Huntsville Discovery

Well the travel gods are with us this week. It?s a beautiful day here in Huntsville, and as luck would have it we seemed to miss the bad weather en route. Truth be told, we are sandwiched between tropical storms Cindy and Dennis, but hey I?ll take sunshine however I can get it.

After we arrived yesterday afternoon, we wandered over to the Early Works Children?s Museum in downtown Huntsville. What a fun place!! It?s one of those places where adults have just as much (if not more) fun than kids. The whole premise is to teach kids about Alabama history through fun hands-on interactive displays. It?s all very well done.

One of my favorite exhibits was a keel boat ? a wheelchair accessible keel boat, that is. Yes that’s right kids can roll right on and learn about what life was like back then and how things worked on a keel boat. They can pick up things, feel the animal skins, touch the powder horns and read about life on the river. Of course the boat is surrounded by water, so you get the full river experience. Lot?s of fun.

As luck would have it, I had dinner last evening with the lady who was instrumental with bringing the Early Works museum to town. What a dynamic person. Interestingly enough, she told me that some exhibits had to be reworked. Originally the keel boat rocked back and forth, but prior to opening their ADA expert told them that they had to stabilize it for access reasons. So they did. Simple enough. And now they have a very accessible exhibit.

I guess it just goes to prove that the tourism industry really is making an effort to make things accessible to everyone. In the end it?s the little things ? like accessible keel boats ? that really matter.