The exciting hand drum circle has been performing for years. An informal gathering of local hand drummers (conga, djembe, bongo, doumbek, ashiko, etc.) who set up where Spragins & Spring Streets meet the park, just below the Downtown Square, at Indian Creek.
You will find them any nice Sunday afternoon, about 4 PM. Both experienced & interested beginners are welcome. Often, they are joined by dancers, jugglers and other rhythm oriented folks. Free fun for all and family friendly. Highly recommended and for afterwards, many downtown clubs/restaurants are just up the hill. Seeya
This is the jewel of Huntsville, with a small lake and beautiful spring water creeks it is a magnificent area. It is a lovely place to picnic but not very sanitary because there are so many ducks and large geese that the leave droppings everywhere and it is hard to walk around the park because of it. The ducks are very tame but the geese are large and sometimes scare the children as they are not afraid of humans and will attack to get scraps of food. Love to see the clear springs and natural waterfall, but beware of possible goose problems.
Big Spring Park is such a beautiful place. The lake, the colorful fish, the geese and ducks that are so familiar with the people that they eat off your hand!! I couldn't believe my eyes. If you go to the park when the Cherry trees are in full blossom you'll feel like crying because you've never seen anything so beautiful. I loved every minute of it. I would recommend it with closed eyes, and of course, since it's a public park, it's free!. Downtown Huntsville is very pretty, so apart from the park you can see other very nice places around it. It's a wonderful experience if you are an animal lover and you like to feed the birds. Your children will never forget it.
This park is centrally located and easy to get to if you have a few minutes of down time and want to relax. It is especially beautiful in the Spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. There are lots of ducks and huge goldfish in the pond and there are many scenic vantage points including the Japanese bridge and the staircase on the East side of the park near the older fountain where you can get a good overhead view of the Park and Civic Center. On Sunday evenings musicians gather to jam on this side of the park as well. On extremely cold nights in the winter it's cool to see the steam rising from the water in the well-lit area near the staircase.
It's been years since I moved away from Huntsville and I really miss Big Spring Park.
The Big Spring Park is a gorgeous, tranquil, natural attraction among the modern and historic architecture of Downtown Huntsville. Brick paths and sidewalks lead you around the Big Spring and the pond to see ducks and geese, beautiful fish, flowering trees, expanses of lush green grass, picnic benches under shade trees, carved out rock walls, and many other beautiful sites. Many families bring their children to play, their babies to stroll, or their dogs to walk. Many couples, young and old come to walk or relax on a park bench or in the grass. Teenagers come out in the evening to socialize and play games. This attraction speaks to people of all ages and all walks of life. No place else in Huntsville will you find entertainment as easy or affordable.
This is a great place to take a date or just to go enjoy the scenery. Especially so with the new additions. It is generally very clean and well taken care of. The concerts are also typically nice.
There is fairly limited parking unless you are willing to pay.
The Big Spring Jam, while appealing to just about anyone under 30, has been rained out for the past two years straight and has also been getting kind of light on the big-name bands.
I like the park. Went during HSV birthday celebration. Took kids and best friend and hung out. We had a ball. A lot of history. On that night, the Von Braun Center was open and my daughter could "Tee Tee"...lol
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