Things to do in Alabama

Things to do in Alabama

Things to do in the state of Alabama

Last Updated: 03-15-18

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

Indoor/ Outdoor Activities, & Nightlife Activities:

Indoor Activities:

  • Breakout Birmingham-( Homewood)
  • Birmingham Civil Rights InstituteCivil and human right history. (Birmingham)
  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center-( Huntsville, AL 35805)
  • AirWalk Trampoline Park-Cavernous jumping gym for children & families, with laser-light days, some kids’ hours & parties.( 7010 Champion Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35242)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unclaimed Baggage Center-A place where you can buy unclaimed baggage items.
  • 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. 
  • Alabama Booksmith- Every book is signed by the author.
  • Birmingham Oddities-Gallery of Oddities of all kinds. Specimens range from Tribal Human Trophy Skulls, to hand made Voodoo dolls.
  • Birmingham Museum of Art-They have a lot of events that go on here.  
  • Oak Mountain Lane– Bowling Alley
  • Pelham Civic Center-Ice Skating, broom ball, other activities.
  • Trussville Playstation– Roller skating, go karts, lazer tag.. etc
  • Roller Motion Skate Center-Roller skating
  • Skates 280– Roller skating
  • Press Start– They have gaming systems you can plan on, and you can also buy games from here. (Alabaster)
  • Hooligans Family Fun–  Family fun center: Arcade games, mini golf, air hockey, pool tables etc. (Alabaster)

Outdoor Activities:

  • 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. 
  •  Birmingham Botanical Gardens
  •  Go Carts-Autobahn Indoor Speedway – Birmingham, Alabama 
  •  Alabama Stonehenge (Bamahenge) Replica of Stonehenge(Elberta, Alabama  Bamahenge is also free.
  • Oak Mountain State Park-You have to pay. Pelham, AL
  • Red Mountain Park-( 2011 Frankfurt Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211)
  • Veterans Park– 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) (Alabaster, AL 35007)
  • Statue of Liberty- The 36-foot-tall bronze replica Liberty) (Birmingham, AL)
  • American Village 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.(3727 Highway 119 Montevallo, AL 35115)
  • Disc Golf-Several parks in several places. 
  • Light Rails(Is actually my featured image for this page)-People view LightRails, an art-light installment under the 18th Street viaduct near Railroad Park, in downtown Birmingham, Ala.,
  • 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)
  • Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s Home-In 1954, through the efforts of the Helen Keller Property Board of Tuscumbia and the State of Alabama. (Tuscumbia, Alabama)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sipsey Wilderness-is part of the William Bankhead National Forest in northwestern Alabama. With endless trails, this particular area is a hiker’s paradise.
  • 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.
  • 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.”er. 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Alabama Splash Adventure-Alabama Splash Adventure is a water park and amusement park, located off Interstate 20/59 in Bessemer, just west of Birmingham and east of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
  • Regions Field-Regions Field, is the name of a minor league baseball park in the South Side community of Birmingham, Alabama.
  • The Market at Pepper Place-Local farmers sell their goods and craft vendors as well. Located in Birmingham. 
  • Birmingham Zoo– Bham Zoo is a lovely zoo. It’s right across from the Botanical Gardens. 
  • Moss Rock Preserve- This is a great place to hike, they also have a festival each year. This is located in Hoover. 
  • Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve– This is a nice little place to observe and take pictures of birds. It is located in Montevallo. 
  • Limestone Park– This is also a nice little place to observe birds and there is also an area to fly RC planes. This is located in Alabaster. 
  • Perry Parks Lake and Barton Beach– Outdoor park/Nature Preserve. (Marion, AL) 
  • Moundville AlabamaThe 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. Native American Culture. Blog post 
  • The Park at OWA Amusement Park in Foley, AL.
  • Natural Bridge– A great place to hike for beginners, in Natural Bridge, Winston County, Alabama.
  • Harmony Park Safari– Yes, Huntsville, AL has a safari! Here is there Facebook page.
  • Central Alabama Paintball Park– Located in Calera, AL
  • TopGolf– Hitting bays, restaurant/bar, Birmingham, AL
  • Walls of Jericho-Located in Estillfork. Over thousands of  acres. Places to camp, hike, trail to ride your horses, and several waterfalls.
  • Alabama Safari Park-Located in Montgomery, Drive-thru safari with over 350 acres!

Nightlife Activities:


  • Paramount is a bar arcade with beers, cocktails & great food. The best part is the games! (Birmingham, AL)
  • Saturn-This is one of my favorites. It is bar/venue. They have vintage game systems, live music sometimes, and they have board game nights! (Birmingham)
  • Insomnia Cookies This place is yummy and is open till 3AM!
  • Siluria Brewing Company- Handcraft beers, beer garden, small music venue. **Will be opening in the near future**(Alabaster)

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10 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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