Deep in the forest, you can discover a secret garden of your daydreams. The North Alabama Japanese Garden is tucked away in Monte Sano State Park and unfolds into a lush wonderland. Put it on your Bama bucket list this summer, and you'll feel like you've been transported to Asia. 

Found in Hunstville, Alabama, this spot features towering trees and mineral springs. Best of all, the park's entrance fee is just $5 per person, so it's totally worth the trip.

The forest holds several hidden wonders, including a tranquil garden inspired by Japan. The North Alabama Japanese Garden is one of the best-kept secrets of the area. When you explore the forest, you'll come upon this serene paradise full of stunning flowers and architecture. 

Robert Black created this scenic little garden in the late '80s. A few years later, the Tea House became part of this dreamy area, further enhancing its zen-like aesthetic.

Japanese maple trees grow in the garden, which adds gorgeous pops of color in red and pink among the leafy green surroundings. You can also enjoy the blooming azaleas, which add an Alabama touch.

Visitors can attend two annual festivals at the park to celebrate Japan's culture: the Japanese Spring Festival on the first Sunday of May and the Autumn Celebration in October.

These festivals feature a tea ceremony as well as authentic Japanese music, instruments, and dancing. You'll feel like you're in a new country as you soak in this enriching cultural experience. 

This zen spot is the perfect escape if you're sick of the city. Roam this enchanting forest, and you may stumble upon a picturesque oasis that will immerse you into a different world. 

North Alabama Japanese Garden

Price: $5 entrance fee

Address: 5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville, AL

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a peaceful escape, this hidden lush garden is where you need to go.

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