The Group Travel Leader

APR 2017

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2 7 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E By Dennis Keim Pam Williams, tourism sales manager for Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We went from first f light to landing on the moon in 61 years. Even if you aren't a space enthusiast, the space center is a historic and patriotic attraction." Students can explore the world's largest space attraction's extensive collection of artifacts, including rockets, engines and spacecraft, among them the imposing Saturn V, a National Historic Landmark. For a thrill, groups can ride the Space Shot to experience launchlike gravitational pres- sure and about three seconds of weightlessness. Imax movies, interactive exhibits and space travel simulators also illustrate the incredible feats humans can accomplish with the help of math and science. For a more in-depth under- standing of the marvels of space travel, student groups can choose from several programs, such as the famous Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and Space Camp Robotics. The weeklong Space Camp trains participants to live and work outside the Earth's atmosphere by taking command of their own simulated space missions. Shorter programs of from one to two days allow groups to experience some of the camp's highlights. To see where the real action happens, group leaders can book a bus tour to the Marshall Space Flight Center, where NASA commands several projects, such as the International Space Station. L O W E M I L L A R T S A N D E N T E R TA I N M E N T Inside a maze of art studios, students can tap into their inner van Gogh with a class on paint- ing from a working artist. The Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment facility features 148 studios for 200 artists of various media, six fine-art galleries and performance venues. Many of the artists offer classes in their medi- ums, so students can choose from lessons in painting, pottery, comic book illustration and other art forms. One of the studios, called Green Pea Press, leads traditional printing-press classes where participants can create posters, T-shirts and other handmade souvenirs. The thriving creative community sits in a historic cotton mill where visitors can wander through studio after studio meeting artists who encourage questions on their creative process. The 171,000-square-foot complex is the largest U.S. SPACE AND ROCKET CENTER ART AFTER HOURS AT LOWE MILL Pam Williams Tourism Sales Manager 256.551.2204 hello Huntsville bucket list Embrace adventure at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center 1 2 3 4 Discover the nation's largest seasonal butterfly house at the Huntsville Botanical Garden Hear stories of spies, lies, alibis & ghosts while touring our Historic Districts, Historic Huntsville Depot, Weeden House Shop the Artist Market at Lowe Mill and stay for a concert & picnic Get ready for your adventure in the Rocket City! Huntsville, Alabama | VisitHuntsvilleAL @ Go2HuntsvilleAL HuntsvilleCVB #iHeartHsv ...and more!

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