Sunday, March 28, 2021

Visiting Alabama: Fun Things to Do In and Around Birmingham

Butterflies, I spent a few days in Alabama recently and it was a surprisingly good time. A lot of people have this preconceived notion of Alabama being super countryfied and dreadfully boring, kind of like what everyone thinks of Texas but, we all know that’s far from the truth. There are plenty of interesting things to do in Alabama; after doing a little research and asking around in a couple of my travel groups, I discovered more than a few popular sites, some great museums, good places for shopping and of course tons of delicious food. I didn’t get to do everything I had planned but here are a few of my favorites:

Statues, Sites & Museums


Vulcan “God of Fire” Statue & Museum - Location: 1701 Valley View Dr Birmingham, AL, 35205


The Storyteller Statue -An eerie looking sculpture and fountain created by Alabama artist Frank Fleming. It’s located directly across the street from Black Market Bar & Grill.

Location: 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205


Miss Electra “Power Goddess” Statue -

Location: 600 18th St. N. Birmingham, AL 35203


Civil Rights Museum -

Location: 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203


Tunnels Lights -Beautiful rainbow lights lighting the underpasses of several bridges in central Birmingham.

Location: 1 14th St S Birmingham, AL  35203

(lights are also on 18th, 19th and 20th Streets)


Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park -Statue dedicated to the memory of 60’s music legend and co-founder of the soul/rhythm and blues music group The Temptations.

Location: 1727 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 


Eddie Kendrick Bural Site - Mr. Kendrick is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham.

Location: 600 Martin Luther King Jr Drive Birmingham, AL 35211


Birmingham Botanical Gardens -

Location: 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223


Liberty Park’s Replica Statue of Liberty -

Location: Vestavia Hills, AL 35242


The Legacy Museum -

Location: 115 Coosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104


Saturn Lounge/Airbnb - Popular lounge recently turned into a music lover’s dream Airbnb.

Location: 200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222


Food & Drinks


Taco Mama - If you’re looking for quick tex-mex, this is the spot. Great food and even better drinks. Reminds me of Taco Cabana here in Texas.

Location: 327 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243


Steel City Pops - Flavored popcorn and frozen treats right next door to Taco Mama in the Summit shopping center.

Location: 329 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243


Saws Soul Kitchen -BBQ and Soul Food!

Location: 215 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222


The Purple Onion -Deli/grill with several locations all over Alabama, if you’re looking for a good late night spot...this is it.

Location: 1551 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35216


Gianmarco's -Italian food!

Location: Birmingham, AL 35209


Black Market Bar & Grill -Cool spot to grab a few drinks.

Location: 1035 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205


El Barrio -Mexican Food!

Location: 2211 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Eugene's Hot Chicken -

Location: 2268 9th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

The Atomic Lounge -

Location: Birmingham, AL 35203


Shopping 


Alabama Goods -A welcoming down-home shop located in Homewood, AL; it’s a great place to pick up souvenirs for your family and friends.

Location: 2933 18th St S, Homewood, AL 35209


The Market at Pepper Place -Farmer’s market held every Saturday morning at Pepper Place shopping center.

Location: 2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205


Botanica Plant Shop -Cute little plant shop located in central Birmingham.

Location: 312 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North, Birmingham, AL 35203


Books Beans & Candles MS -All things metaphysical.

Location: 1620 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd S, Birmingham, AL 35205


Leads Outlet Shops -Beautiful shopping center with tons of popular stores, restaurants and a drive-in movie theater.

Location: 6200 Grand River Pkwy, Leeds, AL 35094


Buc-ee's -Did you know Texas’s best road trip rest stop has expended outside of Texas? I didn’t but it’s a beautiful thing.

Location: 6900 Buc-ee's Blvd, Leeds, AL 35094


Popular Neighborhoods Near Birmingham, AL

Avondale

Five Points South

Hoover

Vestavia Hills


Other Interesting Sites in Alabama


*George Washington Carver Museum & Burial Site | Tuskegee, AL

*Bamboo Forest | Prattville, AL

*Jesse Owens Museum | Danville, AL

*Helen Keller Museum | Tuscumbia, AL

*Harper Lee Museum | Monroeville, AL

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