Staycation Ideas for Spring Break 2019
Spring Break is right around the corner for a lot of the schools in our service area. Not everyone is able to plan a trip to the beach during this time or may be saving up for a trip later in the summer. There are plenty of activities that are in your own back yard that are educational, fun, and inexpensive. We wanted to provide you with a list of upcoming events and activities for your very own Spring Break Staycation.
Saturday, March 23- Sunday, March 24
Tour beautiful homes at the Canebrake Homecoming, celebrating 200 years of the Canebrake of Alabama-Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, and Sumter counties.
This weekend kicks off tours in Hale, Marengo, and Perry counties. Some of the homes featured in February’s edition of Southern Living are a part of this tour.
For more information, be sure to visit canebrakehomecoming.com.
Saturday, March 30-Sunday March 31
The Canebrake Homecoming home tours continue in Greene and Sumter counties.
Plan a trip to the Choctaw National Wildlife Refuse, a 4218-acre National Wildlife Refuge located along the Tombigbee River near the Barrytown community in Southern Choctaw County. It was established to provide a wood duck brood habitat and serve as a protected wintering area for waterfowl.
Enjoy Bladon Springs State Park. Visitors to Bladon Springs State Park can refresh themselves in the tranquility of this rural location. Peace and quiet are hallmarks of this forested setting making it an excellent camping and wildlife viewing location. Birders will also love Bladon Springs, which is a stop on the Alabama’s Black Belt Birding Trail. Expect to see a wide variety of song birds, wood peckers, and raptors.
Marengo County is home to Foscue Park in Demopolis. Volunteers that help maintain this park have created beautiful carvings out of some of the trees. The park has a playground and walking trail. It is also a stop on the Alabama’s Black Belt Birding Trail.
Nearby is Spillway Falls Park. This park has been renovated in the last few years. At Spillway Falls, there is a beautiful pavilion that overlooks the river that can be rented for $45 per day.
In addition to the Canebrake Celebration, Marengo County boasts beautiful antebellum homes that can be toured, such as, Gaineswood and Bluff Hall. The Tombigbee River in Demopolis also serves as recreation for the area.
Sumter County, home to our newest branch, in Livingston has several opportunities to explore your artistic side. The Studio, SH Designs Art Studio, located in downtown Livingston offers art classes every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The Coleman Center for the Arts located in York has creative art programs featuring the work of local artists, as well as, educational programming that provides year-round educational opportunities for area youth. For more information, visit colemanarts.org.
The Division of Educational Outreach at the University of West Alabama is comprised of bby Publications at UWA, the Black Belt Museum, Center for the Study of the Black Belt, and Continuing Education which seek to meet the social and cultural educational needs of the Alabama Black Belt region while promoting the historical, cultural, and natural resources of the region. Some classes offered through the continuing education program include: mosaics, fused glass jewelry, and Loops at Land (quilting, stitching, knitting, etc.). For more information, be sure to visit https://www.uwa.edu/about/universitydepartments/educationaloutreach.
At Naheola Credit Union, we are a proud to serve this area which is a wealth of history, art, and recreational opportunities for all ages to enjoy. Take this Spring Break as an opportunity to learn more about what all this area has to offer. Stay tuned to learn more about our service area, as well as, the products and services we offer. We look forward to serving you at any of our locations in Pennington, Butler, Demopolis, and Livingston!
Spillway Falls Park or “Lower Pool”, another Corp of Engineers property, as most locals know it has been renovated in the last few years. At Spillway Falls, there is a beautiful pavilion overlooking the river that can be rented for $45 per day. Family reunions, birthday parties, and weddings have been held at this pavilion.