Boasting a wide array of outdoor recreation, historic city sites and family attractions, Birmingham and Central Alabama is a relaxing destination for a weekend getaway or a family vacation. See Chelsea Mountain, the state’s highest point, and enjoy fishing or boating on the Cahaba and Tombigbee Rivers. Watch the record-breaking Crimson Tide play football at the University of Alabama, or tour the Civil Rights Heritage Trail and historic downtown Birmingham.
Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Anniston’s Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail or the Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail near Valley. Enjoy 20 miles of horseback riding trails at Wind Creek State Park and water sports at Lake Martin. Stroll along the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk, go bird watching at West Point Lake, or enjoy the serenity of the Talladega National Forest.
Hoover is worth a visit for the Aldridge Botanical Gardens. Tour the Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve in Montevallo or learn about industrial history at the Iron and Steel Museum at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in McCalla. For live entertainment see a concert at the Oxford Performing Arts Center. Treat the kids to the Birmingham Zoo or interactive exhibits at the McWane Science Center. DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park is entertaining for all ages.
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Antique buffs love Old Town Helena and the Chelsea Antique Mall. Chelsea General Store is known for Alabama-made products, old-fashioned candies, collectibles, and fun gifts. Brookwood Village in Birmingham and Riverchase Galleria in Hoover offer mall shopping with department stores, specialty shops, and restaurants. Bargain shoppers won’t want to miss Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds. Stop by Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham for crafts, apparel, handmade jewelry, and fresh produce.
See the University of Alabama’s champion Crimson Tide in action at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Founded in 1892, the award-winning football team continues to score record wins. While you’re on campus check out the Paul W. Bryant Museum and learn more about legendary coach “Bear” Bryant who lead the team to six national titles. The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham also honors star athletes and coaches.
Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and the Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston. Both honor America’s civil rights journey and promote diversity. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park was the site of the Creek War that made General Andrew Jackson famous. At Bessemer Hall of History Museum, you’ll see Native American artifacts and collections on the Civil War, mining, and railroad history. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park pays tribute to Birmingham’s iron industry.