Things to do in Alabama

This list is going to continue to grow suggestions are welcomed!

1.The Vulcan-Vulcan, Birmingham Alabama’s colossal statue is the world’s largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904, Vulcan has overlooked Alabama’s largest city from atop Red Mountain since the 1930s (1701 valley view drive birmingham, al 35209.)

2. Birmingham Botanical Gardens– Birmingham Botanical Gardens promotes public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment and receives, raises and administers resources for these purposes.( 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223

3. Rodeo-Anywhere that they are having them, if you are interested.

4. Go Carts-Autobahn Indoor Speedway – Birmingham, Alabama (5960 Greenwood Pkwy, Bessemer, Alabama) Sonny’s Family Fun Center (25455 AL-69, Jasper, AL 35504)

5. Alabama Stonehenge (Bamahenge) Replica of Stonehenge(Elberta, Alabama 36530) Good news it’s about 25 minutes from Orange Beach! Bamahenge is also free

6. Oak Mountain State Park-You have to pay. (200 Terrace Drive Pelham, AL 35124)

  1. Red Mountain Park-1,300-acre park offers 10 miles of scenic trails, historic mines, a zip line, tree house & dog park.( 2011 Frankfurt Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211)
  2. Veterans Park-Not too far from my house. It is a regular public park, it has a dog park, some walking trails, a disc gold course, baseball fields, and a skate park (skateboarding) (7305 Hwy 119 ,Alabaster, AL 35007)
  1. Statue of Liberty- The 36-foot-tall bronze replica Liberty, 1/5th scale of the one in New York harbor, was erected atop the Liberty National Life Insurance building in  It was moved in 1988, and now stands on a tall pedestal in Liberty Park, a commercial development just off I-459. It is one of the largest Liberty replicas in the world, and real gas-fired flames shoot from the torch around the clock. (I didn’t see any flames when I went my first time.) (516 Liberty Pkwy., Birmingham, AL)
  1. American Village Citizenship Trust-The American Village serves the Nation as an educational institution whose mission is to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government by engaging and inspiring citizens and leaders, with a special emphasis on programs for young people. The American Village is a nationally-pioneering classroom and American history and civics education center that has engaged and inspired over a half million students from Alabama and Southeastern states since opening its campus in 1999. (This is not too far from where I live either) (3727 Highway 119 Montevallo, AL 35115)
  2. .Disc Golf-Disc golf (also known as frisbee golf or frolf[2]) is a flying disc game, as well as a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target.[2] According to Paul Ince of the Professional Disc Golf Association, “the object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.”[3] In just 8 years (2000–08), the number of disc golf courses doubled.[4] The game is played in about 40 countries around the world
  3. Breakout Birmingham-Each Breakout Game is a real‑life escape room adventure for a small group. Work together as a team to escape the room before time runs out. It’s great for groups of friends, family, or coworkers. You’ll solve puzzles, crack codes, find hidden items, and more in order to escape. You have one goal: escape the room in under one hour. (2717 19th Pl S, Homewood, AL 35209
  4. Light Rails-People view LightRails, an art-light installment under the 18th Street viaduct near Railroad Park, in downtown Birmingham, Ala., 16 Rail Road Park-Railroad Park is a 19-acre park in Birmingham, Alabama, that opened in the fall of 2010. It was designed by landscape architect Tom Leader and built by Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie.( 1600 1st Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35233)

15. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute-Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a large interpretive museum and research center in Birmingham, Alabama that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. (520 16th St. North, Birmingham, AL 35203 

16. U.S. Space and Rocket Center-The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is a museum operated by the government of Alabama, showcasing rockets, achievements, and artifacts of the U.S. space program. (U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805)

17. AirWalk Trampoline Park-Cavernous jumping gym for children & families, with laser-light days, some kids’ hours & parties.( 7010 Champion Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35242)

18. Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s Home-In 1954, through the efforts of the Helen Keller Property Board of Tuscumbia and the State of Alabama, Ivy Green was made a permanent shrine and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ivy Green is located two miles off Hwys. 72 and 43 in Colbert County, Tuscumbia, Alabama. (300 North Commons Street, West Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674)

19. Little River Canyon National Preserve-Little River Canyon National Preserve is located at the top of Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne. Popular recreational activities that are enjoyed by adventure seekers include fishing, swimming, hunting and camping.

20. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge-Established in 1980, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect adventure spot for animal lovers. Visitors of this wildlife refuge will have the opportunity to see migratory birds, sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse while walking one of the refuge’s five trails.

21. Cherokee Rock Village- located in Leesburg, is a 200-acre park with massive sandstone boulders measuring up to 200 feet high and dating back 300 million years. Today, this attraction is known for its stunning views and popularity among rock climbers.

22. Sipsey Wilderness-is part of the William Bankhead National Forest in northwestern Alabama. With endless trails, this particular area is a hiker’s paradise.

23 Turkey Creek Nature Preserve-located in Pinson, is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Southeast. The most popular area of this preserve is Turkey Creek Falls (pictured). For those feeling adventurous, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve offers a five-mile national recreational trail system, wonderful swimming areas and fantastic fishing spots.

24. Cathedral Caverns State Park-When Alabama cavers are feeling adventurous, they can often be found exploring Cathedral Caverns, which is located in Marshall County. This cave was originally referred to as “Bats Cave.”

25. Cahaba River-At 194 miles long, the Cahaba River is Alabama’s longest free-flowing river. It’s also among the most scenic and biologically diverse rivers in the U.S. Canoeing and kayaking are the two most popular recreational activities enjoyed on this river.

26. Desoto State Park- is located on Lookout Mountain, approximately eight miles northeast of Fort Payne. This wonderful state park features 25 miles of hiking trails, 11 miles of mountain biking trails and several campsites for those feeling adventurous and wanting to get away from it all. 

27. Cheaha State Park- located in Clay and Cleburne counties, is home to Mt. Cheaha- Alabama’s highest point. For those who enjoy hiking, this is the perfect place to visit any time of the year. 

28. Neversink Pit-Cavers from all over the world are attracted to this 162 ft open air pit because of its beautiful waterfalls and rare ferns that cover the walls. Neversink Pit, located in Jackson County, is the ultimate attraction for those feeling adventurous. In addition to Neversink Pit being one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever explore, it’s also one of the most photographed sinkholes in the world. 

29. Lake Guntersville-At 69,000 acres, Lake Guntersville, which is located in north Alabama, is the state’s largest lake. Swimming, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing and fishing are just a few of the water sports enjoyed by those visiting this beautiful lake.

30. Alabama theatre-The Alabama Theatre is a movie palace in Birmingham, Alabama. It was built in 1927 by Paramount’s Publix Theatre chain as its flagship theater for the southeastern region of the United States.

31. McWane Science Center-The McWane Science Center is a science museum and research archive located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. There is a lot of hands on science stuff.

32. Unclaimed Baggage Center-A place where you can buy unclaimed baggage items.

33. Sloss Furnaces-Sloss Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. It operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. They do all kinds of things here as well. They have a haunted house during Halloween and they have concerts here as well. 

34. Ave Maria Grotto-Ave Maria Grotto, in Cullman, Alabama, is a landscaped, 4-acre park in an old quarry on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey, providing a garden setting for 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous religious structures of the world.

35. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum-The Fitzgerald Museum operates out of the last extant house the Fitzgeralds lived in as a family during their lives. Construction of the home was completed c. 1910, and the Fitzgerald’s lived here from the fall of 1931 through the spring of 1932. 

36. Dead’s Children Playground-Founded in 1822 and reaching over one hundred acres of land, Maple Hill Cemetery is the oldest and largest cemetery in Alabama. Within the cemetery limits, tucked away in a peaceful cove surrounded by a rock cliff on three sides and picturesque paths leading through the woods, is the Dead Children’s Playground. 

37. Alabama Booksmith- Every book is signed by the author

38. Moundville Alabama-The Moundville site, occupied from around A.D. 1000 until A.D. 1450, is a large settlement of Mississippian culture on the Black Warrior River in Central Alabama. Within the enclosure, surrounding a central plaza, were twenty-six  earthen mounds, the larger ones apparently supporting noble’s residences alternating with small ones that supported buildings used for mortuary and other purposes

39. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is the 65-acre public garden and historic home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath, located on the Fowl River in Theodore, near Mobile, Alabama.

40. Alabama Splash Adventure-Alabama Splash Adventure is a waterpark and amusement park, located off Interstate 20/59 in Bessemer, just west of Birmingham and east of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

41. Regions Field-Regions Field, is the name of a minor league baseball park in the South Side community of Birmingham, Alabama.

42. Birmingham Oddities-Gallery of Oddities of all kinds. Specimens range from Tribal Human Trophy Skulls, to hand made Voodoo dolls.

43. The Market at Pepper Place-Local farmers sell their goods and craft vendors as well.

44. Birmingham Museum of Art-They have a lot of events that go on here.  

 

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5 thoughts on “Things to do in Alabama

  1. Unclaimed baggage center had be laughing at my work desk. What a comprehensive list! I can’t wait to check out ALL of these places when I move to Alabama. I’m especially looking forward to the botanical gardens and multitude of parks AL offers. Thank you for compiling such a wonderful list! <3

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