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Moundville Archaeological Park

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Address: 10375 Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville, AL 35474
Phone Number:
+1 205-371-2234
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Called "The Big Apple of the 14th Century" by National...

Called "The Big Apple of the 14th Century" by National Geographic, Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America's largest city north of Mexico. Located on the Black Warrior River 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, the park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian Indians constructed 28 massive flat-topped earthen pyramids, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. The mounds served as elevated platforms for civic and ceremonial structures and the homes of nobles. Today, the panoramic landscape provides stunning views of these ancient monuments while the park's museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site. A campground with modern amenities and a conference center available for private function rentals compliment this historically and culturally significant site.

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We were on a family trip driving back from Louisiana and wanted to see some things on our long drive back to Pennsylvania. This was mentioned by a relative, so we decided to check... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Central Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a family trip driving back from Louisiana and wanted to see some things on our long drive back to Pennsylvania. This was mentioned by a relative, so we decided to check it out. We thought it would be a little hill that we stopped to look at and then move on. We were wrong! There was a... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I doubt we would have stopped here unless a friend said you have to stop and see it. Fascinating place! You need to stop at the welcome center and see the short movie to have an idea of what you'll be seeing. You can climb some of the mounds, and the museum store has some beautiful artifacts. Wonderful place. Really... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had lived in Tuscaloosa back in the early 1990's and had never been to this park but I now wish I had gone for a visit. On a recent trip to New Orleans I visited Moundville Archaeological Park and I was very impressed with the presentation of the history of the site and the people who had once lived... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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4 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is the third time I have visited here. It is so interesting - and the gift shop is great! I love seeing how the ancient people lived and never can visit without buying interesting things to take home.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Moundville is one of the two most important mound builder (Mississippian culture) sites. During its heyday, it was the largest city north of Mexico and it was the second largest city until the modern era. The mounds are made of earth and not stone, so they lack the details of their southern cousins in Latin America, but the size and... More 

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Brescia, Italy
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Not far from Tuscaloosa its a great way to spend a few hours. Very interesting displays and they even have food and coffee if you want.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I stopped here while on a road trip. I didn't have my RV with me, but the campground looks nice, with hookups and lots of shade. All the sites are grass, no pavement or gravel. Pam's diner just down the road seems nice. This place has a bunch of mounds you can walk by or drive by. There are a... More 

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Moundville, Alabama
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Native America is brought to life through artifacts, Indian mounds, trails and huts. The yearly October Native Festival is wonderful

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Reviewed 4 September 2016

Barely a dozen miles off of Interstate 59/20 south of Tuscaloosa, this park offers peaceful observation with a number of large placards to reveal the history that has been discovered here. The modest admission price for this archeological park is well worth the sights and the stories you will find from natives past. There is a slow-speed paved road with... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

I loved this place! I had been so excited to go to visit and it didn't disappoint. If you like walking and history you will enjoy going to Moundville. It is a 300 acre park. My husband and I was here for two hours and forty minutes. So depending how long you want to zip through, because you can drive... More 

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