Summer Road Trip Celebration – Shark Tooth Creek, Aliceville, Alabama

Today, for our Summer Road Trip Celebration, Pensacola with Kids is welcoming Lisa from Lisa’s Wee Piggies.  She is an adventurous Pensacola mom of three children and I was so excited when she was interested in writing a guest post.  I hope to hear more from her in the future!  If you are interested in guest posting, please email me at jennifer (at) pensacolawithkids.com or use the Contact Form.   

To kick off Summer 2010, my husband and I wanted to take the kids on a little adventure!  What’s more adventurous than camping and shark hunting?

Shark Tooth Creek is a fantastic family friendly weekend activity located outside Aliceville, AL.

Owned and operated by Ken Owens, the shark tooth hunting adventure last approximately 2-3 hours and includes a trip to shark tooth creek via Shark Tooth Creek Express, shark tooth hunting in the famous creek, your lunch in the pavilion followed by play time at Mr. Owens personally hand constructed playhouse.

Shark Tooth Creek is approximately a five hour drive from Pensacola, so we opted to camp overnight Friday and Saturday. There is a large pavilion with two sets of bathrooms that include showers.  The pavilion also has a large utility sink, grills (bring charcoal) and plenty of picnic tables and electrical outlets (great to recharge phones & dvd players, coffee machines, etc.)  One family ran an extension cord with a big fan to their site!  There are two large fire pits with fire wood provided.  Campsites sit on a hillside overlooking 75 acres of water!  There is a dock along the water with a water trampoline (the kids loved swimming and jumping!) and two canoes that you can use.

Typically the shark tooth hunting excursion begins around 9:45 am. After everyone checked in with Mr. Owens, we were all loaded up into the Shark Tooth Express truck and driven out to the creek about 10 minutes away. Mr. Owens made great commentary that thrilled the children! 

Since most of the river is shrouded in trees, the hot sun didn’t bother us very much. We spent about an hour or so, walking the creek and finding different kinds of shark teeth!  This area has been visited by many serious Paleontology groups for the past 50 years. Upon return to the pavilion, we had a quick lunch and were allowed to visit Mr. Owens private tree house complete with a zip line!

 Things To Know Before You Go:

 Tips from the Torres Family

  •  Wear appropriate footwear. Full foot water shoes for toddlers and preschoolers. Flip flops or crocs for older kids. You’ll be walking through water in some areas and it can be a little muddy if it has recently rained.
  • Bring your camera!
  • Be sure children wear a swimsuit under a tshirt and shorts during the adventure. There are a few little spots they can get wet.
  • If you don’t fancy camping, Tuscaloosa, AL is a 40 minute drive away. We got rained out late Saturday, and decided to hit the Country Inn & Suites instead of chancing the approaching thunderstorms with three kids!  Bring lunches, swimsuits, sunscreen etc since you can still use the pavilion and swimming areas in the afternoon.
  • Book in advance! Pricing and more information can be found at www.sharktoothcreek.com.

Lisa T.

Pensacola Mom of 3 (ages 5,7,8)

www.LisasWeePiggies.com

Comments

  1. My family has done several fossil hunts and we were looking forward to trying this location. But the man on the phone was so rude and curt that we won’t ever be going there. Glad it worked out for your family, it is a fun activity. I would urge people to look for a different location with someone who can be polite on the phone.

  2. Karen–You said you have done several fossil hunts…are they near by? Do you have any suggestions to places in addition to this?

  3. Just got in a few hours ago from an overnight trip with our Cub Scout group. Around 58 kids & parents in all. We had a GREAT time. Mr Owens was a great tour guide. This place is well kept & clean. Wish we had another night there. We picked a great time to go. LOTS & LOTS of shark teeth.

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