2048 St. Joseph Drive NW
Cullman, AL 35055
Phone: (256) 255-5999
Fax: (256) 255-5995
Spread across four acres (1.61 hectares), Ave Maria Grotto is a miniature recreation of various world-famous Christian places of worship. Located on the premises of St. Bernard Abbey, the structures housed here were created by a Benedictine monk, Brother Joseph Zoettl. Attractions featured here include replications of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France, Rome's famous St. Peter's Basilica, Tower of Babel and more. Various depictions of ancient Jerusalem has given this park a sobriquet 'Jerusalem in Miniature'. Popular monuments and castles are also featured here.
Famous for its "miracle mile", Rickwood Caverns State Park is an absolute delight for those with an interest in speleology. The underground caverns that make up the famed miracle mile comprise fascinating limestone formations and passages with beautiful lighting. As the cavern has been carved from the seabed, its walls and ceiling feature many fossils, shells and other signs of marine life. Aside from the natural wonders, the park boasts facilities like a swimming pool, hiking trails, campground, gem mining and more.