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.
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.
This outstanding nature center situated on the site of an iron ore mine was closed in the 1950s and reopened as a nature refuge in the 1970s. Visitors to this mid-city refuge can explore the former quarries and ore crushers, hike 10 miles of trails, watch hawks soar, study rock formations and enjoy the wildflowers and wildlife.
See more than 1000 different animal species from around the globe, from the Siberian tiger to the San Esteban Island chuckwalla. Of course, there are lions, tigers and bears, as well as giraffes, geckos, a white rhinoceros and gorillas. If your feet get tired, hop aboard the Zoo Express Train. ZooSnoozes, their overnight camping program, is available by reservation. Also, check out the zoo's many classes, which are fit for visitors of all ages.
Located in the suburb of Bessemer, Alabama Splash Adventure offers family-oriented entertainment in a festive setting. As with many theme parks, it's a virtually self-contained community, complete with restaurants, snack bars, live entertainment, thrill rides and a complete water park. Ride the Rio Grande Train, take the plunge on UpSurge! in Splash Beach, and don't miss the Coke Corner on Celebration Street. Check website for more details as this park has seasonal timings.
Resting on the slopes of the Red Mountain, the Avondale Park is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon with family and friends. Spanning over 40 acres (16 hectares), the park features natural springs, playgrounds, athletic fields, dog park and amphitheater. Recent renovations have also made the park handicapped-accessible and a free WiFi zone. A plethora of bars and restaurants just around the corner, make the the park an ideal place for a fun day out with the kids. With free music concerts and movie events, Avondale Park is always buzzing with enthusiasts looking to socialize.