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Ave Maria Grotto

1600 St. Bernard Ave. SE, Cullman

Ave Maria Grotto Visit for Two or Four Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids (Up to 45% Off)

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Landscaped four-acre park holds 125 miniature replicas of the world’s famous churches and shrines

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Sherrie
3 ratings3 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 6, 2022
Was amazing! Easy walking and absolutely get some of the bread!
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Anna
31 ratings18 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 26, 2022
Beautiful, peaceful and inspiring! Would highly recommend.
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Adrian
2 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 22, 2022
<15 min detour off the main road, we enjoyed the beautiful grounds and all of the displays. Wonderful gift shop too.
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Paula
4 ratings4 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
January 2, 2022
Very nice, cool weather loved the gift shop
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Devon
4 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
December 28, 2021
Such a beautiful place. I knew I was going to enjoy this but I enjoyed it much more than I expected!!!
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Zac
1 ratings1 reviews4 photos
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
November 28, 2021
Went here on a whim while visiting family in the area. The detail of the miniatures is amazing. There’s so many different scenes depicted. We just missed the holiday lights tour (we were too early in the day). Would recommend this to anyone.
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Alexandra
2 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
November 20, 2021
Beautiful and peace place. Loved!
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Amber
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
November 2, 2021
A great little family experience.
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About This Deal

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  • $8.25 for admission for two adults (up to $14 value)
  • $15.50 for admission for four adults (up to $28 value)
  • $12.50 for admission for two adults and two kids ages 6 to 12 (up to $23 value)

In a beautifully landscaped four-acre park, guests view 125 miniature reproductions of some of the world’s famous churches and shrines.

Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 8 per person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit(s). Valid only for option purchased. May be repurchased every 365 days. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Ave Maria Grotto

The life's work of Brother Joseph Zoettl began as little more than a hobby. Originally born in Bavaria in 1878 as Michael Zoettl, Brother Joseph chose to join the Benedictine order at a young age and ended up at St. Bernard Abbey, where he was tasked with working the power plant. His long days of hard work were only interrupted by the weekly opportunities to attend Sunday Mass, so he decided to make the most of his free time by embracing a hobby: creating miniatures.

Beginning with cement, Brother Joseph patiently constructed a scale replica of a church. Visitors flocked to see his early creations, so Brother Joseph continued his hobby while gradually increasing the ambitious scope of his projects. Over the course of the next 40 years, he would go on to create the 125 miniature reproductions of iconic churches, shrines, and buildings that currently fill Ave Maria Grotto's four acres of park land.

Often made of the marbles, cold-cream jars, broken bathroom tiles, costume jewelry, and pieces of colored glass that were mailed to him by admirers, Brother Joseph's meticulously intricate miniatures include everything from the basilica in Lourdes to a prophetically accurate model of the International Space Station.