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If you’re ever on the lookout for a travel destination to spend a weekend or a round trip with your friends and family or just by yourself, the city of Florence should make it into your preferred choices.
Located along the Tennessee River, Florence is the largest city in the whole of Lauderdale County and features a lot of attractions and landmarks that locals and visitor flock to visit. Regarded as the principal city in a region known as “The Shoals” consisting of Florence, Tuscumbia, Muscle Shoals, and Sheffield closely bonded together.
Why you ventured into Florence, here are 5 things you shouldn’t miss.
One of those things you shouldn’t pass up visiting in Florence is FAME recording studios. Established in 1959, this studio formerly housed in a tobacco warehouse grew to become one of the most-visited studios in the whole of Alabama.
One reason why it became popular in the ’60s and ’70s is the impressive fact that it permitted artistes from all races to write and record their music, in a safe and serene ambiance.
Music heavyweights such as Otis Redding, Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge, and even Aretha Franklin have written and recorded their stellar anthems in this very studio. There’s so much to see when you take a tour of this wonderful landmark. If you’re a musician yourself, you can even work with the engineers and records a song there.
Located on James M Spain Drive, McFarland Park is one of the must-see places in Florence, Alabama. Nestled along the bank of the Tennessee River, this serene park features spectacular natural habitats, prairies, woodlands, a lot of facilities for people in their numbers to enjoy.
Some of the facilities include playgrounds, 60 campsites, picnic shelters with fireplaces, baseball fields, jogging paths, a marina, and a floating restaurant and bar. You’re bound to have a thrilling experience there.
Situated along Hermitage Drive in downtown Florence, Pope’s Tavern Museum is one of the oldest landmarks in the whole of Alabama. This vintage property was once a stagecoach stop and inn, this facility was also used as a makeshift hospital by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War.
If you want to learn about Florence’s participation in the Civil War, this is the best place to check out. The upper section of the museum features artifacts of the war including a Confederate Colonel’s uniform, a rare Kennedy Long Rifle, and a vertically strung piano—one of the few ever manufactured.
Visitors are allowed to tour the walls from 10 am to 4 pm every Tuesday through Saturday.
Situated in the center of downtown Florence, Odette is one of the popular neighborhood eateries in the whole of Florence. Since its inception, Odette gained its reputation by serving the best and authentic Southern American dishes.
The tranquil atmosphere combined, good meals and a quality customer service to match will make you come back for more. Some of their dishes include charred sourdough, sorghum berry risotto with wild rice, fried gulf oysters and so much more.
Odette is open to customers from Mondays through Saturdays.
Another must-see place when you visit Florence, Alabama is The Pie Factory. Located in North Court Street, this food plaza provides a wide variety of pies, pizzas, fresh salads, and sides, with different toppings available.
One amazing fact about this place is their awesome pies are made locally from firewood. If you love beers, The Pie Factory also offers beers from taps and in bottles for your pleasure.