Located at 16th Street North across the street from Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church, this fascinating gallery tells the story of Birmingham's tragic and triumphant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This state-of-the-art facility utilizes multimedia presentations, photographs and other artifacts to document the African American struggle for racial equality, and relates this history to other human rights struggles around the world. Admission is free on Sundays.
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.
Birmingham's warm climate ensures that something is always blooming at the Botanical Gardens. Enjoy spring azaleas, summer roses, fall leaves and winter camellias as you tour the extensive grounds. Or, step inside the Southeast's largest clear-span glass greenhouse to enjoy orchids and other tropicals. Visit the Japanese Tea House and Garden and the Southern Living Garden, plus vegetable, fern, iris and other special gardens. Other attractions include the Gatehouse Gift Shop, a café and a library. Lectures, demonstrations, concerts and other events occur almost daily; inquire for a schedule. Admission is free. All paths are wheelchair and stroller-accessible.
Explore the Amazon, the arctic wasteland of Greenland or even the jungles of India and Africa, thanks to International Expeditions. If making all the arrangements for the holiday has always been your excuse for postponing trips, then remember that the organisers are just a phone call away. You'll be traveling in small groups, but don't worry about sleeping outside - you'll be living in hotels and other accomodations along the way. Your guides will take you to places less tread upon, so your visit to the rain forests and other areas will be more than just interesting. Go ahead, an adventure awaits you!
Emanuel Temple COGIC (Church Of God In Christ), has witnessed tremendous growth over the past years. It emphasizes on importance of holiness for the next generations. This church is also referred to as Holiness or Pentecostal in nature. Imbibing moral values and faith in god is what this church vouches for. Along with the regular charitable events it also hosts Youth Choir and Bible quizzes. But above all this church brings about spiritual unity in the community.
The Metro Church of God has various ministries that try and help people around them and touch their lives. The church, armed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, conducts several programs that help individuals live life that is practically enriching and far from addictions of all sorts. Also, the Metro Church of God regularly conducts fellowship events that bring the people together for an evening filled with fun, worship and sharing.
The creation of Joe Minter, African Village in America is an innovative representation of Joe's philosophies as well as other historical incidents. The sights and scenes are built on biblical, moral and political views and facts, and the way they are created is marvellous. Joe Minter has used a huge body of castoffs and thrown away materials to build his displays, and some of these are sheer masterpieces. There is a tower of five satellite dishes that spell "JESUS", a death penalty sculpture made out of an electric chair, an injection table, and two governor reprieve phones, and many other such creations that will leave astounded at this man's creativity and expression. Those in town should not miss this.
Temple Emanu-El is a Jewish landmark in Birmingham. This architectural marvel was built in 1889 and features a domed ceiling, and intricate Corinthian columns and a pediment on its exterior facade. The synagogue is a Reform Jewish congregation and organizes worship services, prayer and study programs for the community. Live webcast of their services are available online every Friday and Saturday for a global outreach. The building is home to several spaces like the Abroms Hall, Sanctuary and Hess Chapel ideal for private functions and events.
Built in 1902, the Third Presbyterian Church at Birmingham is housed within a splendid historic building that has remained largely unaltered since its completion over 100 years ago. Constructed upon an elegant design and embellished with fine decorative details, the church continues on as an active place of worship. Amidst the church's graceful arches and beautiful stained glass windows, the church's congregation unites in prayer and worship. While the church services and practices remain firmly grounded in Scripture, it has adapted itself to meet the changing needs of its congregation.