One of my favorite places to go for field trips is Moundville, an ancient American Indian city in the Black Warrior River valley near Tuscaloosa. The park’s 28 namesake earth mounds were hand-formed platforms for civic and ceremonial buildings and the homes of nobility. Visitors can climb several dozen steps to reach the 58-foot crest of the largest mound.
When To Go: On October 6-9, the park hosts the annual Moundville Native American Festival. Arts and crafts demonstrations, hands-on kids’ activities, storytelling, and more will teach about the Mississippian culture that once thrived in the community, as well as share traditions of tribes from throughout the Southeast.