There is actually
bit to do in Birmingham and throughout the state.
We are going to try and tier these ideas
based on proximity to the hotel.
Also feel free to
& Convention Bureau site and while
you are there – download the IN app to your mobile device to
help you make plans and navigate the area.
Or grab the Tourist
get all the details. You
can print just
the pages of interest to you or heck – use the Checklist pages (pages
104-105) and see
how many you check off.
Alabama Sports Hall
Fame – located
on the same block as the hotel/show hall, this is a wonderful place
to learn more about many of the people Alabamians hold most sacred. You
may well be surprised who you find
just a couple of blocks from the hotel/show hall, admission free for
have a fee. Feel
free to check out their
website and visit. It
is a short walk
and it is air conditioned. Lunch
available at the café on weekdays.
Alabama Theatre – The
Alabama Theatre was originally built in 1927and refurbished in the last
years. It is
considered on the nation’s
last operating movie palaces. Tours
done on a limited basis, but keep an eye on their website for events. Today the theatre is used
not only for
classic movie screenings (typically seasonal) but also for live concerts, comedy
and other events. If
an event is
happening while you are here, it is worth it to attend just to get
see how special attending a movie used to be.
There are also historical parts of the facility that
were kept as
reminders of how far we have come.
Institute – This
will be a bit of a longer walk or perhaps you use one of the Zyp
bikes or grab a quick Uber, Lyft or taxi. We have all heard the
adage if we do not
learn from our history we are doomed to repeat it.
That is true anywhere, anytime,
anyplace. The Civil
Rights Museum allows
us all the opportunity for reflection and education.
You can also walk across the street to the 16th
Street Baptist Church that was bombed in 1963 and visit the statues of
Ingram Park, site of many march mobilizations.
The entire area has recently been designated as the
Rights National Monument.
Center – Not
from the Civil Rights Institute, this place is part museum, part
experiment, this facility is a unique interactive opportunity for fun
learning! It also
includes an IMAX Dome
theater. Check the
schedule to see what
is showing while you are here.
Short Car Rides
These are close enough you
can just leave your car in the deck and grab a taxi or Uber/Lyft.
Vulcan – The
Vulcan statue sits ‘high atop Red Mountain, overlooking Birmingham.’ The statue itself was the
city’s exhibit at
the 1904 World’s Fair and is the largest cast iron statue in the world. Travel to the top of
Vulcan to see some
amazing views of the city and surrounding areas.
There is also a museum of the city and history of
Birmingham you can
tour. We highly
recommend that if you
can you first stop in 5 Points South for breakfast at the Original
Pancakes and then proceed to Vulcan and the museum.
Sloss Furnaces –
Designated as a National Historic Landmark and once the site of the
manufacturer of pig iron, the furnaces are an integral part of the
the location is a
venue for music festivals and other concerts and for the month of
of the most elaborate Halloween attractions around, Sloss Fright
Southern Museum of
Flight – Located
near the airport (of
course) this 75,000 square foot facility is home to over 100 aircraft
the history of flight and include the crop dusters that were the real
of Delta Air Lines in Monroe, LA.
Gardens – These gardens are
free to visit and offer a relaxing stroll
through many styles of gardens from around the world.
The café is also open for lunch Tuesday
Birmingham Zoo – The
Birmingham Zoo is another great way to spend some time in Birmingham. Not the largest zoo you
will ever see but not
the smallest. Visit
the site for full
details. The zoo is
also in essence
across the street from the Botanical Gardens so visiting both can make
full day. The
Komodo Dragons are a big
hit as well as the new panther exhibit.
The train ride is extra but makes for a nice breeze
during the day.
Pedal Bike Tours – Hop on
a bike at one of our local breweries and pedal your way to a good time
around town. Take a
public tour and make
new friends or organize a private tour for a group of your favorite cat
folks! Yes, the
riders are allowed to
have a ‘go cup.’
A bit further out
Museum – Like things that
go fast – then don’t miss this! A
museum mostly dedicated to motorcycles
there are also quite a few other vintage automobiles on display. At the same exit off of
I-20 (exit 140) is an
outlet mall with great shopping a Bass Pro Shop (great shopping and
You can also get
the track by contacting the facility. This track is known as
the ‘Augusta of Indy Car Racing.’
out to Barbara
Ray as she has a contact there and can help organize groups
In state wineries offer some great opportunities to sample and enjoy
vintages. Most are
located south of
American Village – Step
back in time to Colonial America and the visionaries that saw the
potential of this continent and this a new country. Through
interactive exhibits experience colonial life and the birth of a
nation. The state's national cemetery is also located next
door. It is also in the vicinity of the wineries.
Day Trips and Beyond
Motorsports Hall of Fame – A place
for all things fast, the
Motorsports Hall of Fame is located close to the Talladega
Alabama/Paul W. Bryant Museum –
Stroll across the campus of
the state’s flagship University and take in a bit of history too. Read the History timeline
on the school’s
site and check out the remaining buildings that were not burned in the
Civil War. The
ashes of the library are
still marked on the “the Quad.” Besides
all that, soak in the feel of a Southern Campus as the start of the
and of course, football season. And
besides checking out the stadium with its statues and Walk of
is also the Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza that honors the other
university’s student athletes have been successful in.
And of course, you can really soak in that
history and tradition of excellence at the Bryant Museum. The museum is not just
about football and its
namesake. Check it
uh yeah, another National Championship. Jermaine 'Funnymaine'
Johnson is a local comedian and HUGE Bama fan. He does videos
after each game. This video really does show how many of them
felt throughout the game. And yes at the end, we hugged everyone
If you get hungry while in
Tuscaloosa, check out the original Dreamland BBQ
or Cypress Inn.
They can also be found on Facebook.
Wandering the area
the campus known as The Strip can also be fun.
Mingle with the students, relive your youth! Also some great places to
get some U of A
US Space and Rocket
Alabama’s #1 tourist attraction for several
years now, it is a place to see history and yet touch the future.
Studio – This studio has been host to many
well known artists for many decades.
you are a fan of music and history it really is a can’t miss. Visit their site for more
info. And while you
are in the area you may also
want to visit the Fame Studios.
Festival – A truly
amazing site to visit, the ASF main theater is a replica of the The
theater originally found on the Avon River in England.
The theater presents Shakespearean classics
as well as modern plays. It
also has the
unique Octagon Theater which is theater in the round – performances are
middle of seating that surrounds the room.
If your schedule permits and there is a show to your
liking, we highly
recommend paying them a visit. You
also visit the grounds on any performance days without attending a play.
The Alabama Gulf
Coast – And how
can we not mention the amazing Alabama Gulf Coast!
Sugar soft and white sand that oozes between
your toes and are so cool to the touch (once you dig
eating, golfing and other entertainment
options abound. Feel
free to reach out
to club members on what we like the most about this beach. Come early or stay late
and be sure to enjoy
this treasure! You
can fly into Mobile
(MOB) or Pensacola, FL (PNS) and fly out of Birmingham (BHM), or in and
Birmingham and just grab a rental to hit the beach during the week
where it will
be MUCH less crowded, especially since school will be back in.
If you are planning to
perhaps stay over after the Annual – some suggestions would be to visit
beach during the week and then return to the Birmingham area to attend
Alabama home opener. If
can help with that. Honey’s
normally goes to this game.
OR stay over visit
beach or other places and then drive over to North Augusta, SC for the
Cattyshack show there.