The Best Things To See And Do In Birmingham, Alabama

Alabama welcomes the newest addition to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Ross Bridge, located in Hoover near Birmingham, Alabama
Alabama welcomes the newest addition to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Ross Bridge, located in Hoover near Birmingham, Alabama | © Alpha Stock / Alamy Stock Photo
Shyla Watson

Birmingham is a lively place full of fun activities, great food, and Southern culture. Read our guide to discover this Alabama city’s most popular sights and activities, all of which are rich with history and culture.

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Red Mountain Park

Spanning over 1,000 acres, Red Mountain Park is even larger than New York’s Central Park. The park has 14 miles of biking and hiking trails for the athletic enthusiast and six acres of terrain for an off leash dog park. If you’re seeking more of a thrill or organized adventure, Red Mountain also offers zip lining and rope courses.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Once at the center of the civil rights movement, Birmingham is a historic city. The Civil Rights Institute gives visitors the opportunity to walk through what life was like for residents during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The museum offers media presentations, short videos, and a very popular exhibition that features voices from the past sharing personal experiences.

Sloss Furnaces

Rumored to be a source of paranormal activity, this national historic landmark is the only preserved blast furnace in the United States. Though no longer in use, the early 20th century engines and boilers were pivotal in bringing Birmingham into the Industrial Revolution. Nowadays, it’s been converted into a museum to teach people about its history and the history of industry.

Alabama Theatre

Built in 1927 by Paramount Pictures, the theatre was once a Hollywood movie palace that seated nearly 2,500 people. But it’s not only for watching movies anymore; everyone from BB King to Alice Cooper to Willie Nelson has performed on its grand stage.

Iron City

Established as a revolutionary car facility in 1929, Iron City takes the concept of “dinner and a show” to a whole new level. The historic space has been redesigned as a multi-purpose venue that now houses three concert stages, two bars, and one restaurant.

Birmingham Museum of Art

This museum, spanning across numerous time periods and traditions, is home to a multitude of arts perfect for any culture enthusiast. The first Thursday of each month is reserved for an after-hours atmosphere where locals can roam the galleries, mingle with cocktails, watch a flick, or enjoy hors d’oeuvres from the museum restaurant.

Color Tunnel

Located in downtown Birmingham, this dreary 1930s underpass has been transformed into a rainbow of light. The public art installation featured here, entitled “LightRails,” is meant to encourage foot traffic within the city center. The many LED lights come in different colors and patterns, which beautifully enhance the original Art Deco styled arches.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Home to almost 70 acres of beautiful plant life, these gardens preserve various species while educating locals and tourists alike. The many themed gardens are a perfect place to spend the day. Some of the highlights include the Japanese Gardens, Moon Tree, Herb Terrace, and Conservatory.

Pepper Place

For the past fifteen years, the farmer’s market at Pepper Place has connected neighborhood family farms to the citizens of Birmingham. Find fresh seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, and more while shopping here. The market also showcases the work of local artists and craftsmen, and presents featured chef demonstrations and musical performances.

Regions Field

Opened in 2013, this new addition brings downtown Birmingham to life. Enjoy a game played by the Birmingham Barons in an modern, fun venue that features views of the city skyline and Red Mountain. Regions also offers family fun for those who want to be a part of the action rather than sitting on the bench.

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