The Rocket City: home to nearly 200,000 nerds. There’s no shortage of nerdiness in Huntsville, so let’s just start with a few, shall we?
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
It’s not a Huntsville list, or a nerdy list, without the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Home of the Saturn V rocket and the city’s “spaceline,” the Space & Rocket Center, along with Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Space Flight Center, put our sleepy little cotton town on the map in the ’40s and ’50s. You can tour the museum, train to be an astronaut at Space Camp, and even attend nerdy events underneath the Saturn V (that’s where I had my senior homecoming; it was a night under the stars and a giant rocket).
Toy Box Bistro
Toy Box Bistro is a nerd collector’s heaven – and it should be, seeing as it’s filled with a nerd collector’s collection. When this collector passed away, his wife and her friend took this houseful of toys and collectibles and decked out a restaurant with it. And the location that they chose was a nice little lunch spot that used to be frequented by Wernher Von Braun, the guy who helped build all those rockets at the Space & Rocket Center. So now you can eat in this cute little bistro with classic board games glued to the ceilings, movie posters stuck to the walls, and gaming cards covering the tables. They also bring you a bucket of LEGOS to play with while you wait on your food.
And, as you can see, when you bring nerds here, they get super adorably excited about everything.
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
With nearly 150 artist studios, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment has nearly every thing. Located in a large repurposed factory, Lowe Mill has become the largest privately owned arts facility in the US, and it continues to grow each year. Here you’ll find sculptures, paintings, records, second hand clothing, jewelry, book bindings, quilts, t-shirts, posters, and even chainmail and cosplay costumes. They put on a ton of events too, including yoga, art classes, and STEM labs for kids. And more and more culinary arts have been added to the space, which means you can learn how to draw comic books, shop for cosplay accessories, and munch on artisan chocolate all in one convenient place.
What’s your go-to nerdy spot in Huntsville? Let me know in the comments!