Birmingham's Railroad Park is a 19 acre (7.68 hectare) park that was created in 2010. The park has water features, trails, and lots of grassy areas for playing and picnicking. The park often plays hosts to special events and concerts throughout the year. A welcome slice of green amid the steely concrete of the city, this park is also a serene place for leisurely walks and jogging. Couples who frequent the park often cap off their walks with a nice snack at the Boxcar Cafe located within the park premises.
Regions Field is a state-of-the-art ballpark built in 2013 as the home of the Birmingham Barons AA Minor League team. The stadium features 8500 seats and is conveniently located right in Downtown Birmingham. The ballpark has a host of activities and special features, including a mini-wiffle ball diamond, a batting cage and family fun park. Of course, no baseball game is complete without a hot dog and a beer (or soda), and you can get that, along with all the other classic ballpark snacks at Regions Field, too.
Red Mountain Park consists of 1500 acres (607.02 hectares) full of outdoor fun and excitement. In addition to the 11 hiking trails in the park, there are also zip-lining facilities, historic mines, three tree houses and the Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest and Kaul Adventure Tower. The park is one of Birmingham's favorite destinations for outdoor adventure.
Based on the Greek god Vulcan, the god's statue is the tallest cast iron statue in the world in the center of Birmingham’s Vulcan Park & Museum, which features educational tours and a soaring observation deck overlooking the city. The park also allows special events including marriages and other cultural events.
The very genesis of Birmingham, Sloss Furnaces were one of the pioneers in the process of smelting pig iron. Established in 1882, it is this iron industry that prompted the city of Birmingham to grow around it. Over the years, the machinery has gathered abundant rust and experience, both of which tell stirring tales of the industry's glorious heyday. Proclaimed a National Historic Landmark, this antiquated site is an escape into the ancient industrial processes of the country. The site was restored in 1983, and, in addition to the impressive furnaces, there is an industrial museum, a sculpture garden, and a park which lend deeper insights into the history and legacy of Sloss Furnaces. The furnaces also play host to concerts, festivals, events, and activities.
A hands-on science museum, the McWane Science Center allows visitors to test physics principles, explore aquatic habitats, simulate space exploration and more. Interactive exhibits allow you to make your own animated movie, build a roller coaster or ride a bicycle along a wire 30 feet above the ground! There is also the IMAX Theater, a gift shop, and a food court that offers a variety of fast food and snack options. See website for event calendar, movie showtime, admission details and more.
Step back in time to the era when the word "wireless" referred to radio. Founded by and named after a retired General Electric engineer, the Don Kresge Memorial Museum features antique radios, photos and other memorabilia. Displays allow visitors to trace the development of radio technology and the history of broadcasting. Serious radio buffs may enjoy participating in swap meets or attending educational programs about refurbishing old radios, vacuum tubes and cabinets.
Housed within the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, the Birmingham Children's Theatre stages entertaining theatrical shows for children. Under its repertoire, the Birmingham Children's Theatre manages three theaters, namely the Dominick Studio Theater, the Wee Folks Theater and the Mainstage Theater. Previously, Birmingham Children's Theatre has put on classic shows such as Pinnochio, Dr. Seuss, The Little Red Hen and Jack & The Beanstalk.
Jazzi's on 3rd is a spot that celebrates homegrown jazz talent as well as the history of the Birmingham jazz scene. Jazzi's has sporadic hours, so depending on when guests arrive, they may be greeted with light appetizers and cocktails as well as a jazz troupe on stage or it may be closed altogether. The music ranges from improvisational to traditional hard-bop, so check the schedule or if you prefer, you can rent the entire place for a private event or party.
This Victorian Gothic cathedral is a place of worship for the Catholic populace in Birmingham and surrounding region. Built in 1893, it is one of the oldest churches in the entire state of Alabama. Inside, many of the original architectural details that remain are illustrated in the spires, steeples, arches and columns of the structure. Additionally, the interiors present an opulent domed altar, glass-stained panels and chandeliers. The cathedral was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.