I’m really excited to interview Connie Pearson of There Goes Connie about Hartselle, Alabama. Connie’s tips for the best things to do in Hartselle are awesome because she was born in nearby Athens and raised her family in Hartselle. She says that “faith, family, and football” are the hallmarks of North Alabama life.

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Best things to do in Hartselle Alabama - Connie Pearson - The Princess Theatre by Decatur Morgan County Tourism
The Princess Theatre. Photo courtesy of Decatur Morgan County Tourism.

Hartselle, Alabama and North Alabama

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast about interesting towns in North Alabama. But you should also check out Hartselle Chamber of Commerce, Decatur Morgan County Tourism, and The Shoals (Florence, Alabama), the local visitor’s bureaus. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Hartselle Alabama - Connie Pearson - lunch at Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q
Lunch at Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q

Getting around Hartselle

The local airport is Huntsville International Airport (HSV), which is about a 25-minute drive to Hartselle.

Connie says that you will need to rent a car so that you can explore all of the local cities and the attractions that they offer. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around if you don’t want to rent a car.

Best things to do in Hartselle Alabama - Conni - feeding an animal from the car at Harmony Park Safari
Feeding an animal from the car at Harmony Park Safari

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Connie Pearson about Hartselle, Alabama. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Hartselle, Alabama
  • Green dots = best things to do in Hartselle, Alabama
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Hartselle, Alabama

Who is Connie Pearson?

Connie Pearson is currently a freelance travel writer and blogger living in Hartselle, AL. She majored in piano performance and music education in college and taught for more than 30 years, then she and her veterinarian husband Steve sold everything and moved to Ecuador to serve as missionaries for 4 years. They have 3 adult children and 15 grandchildren.

She is the author of two books available on Amazon through our referral links: “Telling It On the Mountain: 52 Days in the Life of an Improbable Missionary” and “100 Things To Do In Huntsville and North Alabama Before You Die.” (by Reedy Press)

WeTravelThere - Connie Pearson at a book signing in Decatur, AL
Connie Pearson at a book signing in Decatur, AL

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Connie on her website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Best things to do in Hartselle Alabama - Connie Pearson - aquarium inside Cook Museum of Natural Science
Aquarium inside the Cook Museum of Natural Science.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Listen to the next episode when Rachel & Dan, authors of 100 Things to Do in Delaware Before You Die, share the best things to do in Lewes, Delaware. In this episode, Rachel and I talk about attending the Sea Witch Festival, going hiking in Cape Henlopen State Park, and drinking a beer at Dogfish Head Brewing. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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