Non-Rail Activities
Here are just a few of the non-rail attractions in Decatur
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Make a hand-stitched journal
Friday, June 21
1:00 - 3:00
Cost $12.00 for supplies, payable to Sharon. Email to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 10 participants.
Located in the Hospitality room in the DoubleTree
Sharon Shallcross will lead us in making ur own small, beautiful, hand stitched joural; blank pages inside - perfect for lists, notes, thoughts, prayers, or other ponderings.
Painting Class with local artist Saturday, June 22 10 AM - Noon
Location: The Studio on Bank, 506 Bank Street, Decatur
Cost: $50 
Class must be pre-paid by Monday, June 17. Register and pay on the convention website or via email at
Minimum of 8, limited to 12 participants.
Lunch at 609 Social Market & Provision Saturday, June 22 12:15 PM (after painting class)
Location: 609 Bank Street, Decatur
Shuttle will be available to take participants to the painting class and back to the hotel after lunch.

Other Activities
Old State Bank Museum 925 Bank Street, Decatur (5 blocks from hotel) Tours: Friday, 9:30 AM - noon Cost: Free
Old State Bank Museum
One of the most photographed places in Decatur, the Old State Bank is a perfect backdrop for capturing memories. There is no charge for taking photographs either inside or outside of the building.
Cook Museum of Natural Science 133 4th Ave NE Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: $20 ages 15+; $15 children ages 3-14
Cook Museum of Natural Science
The Cook Museum of Natural Science is a state-of-the-art natural science museum in downtown Decatur, AL. It provides a hands-on, immersive experience where kids can explore, interact with, and learn about nature. You'll leave the Cook Museum feeling fulfilled by the memories made and amazed by the things you saw and learned.
Carnegie Visual Arts Center 207 Church Street, Decatur
Hours: Weekdays 10 AM - 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM Cost: Free
Built in 1904 as a library, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center now houses different art exhibits throughout the year and provides educational and cultural opportunities to the community.
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Location: 3121 Visitors Center Rd, Decatur, AL 35603
Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM Cost: Free
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is rich in wildlife and recreation opportunities. Thousands of people come to the refuge each year to enjoy solitude, to commune with nature, and to share the joys of wildlife and being outdoors with family and friends. The refuge Visitor Center and Observation Building are located near each other and should be your priority stop when visiting the refuge for the first time.
U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville Friday, June 21, Open 9 AM - 5 PM.
Saturday, June 22, Open 9 AM - 5 PM.
Visit on your own
Cost: Adults $30; children 18 and younger $20
Purchase tickets at the Space and Rocket Center
Home to Space Camp®, Aviation Challenge® Camp, Space Camp Robotics, and U.S. Cyber Camp the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is the most comprehensive U.S. manned spaceflight hardware museum in the world. Its large rocket and space hardware collection is valued in the tens of millions of dollars. From a model of America’s first satellite, Explorer I, to next generation space vehicles like Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser, the museum showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center serves as the Official NASA Visitor Center for Marshall Space Flight Center and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Suggested Local Restaurants
Let’s Do Lunch (436 Holly Street, near Cook Museum) Mon - Fri, lunch only
The Brick Deli
(112 Moulton Street East) 11 AM - 10 PM
The Rail Yard (209 2nd Ave SE) 11 AM - 8 PM
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q (1715 6th Ave SE) 9:30 AM - 8 PM
Simp McGhee’s (725 Bank Street) dinner only 5 - 9 PM
609 Social Market and Provisions (609 Bank Street) 11 AM - 8 PM
Bank Street Grill (719 Bank Street) 11 AM - 10 PM Weekdays, 5 - 10 PM Saturday