Alabama’s Annual Tourism Attendance Figures

U.S. Space & Rocket Center is Alabama’s Number One Tourism Attraction
More than 509,000 people visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville last year, ranking it number one among Alabama attractions that charge admission. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, named one of the “7 Wonders of America” by Good Morning America, is celebrating the “Year of Apollo” to mark the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing.  
 
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the previous number one attraction, had one of its course locations closed last year for renovation and ranked second with attendance of 504,579. The Birmingham Zoo was third with 495,876 and Birmingham’s McWane Science Center placed fourth with 428,820 visitors. The Huntsville Botanical Gardens was fifth with 307,895. The USS Alabama Battleship Park in Mobile ranked sixth with 228,610 and the nearby Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center was seventh with 211,252 visitors. The Montgomery Zoo was eighth with 197,941. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was ninth with 168,370. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery was tenth with 163,175.
 
Alabama’s Gulf Coast beaches were the number one destination attracting more than 4.5 million visitors last year. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens attracted 350,000 visitors making it the most attended free attraction. Mobile’s Mardi Gras attracted more than 835,000 ranking it the number one event. Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa was the number one sports destination with 644,966 fans attending University of Alabama home games. The number one seasonal attraction was Decatur’s Point Mallard Park with 150,000 visitors. The number one shopping destination, the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover attracted 15 million shoppers.  Attendance figures released by the Alabama Tourism Department were submitted by local tourism organizations.
 


Gulf Coast Beaches are Alabama’s Number One Destination
An estimated 4.5 million people visited Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan last year, making Alabama’s Gulf Coast beaches the number one destination in the state.
           
Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores ranked second with attendance of 2,307,440 and the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park in Daviston was third with 936,606. Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham was fourth with 444,433. The Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge was fifth with 415,000. Lake Guntersville State Park was sixth with 339,453. Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville was seventh with 288,348. Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City was eighth with 219,366. Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville was ninth with 217,756. The Little River Canyon Natural Preserve in Fort Payne was tenth with 197,961.
 
Mobile Mardi Gras is Alabama’s Number One Event
Mobile’s Mardi Gras celebration attracted more than 835,000 people last year, making it the number one attended event in Alabama.
           
The Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores ranked second with an estimated attendance of 300,000 and the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival was third with 225,000. Bayfest in Mobile was fourth with 220,000. Big Spring Music Festival in Huntsville was fifth with 180,000. The W.C. Handy Music Festival in the Florence area was sixth with 150,000. Panoply Arts Festival in Huntsville was seventh with 145,000. City Stages in Birmingham was eighth with 100,000. The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley was ninth with 75,000. Christmas Around the Merry Go Round in Valley, Heritage Harbor Days in Foley, and the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival in Decatur were all tied for tenth at 60,000 each.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s Number One Free Attraction
An estimated 350,000 people visited the Birmingham Botanical Gardens last year, making it the number one attended free attraction in Alabama.
           
The Birmingham Museum of Art ranked second with attendance of 197,165 and nearby Sloss Furnaces placed third with 162,000 visitors. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts was fourth with 155,068 and the Alabama State Capitol was fifth with 104,917. The Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville was sixth with 80,000. Fort Conde in Mobile was seventh with 44,411. The Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery was eighth with 33,036. The Cook’s Natural Science Museum in Decatur was ninth with 19,789. The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham was tenth with 19,383.
 
Bryant-Denny Stadium is Alabama’s Number One Sports Destination
Approximately 645,000 fans attended football games at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa last year, ranking it number one among sports venues in Alabama.
           
Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn ranked second with attendance of 608,402 and the Talladega Superspeedway was third with approximately 450,000.  Birmingham Barons Baseball was fourth with 310,073. Montgomery Biscuits Baseball was fifth with 292,181.  Barber Motorsports Race Track in Birmingham was sixth with 265,000. Mobile Baybears Baseball was seventh with 220,821. Huntsville Stars Baseball was eighth with 164,079. The Papajohns Bowl in Birmingham was ninth with 38,582. The GMAC Bowl in Mobile was tenth with 32,816.
 
Riverchase Galleria is Alabama’s Number One Shopping Destination
An estimated 15,000,000 people visited Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham last year, ranking it number one in attendance among shopping destinations in Alabama.
           
Tanger Outlet Center in Foley ranked second with attendance of 5,500,000 and the Bass Pro Shop in Prattville was third with 904,975. Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro was fourth with 841,617.
 
 Point Mallard Park is Alabama’s Number One Seasonal Attraction
Approximately 150,000 people visited Point Mallard Park in Decatur last year, ranking it number one in attendance among seasonal attractions in Alabama. Water World Park in Dothan was second in attendance with 50,349.
 
Alabama’s Gulf Coast beaches were the number one destination attracting more than 4.5 million visitors last year. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville attracted 509,000 visitors to make it the number one paid attraction. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens attracted 350,000 visitors to make it the most attended free attraction. Mobile’s Mardi Gras attracted more than 835,000 making it the number one event. Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa was the number one sports destination with 644,966 fans attending University of Alabama home games. The number one shopping destination, the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover attracted 15 million shoppers. Attendance figures used to compile the list were provided to the Alabama Tourism Department by local tourism organizations.
 

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