The 10 Best Things To See And Do In Birmingham, Alabama

Photo of Shyla Watson
9 February 2017

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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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.

520 Sixteenth Street North, Birmingham, AL, USA, +1 205 328 9696, ext. 203

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.
Address & telephone number: 32nd Street North Birmingham, AL, USA, +1 205 324 1911

Birmingham Museum of Art

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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.
Address & telephone number: 18th Street Railroad Viaduct, Downtown Birmingham, AL, USA

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.
Address & telephone number: 2829 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, USA

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.
Address & telephone number: 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL, USA, +1 205 988 3200