Have you seen all of the construction happening in Huntsville and Madison lately? At Town Madison and the area surrounding Toyota Field, home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas, near Huntsville Hospital, all along Highway 72 in Madison, and at the site of the old Madison Square Mall on University Drive -- cranes and heavy equipment are everywhere!!! I know the economy is suffering in some parts of the country, but NOT in this part of North Alabama. Wow!
MidCity (also known as MidCity District), the large complex being developed on University Drive, is being transformed into a one-stop location for entertainment of all kinds and will soon include an 8000-seat amphitheater resembling the Roman Coliseum, a Trader Joe's grocery store, a high-end apartment complex, and 2 more hotels to join the Holiday Inn that is already there.
Top Golf has been in place for several years. It was HOPPING on a recent Saturday visit.
Within sight of Top Golf is a rock/wall-climbing facility called High Point (there is a large indoor version and fitness building nearby also).
An outdoor coffee shop/food truck/music venue area called The Camp. On Sundays, the parking lot of The Camp is taken over by a bustling Farmers Market.
REI Coop sells and services bicycles of every description and plenty of other sports-related merchandise. If you hike, paddle, climb, bike, run, ski, camp, you name it, REI likely has what you need.
Top Golf has plenty of food options, but additional eateries already open to diners at MidCity include Kamado Ramen, Kung Fu Tea, and the much larger Wahlburgers and Dave & Busters (which also doubles as a video arcade).
To check the menus of these restaurants or to learn more about the businesses I've mentioned, click on the links in this post. I promise you. This is going to be THE place to go for years to come.
By the way, I love this mural on the side of Wahlburgers. It is Little Richard as painted by Logan Tanner and is entitled "Good Golly Miss Molly." Little Richard attended Oakwood University and is buried in Oakwood Memorial Gardens in Huntsville. And by the way, Logan Tanner was one of my music/art students at Danville-Neel Elementary School once upon a time. (Both subjects were lumped together for one teacher to cover. Mercy!) I might have taught him a few things about music, but I taught him nothing about art. He's really talented and also painted the "Surrealist" and "Prehistoric" murals at Lowe Mill. I predict great things for this young man.