grizzly bear.
Benny is a black leopard who was the first to be rescued by Tigers for Tomorrow. Kazuma is a male lion that was rescued from a roadside circus in Guatemala in 2011. Since, Tigers for Tomorrow has rescued four tigers from Guatemalan circuses, and is currently raising funds to rescue two more.
Non-predatory animals, many of which may be visited up close and in person at the Animal Contact Barn include tortoises, boa constrictors, emus, a camel, lama, and zebra. The preserve is also home to barnyard animals such as goats, cows, pigs, miniature horses and rabbits. Children are able to touch and feed grain to animals in the Animal Contact Barn.
The Big Cat Playground is a 2.5-acre enclosure designed to enrich the lives of the predatory cats and bears in the preserve’s care. The wolf pack has the run of a full acre enclosure. The preserve has an Untamed Wellness Center, an on-site veterinary clinic that provides essential care for the animals without the need to transport them offsite.
Visitors should wear comfortable shoes, as many of the paths past the animal enclosures are on uneven terrain. For the animals’ safety, photographs are not allowed, although professional photographs may be purchased at the preserve’s small gift shop.
History: Tigers for Tomorrow was founded in 1999 as a last stop home for predatory animals that were no longer working or providing money for their owners, primarily in the entertainment industry. The organization’s first preserve was established in 2002 in Fort Pierce, Florida. The decision to move the preserve to Alabama occurred in 2005 after Tigers for Tomorrow had lived through two significant Florida hurricanes. The new location at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains was named Untamed Mountain by Tigers for Tomorrow.
The organization is managed by an 8-member board of directors, with Wilbur McCauley serving as president, and his wife, Sue Steffans as treasurer. Tigers for Tomorrow has won several local awards for its success as a non-profit organization and an environmental and animal attraction. The facility is accredited by the US Department of Agriculture, the Alabama State Wildlife Department, and meets the high standards of care of the Feline Conservation Federation.
Ongoing Programs and Education: The Tigers for Tomorrow preserve is open for general admission, as well as private tours, corporate educational events, and birthday parties. Private Tours last approximately two hours and include a talk on animal behaviors and instincts in the wild and how these differ in captivity. Tour guides teach visitors about the organization’s role in animal care.
Environmental Education Tours are geared towards school-aged children, with tours covering age-appropriate course material related to agricultural sciences and life science. The two-hour experience includes an opportunity for children to feed grain to some of the preserve’s residents in the Animal Contact Barn. Catering options are available for group tours, and groups may picnic in the preserve’s shaded pavilion.
Corporate packages include team building activities, after-hours events, private tours and picnics. Birthday party packages include guided preserve tours, time in the Animal Contact Barn, and a t-shirt for every child.
Tigers for Tomorrow’s Guardian Angel program allows the public to “adopt” an animal for one season by donating funds to supplement that animal’s care. All donations of $250 or more include signage on the animal’s enclosure to recognize the donor.
Special events include Sunset Tours, Wine Tastings, Keeper Talks, and Holiday Tours. The month-long November Pumpkin Toss is among the more popular events. Each of the bears and big cats gets a pumpkin to play with and use as a chew toy.
What’s Nearby: Tigers for Tomorrow is located between Huntsville, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
708 County Road 345 Attalla, AL 35954, Phone: 256-524-4150
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