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Best Things To Do Birmingham

The city of Birmingham is teeming with culture and discovery. During your visit, be sure to visit these must-see sites and things do to throughout the nearby central Alabama cities like Bessemer, Gardendale, and Moutain Brook.

Museums & History

As a primary player in the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham houses the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, located in the Civil Rights District. Hear the stories of the movement’s biggest names via multimedia exhibits and frequent events.

Housing over 5,000 items, visitors of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Museum can discover the origins of some of the Yellowhammer State’s most famous athletes and coaches, including Bo Jackson, Paul “Bear” Bryant, and Hank Aaron.

Scenery and history intertwine at the Vulcan Park and Museum. Be sure and grab a snapshot of the 56-foot tall Vulcan statue before or after you peruse the host of interactive exhibits in the museum.

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View of Birmingham From Railroad Park

Shopping & More Shopping

Visitors looking for some much-needed retail therapy are invited to spend an afternoon – or more – at the Riverchase Galleria Mall, located on the south side of the city. Alabama’s largest shopping mall, Riverchase Gallery features a host of shopping destinations, delicious restaurants, and entertainment.

Looking for something a bit more local? Be sure and check out the Birmingham Farmers Market, held from early May through mid October. Pick from locally grown produce, organic vegetables, handcrafted gifts and goods, and plenty of delicious baked goods.

Sports & Recreation

Those looking to get active in Birmingham will have plenty opportunities. If you’ve packed your clubs, then be sure and hit the links at Oxmoor Valley Golf Course. Housing three pro-style courses, Oxmoor is a member of the esteemed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Spectators won’t want to miss the high-octane thrills at Barber Motorsports Park – home of the IndyCar Series, AMA Superbike, and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Be sure to learn a thing or two by stopping at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum before or after the race.

If team sports are more your game, then check the University of Alabama-Birmingham schedule to see who’s taking the field during your visit. Most notably, the UAB Blazers football team takes the field at Legion Field Stadium during the fall.

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Vulcan Park Museum

Zoos & Zip Lines

Those with little ones in tow will surely enjoy an afternoon at the Birmingham Zoo located in Lane Park. And nearby, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens offer up plenty of natural beauty and scenery.

For a more adventurous day in Birmingham, be sure and visit Red Mountain Park, home of the Red Ore Zip Tour. Red Mountain Park features over 1,300 acres of scenery, roughly 10 miles of hiking trails, and more.

Food & Fun

For some fun and entertainment, the Summit Birmingham is the place for you. A one million square foot open-aired facility, the Summit features shopping entertainment, fine dining, and more.

Other must-see destinations for the grown ups of the family include the Collins Bar, the Stardome comedy club, the historic Alabama Theatre. For a locally crafted beverage, visit the Good People Brewing Company or the Avondale Brewing Company. Both come highly recommended.

Superb dining is found throughout Birmingham as well, from upscale restaurants like Highlands Bar & Grill and El Barrio, to cozy stop-ins like Lucy’s Coffee and Tea and Urban Standard.



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5041 Academy Ln, Bessemer AL 35022-5250
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140 State Farm Pkwy, Birmingham AL 35209-7186
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842 Thompson Street, Gardendale AL 35071-4602
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1949 Village Drive, Leeds AL 35094-1133
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100 Bishop Circle, Pelham AL 35124-1397
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