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Space and Rocket Center top attraction

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More than 849,981 people visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville last year, ranking it first among state attractions that charge admission, state tourism officials said.  The Birmingham Zoo ranked second with 543,090 and the Huntsville Botanical Garden was third with 353,841.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Park in Birmingham placed fourth with 352,000 and the McWane Science Center in Birmingham was fifth with 347,508. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile was sixth with 343,034 and Point Mallard Park in Decatur was seventh with 274,448.

Adventureland Theme Park in Dothan was eighth with 250,000 and the Montgomery Zoo was ninth with 245,620. Alabama Splash Adventure was 10th with 190,134.

The Alabama Tourism Department also released attendance figures for other categories.  The beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast were the most visited natural destination in the state, attracting 6.7 million tourists last year. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens attracted 352,000 visitors to make it the most attended free attraction. More than 890,000 people celebrated Mobile’s Mardi Gras making it the most attended event.  University of Alabama home football games played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa had the highest attendance for sports destinations with 609,250, followed by 591,236 at Auburn University.

Attendance figures were collected by the Alabama Tourism Department from local tourism organizations.   

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