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10 great ways to experience Alabama from your sofa

10 great ways to experience Alabama from your sofa

With spring fever turning to cabin fever for many of us, people are looking for virtual adventures and online educational and entertainment. We found ways you can experience Alabama from your sofa, either with your family or by yourself.

EarlyWorks Museum (Carol Highsmith | Library of Congress)

Experience Alabama history at EarlyWorks

EarlyWorks, a group of museums in downtown Huntsville that focus on hands-on Alabama history, is offering online videos called “Tour Time with Dave.” Find episodes on the museum’s Facebook page.

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Pulpit Rock, Cheaha State Park (Joe Songer | jsonger@al.

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‘Hike’ in a state park

Alabama State Parks is offering virtual hiking and other outdoor learning videos, such as Tree Ring Printing (March 26) and Sunrise at King’s Chair (March 27). Click here for a schedule of upcoming State Parks videos.

The Alaparks.com page says, “These virtual programs will be an assortment of Live Facebook videos, short videos, photos, park stories, pictures, and maybe a challenge or two.

Go to the Facebook pages for the five individual parks and look for the State Parks Naturalists’ content.”

An example of online adventures: Cheaha State Park is providing videos on its Facebook page for virtual hikes.

Check those out here.

Stream a women’s suffrage documentary

The Alabama Department of Archives and History, the nation’s oldest archives, is offering on its YouTube channel the documentary “Shall Women Vote?” This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s rights and this video discusses Alabama’s role in the movement.

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Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section drummer Roger Hawkins, as seen in documentary film “Muscle Shoals.

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Stream a film about making music

The documentary “Muscle Shoals,” released in 2013, is currently available on Amazon Prime and other streaming services, such as Tubi, for no charge. It chronicles the history of recording at the iconic FAME andMuscle Shoals Sound studios by artists such as the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and Cher.

A critic’s synopsis on Rotten Tomatoes says: “Muscle Shoals offers a compelling, warts-and-all glimpse at one of the most fascinating stories in modern American music.”

Journey into space

The U.

S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville is offering videos online so you can continue to learn about Alabama’s important role in space exploration.

Check out Science Never Stops videos on museum objects such as the Apollo 12 moon rock. Find a full listing here.

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Gulf State Park Pier provides easy access to gamefish cruising well off the beach thanks to its 1540-foot length.

Have a relaxing stay at the beach

People are encouraged to find ways to relax during social-distancing protocols, and what better way than by listening to and watching the mesmerizing surf on Alabama’s beautiful beaches? You can find cameras here for Gulf Shores.

Learn about ocean life at the Sea Lab

The renowned ocean-learning center at Dauphin Island Sea Lab continues to teach the public about sea life through videos.

Employees began a series called Ask the Aquarist on its Facebook page where residents can interact in real time or watch later.

History at Home with Museum of Mobile

Check out some of the fascinating exhibits at the History Museum of Mobile from your computer.

See the museum’s Ancient Rome exhibit and more on the museum’s YouTube channel.

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One of the Birmingham Zoo’s elephants.BN FTP

Visit the zoo

Birmingham Zoo is offering two types of virtual experiences for those stuck at home.

Go to the zoo’s Facebook page and check out the Meet the Neighbors series of videos as well as Virtual Camps.

Stay-at-Home Science at McWane

Employees at the McWane Center, a hands-on science museum, changed their Spring Fever event into a Cabin Fever series of videos of “at-home experiments and activities for your family to enjoy these next few weeks until we can welcome you back to the museum.

” Find a list here.

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